The general steps are 1) preview live or online 2) register to bid 3) bid in person, absentee, phone or online 4) payment 5) picking up or shipping your property.
Bid increments are as follows:
Price Bid Increment
$0.00 - $5.00
$50.00 - $10.00
$200.00 - $25.00
$500.00 - $50.00
$1,000.00 - $100.00
$2,000.00 - $250.00
$5,000.00 - $500.00
$10,000.00 - $1,000.00
$20,000.00 - $2,500.00
$50,000.00 - $5,000.00
$100,000.00 - $10,000.00
$200,000.00 - $25,000.00
$500,000.00 - $50,000.00
$1,000,000.00 - $100,000.00
We encourage everyone to preview carefully and bid wisely. At the moment the auctioneer says "sold" at the end of the bidding on each lot, the title transfers to the new owner. The sale is final, and there are no returns.
The majority of property offered at Michaan's Auctions comes directly from estates and private collections, and may show signs of use and age. All property is offered "as is", and prices are not reduced due to pre-existing flaws. We encourage you to thoroughly inspect the property and request a Condition Report prior to bidding. Condition Reports are subject to our Conditions of Sale. They are supplied free of charge by our specialists and may be requested through the appropriate department.
We accept credit card payment with Visa, Mastercard or Discover, Wire Transfer, Money Order, Bank Check, Personal Check, Business Check, debit cards and cash. At this time we cannot accept credit card payments from International buyers.
In most cases you have seven days after the auction to pay for items, 15 days after the auction to pick up. For Annex Auctions you have seven business days after the auction to pay and pick up items. Hours for payment and pick ups are Monday - Friday 9:00am - 4:30pm.
Yes, Michaan's Auctions specializes in "fair market value" appraisals, which are used for estate planning and division purposes.
Michaan's accepts property for auction throughout the year for the 25 auctions we hold annually. We advise sellers to consign their property at least two months in advance of the sale to allow for research, cataloguing, photography and publicity. Our specialists will work closely with you to respond to your individual situation.
Yes. Please contact us to arrange a time to drop off your property. You may call us at (510) 740-0220.
In order to waive the insurance fee, the consignor must provide Michaan's Auction, at the time of consignment, a "Letter of Subrogation" from the consignor's insurance company. Any damage to the property is then the sole responsibility of the consignor.
In the off chance that your item does not sell you will have the option of lowering the estimates and re-offering the item in a later auction or you can pick up the item. Michaan's Auctions doesn't charge photography fees and as another courtesy to our consignors, we will not charge them insurance or a buy-in fee to take the item back.
The first step in the process is to arrange a consultation with one of our specialists. You may bring your property directly to our gallery, where a specialist will meet with you, conduct an evaluation and provide you with a preliminary auction estimate. You can also submit images online by using our free online appraisal service.
Sellers pay a commission that is deducted, along with any agreed upon expenses, from the hammer price. Should you have any specific questions regarding the selling commission, please contact your specialists for more information.
30 business days after the auction.
Once we have discussed your requirements with you and inspected your property, we will give you an estimate of what the item(s) are likely to realize at auction and will advise you of the most appropriate sale.
Yes, please call (510) 740-0220 to schedule an appointment with the appropriate department during business hours Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
All Michaan's Auctions are free and open to the public.
Catalogs are published and shipped approximately three to five weeks before the date of each auction. Catalogs should arrive within three to ten days provided that the catalog is ready for shipping at the time of your order. Catalogs can be requested via standard mail as well, with annual catalog subscriptions also available upon request. Contact the Customer Service Department at (510) 740-0220 to purchase your subscription.
Results are posted online shortly after the close of each auction session. A text listing of prices realized is available on the detail page for each auction. You can find lists of past auctions by starting on the Calendar page and clicking the "Previous Auctions" link to navigate to older dates.
You may submit up to three images per request.
The auction estimate request form only accepts JPEG images. If your image is not currently a JPEG, open it in your photo editing software and save it as a ".jpg" file.
Individual images may not exceed 4 MB (4,000 KB). The total size of all images within a single request may not exceed 10 MB (10,000 KB). If your image is too large, open it in your photo editing software and save it at a lower resolution.
Yes, please go to michaans.com/mailing-list to register your email and you will receive email alerts on upcoming auctions and events 2 weeks before all of our events. Registration is free.
You may submit an email through our <a href="/contact.php">contact page</a> or call toll free at 1-800-380-9822.