The first step in the process is to contact a representative from Morphy Auctions. The representative will conduct a valuation of your antiques and collectibles and provide you with a pre-sale estimate range. There are multiple ways to contact us regarding a potential consignment.
Once the valuation process is over and you would like to consign your item(s) to Morphy Auctions, a Morphy Auctions Representative will contact you. At this point, your Morphy Representative will coordinate all of the details of your consignments and logistics (consignment rate, special clauses, auction date, etc.). The Morphy Representative will finalize the contract with you and arrange for shipment or pick-up of your items.
Please do not ship your consignments to Morphy Auctions without prior approval and acknowledgement from a Morphy Representative.
From the time your items are in our possession, they will be fully insured for the amount of the low pre-sale estimate until they transfer to the buyer who purchased the item at auction. After we receive your consigned items, our consignment team will tag and inventory each item. Our state-of-the-art process ensures that each of your items is properly documented and stored prior to the items being displayed. Our system also allows us to make sure the correct expert inspects, describes and estimates your items. Prior to your items being displayed, Morphy Auctions will be store them in our museum-grade shelving and storage facilities. Morphy Auctions has advanced security systems in place to keep your items safe and secure.
We employ the foremost experts in the industry to provide unbiased descriptions and estimates for your auction consignments. For highly specialized, niche categories, we have a bank of experts that we bring in to ensure accurate and trustworthy descriptions. We consider all of our experts to have the greatest knowledge and best reputations within their given field.
Our full time on-site photographers will take multiple photographs of each of your items, accurately representing your pieces.
Approximately 7 weeks prior to the auction date, a member of our consignment team will provide a report of your consigned items that include the expert’s description, estimates, and photos. It is at this time, that you can review all of the descriptions and estimates and discuss any changes you would like with a member of our consignment team.
Our team of graphic designers create a professionally designed hardbound catalog for each auction. Our goal is to showcase your consigned items to their very best advantage. Morphy Auctions mails hardbound catalogs out to our carefully curated list of collectors within that industry approximately one month prior to the auction date.
For each and every auction, we customize a marketing and advertising strategy to assure maximum buyer participation and worldwide exposure for your consignments. In addition to our hardbound catalogs, we also distribute full-color brochures that are mailed out to our database of collectors based on their category of interest. We devise and implement a media campaign in conjunction with the marketing campaign, targeting popular antique trade publications and other influential media outlets. In order to ensure widespread publicity of the auction containing your items/collection, we distribute a press release to our well-established contacts at major media outlets, including putting the press release on PRWeb.
We use our newly designed website to promote your items through the homepage banners and dedicated auction page. The website features collections from the current auction, sneak peeks of upcoming auctions, a news center, online catalog and multiple bidding options for potential buyers.
Our online catalog provides potential buyers the opportunity to view all of your items in the auction and pre-bid prior to the auction date. The online catalog is available approximately 4 weeks prior to the auction date to allow for maximum exposure and bidding opportunities.
Morphy Auctions is also active on multiple social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
In addition to your items being available to view online, they will also be displayed in our gallery for several weeks prior to the auction date. Our display coordinator carefully displays each of your items so it is represented properly and is accessible for previewing. All of your auction pieces are displayed in museum-quality glass display cases or locked gallery preview rooms, protected by full-time camera surveillance and only handled by Morphy Representatives.
Morphy Auctions is open every day and staffed with full-time, knowledgeable experts and staff. All auction items may also be previewed after hours by appointment.
On the designated auction date, we will hold a live auction of all items in that sale. For buyers who cannot attend our live auction, we offer multiple other ways to bid including telephone bidding, absentee bids, and online/internet bidding.
For each auction, we use multiple bidding platforms to maximize the awareness of the auction and allow for greater bidder participation.
Morphy Auctions prides itself in prompt payout to our consignors. Payment are made within 45 days of each auction.
After conclusion of an auction, we will generate a list of any of your unsold items. A Morphy Representative will contact you to determine what you would like to do with your unsold items. We can either return your items back to you or reconsign the items into another upcoming auction.