SELLING AT AN AUCTION
Whether an estate auction, catalogue auction or fine art auction, the process is a always a true representation of the market place. Our appraisers at A.H. Wilkens work with clients (including private individuals, estate executors and professionals) to help estimate the value of their items or collections prior to going to auction.
Auction items at A.H. Wilkens are given the fairest opportunity to achieve their true value because they are properly advertised and accurately described
THE APPRAISAL PROCESS
1. We begin the auction process with a discussion between the seller and one of our knowledgeable specialists. This helps to determine the type of valuation required and the best avenues to achieve this.
2. Appraisals for a few items can be achieved by emailing digital images or a gallery visit. Remember to include overall photos of an object and details of marks or signatures. It’s always best to pre-book a gallery visit with a specialist for maximum return. Emails and gallery visits are complimentary.
3. For the valuation of full estates, homes and collections we recommend a house visit. One of our specialists will meet the family at the property in question to provided a room by room written evaluation to include but not limit the fine art, furniture, smalls including silver and porcelain, jewellery and decorations. If a written valuation is not needed or time does not permit, a verbal overview is provided.
4. Following the valuation, we can facilitate as much as required. We work with professional organizers, elder care consultants and reputable movers to make sure the transition is a smooth as possible. In addition to the move to our auction house, we often facilitate moves to new locations, disposals and donation runs.
5. We often suggest our “Peace of Mind” coverage. For large estates having a specialist onsite the day of the move can help to make the process run smoothly. For large, older estates it means that any new found items are dealt with appropriately.
6. All goods are brought into either our downtown Toronto location or our downtown Oakville location and inventoried so that consignments are properly managed and kept up to date. All items from a consignment are kept within the location committed.