Step 1 - Contact /Valuation
The first step in the process is to contact a representative from Dan Morphy Auctions. The representative will conduct a valuation of your antiques or collectibles and provide you with a pre-sale estimate.
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Look for our booth at shows for an on-site valuation of your antiques or collectibles.
If you have additional questions or would like to speak to a Dan Morphy Auctions representative, please call 717-335-3435.
Step 2 - Consignment
After your valuation, you will be contacted by a Morphy’s representative. Then you will be asked to sign a contract and arrange shipment or pick-up of your antiques or collectibles. If you are not able to deliver or ship the items, we will make suitable arrangements to have the goods picked up. At this time we will also provide details on upcoming sale dates and commission rates, and answer any additional questions you may have regarding consignment.
Step 3 - Inventory/Insurance/Storage
Once we have your items in our possession, they will be fully insured for the amount of the higher presale estimate until the day they transfer to the new owner (auction buyer). After receipt of your consigned goods, we will have them tagged and inventoried, and our Consignments team will mail you a list for your records. This process ensures the proper documentation and tracking of your antiques or collectibles. Prior to the auction, your items will be stored in our museum-grade shelving and storage units to ensure the security and handling of your consignments.
Step 4 - Cataloging/Photography/Printing
We employ the foremost experts in the industry who will provide unbiased descriptions and estimates for your auction consignments. When it comes to highly specialized niche categories, we enlist the services of noted authorities whom we consider to have the greatest knowledge and best reputation within their given field in order to ensure accurate and trustworthy descriptions. Our team of catalogers, graphic designers and on-site photographers will then produce professionally designed, full-color brochures and hardbound catalogs showcasing your consignments to their very best advantage.
Step 5 - Marketing
We will customize a marketing, advertising and distribution plan to assure maximum consumer participation and worldwide exposure for your consignments. Brochures and catalogs will be mailed to top buyers and collectors based on category of interest to maximize the selling power of your consignments. A media campaign will be devised in conjunction with the marketing campaign, targeting popular antique trade magazines and other influential media outlets. In order to assure widespread publicity of the sale of your items/collection in the most influential antiques trade and collector publications, we call upon our well-established contacts at major media outlets. Morphy’s will also be promoting your consignments through morphyauctions.com, our state of the art Web site. The Web site features collections from the current sale, sneak peeks of upcoming sales, weekly updated blogs, a full-color online catalog, up-to-date market information and multiple bidding options for potential buyers. Your collection could be our next featured collection or sneak peek! Collectors who cannot attend the auction can conveniently bid on items from anywhere in the world via their choice of mail, e-mail, telephone, fax, Dan Morphy Auctions’ Web site morphyauctions.com, or live, “real time” Internet bidding through Morphy LIVE or Artfact. We also have an Internet marketing presence on popular social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
Step 6 - Selling/ Auction
Your consignments will be on display for extended time period prior to the sale date. This timeframe allows our regular customers and potential buyers as much time as they wish to inspect your antiques or collectibles in a no-pressure atmosphere. While on display for auction, your antiques or collectibles will be displayed in museum-quality glass display cases, or locked gallery rooms, protected by full-time camera surveillance and handled by qualified Morphy’s representatives. Dan Morphy Auctions is open every day from 9AM – 4PM and is staffed with full-time, knowledgeable antiques experts to assist those wishing to preview articles of interest. The items also may be previewed after hours by special appointment.
Step 7 - Consignor Payout
Dan Morphy Auctions prides itself in prompt payment to its consignors, payouts are usually made with-in 45 days after each auction.