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Question DetailsAsked on 8/28/2016

antique buyers in CT

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Answered 3 years ago by Member Services


In addition to Antique Shops/Dealers, you can contract with an Auction company - they commonly handle sales like this in one of several ways:

1) for "normal" antiques in smaller quantities, seel them at their regularly scheduled (weekly to monthly typically) auctions at their auction facility

2) for large quantities - like an entire estate worth - they can have an on-site auction where they sort through the items and hold an in-house or tented yard auction of the items

3) for high value items, they may have a private auction of just those items - or send them to a specialty auction house like Christies or sotheby's or Heritage Auctions or such to auction them off to a larger, more regionally divderse specialty group of buyers at "subject" auctions - selling only specific types of art or sculpture or antique furniture or such at a given auction.

For antique and specialty collectible type items they will commonly advertise beforehand in trade newsletters and website listings and to local specialty antique shops to pull in potential buyers interested in that particular type of thing. Many also have private client databases of people looking for specific types of things that they notify when such an item is coming up for auction - so to "get the word out" on the upcoming auction it takes some weeks of prep time.

Many will also offer to buy the whole lot from you for some specific amount (perhaps about half what they expect to gross at auction) - gets it moved out of your hands quicker but of course you can expect to leave some money on the table. But is sometimes the best route (and of course best to get several bids from different antique dealers and auction companies), especially for estates where the personal representative is from out of town or the carrying costs on the house or condo or such is high. Is also common in estate sales of possessions in apartments where the estate is limitedin how long it can keep use of the apartment without being considered to have assumed the lease or rental agreement - which might commit it to a long period of guaranteed payments.

It is also common, and they can commonly help with this BUT you need to be careful of any conflicts of interest in valuation if you decide to sell to them rather than going to auction, to have the items appraised by a specialist appraiser up-front. The auctioneer will commonly, for high value items, give his personal assessment of valuation of particularly valuable items IF part of your contract - for the purposes of establishing minimum bids - but such minimum bid stipulations have to be established and signed off on in writing BEFORE the terms of the contract are finalized - otherwise generally he can sell everything "at the bid" - for however much or little it goes for in the auction, and if you pull the item or cancel sale of it because bid amounts are not high enough (in your opinion) generally the auctioneer is due the high bid amount from YOU if there was not a pre-agreement on minimum bids.


There are also companies (commonly also auctioneers or antique/used goods store owners) that specialize in estate sales and acquisitions - most will do an estate sale for you (tag or auction type) and will also offer to buy the goods outright from you. Not a specific Angies List category - yellow pages and google category commonly Estate Sales or Estate Agents.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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