The procedure for selling your autographs through our auctions, whether it be a single item or a complete collection, is a relatively simple exercise. Below are some questions and answers that you may find useful. If you have any additional queries please don’t hesitate to contact us via the contacts page on this website.
- What kind of autographs do you sell?
- How can I find out the value of my autographs?
- How do you estimate the value of an autograph?
- How do I send my items to you for sale at auction?
- How much commission will I be charged?
- Are there any other charges?
- Are my autographs insured with you?
- Can I place a reserve price on my autographs?
- Do I have to pay to have my autographs verified and authenticated?
- How can I be sure that you will obtain the best possible price for my autograph?
- When will my autographs be sold?
- When, and how, will I receive payment for my autographs?
- What happens if my autograph doesn’t find a buyer?
1. What kind of autographs do you sell?
Our auctions typically contain a broad range of autographs in all forms including clipped signatures, complete letters and documents, signed photographs, signed books, programmes, menus and other souvenirs, original signed prints, cartoons and other artwork as well as, of course, the traditional autograph album. The auctions also feature the signatures of a diverse range of famous, and infamous, historical figures and other celebrities including the stars of stage and screen, classical musicians and opera singers, rock ‘n’ roll stars, royalty and world leaders, Nobel Prize winners and scientists, inventors, military leaders, authors, artists, ballet dancers, sportsmen and women, criminals and almost any other famous individual from any walk of life! Our auctions also occasionally feature artefacts or personal belongings relating to historical events or famous people.
2. How can I find out the value of my autographs?
We offer free valuations, without obligation, on individual autographs and complete collections. Initially we recommend that you contact us via the valuation request form on this website. It is most helpful if you can provide as much information as possible and jpeg scans are always of particular benefit. The value of autographs can depend on many factors, not least authenticity, condition and rarity. The contents of letters and documents can also greatly influence the value. Most lots that we sell, with a very few exceptions, whether they be single items or a selection included in one lot, must be entered with a minimum estimate of £80-100.
3. How do you estimate the value of an autograph?
Each lot that is entered into our auctions, whether it be a single autograph or a group lot of signatures, is accompanied by an estimate. This is effectively a guide price of what we would expect the lot to realise. The estimates are based on our extensive knowledge and experience in selling literally millions of autographs by auction. Our estimates are generally conservative as we have consistently found that this generates more interest and competitive bidding from buyers.
4. How do I send my items to you for sale at auction?
Autographs should be sent to us securely packed and preferably by Royal Mail Special Delivery. If you are sending items from overseas then we would recommend an insured service or a courier such as Federal Express. The address to send consignments to is -
Foxhall Business Centre
All deliveries are signed for upon receipt by a member of our staff and a vendor receipt will be sent to you once the autographs have been approved for sale.
Clients are also welcome to deliver autographs personally to our offices although an appointment is necessary. The offices are open between 9am and 5.30pm Monday - Friday, however out of office hours arrangements can be made.
In the case of a particularly large or significant collection we would be willing to travel to discuss and collect the autographs.
5. How much commission will I be charged?
International Autograph Auctions Ltd. charge a commission rate of 17.5% plus VAT. The commission rate including VAT is 21%. Vendors from outside the European Union are not charged VAT. This competitive commission rate applies to both trade and private individuals.
6. Are there any other charges?
Each lot that it is entered into our auctions is both illustrated in a catalogue and on three websites. There is an illustration charge of £12 (plus VAT) per lot. The minimum charge whether sold, not sold or withdrawn is £4.70 per lot and the fee for withdrawing a lot prior to the sale is 5.88% of the reserve (or our estimated value if no reserve has been agreed). A full schedule of terms and conditions can be viewed on the relevant page of this website.
7. Are my autographs insured with you?
Yes, we cover all goods held on our premises and in our custody against the risk of fire, theft and water damage. The charge for insurance is included in the commission.
8. Can I place a reserve price on my autographs?
Yes, mutually acceptable reserves, a minimum sale price, can be placed on lots in the auction. These should, where possible, be agreed before the items are catalogued and will be confirmed to you on the vendor receipt. However, as a company policy we do not generally sell lots for less than two-thirds of the bottom estimate unless instructed otherwise.
9. Do I have to pay to have my autographs verified and authenticated?
No, all of the autographs that pass through our auctions are personally inspected and authenticated by our experts and there is no additional charge for this.
10. How can I be sure that you will obtain the best possible price for my autograph?
There are no guarantees when you sell an autograph, or any other item, at an auction. The final price is ultimately determined by the bidders and what they are prepared to pay on the day. However, by selling at auction the ‘sky is the limit’ and quite often lots can sell for two, three, four or even more times their estimate. What International Autograph Auctions can offer you is the peace of mind that your autographs will be presented in a professional manner, catalogued accurately and that, through our catalogues, website and other sales forums, they will be presented to one of the widest possible audiences of autograph enthusiasts from around the world.
11. When will my autographs be sold?
Most consignments will be entered into the next available auction and a list of deadlines for forthcoming auctions can be found on this website. In some cases, particularly with large collections, the autographs may be entered across a number of consecutive auctions.
12. When, and how, will I receive payment for my autographs?
Clients are normally paid by direct bank transfer 28 days after the sale. A statement will be e-mailed or posted to you. If clients wish to be paid by cheque or in an alternative currency to Sterling then arrangements for this can be easily made.
13. What happens if my autograph doesn’t find a buyer?
Our auctions consistently achieve a successful sale rate of between 80 - 90%, so there is a very strong chance that your autograph will find a new home. However, should the autograph fail to sell it will be returned to you promptly following the auction. In some very exceptional circumstances we may consider re-offering the lot, with a lower estimate, at a later date.