The selling process begins with an evaluation of your goods. We can provide auction estimates at our gallery, from photographs (mailed or emailed) or at your home. When you are ready to proceed we provide an itemized inventory list with estimates for each lot. If the auction method is not for you, we also can purchase outright.
We want to make the process easy for you. We handle the packing and moving of your items and all property in our hands is fully insured.
Our promotion is extensive. We begin with full page ads in national trade magazines and direct mailing of color brochures to our list of thousands of qualified buyers built over thirty years in the industry. Additionally, we publish our full catalog with multiple online marketing partners and employ various social media outlets, driving many thousands of targeted customers to our online catalog to bid on your consignment. For items that aren't suitable for the auction we can offer various solutions to make estate liquidation easy and maximize your results.
For specialized items such as fine art, clocks or rare autographs we make specific directed mailings and email blasts to those collectors of interest. We can also create a single-owner sale with a full color catalog devoted to your collection or important estate.
Our spacious, well lighted and state-of-the-art gallery is located within easy access of affluent buyers in Fairfield and Westchester counties, New York City and greater New England. Our tools, from cameras and audio equipment to computers and software, are the best available for one reason- to get the best results for you.
We encourage all prospective sellers to visit the gallery and attend a preview in person.
Our very competitive seller rates depend on the sales price of each item and range as low as 5%. There are no additional charges. Generally, packing, trucking, insurance, photography and advertising are all included. Occasionally trucking for long distance, single items or property that requires special handling (like pianos) may be at an extra charge. After the auction, you will receive an itemized reconciliation of your consignment with a check within 20 business days.
To assure results are in line with estimates it is our policy that all property valued at $1,000 or above is offered with a starting bid of 50% of the low estimate. A reserve is a confidential minimum price below which the auctioneer will not sell an item. We accept reserves on property estimated above $2,000 if it is below a conservative low estimate.
Bringing an entire collection to auction can generate tremendous enthusiasm in the marketplace. We have had great success with collections as diverse as baseball cards, fine lighting, coins and currency, toys and trains, clocks and music boxes, rare books, Asian art, antique firearms, Native American art and fine photography. Over three decades in the industry we have accumulated category specific buyer lists for these specific categories and more. Additionally we market collections through trade groups to reach buyers of those specific categories world-wide.
Fairfield Auction is also happy to facilitate the outright purchase of antiques and fine art. Through our network of collectors, dealers and institutional buyers, purchases from $500 to $500,000 can be completed immediately. We can also include clean-out services as part of the transaction.
We strive to offer the marketing savvy of the major urban auction houses with the personal service only available in a company where you deal with the principals directly. Our mission is to deliver unsurpassed results with pleasant and prompt service from the first contact to the final reconciliation and payment. If we might be of service to you, please call our offices today at (203) 880-5200.