If you're a member of the Bidamount Global Auction Member Pages, you're already familiar with the Auctioneer Report Card. If you're not this is just a sampling of how we rank some of the auctioneers on Liveauctioneers, Bidsquare and iNvaluable. It's good information to have access to before opening your wallet.
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Why Dealers and Collectors Use The Auctioneer Report Card
The purpose is simple, to help collectors and dealers make better decisions on items being auctioned online. Checking before spending money that can never be gotten back if the object turns out to be other than represented, or not as it appeared. Refunds are rarely if ever given.
Some auctioneers are absolutely excellent and others you will want to avoid like Covid-19. This can help you save money, headaches, and hassles. We also add new names to it each week.
Below are just a few of the auction houses we cover in the Full report card.
Name Rating Our Comments and Opinions 21st Century Auctions D Trinkets, lower end items 888 Auctions F Avoid Always A YUNNA ART F Avoid Always A YUNNA ART, NYC F Avoid Always A&J Antiques Galleria Inc. F Avoid Always A.B. Levy's D- Copies, and old things, weak descriptions be cautious. A.H. Wilkens Auctions & Appraisals C+ Good items, get a little help on items that appear particularly rare. They tend not to suggest DATES. Be cautious with all paintings. AAA Art F Avoid Always Aalders Auctions D Misdated items, numerous copies, but they DO get some decent things, but are usually misdescribed. Abington Auction Gallery C Get expert advice. Accademia Fine Art C to D Mix of old and new, ask questions get advice. Ace Art Auction F Avoid Always Adam's Auctioneers C- Ok on export objects, but on the rest be careful. ask questions. Ader B A good French Auction house with good descriptions and reasonable estimates. Adler Kunstauktionen F Always avoid, very poor descriptions, poor dating attributes or none given at all. Affinity Antique Auction D-F Be careful, some ok Export Items, but many copies with no dates or descriptions much of the time. (Minefield) Ahlers & Ogletree Auction Gallery C Get expert advice first Akiba Antiques C- Get expert advice. Akiba Antiques D Little to no apparent knowledge of the difference between Chinese and Japanese objects, vague descriptions otherwise. Be careful. Altair F- Avoid Always, this firm has also been investigated by the FBI for fraud. Do not even think of buying at this auction house. Anders Auction Inc F Avoid Always Annabells Gallery F Avoid Always Antique Arena Inc C A mix of old and new, fairly good info on EXPORT wares, other things not so much. Antiques Online Auctions C Ask questions, a lot of odds and ends, some good things. Scant dating info. Ars Coin Wien F Avoid Always Artingstall Auctioneers F Avoid, poor descriptions dubious dating and descriptions. Artspire Auctioneer F Avoid Always Auction Plus, Inc. F Avoid Auguttes Auctioneers B+ Good Auctioneer in Belgium Auktionshaus Schwab D+ Good things mixed in with copies, little accurate dating Asian objects. Austin Auction Gallery C Get expert advice. Autumn Court Antiques D+ Be very careful, get expert advice. Mix of old and new. Poor vague descriptions, some good things, but be very careful. Bargain Hunt Auctions F Avoid always. Bertolami Fine Art C Some great and some doubtful, get expert advice. Bidit Auctions, Marietta GA F Avoid Always Bill Hood & Sons Art & Antiques Auctions C- Good descriptions on most Export wares, but they fudge on copies calling them "Qing" a bit too often when they are modern. Bonhams A+ Excellent Bowen Auction F Avoid Always Brunks B Ask questions, but are straight shooters. Brussels Art Auctions C+ Good items, fine export porcelains anr Japanese works, decent descriptions. as always ask questions. Cambi A Very Good to Excellent Cardale Auctioneers F Avoid Always Chandler's International Auctions & Estate Sales D Get expert advice. China Art Window Ltd. F Avoid Always Christie's A+ Excellent Clars Auction Gallery D+ Get expert advice first. A lot of fakes and copies. Converse Auctions F Generally avoid, lots of copies. The use to be ok, now sell knockoffs too often. Corona Auction Co F Avoid Always, Fake upon Fake Crescent City Auction Gallery D Poor dating, vague, some old things, be careful. Dawson's Auctioneers C Good and bad, dating on items a bit optimistic, Ask questions get outside advice. Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales C+ Good descriptions, modern items stated as such in descriptions. Eden Fine Antiques Galleries LLC, AKA "Eden Auction Galleries, GA" F- Avoid Always, fakes copies and repros abound. Elstob and Elstob D Some antiques, many copies. Fakes are usually unadated, but be careful. Eternity Gallery F Avoid Always Fairfield Auction, LLC C- Some good and very bad accompanied by poor or vague dates and descriptions. First State Arts and Antiques F Avoid Always Fu Jia De Auction F Avoid Always Global Auction Inc. F Avoid Always Great Gatsby's Auction Gallery, Inc. D Get expert advice. Many copies. Guanyin Art LLC F Avoid Always Heritage Auctions B Very Good Hindman Auction Gallery C+ Get expert advice on rare objects. Hutchinson Scott Auctioneers C Get expert advice first John Moran Auctioneers C+ Overall good, on rarities get advice though. Lakeland Antique Bazaar C- More or less an online auction flea market, some descriptions are ok, other are very vague, very few accurate description of Asian items. Liao Du Art Auction F Avoid Always Madison Square Gallery, Inc. F Avoid Always, Many fakes and copies, poor descriptions Margarita Auction Co F Avoid Always Millea Bros Ltd B Good auction House, ask questions though. Nadeau's Auction Gallery C- Ask a lot of questions, get advice, very vague on ages. Norwood Gallery F Avoid Always Oakridge Auction Gallery D- Avoid Nearly Always unless you really know what you're doing, they do get antiques, but are mixed in with multiple fakes and copies..very tricky auctioneer to filter. Palmyra Heritage Gallery D- Be careful, very little apparent knowledge of Asian and Chinese objects. Ask questions, get outside expert help Pook & Pook B- Good auction Rago C+ to B Get advice if unsure, they are straight shooters though. Right Spot Auctions F Avoid Always Rob Michiels Auctions B+ to A Good auction house in the Netherlands Roswell Auctions F Avoid Always, curiously this auction house has the same exact address as another we feel untrustworthy firm known as Lauren Auction Gallery in Georgia.. SATOC Global Auctions F Avoid Always Skinner Boston aka "Skinners" D+ Deceptive or no dating, inaccurate descriptions. Some good things but be very careful. Sotheby's A+ Excellent Stair Auction Gallery B- Good, but lacking in house experts, so ask questions and get expert advice Subastas Darley C Some good porcelain, dubious dating on bronzes and decorative arts, so be a bit carefull. Susanin's Auctions D Get expert advice. Lots of fakes. T.L. Antiques LLC F Avoid Always, fakes copies and repros abound. Tenmoku Auctions C Avoid without getting expert advice The Popular Auction, LLC F Avoid Always, fakes copies and repros abound. Timeless Auctions D-F Be very careful, crazy estimates, many fakes. Occasional real objects, but over estimated. Tremont Auctions B Ask questions they are straight shooters. Unicorn Antique F Avoid Always Veilinghuis de Jager C This company sells some very good things, but fail to date hardly any of their listings. They also mix in Fakes equally un-identified by date. Veritas Art Auctioneers C+ A good auction house, nice descriptions with some lapses on identifying rarities. ask questions and get more pictures. Vickers & Hoad D General lines auction house, use caution and get outside opinions. Vintage Accents Auctions F Avoid Always, fakes copies and repros abound. Vintage Trend Fine Arts & Antiques D- Some items accurately dated, modern pieces often dated as "Late Qing etc...use caution, get outside advice. Weatherham Estate Treasures F Avoid Always, fakes copies and repros abound. Weatherham Estate Treasures F Modern Trinkets Wensly Auctions F Avoid Always, fakes copies and repros abound. Westport Auction C+ General lines auctions house, ask questions, condition reports etc.
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Refund policies of Live Auctioneers and Invaluable. We could find no published policy for Bisqaure, though we are sure it is the same as the other two platforms.
Each auction house sets their own terms and conditions for their sale, including policies and information relating to refunds and returns. As this is set by each seller and can vary by auction, we advise our bidders to consult the terms and conditions of the auction you wish to participate in for further information on those policies.
Invaluable provides auction houses and galleries with a platform to sell their items. In general, each seller on Invaluable sets their own policies regarding refunds and returns. These policies are displayed in each seller's terms and conditions. When you purchase from an auction house or gallery, you are buying from a unique business, and not from Invaluable itself. If there is a problem with a purchase, please contact the seller directly first.