When you submit your mineral and meteorite items for auction, 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 page.
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:
- Number of items
- Main mineral/name of meteorite
- Mineral form/type meteorite
- Dimensions (in centimetres)
- Weight (in grams)
- Origin (region/city)
- Origin (country)
If lab-grown this should be clearly stated in the description. Items with good provenance e.g. from an old collection, or from classic mineral locations, can achieve high values in our auctions.
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 background, such as a shop interior or outdoors.
Photos should show nothing else but the item(s) you want to put up for auction.
Please avoid any self-portrait. We won't accept images in which the object is held by a person.
- 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.
- 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 detail images of repaired or restored parts.
- With the exception of opals, items should not be photographed in a wet or oiled condition as this can give buyers a false impression of the item’s appearance.
Image Guidelines - Examples
Now that you know exactly what you need in order to create a fantastic lot, it’s time to start selling your mineral and meteorite 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!