When you submit your archaeology items for auction, this is your opportunity to get people interested in your lots and encourage them to bid.
Potential buyers are more likely to bid on lots with a good description, all relevant information displayed clearly and, of course, beautiful photos.
To help encourage potential buyers to bid on your lot, you should include a detailed description of your object(s). This should be thorough and honest, and follow the guidelines on the next section.
If you are using our website to upload your lots, tips will appear to give you guidance about what information we need to know about your lot. The fields that you fill in help to present the information in a way that’s easy for the buyer to read.
The required information includes:
- type of object
- number of objects
- country of origin
- condition - describe the object’s condition in detail in the description field
- dimensions (in cm)
- indication of export licences where applicable
Every object requires a clear indication of its provenance, listing its origin and history of ownership.
Please make sure you always fill out the provenance statement and include a clearly readable photo of it to your lot.
Including strong photographs is key to catching buyers’ eyes, ensuring they bid on your lot.
Of course, buying online means potential bidders do not get a chance to see your lot in person, therefore detailed and high quality photographs are very important.
To allow our experts, as well as our bidders, to get the right impression of an item, we require:
- a 360 degree view of the item
- close-ups of important details, according to the guidelines on the next section
- Photograph your item in front of a plain and neutral background, preferably a white wall.
- Make sure you avoid any distracting backgrounds, which divert the attention away from your object. Please also avoid any self-portrait or bare hands.
- Ensure the photos show nothing else but the item(s) you want to put up for auction.
- Include images of the back, bottom, top, sides and from the inside where applicable. In case of several items, please photograph the all offered items together as well as every item separately.
- Provide sharp images of specific details, such as a signature or monogram, any decorative details, a logo, title or inscription(s) and, where relevant, of the inside.
- Signs of wear and tear or (minor) damage must be very clearly shown in the images. Include sharp detail images of repaired or restored parts.
- As part of judging an item’s authenticity, we also examine the structure of the material and the corrosion/patina. We therefore require sharp close-up images in high-resolution that are not overexposed.
Now that you know exactly what you need in order to create a fantastic lot, it’s time to start selling your archaeology items. Start submitting your special objects for auction.
We look forward to receiving your lots soon - our experts can’t wait to see what you have to offer!