Auction consultancy, buying and selling
Buying works of art or furniture at a
public auction often guarantees several advantages to the buyer but a positive
outcome should always be preceded by careful analysis that takes all the
factors into account.
The examination of an artwork and its
provenance are just two important aspects of that make up the sale process.
Other pre-auction factors include the correct valuation of the work taking into
account elements such as the exact physical condition, the attribution, subject
and sales history of this item or other similar items. Therefore, it is
essential to carefully weigh up and examine all the relevant factors.
The ability to read the description
of an object carefully, evaluate its state of conservation accurately and know
its real market value are all fundamental stages in the buying process. Occasionally,
the auction estimate in the catalogue does not actually reflect the object’s
real market value but is often part of the selling strategy. We can guide you
through the whole process and come to a conclusion.
Once all the relevant information has
been gathered, a decision is taken whether to bid for the object or not, and if
so how high, or low.
If you are considering selling
through auction, we can advise you on the bestselling strategy, providing
realistic auction quotes that are useful when you deal with an auction house. At
times, we may advise spreading a property over various auction houses, using
the strength of a particular company, department or selling location to
maximise the final result.
Fees for such services may be very low or even at zero cost
as we are able obtain a small commission from the auction houses on the final
sale-result of the property we bring in. This does not increase the seller’s
commission so we are a cost-factor to the auction house, not to you. Moreover, it’s
also in our interest to increase the sale.