There are many factors to consider when selecting an auction company. It is important to make yourself aware of an Auction Company’s expertise and history in selling items similar to your own. For example, you would not consign fine antiques to an Auction Company whose specialty is farm equipment or commercial machinery. Nor would you wish to consign fine art to a company without any expertise in that field.
Hodgins Art Auctions Ltd. specializes in Canadian & international fine art, first nations artifacts & fine wine and spirits. Through our affiliate, Hall's Auction Services Ltd., we offer the resources and expertise to market antiques, fine furniture, collectibles, and objets d'art.
In order for items to sell well at auction, care must be given to accurate cataloguing, effective display and preview prior to sale, and proper advertisement to both the general public and specific clientele. Every item consigned to Hodgins Art Auctions Ltd. is carefully examined, researched, and described for the auction catalogue - all at no additional cost to you.
Hodgins Art Auctions Ltd. has a mailing list of approximately 9000 clients in Calgary as well as across the country, into the United States and overseas. In addition, we provide detailed catalogues and formal previews to the public for all our auctions. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will respond to any questions from interested clients.
The procedures for selling at Hodgins Art Auctions Ltd. are quite simple.
You begin by contacting our offices for a pre-sale estimate. You will receive a contract to sign, setting forth terms and fees for the services that we will provide. You then can either bring your property to Hodgins yourself, arrange with a shipper to deliver it or have Hodgins organize the shipping on your behalf. Properties usually arrive throughout the year as there are cataloguing deadlines that come into effect for specific sales.
Every item consigned to Hodgins Art Auctions Ltd. is carefully examined, researched, described, and assigned a pre-sale estimate in the auction catalogue - all at no cost to you. Hodgins will send you a property schedule detailing the auction estimate, the date of the auction sale, and a suggested reserve price.
The reserve is the minimum price below which your property will not be sold. It is confidential, and is determined by you in consultation with our staff.
By law, consignors must be paid for items sold at auction within 21 (twenty-one) days of the sale. Hodgins deposits all monies from sales into a Trust Account on behalf of the consignor. Each consignor receives a complete accounting of the sale, listing each item, the amount it sold for, the amount of the commission and the amount of the net cheque for sold prices less our commission.
To receive a free auction estimate of your artwork, we invite you to send a photograph and complete details of your artwork to our offices. A reply can be expected, by either mail or telephone call, usually within one week of receipt.
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