There is no more fulfilling experience than gradually building rapport with a collector through an honest and accurate initial appraisal of their artwork, collaborating throughout a rigorous selling campaign, and then exceeding their expectations both in terms of the quality of service provided and the ultimate result achieved at auction. I have spent the past decade of my life engaged with vendors to sell their property at auction through Menzies Art Brands.
The elephant in the room for any vendor is the understandable allegiance the auction house representative has to their own organisation, and in particular, their forthcoming auction. Australian art auction houses face a continual paucity of quality stock, and accordingly, will throw almost any inducement at a potential consignor to secure their business for an imminent auction.
This dynamic creates a micro-environment whereby all alternate selling options outside of what is proposed by your chosen auctioneer cease to exist. But how suitable is the proposed auction for your property? And, most pertinently, will the inducements offered by your chosen auctioneer necessarily yield the optimal result? As an independent operator, I’m able to leverage my experience to get the best outcome for the vendor, without the conflict of allegiance to any particular auction house.
FIVE FIFTY ART ADVISORY Vendor Advocacy services include:
a complimentary and obligation-free initial assessment of the market value of individual artworks
a holistic overview of selling options based on your needs and timeframe (i.e. sale at auction or on private consignment through a gallery/dealer)
management of a submission process from auctioneers/dealers
logistical support, advocacy and project management throughout the selling process, so that your involvement is as minimal (or as great) as you require