When you submit your fossils 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. By following these 3 steps when submitting your items 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).
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
- Scientific name
- Geological period
Descriptions should be interesting and engaging for bidders and clearly state what the item is and give background information on the item, e.g. provenance, details of the particular fossil or locality where it is from.
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 page
- 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.
- Provide specific sharp images of 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 images. Include sharp detailed images of repaired or restored parts.
- Please keep in mind that bidders are interested in seeing as many details as possible. Therefore, please always 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.
Image Guidelines - Examples of incorrect photographs
Now that you know exactly what you need in order to create a fantastic lot, it’s time to start selling your fossils. 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!