Taxidermy Premium Positioning: Authenticity - Quality - Legal Compliance
At Catawiki we auction taxidermy and curiosity cabinet pieces of premium quality which are often unique, hard to find and guaranteed to appeal to the passionate enthusiast.
Because potential buyers come to Catawiki looking for the special and the rare, our in-house experts select every piece for our auctions, ensuring they are of premium quality and are presented in the best possible way.
We do this because we aim to keep our auctions interesting, allowing buyers to find pieces they’re looking for, and ensuring our sellers have a satisfying selling experience.
At Catawiki we auction taxidermy and cabinet of curiosity pieces from all corners of the world.
For our auctions we source and select pieces:
- of all kinds, both vintage and antique
- that have been more recently prepared
- of any species that are in compliance with CITES regulations
- that show the best quality craftsmanship
- that are in good condition
- that have a minimum lot value of €75
Regular taxidermy items of all kinds
For our dedicated auctions, we seek a wide range of vintage and antique, as well as more recently prepared taxidermy items, including:
- full-body mounts, head and shoulder-mounts
- skulls, full and part-skeletons (articulated or ready-to-assemble)
- prepared skins; with and without the head
- turtle carapaces
- jaw sets, teeth and claws
- marine specimens such as corals and crabs
- cased and framed insects and butterflies
Taxidermy objects - curiosity cabinet specimens
For our dedicated auctions, we seek a wide range of vintage and antique, as well as more recently prepared curiosity cabinet objects, including:
- curiosity cabinet specimens old and new, such as replica mummies and vampires
- the gothic and the ghoulish
- natural freaks and oddities
- dried and bottled specimens
- the weird and the wonderful
Items that are not suitable for our Taxidermy auctions
Certain items are not suitable for our auctions as they draw very little interest from our bidders or because their commercial use is banned by law. In some cases, they may better suit other categories. These include:
- all rhino products
- taxidermy of CITES-protected species, such as birds of prey, without a current Article 10 certificate
- all human remains, with the exception of replicas
- domesticated animal skins (such as sheep, lamb etc.)
Any taxidermy item older than 5,000 years, (e.g. mammoth tusks) may be submitted to our Fossil auction.
To be suitable for our auctions, all taxidermy needs to show the best quality workmanship, reflected in a high degree of visible craftsmanship. They must:
- show a life-like appearance (the expressions portrayed by the animal should bear close resemblance to its natural behavior)
- have a refined professional finish
- show skillful execution
- be of lasting construction
Poorly prepared items and taxidermy with a NON-lifelike appearance is not considered of premium quality and not suitable for our auctions.
All items should be in good condition with little or no visible damage.
- Taxidermy - preserved and mounted
- Taxidermy - preserved skins, etc.
- Taxidermy - plastinated
- Wet specimen - preserved in alcohol, etc.
- Dry-preserved (e.g. butterflies and insects)
- Cleaned and bleached (skulls, bones etc.)
- Replica - in resin, plaster, fur and skin, etc.
Taxidermy of any species in compliance with CITES
At Catawiki we take our CITES responsibilities very seriously, to protect sellers and buyers alike, but most of all to help protect the world’s wildlife.
We only offer up for auction CITES-protected species, i.e. Appendix I and/or Annex A in the EU, providing they are accompanied by their respective Article 10 Certificates, permitting Commercial Use of the specimen. Please be sure to attach readable images of any Article 10 as part of your photographs when submitting. Don’t forget to enter the certificate’s reference numbers in your lot description.
Please note that CITES Appendices II & III, Annex B species, require no certification.
To ensure your items are suitable for submission, please go to www.speciesplus.net for details about specific species.
Register as a seller to begin selling your taxidermy items on Catawiki, then start submitting your objects for auction right away.