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Selling Through Maynards

Are you considering selling your item(s) or collection? Maynards staff are fully qualified to assist you in selling either through auction or through direct purchase to Maynards.

SELLING AT AN AUCTION

The first step is to contact our Fine Art and Antiques Division and you will be put in touch with one of our appraisers. The appropriate appraiser will discuss your item(s) with you, and in most cases will request photographs by email or mail. Alternatively, if feasible and convenient a client can make an appointment with the appraiser to bring their item(s) to our offices for physical inspection, or to arrange a visit to your home. As items are evaluated, the appraiser will determine if they are suitable for auction with us, and if so what type of auction the item(s) would be placed into. We hold different types of auctions throughout the year, ranging from our monthly Decorative Art and Design sales to multi-day International Fine Art and Antique sales, as well as feature auctions of Canadian Art, Contemporary Art, Northwest Coast and Inuit Art, Firearms and Vintage Sporting Goods and other specialty items.

At this stage, the appraiser will also provide you with a pre-auction value estimate for each of your items. This estimate is a monetary range (from low to high) within which we would most expect the items to sell for at auction. We offer these verbal pre-auction value estimates as a free of charge service. However, if you are looking for a formal appraisal of personal property for purposes other than selling at auction please visit the Appraisals information page for details on our appraisal services.

If you are satisfied with our pre-auction value estimates and would like to carry through selling at Maynards, then arrangements can be made to have your item(s) brought to our 8,000-square-foot showroom in Vancouver. You are welcome to make your own transport plans, however, if you require assistance for large and/or multiple items we can put you in touch with movers and shippers that are familiar with our business. The date to items are required to arrive at the showroom will be agreed upon between the department and prospective clients depending on the seller’s needs and pre-auction catalogue deadlines.

Once your personal property is on-site it will be given a consignment number; it will be tagged and inventoried with pre-auction value estimates listed for each item, or group of item for pairs, sets and services. You will be required to sign your consignment receipt (complete with terms and conditions attached) as the basis of your contract and will receive a copy, it will be mailed to you if have shipped items and are not present. Your item(s) will each be assigned a lot number in the designated upcoming auction and displayed for previewing in the showroom. All auctions are accompanied with a printed listing and are displayed online at www.maynardsfineart.com. All International Fine Art and Antiques auctions and specialty subject matter auctions will also be catalogued in detail and placed on our website complete with individual photographs of the items. To maximize exposure, these auctions will also appear on www.invaluable.com; an internationally renowned online advance and live bidding platform for internet bidders worldwide.

Our commission schedule is based on a sliding scale that is determined when your item(s) sell at auction and dependent upon the hammer price achieved for each lot. Lots achieving a hammer price of $3,000 or less have 25% commission deducted, for lots selling between $3,001 and $5,000 the commission is 15% and for $5,001 and above it is 10%. A cheque and detailed statement will be sent in the mail 21 business days after the auction. If items are unsold after the auction you will be notified shortly after by personnel in the Fine Art and Antiques department to discuss the next course of action for your items. Please see an online version of our full Terms and Conditions for sellers. We look forward to serving you!

DIRECT PURCHASE

Direct Purchase is an excellent option for those clients who are in need of a swift and fair sale. The first step is to contact our Fine Art and Antiques Division and you will be put in touch with one of our appraisers. The appropriate appraiser will discuss your item(s) with you, and in most cases will either request photographs by email or mail. Alternatively, if feasible and convenient a client can make an appointment with the appraiser to bring their item(s) to our offices for physical inspection, or to arrange a visit to your home. As items are evaluated, the appraiser will determine if they are suitable for Maynards, and if so this would be the time that the appraiser would make an offer to purchase the items from you. If you are satisfied with our purchase offer, arrangements can be made to have your item(s) brought to our showroom in Vancouver. You are welcome to make your own transport plans, however, if you require assistance for large and/or multiple items we can put you in touch with movers and shippers that are familiar with our business. Once Maynards receives the item(s), and our appraiser is satisfied with the state and condition, we will then send you a cheque for the agreed amount

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