When you submit your antiques for auction, this is your opportunity to get people interested in your antiques and encourage them to bid. Potential buyers are more likely to bid on lots with a good description, with all relevant information displayed clearly.
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 below.
If you’re 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 you fill in help to present the information in a way that’s easy for the buyer to read.
Required information includes:
- Number of items in your lot
- Type of object
- Designer or artist, if known
- Manufacturer or brand, if applicable
- Estimated period when it was made
- Country of origin
- Dimensions (height, width, length)
- Condition. Indicate the overall condition of your object and use the description field to describe in detail any blemishes or repairs. For mechanical items, describe if the object is in working order and functioning correctly, or if it needs to be repaired or serviced.
- Description and additional information. Use the description field to tell the story of your special item.
Proof of Authenticity
Buyers are more likely to bid on your lot if they know it’s authentic. This is why we ask for additional documentation for certain high value objects.
To help evaluate objects with an estimated value above €5,000, we might ask for any of the following:
- Old photographs that show the object in a home setting.
- Original bills or invoices for the object.
- Museum or auction house catalogues that describe the object.
Including strong photographs is key to catching bidders’ attention, ensuring they bid on your lot.
Buying online means bidders don’t get a chance to see your lot in person. So detailed and high quality photographs are very important.
To allow our experts, as well as our bidders, to get an accurate impression of an item, we need a minimum of 6 high quality photos showing:
- A 360 degree view of the item
- Close-ups of important details, according to the guidelines below
- Take photos from all sides. Provide at least 6 photos showing the front, back, inside (if applicable), top, bottom and side view of the item.
- If you offer several items in one lot, take one photo showing all items together, as well as detailed photographs of every item separately.
- Take close-ups of important details, including signatures, monograms, any decorative details, logos, titles or inscriptions.
- For religious icons: if the item has an oklad, include an image without the oklad.
- For silver and gold: include a close-up of the hallmarks.
- Use a plain and neutral background. Objects photographed in front of a clean, white, grey or black background look professional, which appeal to bidders. For silver, make sure the object is polished and clean.
- Include photos of any blemishes, signs of wear, repairs or restorations to avoid post-sale cancellations.
- Don’t use stock photos or images downloaded from the internet.
- Avoid self-portraits. Avoid including any body parts in the photos. You can use white gloves to take pictures of details.
- Only show the item(s) you’re selling. Don’t include details of the room (e.g. furniture, curtains). Don’t photograph the object in a domestic setting, like on a sofa. Don’t take photos of the object outdoors with a garden or landscape in the background (with the exception of garden ornaments).
- Photograph in daylight or with professional lighting. Flash or artificial light can cause the colours or materials to look different, making the photos less accurate.
Examples of suitable images
Examples of unsuitable images