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People often use appraisals to help insure an object or collection against damage and theft.
Depending on where you live, appraisers will charge between seventy-five and four-hundred dollars per hour. Plus you'll have to pay the appraiser's travel expenses and research fees. So you might as well have a few items appraised at one time.
When looking for an appraiser, word of mouth is the best way, or most banks use appraisers all the time. Try asking a bank trust officer.