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High end auction house commission fees?

Does anyone here have any experience in sending a piece to a auction house that is valued over $30K? What is the fair commission fee for a piece like that?

Thanks - KCL
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Re: High end auction house commission fees?

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Yes, I consigned an Indian basket to Skinner's Auction company, a couple of years ago.


I took the basket to be appraised by a Mr. Doug Deihl, and found him to be very professional.


He said the basket was exceptional, and as it was fresh to the market (it had been in my collection 25 years).,.he would waive some of the seller's fee...:-D.


I was charged only 8%, and the basket bought close to $30.000..


I would highly recommend Skinner's.


I have also recently consigned items with Steve O'Brian, at the Copely Auction House, and was treated very well.


However, he wasn't so generous, and charged me the usual 22% to sell my items..


I like the idea of consigning to an auction house...


You don't have to worry about someone filing a SNAD, and they do all the leg-work and all the worrying..


I just sat back and waited for my check to arrive in the mail..B-)


 


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Re: High end auction house commission fees?

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Nice -  I'm thinking about flying to the auction.  That's my reward for the find.  I think that would be cool to be there.  

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Re: High end auction house commission fees?

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Any thoughts on which one for a MCM piece?

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Re: High end auction house commission fees?

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Are you saying that you have already chosen an auction house, and consigned the piece.?

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Re: High end auction house commission fees?

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I've talked to them, but haven't committed yet. 

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Re: High end auction house commission fees?

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Did the auction house appraise your piece, or someone else.?

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Re: High end auction house commission fees?

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The auction house. And based on research, (as they stated) the $30k would be the low end and the reserve.  

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Re: High end auction house commission fees?

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I see you are close to Bonham's in Atlanta...are you going with them?

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Re: High end auction house commission fees?

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No, and never heard of them.

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Re: High end auction house commission fees?

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A fellow McM dealer suggested this one.  Then the follow dealer offered me $9k not knowing and assuming that I would not do me do diligence.  The only auction piece i have done was a southern pottery jug, so was looking for a MCM known house.  

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Re: High end auction house commission fees?

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Also, the auction house offered to buy it from me without going to auction.  That told me to take it to auction.  


 

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Re: High end auction house commission fees?

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Can you post a photo of your item..?


I'm sure the furniture folks here will want to see it..


 


By the way, did you auction your jug with Crocker Farms.?


 


They are probably the best auction company I have ever dealt with.


I consigned three nice stoneware crocks with them about five years ago, and as they had a 'pick-up' service, I waited until they were scheduled to be here in Massachusetts, and met their truck just outside Boston, where I was able to hand over my crocks.


It was a relief not having to worry about shipping them...which is really half the battle when trying to get precious items to the auction house in one piece.:-).

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Re: High end auction house commission fees?

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I'm working off my iPad and cannot post a photo, but if you google:


 


Paavo tynell snowflake chandelier


 


It's the big one

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Re: High end auction house commission fees?

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I probably should have.  I contacted them (crockerfarms) for a evaluation, and they balked at it. So I went with Daniel auction in southern Georgia.  It met the minimum over the phone.  Kind of disappointed.  

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Re: High end auction house commission fees?

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Sorry, but for some reason I thought you were asking about  MCM furniture.


 


Okay, I looked up those beautiful chandeliers...


 


I found a small one that sold at Bonham's, the auction house I suggested earlier..here's the link.


 


 


http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/18409/lot/4343/


 


 

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Re: High end auction house commission fees?

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Well, I call it MCM.  Its from the early 1950's from a Finnish designer.  

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Re: High end auction house commission fees?

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After reading your last post again, I see you meant furniture. It's quite unusual and it's the big and has the swirl center rods. 

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Re: High end auction house commission fees?

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Hmm.....I notice that the chandelier I linked to that sold at Bonham's was 40" x 25"..quite large....and was appraised at $15,000.


Yours is the same size, and they gave you an appraisal of $30,000.?


 


This is not my area of expertise, and while they are both lovely, I am curious why the difference in the appraisal.?

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Re: High end auction house commission fees?

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This one is 48 x 36 with many more snowflakes.  I guess we'll see and I will let you know the outcome if interested.  


 


 


Thx

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