Sloans & Kenyon
Sloans & Kenyon sells
your property as a broker or agent; that is, we do not, except
in rare cases and where noted, buy property for resale. Sellers
consign property to us to sell on their behalf through our
catalog and Cornerstone auctions (see below) and receive the
sales proceeds, less a commission and other fees paid to Sloans
& Kenyon. Our role is similar to a real estate agency:
as the agency lists and sells a house or office building on
your behalf, earning a sales commission, we “list”
and sell your personal property, fine arts and collectibles.
All consignors must execute
a contract with Sloans and Kenyon that specifies the terms
and conditions under which we will accept and attempt to sell
your property, including commission rates and fees. The contract
is signed by the seller (or seller’s agent) and a Sloans
& Kenyon representative. Contact the Business Office for
more information at 301-634-2330.
If you wish to speak with
a representative about consigning property for auction, please
contact the Sloans & Kenyon Auction Gallery in Bethesda
at (301) 634-2330 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may bring your property
or photographs of the property, if not portable, directly
to our gallery where our representatives will give you preliminary
auction estimates and advice. There is no charge for this
service, but we request that you telephone ahead for an appointment.
You may also mail or email
a clear photograph of each item, or a sample from a group
of items if the property is from a large collection, and one
of our representatives will provide a free preliminary auction
estimate, subject to a further auction estimate after first–hand
inspection. Please be sure to include the dimensions, artist’s
signature or maker’s mark, medium, physical condition
and any other relevant information known to you.
Sloans & Kenyon representatives
are available for travel to the property’s location
at no expense to you if the consignment warrants. Please contact
the Gallery to arrange on-site visits.
Types of Sales
Sloans & Kenyon holds
two types of auctions:
• Catalogue auctions:
High-end fine arts and collectibles, supported by a full-color
catalogue. Held 5 – 6 times per year.
Cornerstone auctions: Vintage furniture, Americana and lower-valued
fine and decorative arts and collectibles; held monthly, except
when catalogue auctions are in progress.
Sloans & Kenyon representatives
will discuss with you the appropriate venue for your consignments.
All consignors of property
through Sloans & Kenyon catalogue auctions are required
to pay a Seller’s Commission, which is based on the
successful hammer price of property sold.
Please see our Rate Card
for commissions. Other fees and costs associated with the
consignment of property to Sloans & Kenyon are also contained
in the Rate Card, available from the Business Office at 301-634-2330
Sloans & Kenyon provides a transportation service for consignors’ personal property at rates that are generally below typical market rates; delivery of property to Sloans & Kenyon is at the consignor’s expense, but normally this charge is deducted from the consignment sale proceeds.
Additionally, at consignor’s request, Sloans & Kenyon will provide names of third-party packers and shippers. These third-party firms are independent contractors, and Sloans & Kenyon provides this information solely as a courtesy to our consignors.
Sloans & Kenyon offers
Sellers of property a comprehensive marketing and sales program
for highlighting consigned property, including the following:
• Catalogue auction.
All property is lotted , photographed and described in a full-color
catalogue published prior to the auction in which the property
is offered. This catalogue is mailed to important bidders,
placed on our web site and is available for sale prior to
and during the auction. Each auction is promoted through extensive
mailings, including post cards and brochures, newspaper and
other print media advertising.
Cornerstone auction. All property is lotted and described
in a b/w catalogue. Each auction is promoted through post
card mailings, newspaper and other print media advertising.
• Exhibitions. Prior
to each auction, the property to be offered is displayed at
• Electronic Catalogues.
An electronic catalogue is prepared for each auction and made
available on our web site and Artfact.com, where buyers can place
live bids over the Internet.
• Post-sale Price
List. A complete post–sale price list is available in
printed form and from our web
site following each auction with the hammer price of all
Revised 25 August 2003.
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