How to Sell

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    Valuation Estimate

    Phillips provides complimentary estimates for items which are suitable for sale with us. Please submit items from your collection through our online consignment form. One of our representatives will then contact you to discuss your item and, where appropriate, to see the item in person.

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    When & Where to Sell

    Phillips conducts live and online-only auctions and exhibitions in New York, London, Geneva and Hong Kong throughout the year. A specialist will discuss with you the most appropriate timing and location to ensure the successful sale of your property. If you prefer not to sell your property at auction, we can also sell your property privately.

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    Consigning your Property

    Our consignment agreement sets out the terms and conditions upon which your property will be offered for sale. For auctions, our specialists will recommend an estimate range and a reserve (minimum) price for your property. We can also advise you on how to transport your property to us using your own shipper or one of our shipping partners.

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    For every item, Phillips charges the seller a vendor’s commission and sale-related expenses which typically include insurance, transport (when using our shipping partners), any restoration costs and catalogue photography. Our specialists will discuss these charges with you at the time of consignment.

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    After the auction or exhibition, Phillips will notify the seller as to the status of each item offered for sale. Provided payment has been received from the buyer, we will pay net sale proceeds (the hammer price less the vendor’s commission and sale-related expenses) to the seller approximately 35 calendar days after the auction. In the unlikely event that your property does not sell, we will be in touch to discuss next steps.