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An Auction Guide


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  • The job of the auctioneer is to be a liaison between the seller and the buyer. His job is to sell an item at the best price possible and to create an atmosphere that is conducive to this goal. Many different types of auctions exist and each varies immensely in the style and method of selling. For instance, there are auctioneers who just sell livestock or automobiles. My experience deals with the collectable and household or estate auction. Not the high priced, high quality auctions like "Christi's" or "Sotheby's", but good quality collectibles and antiques auctions that are within the reaches of contemporary Americans.

  • In general, the auctioneer is not suppose to know the value of the items he sells. His job is to sell the item. However, many auctioneers are antique or collectable dealers themselves. This knowledge with input from qualified individuals gives him a good working knowledge and value of the items he sells. When you attend an auction on a regular basis, you will know who these qualified individuals are.

  • When I say 'qualified', I'm referring to individuals, collectors and 'true' dealers, who are well established in their communities as a trustworthy source of information. These people have been in the business of buying and selling antiques and collectibles for many years. They usually have an 'expertise' in certain fields or areas (such as depression glass or Victorian furniture), and are well aware of area values, market trends and fads. DON'T expect any favoritism on the part of these individuals when it comes to buying.

  • Navigation is accomplished by using the main menu on the left. Just click on the red help book next to the words Auction Guide and the topics will unfold. Or you can use the index below.



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  • This guide may be freely distributed providing that I have been credited as the author, and a link to this website has been placed on each chapter. Thank You.

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  • Written and Copyrighted 1997-2001 by Stan Daniloski,  Earth Station 9.



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