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BUYING & SELLING AT AUCTION

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).

People 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 signed 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 Live 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.

Absentee bidding
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 review our 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.

More Information
Our Auction Guide 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.

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