When you submit your maps for auction, this is your opportunity to get people interested in your maps 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. By following these 3 steps when submitting your maps for auction, you can increase your chances of earning higher revenues on your lots at auction.
To help encourage potential buyers to bid on your lot, you should include a detailed description of your object(s) which should be thorough and honest.
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.
Please make sure you always provide the following key information:
|● Country (current geographical location)||eg: Italy|
|● Geographical specification||eg: Piedmont Region|
|● Mapmaker/publisher||eg: Abraham Ortelius|
|● Map/book title||eg: Italiae Novissima Descriptio|
|● Period||eg: 1581-1600|
|● Condition||eg: Good|
|● Technique||eg: Etching|
|● Height and width of the image||eg: 53 x 37 cm|
|● Additional information||eg: Publication: Theatrum Orbis Terrarum|
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.
Imagine you were buying the lot - what photography would you like to see?
To allow our experts, as well as our bidders, to get the right impression of an item, we require a minimum of 3 high quality photos that adhere to the guidelines described in the following sections.
For Single Sheet Maps
- Provide a minimum of 3 photos that show the complete map or sheet (including the edges) from the front and back and a close-up of any interesting features - particularly the cartouche (publisher details)
- Note: successful sellers typically provide at least 7 photos
- Include clearly readable close-up images of details of the map, including writing, signatures or stamps and a close-up of the edges, clearly show any flaws or damages to accurately reflect the condition
- Make sure you use a plain, neutral (ideally white) background
- Avoid any self-portraits, hands or fingers in the photo
For an Atlas or Set of Items
The same suggestions that were made for sheet maps apply, but in addition we need:
- a photograph of the title page - showing printing and publishing details
- for an atlas or reference work, any interesting illustrations/plates
- for a collection or set of books, it is important to include a photograph showing all of the books together
Now that you know exactly what you need in order to create a fantastic lot, it’s time to start selling your maps. 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!