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How to Sell an Antique Music Box

Many buyers may be looking for your antique music box.

Buyers of collectible items may inquire about your antique music box. Some collectors of rare items comb through estate sales, flea markets, garage sales, yard sales and self-storage facility auctions to find antiques, such as the one you want to sell. Your knowledge about the condition, history and current market value of your antique music box may help you sell it for a charming price.

Get your antique music box appraised. Find appraisers online to provide a valuation. Analyze the appraised value against similar antique music boxes to help determine your selling price.

Invite several antique dealers of musical equipment to see your music box. Tell each dealer the amount you are seeking. Use feedback from the dealers to gain additional information. Ask each dealer for an opinion of your music box's value.

Repair or restore your music box to improve its condition and appearance. Dust and wipe it with a damp cloth to present buyers with an antique item that looks clean.

Sell your music box by using online auction websites such as Go Antiques or eBay, or try your newspaper's classified ads. List the features, age, manufacturer, condition and price of your music box under headings such as antique musical equipment, collectible items and rare antiques. Some antiques shops will even sell the music box for you on a consignment basis.

About the Author

Ray Cole has written professionally since 1999 and has designed dozens of Web sites. Cole writes for eHow and "SF Gate." As a small business owner for over 15 years, he provides mortgage services, credit-related help and financial planning for his clients. Cole is currently writing a book about personal finance. He has also studied and taught martial arts for over 31 years.