Selecting the right auctioneer is a very important yet difficult decision. Keep in mind that you are selecting someone to represent you. Good results at auction don't just happen, they are the result of top professionals.
The following is a list of questions to ask when hiring an auctioneer. Often, there are sensitive family issues surrounding an auction, You should always feel comfortable with, and certainly trust your auctioneer. We recommend asking your potential auctioneer about all of these, even better is a written proposal explaining the auction process, terms, responsibilities, etc.
One note on consignment percentage, be sure to consider who will achieve the best price for your item(s). While it is very common to search for the lowest percentages charged to sell your item(s). Keep in mind that if Auctioneer A sells your item for $75 and charges you 15% you get $64 back, If auctioneer B charges you 20% but sells your item for $85 you get $68 back. Often just one more bid increment can make up for what seemed like a better deal. Just as in anything else in life, you get what you pay for. Be sure you're not selecting the cheapest, but the best auctioneer you can.
Document provided by Bailey's Honor Auction Service