Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Home and Garden  > Home Maintenance & Moving > Shipping Art or Antiques

Shipping Art or Antiques Cost


How Much Does Shipping Art or Antiques Cost?

 
low costLow: Less than $20average costMedium: $90-$238high costHigh: Thousands
post E-mail post Post  

Art and antiques are fragile and expensive, so proper transportation is crucial. Shipping prices are based on size and weight plus insurance.

Typical costs:

  • Insurance may be the biggest factor in shipping and ranges from 55 cents - $4 for every $100 of value beyond the first $100. Insurance for a $500 piece could run from $2.20- $16. Insuring a $5,000 work could cost from $26-$196.
  • A $500 work under 8x10 inches and less than one pound may be sent in a Priority Mail package through the US Postal Service for $4.60, plus insurance at $4.60 plus 90 cents per $100 of value after the first $300. Mesart.com[1] recommends using Signature Confirmation for around $2.00.
  • A 2x3-foot oil painting valued at $5,000 can cost from $90-$238 to transport and insure from Los Angeles to New York City. The lower price comes from a local UPS Store, the top price through a professional art shipper with higher insurance rates.
  • A French side table valued at $10,000 and weighing 50 pounds that is prepared for transit and insured by specialty shipping companies can cost $450-$884 to send from Los Angeles to New York City. The widespread price shows the difference of one art shipper charging $1.25 per $100 for insurance versus another priced at $4 per $100.
  • Along with the cost of insurance, large or heavy works may require special handling. FedEx Custom Critical offers coast-to-coast transport from $6,500-$10,500 (not including insurance charges) in a variety of vehicles from cargo vans to tractor-trailers. Galleries, collectors, artists and museums have spent $12,000-$20,000 or more to transport priceless pieces.
Related articles: Local Mover, Long Distance Mover, Piano Mover, Auto Transport

What should be included:
  • Art and antiques should be specially crated before shipping. Wood crating prices depend on the size and type of piece. Siggraph.org gives a step-by-step guide to building a shipping crate[2] . A ready-made artwork shipping case[3] designed to help protect a painting during shipment costs about $147-$257 depending on size.
  • Tip: The New York Foundation for the Arts offers an online guide to shipping artwork[4] from packing materials to common shipping requirements.
Shopping for shipping art or antiques:
  • The US Postal Service[5] ships up to 108 total inches (height/width/length) and/or 70 pounds.
  • UPS[6] ships up to 130 inches and a 150-pound weight limit.
  • Federal Express[7] regular service limits items to 10-feet in length, 165-inch girth and/or 150 pounds.
  • DHL[8] has no size limitations.
  • For heavy pieces, uship.com is a shipping marketplace[9] where owners list their items which are then bid on by shippers. Each shipper carries different maximum insurance limits. Specialty art and antique shippers include Fine Art Shipping in Los Angeles and Navis Pack and Ship[10] centers. The Better Business Bureau[11] offers company background checks.
  • Tip: Ask whether the company can supply verifiable references, whether they have secured facilities for storage and transit and whether they specialize in packing and transporting art.
post E-mail post Post  
CostHelper News


7 Ways to Stretch Your Reduced Food Budget
End of the year budgets are tight for everyone, especially in this economy.It's especially hard for the millions of Americans who depend on government programs like food stamps to help make ends meet. || Posted November 11 2013


7 Lesser-Known Discounts for the 50+ Crowd
As they age, members of the Baby Boomer generation don't like to admit that they're senior citizens, but they love getting discounts. It's kind of a quandary, because some of the best deals available are reduced prices for older folks. || Posted October 21 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With Shipping Art or Antiques
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Mover: Type of Art: 
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.mesart.com/art/FAQ:Shipping
  2.  www.siggraph.org/s2006/main.php?f=cfp&p=teapot&s=shipping
  3.  www.portfolios-and-art-cases.com/shipping-cases.html
  4.  www.nyfa.org/archive_detail_q.asp?qid=93&fid=6&year=1999&s=Fall
  5.  /www.usps.com/
  6.  www.theupsstore.com/products-services/Pages/index.aspx
  7.  www.fedex.com/
  8.  www.dhl.com/en.html
  9.  www.uship.com
  10.  www.gonavis.com/
  11.  search.bbb.org
More Home and Garden Topics
Check Out All Costs for Home and Garden How Much Does a Propane Tank Cost? How Much Does a Plumber Cost? How Much Does Pressure Washing Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Sinus Infections - Steroid shot and sent home
Paid: 2753.00
I woke up having breathing problems. I went to nearby non-hospital THH office. Nurse took blood pressure and temperature. Dr came in the room and spent less than 10 minutes and stated I had sinus infection... [more]
-Bill Moore
Emergency Room Visit Cost
Mold Testing Pacific Palisades, CA
Paid: 800.00
It cost us 800. We were pleased with Knight Environmental consulting who we hired. They were very thorough. Friendly and respectful of our home.They checked everywhere in our 7000ft home and tested the air... [more]
-AMY SCHWARTZ
Mold Inspection Cost
extraction
Paid: 739.00
Had 3 extractions yesterday. The cost was 304.00 each extraction but with some kind of insurance plan you could get 30% off. The plan was 75.00 annually and came at a huge savings on the work as my final cost with the plan was 814... [more]
-Dental mess
Tooth Extraction Cost
McHenry MD - Suburban Propane
Paid: 3300.00
Just got my bill and in 5 weeks we supposedly used 356 gals. Hard to do when you are not there the entire time and you turned the thermostat to 60. They charged $.35 more per gallon then from 5 weeks ago. $3.42 per gallon... [more]
-Check your bill with Suburban
Propane Tank Cost
Laceration from stick
Paid: 25.00
Slipped and fell on a stick while running around on a hill, and recieved 2 lacerations on my right leg, one about an inch long and one about 2 inches long. Called my insurance asap (Kaiser) and they directed me to one of their Urgent Cares... [more]
-
Stitches Cost
Urinalysis was asked of me
Paid: 3920.00
This was supposed to cost $250. Total!$3,675. for a urinalysis. Not mentioned anywhere on ANY search was this required to get a card... [more]
-Nellie28
Medical Marijuana Card Cost