HOW TO CONSIGN WITH US ?
Consigning your stamps with us selling them in our auctions is very easy. Just follow the steps below.
STAGE 1: VALUATION
The first step when considering selling your collection is to have it estimated by one of our specialists. We offer multiple flexible options, whether remote or in person.
We analyse your stamps
One of our specialists will get back to you within 48 hours, to let you know if your material has value on the philatelic market or not.
Meet our specialists
Schedule a meeting with our specialists online (Skype, Zoom, Whatsapp, etc.), at our office or at a location of your choice to discuss your needs.
STAGE 2: CONSIGNMENT
After the valuation of your collection by our specialists, and if your material has sufficient value on the philatelic market, then you can sell your stamp collection at auction by following these easy steps:
Sign the agreement
You will receive a consignment contract and when you are satisfied with our proposal, sign the agreement either electronically or in person.
Send us your stamps
You will receive a detailed guide on how to prepare the shimpment and parcels. We take care of the logistics and organise tracked and secured shipment from your home to our office. Your material is fully insured from the moment it leaves your home.
Description & Estimation
Your stamps are carefully prepared for auction by our specialists. You receive the description and auction estimate for validation and we then promote your treasures to our worldwide clientele.
STAGE 3: AUCTION
When the day of the auction comes, you can follow the sale of your stamps live, wherever you are. Our team is available to answer any questions or for support.
Follow the auction live
Follow the auction live online, and watch your stamps get sold at auction from the comfort of your home.
Get paid quickly
You are paid 6 weeks after the auction, in the method most convenient to you.
WHY SHOULD I SELL MY COLLECTION AT AUCTION AND NOT DIRECT TO A DEALER?
It’s in our interest to do the best possible job for you and your collection, becuase the higher the price we sell for, the more we earn in commission. And the auction market is an open market with competitive bidders worldwide, so you know that you will receive a fair price when the hammer comes down.
WHAT MAKES YOU A BETTER CHOICE THAN ANOTHER AUCTION HOUSE OR DEALER FOR SELLING MY COLLECTIONS?
We are a global company with multi-lingual staff, a wide philatelic knowledge, extensive experience and proven performance in every area of philately, with many world-record results. We also have a tradition of innovation and the utmost dedication to the promotion and presentation of the collections we sell.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF SELLING IN SWITZERLAND?
Switzerland has a tradition of discretion and is considered the world’s banking centre. Therefore we can arrange payment in a method suitable to you and in any major currency.
For consignors from outside of Switzerland, there is also no tax to pay on your consignment. This is especially advantageous as, for example, auction houses in the UK pass the 5% import duty on to their buyers, which means they may well bid less.
And since we are situated in central Europe, with airport hubs in Geneva and Zurich for the likes of EasyJet and Swiss International Airlines, Switzerland is ideally located for our international clientele to travel to and from, in order to view the stamps and collections we have to offer and to participate in our auctions.
HOW DO YOU DETERMINE THE VALUE?
One of our highly knowledgeable philatelists, with many years of experience in the auction business, will be responsible for valuing your collection based on the current market conditions. There are many factors which determine the value of a stamp; with rarity, condition and the market demand being the most important. In fact the vast majority of stamps are common and have little value, but our philatelists are highly skilled at identifying those stamps in a collection that are valuable.
WHAT IS YOUR SELLER’S COMMISSION?
Commissions are negotiable. They can vary depending on the size and value of the consignment, the amount of work involved and other factors. We are very competitive with all other major auction firms, and excel at outstanding lot descriptions, award-winning catalogue production and record-setting auction performance.
Results matter – to us as well as to you!
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN MY CONSIGNMENT REACHES YOU?
A receipt is prepared that gives a brief description of the collection and shows our preliminary valuation and the insured value, as well as the terms and condition, which is sent/given to you as proof of receipt. From there it is assigned to one or more of our staff philatelists for lotting and describing and kept in our safes or secured rooms. Whilst describing and lotting, the philatelist affixes a barcode to each auction lot made from the collection, which links the item to your account, and is then passed to our scanning team. Once this is complete, you will receive a detailed listing, with images and estimates, of what we propose is the best way to sell your collection to get the best realisation for you.
WHAT ABOUT INSURANCE?
Your property is insured for its full value from the moment you entrust it to one of our representatives or ship it to us, until the moment you get paid for it. It’s that simple. And it’s “all risks”, so no matter what happens, you’re fully insured.
WHAT HAPPENS IF A LOT DOESN’T SELL?
We can arrange to clear any unsold lots at a fixed percentage of the estimates, return them to you, or re-offer them in another sale – whichever you prefer.
DO YOU REPORT PROCEEDS TO MY HOME COUNTRY?
No! Information or details will not be released to any authority outside the Canton of Geneva.
CAN I GET PAID IN MY HOME CURRENCY?
Absolutely. Switzerland is the world’s banking centre, and we can arrange payment in any major currency. We pride ourselves on the classic Swiss virtue of discretion. Your business stays your business!
CAN I GET AN ADVANCE AGAINST PROCEEDS?
For substantial properties, we are prepared to make substantial advances. We may charge a minimal interest rate (negotiable) until the date of sale.
WHAT HAPPENS IF A BUYER DEFAULTS?
Fortunately, that very rarely happens! If we have advanced the merchandise, then we are obligated to pay you. If we have held the merchandise awaiting payment, then it remains your property, and we can re-offer it, sell it elsewhere or return it to you, at your option. Either way, you’re covered!
WOULD YOU CONSIDER BUYING OUTRIGHT FOR CASH?
When circumstances warrant a fast sale we are pleased to assist; either by making a detailed valuation and offer to you, or for more substantial properties we can arrange a brokered sale via “Private Treaty” to a third party.