From single items to complete collections, selling through Flints is one of the most efficient and effective ways to achieve the very best price for your items. We do not publicise sellers commission as this is subject to the size and value of consignments. When we quote you a commission rate, this is a flat rate with no hidden costs. No additional charges are made for lotting, storage, insurance or photography.
Unlike many other auction houses, we use four internet bidding platforms to truly obtain global reach and the best price for your items. We specifically work with LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com for targeting the American, Australian and Asian market.
1. Valuation, Estimate & Reserve
Initially, one of our experts will offer a complimentary appraisal of your camera or instrument. This can be done via the button below or by making an appointment to visit our offices in person.
We will advise both a high and low estimate; for example ‘A Reid & Sigrist Reid III Rangefinder Camera, estimate £1000 – £1500’. This is the bracket within which we expect the final price to fall, although the high estimates are often exceeded. Estimates provided are based on our knowledge of the current market and condition of your items.
The reserve price is the seller’s ‘safety net’ and is usually just below the low estimate. This sets the minimum figure for which any item will be sold. We will communicate with you before sale to arrange these.
2. Consignment & Sale
Both parties sign a consignment form which clearly sets out the description of the items, the estimate, reserve and sale date. From the moment of signing, your item is fully covered by Flints Auctions Ltd’s insurance (Virtu Fine Art). After cataloguing and photography, your item will be ready for inclusion in one of the UK’s finest sales.
After a successful sale, payment is made twenty-eight days after the auction date by wire transfer or by cheque depending on your requirements, lesser Flints fees and any repair work that may have been undertaken.