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    I have just started the process of insuring my book collection here in Australia. Fortunately I have some links with local booksellers who put me onto a broker that specialises in this. I've been asked to provide a valuation of my books (which may be different to what I actually paid for it, of course). This thread has been very useful in deciding how to come up with a value of a particular book. Thanks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wizardsrainbow View Post
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    Thanks for the link, Bob.


    (By the way, I changed the thread name to fit the sub-forum.)



    If anyone else has other ways of insuring their stuff, please let us know here!
    I've tried other ways to insure my collection but these folks are used to dealing with collectors (stamps, coins, books, etc.) and really make it easy. For a long time I tried to insure my books with a personal articles floater attached to my homeowners policy. I used to have to submit a list of books yearly and there was ALWAYS much confusion on the insurance company side and it was a major hassle. I've got over 3500 items in my collection, many are $5 and $10 items, and generating a list every year was a real chore even though it is on a computer. And the rates were very high.

    Collectibles Insurance Services requires itemization only on items valued at $5000 or greater. You just tell them the value of your collection and they tell you what the premium is. Very easy.
    How does one go about establishing a value for one's collection?
    I use this company as well.

    To value one's collection (I am assuming it is books), you can look at completed auctions on eBay as a start for each item. You can also search
    on ABE or alibris, you can look at what Bett's Bookstore, Camelot Books, Bad Moon Books, Lloyd Currey, Barry Levin, Dave Hutcheson value them at.

    Anyone else want to have a go at it?

    I guess that it's only for USA (and better not to have an issue with a foreign company if there was to be the claim neeeded).
    I dont remember what company uses Mr Rabbit Trick, but same I guess that it would only be relevant for UK citizens...


    I thought that my books were part of my flat insurance value, but apparently it is not included. I could get a "collection" option, but those need to go through an expert valuation (which would both cost money and be hassle I think).

    I also do not know what to do because my wife has created some artwork and will be part of an exhibition next month where she'll try to sell some. But we worry about and potential damages. An issue is that she's not registered as a freelancer, so technically she couldn't register to a professional insurance.
    Any tips?
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