Are the Big New York Auction
Houses the Answer?
Some collectors dream of selling their works at Sotheby's, Christies, or one of the other big auction houses. They believe this is their ticket to riches. When they contact these companies, they quickly become disillusioned.
They often find them arrogant, rude and unhelpful. They get brushed aside, when they don't have the valuable they thought they had. The New York firms want items to have a minimum value of $5,000-$10,000. They don't want to do any research to properly identify an item but only want collectables already catalogued in the reference books. They have close catalog publishing deadlines and don't have the time to do proper research. God help the collector who has a good item but needs cleaning or restoration. They get booted out the door even quicker.
There are dozens of medium size auction houses in the world that achieve excellent sale results with these “middle-ground” valuables. The general public just hasn't heard of them. The best Oriental rug auction firm is not in New York. The best Pre-Columbian and antiquities auction company is on-line. Italian paintings do terribly in Italian auctions. The major photography auction house is no one you ever heard of.
We don't just tell you your painting is not by Rembrandt, but try and tell you who it was done by. If your Renoir painting turns out to be a copy, we'll tell you where to sell it as a wonderful decorative copy. A good copy can still bring thousands of dollars.
Let us research, appraise your art and antiques and then recommend a proper auction house to you. Everyday, we carefully study auction records and know where the real market is.
If you have already been mistreated by one of the New York auction firms, why not try again with us. We promise to be helpful, friendly and treat you with respect.
Just give us a call. We assure you won't have another frustrating, terrible experience like you did with New York or one of their offices.
The Chicago Appraisers Association has the answers the big auction houses don't.
(Try and ask them any of these.)
When do you leave an item “as is” condition and when to restore and reframe it?
- How do you get art/antiques restored at a reasonable price before you sell them?
- What do you do when you don't have a clear title on an important painting?
- What do you do when you have no legal import papers on, Pre-Columbian Art and other antiquities?
- How do you determine “cost” basis of your sold goods for your income taxes?
- How do you legally pay the least amount of taxes on your auction sales? Can you donate other items to a museum to offset your profit
- Where should you sell your art/antiques; in the U.S.A. or Europe? What about the new markets in China and Russia? Can you come out ahead with the currency conversion in today's dollar?
Just phone 847-446-8827
At Chicago Appraisers Association
“It's you we value most”.