How to Buy at an Antique Estate or Catalogue Auction?
A.H. Wilkens hosts a variety of auctions: fine arts and decorative auctions, general estate auctions, and antique auctions. We offer beautiful items for auction such as silver, art glass, ceramics, Moorcroft pottery, furniture, Chinese, Japanese and Korean arts, Canadian and international fine art and vintage costume and estate jewellery.
To find that special antique, painting or vintage item that you’re looking for, sign up for our Auction e-flyer in the link below. You’ll be notified of all our upcoming auctions. You can also plan ahead and complete your credit card authorization form:
Speak to an A.H. Wilkens Auctions’ Specialist Before the Auction
Once you have selected your pieces of interest, we recommend that you speak with one of our specialists. They can answer your questions. Remember that condition and provenance are important when considering a piece.
Attend the Auction Preview
We highly recommend attending our public preview in advance of each auction. Our Antique Estate Auctions are previewed the Monday prior to an auction from noon to 7 PM
and on the day of the auction from 9-11 AM
. Our Catalogue Auctions are previewed Saturday & Sunday prior from 12 to 5 PM
and on the day of the auction just prior to it beginning.
Key lots are always advertised on our website in advance of each auction.
Every auction has a list to accompany it; catalogue auctions will have photographs, detailed descriptions and estimates listed on our website well in advance of the public preview so that buyers can familiarize themselves with the lots.
Consider Your Bid Before the Auction
Consider what you are willing to pay for each item before the auction begins; remember to add on 20% (17% if paying by debit or cash) for the buyers premium (below $50,000 per lot and 16% above $50,000 per lot) and 13% in tax to the price you are willing to pay (or hammer price). Tax is not paid by the purchaser if it is being shipped out of the country with appropriate shipping receipts. Buying at auctions means it is a final sale
so do your homework ahead of time.
If you are considering an antique piece of furniture, be sure to take down measurements to ensure it fits your specifications.
Speak to a Specialist