Participating in our sales is easy.
You may either attend the auction and bid in person, submit an absentee bid, or
participate live online. (Telephone bidding is restricted to established clients or
clients with good references and is handled on a first come first serve basis).
bidding in person must register (name, address, telephone number, picture
identification) with us prior to the auction. All registered persons receive a numbered
bidding paddle. Absentee bidders must submit their bids in the form of a
Absentee Bid Form
(the bidder's registration takes place by submitting this sheet). In May of 2000, we began
broadcasting our live poster auctions in San Francisco via the Internet and enabled
Online Bidding. Poster enthusiasts all over the world have the opportunity to
participate in our sales via computer. Contrary to absentee bidding, you can place your
bids in real time via the Internet when the live event is taking place. You don't have to
be at the floor of the auction house to bid live - you can participate right from your
computer! For more information, please visit the respective
sale that you would like to participate in.
To submit an absentee bid, print an
Absentee Bid Form.
Viewing the posters
Anyone may attend the auction and the auction preview. There is no admission charge
nor any obligation to bid. You do not even need to buy a catalog to view the posters.
All auction posters are exhibited on the morning of the auction day. The preview
is an opportunity to see all posters first hand and inspect them in detail. You may call
us to schedule a private viewing.
Those who cannot attend the auction in person may choose to leave an absentee bid.
Absentee bidders must fill out an "Absentee Bid Form" indicating the maximum bid
for each desired lot. Absentee bids must reach our offices no later than 24 hours
before the auction! "Either-or" bids will be accepted. We will be happy to
accommodate you in your bidding strategies. (Absentee bids submitted by telephone must
be confirmed in writing at least 24 hours before the sale.)
Click here to print out an
absentee bid form.
All absentee bids are executed at the lowest price
possible and as if the absentee bidder were actually present at the sale. Please
Auction Guide page for four detailed
scenarios/examples that will explain the exact absentee bidding process.
Successful bidders - Payment
All successful bids are subject to a 22% buyer's premium plus
shipping/handling and any applicable taxes.
We offer a 2% discount on the buyer’s premium for invoices paid in full
with cash, money order or personal check.
An additional buyer's
premium of 5% will be charged on any purchase made through a live online auction as
posted by PosterConnection in accordance with such live online auction. In the
U.S., buyers may be liable for sales tax (currently 8.25% for California residents).
Abroad, buyers may be liable for VAT or other applicable taxes. Please check with us for
information relating to your potential tax liabilities.
Payment is due immediately after the
auction and must be submitted in US currency by
(a) cash, (b) money order (c) personal check (all materials remain with
PosterConnection until payment clears), (d) direct bank to bank wire
transfer (transaction fees, and banking costs must be paid by the
buyer), or (e) credit card. We accept VISA, MasterCard, and American
Express. We offer a 2% discount on the buyer’s premium for invoices paid
in full with cash, money order or personal check. Tax is added to all
California residents unless a valid Resale Certificate is provided.
For more details, please review our
Conditions of Sale.
Selling your posters
We accept consignments for our poster auctions throughout the year. If you are interested
in selling posters, both PosterConnection and Jörg Weigelt Auktionen will be pleased to
consider your fine items and provide you with an evaluation of your property, whether it
is a single item or a varied collection.
You may either make an appointment to meet with us, or, if you are unable to
visit our offices, you can (e-)mail us photographs or call us with a description of your
posters. It is helpful, if you include any information about the artist, title of the
poster, its dimensions, a brief assessment of its physical condition and any other
relevant information, including the history of ownership. We are usually able to provide
you with a preliminary evaluation without delay.
We collect a commission from the seller on all lots sold at auction. Besides
this flat fee, there are generally no additional expenses paid by the seller. For example,
there is no charge for insurance (once the property has reached our premises) or for color
illustration of the poster lot in the auction catalogue.
page provides a
lot more details about buying and selling at auction. Please feel free to
email or call us
at (925) 673-3343) with
your specific questions or concerns. We look forward to talking with you.