Phone Bidding 101

Bidding by phone can be a great choice when you’re unable to attend an auction in person.  It allows you to be right in the middle of the action, and ultimately you have complete control over the price that you pay.  When it comes time to bid, you’re assigned to an auction house employee who […] Continue reading →

The Problem of Non-paying Bidders at Auction: What To Do If It Happens to You

By Renee Corbino In November of 2010 at Bainbridge Auctions in London,  a Chinese vase became the most expensive Chinese piece ever sold with a hammer price of 51.6 million pounds ($83 million USD). Called the “Ruislip Vase,” this piece remained unpaid for nearly two years following the sale. Bloomberg reports that this vase,   rumored to have […] Continue reading →

For Auctioneers: Live Bidding Platforms

LiveAuctioneers v. ArtFact/Invaluable/AuctionZip In a head to head comparison, posting the same two auctions across these platforms, LiveAuctioneers is the winner for auctioneers hands down. This is bad news for auctioneers who post live auctions through ArtFact’s three bidding interfaces exclusively, but good news for bidders who find auctions only posted through ArtFact. These bidders […] Continue reading →

Napoleon: Amazing Find

A Great Find by Anson Brown People often ask me if my job is like the Antiques Roadshow. Mostly not, as 98% of the time, I give people bad news on how their treasures are basically worthless, low value or at least not worth thousands of dollars. It’s a common complaint I’ve heard from people […] Continue reading →