An item just like mine was featured on Antiques Roadshow! I’m gonna be rich!

Not so fast. We love Antiques Roadshow as much as you. It is entertaining and informative. The next time you catch an episode, listen for the statement “I estimate this is what you might realize at auction for your item.” Auction prices fluctuate dramatically and depend not only on the four factors listed above, but the auction house and how it publicizes an item and the size of a bidding audience whether in-person, by phone or proxy (internet). Auction houses typically charge the seller a hammer commission of at least 20 percent and an equal hammer fee to the buyer. This fee is on top of the final hammer price realized.