Wichita Auctioneers provides several options for you to preview items prior to the auction. Anyone can view our online catalogs or request a printed catalog. Prior to each auction previews of each item are available with a description, provenance, several different photographs of items together with links to register for an upcoming auction.
In addition to our catalogs, Wichita Auctioneers offers an open house preview for several days prior to each auction. Items are professionally displayed in the gallery and our auction experts are available to consult with clients. We encourage you to inspect each item of interest carefully as all items are sold “as is.” Antiques by nature, show signs of use and age, which often enhances their unique characteristics and creates their value, as in a fine patina. If you are unable to inspect the items of interest in person, please request a condition report and our experts will inspect the item for you and provide a written report of its condition.
Items available at auction are valued at “auction estimates” in a range which is based on the research of what similar items have sold at auction. They do not necessary indicate the highest amount an item will sell for. The market and bidding will determine final hammer prices.
Bid in Person
Bidding in person during the auction offers an exciting and fast paced experience. All buyers must register prior to bidding and receive a bid card which is raised to indicate a bid to the auctioneer. Once the auction starts, the lots are offered in sequential order. You will receive a printed catalog to follow along. When your desired item is offered, be sure to make your bid obvious by raising your card and make eye contact with the auctioneer. Auctions are fast paced and you must make decisions and communicate quickly. If you are the winning bidder, the auctioneer will close the item by saying “sold,” the final hammer price and announce your bid number.
At Wichita Auctioneers, just as at every auction house, all sales are final. You cannot decide after the auction that you paid too much, or the item will not fit in the place you had in mind, and you now do not want the item. When the auctioneer says “sold” and recognizes you as the successful bidder, a legally binding contract has been established, and you are the new legal owner of the item, even though you have not yet paid for it.
If, during the auction, you make a mistake or the auctioneer takes a bid by you in error, or the auctioneer sells an item to you for a price greater than what you intended to bid, you must say so immediately. This allows the auction house to correct the problem and immediately resell the item. Once an auction is over, there are no corrective measures for the situation and you are the legal owner of the item.
Be sure you know, before the auction starts, what methods of payments are accepted, and how you will complete your purchase if you are the successful bidder. You will be expected to pay for any purchases immediately following the auction. Wichita Auctioneers accepts VISA and MasterCard, for credit cards issued out of the U.S, we accept no exceeding $5,000 altogether per invoice. In addition, you may pay with check, cashier’s check or wire transfer. When you register to become a bidder, you must present a valid credit card and government issued identification. This will be considered your form of payment unless other arrangements are made immediately following the auction.
For buyers unable to attend the auction in person, Wichita Auctioneers offers phone bidding. You can participate live on the phone with one of our trained professionals who manages phone bids from around the world during each auction. Our auction professionals are fluent in several languages including Mandarin and others as needed. Telephone bid requests must be placed at least 24 hours prior to the auction. All telephone bidders are encouraged to leave an absentee bid or safety bid in the event a call should fail. Wichita Auctioneers reserves the right to restrict the number of phone bids and bidders on any given lot. Each bidder is bound by all auction terms and conditions. For items purchased, your credit card will be charged the day after the auction. If other payment arrangements have been made and good funds have not been received by the 7th business day after the auction, your credit card will be charged. Buyer needs to pay all packing and shipping charges, and/or delivery charges. New York Sales Tax is added unless the purchase is for resale or shipped out of state. Telephone Bid Form is available on our Website and by calling an auction specialist 212-933-0022.
Download a Telephone Bid Form (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
For buyers unable to participate in the live bidding process, Wichita Auctioneers accepts Absentee Bids. We bid on your behalf just as if you were in the auction house, up to your per-determined maximum bid. Wichita Auctioneers will not use your maximum bid as a starting bid and always attempt to purchase your desired item at the lowest price
Download a Absentee Bid Form (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
You must provide a specified fixed maximum bid, we do not accept open ended “buy” bids. A buyer’s premium of and applicable state sales tax will be added to your successful bid. By placing this bid you agree to be bound to all Terms and Conditions of the auction. We execute absentee bids as a convenience for our clients, however under no circumstances will we be responsible for inadvertently failing to execute bids or for errors relating to execution of bids including technology related errors.
In the event of identical absentee bids, the earliest received will take priority. Changes to or additional terms and conditions may be announced by the auctioneer before or during the auction. Completed and signed bid forms must be received by Wichita Auctioneers at least 24 hours before the auction. You may complete an absentee bid online or by calling an auction specialist at 212-933-0022.
Absentee bidding online
When leaving an absentee bid online (to register, click here – the click on the “view online catalog” button, then select “New Bidder”) even if you are a registered bidder at Wichita Auctioneers but have not registered online, you will be asked to resubmit your personal information. Once registered online, you will be able to quickly log in and bid on any future auctions.
Wichita Auctioneers features all of its auctions live online through LiveAuctioneers and Invaluable. You can participate in real time just as if you were present on the auction floor. Both LiveAuctioneers and Invaluable require you to register in advance to bid. And there will be additional 3% buyer premium for internet live bid winner for LiveAuctioneers and additional 5% for Invaluable.
* Go to www.liveauctioneers.com
* Select Wichita Auctioneers (you may have to click the link to “View all auctions”)
* Follow auction registration instructions
Domestic Clients: We accept bank wire transfers, cash, personal or company check with proper ID, cashiers check, money order, Visa or MasterCard. For credit cards issued out of the U.S, we accept no exceeding $5,000 altogether per invoice.
* For items purchased via in person, phone or absentee bidding, your credit card will be charged the day after the auction. If other payment arrangements have been made and good funds have not been received by the 7th business day after the auction, your credit card will be charged. The charge will be reflected as Eunice Global Inc., as it is affiliated with Wichita Auctioneers.
* For items bought live online, you will be emailed an invoice the day after the auction. It is your responsibility to contact US via telephone 212-933-0022 or email at [email protected] to make payment. If paying by check, Wichita Auctioneers reserves the right to hold all purchases until the check has cleared to the satisfaction of Wichita Auctioneers and its bank.
International Clients: We accept wire transfers, Visa, MasterCard. For credit cards issued out of the U.S, we accept no exceeding $5,000 altogether per invoice.
* For items purchased via in person, phone or absentee bidding, your credit card will be charged the day after the auction. If other payment arrangements have been made and good funds have not been received by the 7th business day after the auction, your credit card will be charged.
* For items bought live online, you will be emailed an invoice the day after the auction. It is your responsibility to contact US via telephone 212-933-0022 or email at [email protected] to make payment. Please Note: There is a maximum of $5,000 that may be charged to credit cards, per client invoice.
The buyer’s premium is 22% of the successful bid price up to and including $20,000, 20% between $20,001 and $500,000, and 18% on any amount in excess of $500,000. And there will be additional 3% buyer premium for internet live bid winner for LiveAuctioneers and additional 5% for Invaluable.
It is the buyer’s responsibility to arrange for and pay for shipping. All property should be removed from our premises no later than 5:00 P.M. on the fifth business day following the end of the auction. Unless prior arrangements have been made with Wichita Auctioneers, items not removed by the specified time will be charged storage and handling fees of $10.00 per item per day until removal.
For your convenience, we recommend the following shippers:
(1) UPS freight
(2) US Postal
Condition Report Requests
We encourage you to inspect each item of interest carefully as all items are sold “as is.” Antiques by nature, show signs of use and age, which often enhances their unique characteristics and creates their value, as in a fine patina. If you are unable to inspect the items of interest in person, please request a condition report via email [email protected] or telephone 212-933-0022 and our experts will inspect the item for you and provide a written report of its condition, and additional images if needed.
Wichita Auctioneers generally uses the following increment multiples as bidding progresses:
1.Call us to schedule a private appointment at our gallery. If you have a large collection, our specialists can travel by appointment to evaluate your property on site.
2.Send clear photographs to our of each individual item, including items dimensions and other pertinent information with each picture, should be sent to Wichita Auctioneers address in envelopes marked as (photo auction estimate) Alternatively, you can submit your request using our online form at eunicegallery.com digital images may be attached to the form. Click here for our consignment form
3.After you receive an estimate, you may consign your property to us for sale in the next appropriate auction, our staff assists you throughout the process, arranging transportation of your items to our gallery(at consignor’s expense), providing a detailed inventory of your consignment, and reporting the prices realized for each lot, we provide secure storage for your property in our warehouses and all items are insured throughout the auction process, you will receive payment for your property approximately 35 days after completion of the sale.