1. Send in Material to be Consigned
When you are invited to consign, you will receive instructions on how to ship the material to Kimballs or arrange for an appointment. If you choose to ship your items, please mark the name of the Kimballs appraiser or specialty department who requested your material on the outside of the package, and include a detailed packing list inside along with copies of any email correspondence.
Please keep in mind that any auction estimates you received based on photographs may be revised once an appraiser assesses the item in person.
2. Sign a Consignment Contract
Review your contract carefully before signing. It contains important information on how the auction process works and also outlines the commission rate and fees that you will be charged.
The high and low auction estimates listed in your contract provide an expected range of value for your property, and give the buyer guidelines for potential purchase. The estimate is not a guarantee; your item may sell below or far above the estimate.
For objects of high value, your contract may contain a reserve, or a minimum price at which the item can sell. Most property at Kimballs is offered without a reserve, which can work to your advantage since starting the bidding at a low price will often inspire more bidders to join in. Bidder competition is essential to earning a higher final hammer price.
3. Photography, Catalogs, and Marketing
Working with Kimballs means worldwide exposure and thoughtful, targeted marketing. This level of commitment and dedication to earning you the maximum value for your consignments takes time. Allow at least 2-3 months from the time you sign a consignment contract to auction.
During this time, our specialists will research and catalog your material, photographers will take high quality pictures, our in-house production team will publish an auction catalog, and our marketing team will plan advertisements, events, and outreach around the auction. This outreach includes email and social media campaigns, a press release, and a dedicated landing page on our website for each auction. A high quality photograph and description of your item will appear in the online auction catalog on a page optimized for web searches.
Kimballs takes special care to place your property in the most appropriate specialty auctions. Placing similar material together means attracting a higher number of passionate, motivated buyers.