When you submit your musical instruments for auction, this is your opportunity to get people interested in your musical instruments 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 musical instruments 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). This should be thorough and honest, and follow the guidelines described below.
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. With it you’ll find prepared fields for:
- type of instrument/object type or type of guitar item
- year of manufacture and country of manufacture
- serial number
- condition, apart from the grading, please further describe any blemishes in the description field
- CITES relevancy - some materials might fall under CITES regulations, therefore please carefully check and indicate the CITES relevancy as follows:
- not relevant for CITES
- CITES Appendix I - Annex A in the EU
- CITES Appendix II - Annex B in the EU
- CITES Appendix III - Annex B in the EU
- CITES Document Nr.
Do you know any other interesting details about the history of the instrument? Let bidders know about it and share it in the description field.
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 several high quality photos, including:
- a 360 degree view of the item
- close-ups of important details, according to the guidelines below
- Photograph your item in front of a plain and neutral background, preferably a white wall. Avoid a distracting background, such as a shop interior or outdoors.
- Only show the item(s) you want to put up for auction and avoid any bare hands or self-portraits.
- 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.
- 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.
- Please also provide clearly readable images of any receipt or certificate (if applicable).
- Accurately show the condition of the item, providing sharp close-up photos of any signs of wear and tear or (minor) damage as well as repaired or restored parts.
Now that you know exactly what you need in order to create a fantastic lot, it’s time to start selling your musical instruments. 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!