Trusts and Estates Services
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Auction and Private Treaty Sales
Heritage Auctions is the world's largest collectibles auction house. The core of our business is our powerful marketplace of over 1 million registered bidder-members who bid in our 700+ internet and live auctions annually. With dedicated specialists and loyal clients unifying our foundation, today we are the third largest auction house worldwide. In 2017, we oversaw $815+ million dollars in sales over 40 different categories.
In each category, we hold at least two live and online "Signature Auctions" a year, usually divided between the Spring and Fall. We also offer weekly and monthly online-only sales, with over 7,200 total auctions held to date.
In some cases, a discreet private sale is a desired alternative to a public auction. Heritage Auctions facilitates transactions according to your individual needs and schedule. Heritage will examine and evaluate the work you are considering selling privately. Our specialist will work with you to assess the best method for offering your item and develop a tailored strategy to achieve your sales goals. In partnering with Heritage, you benefit from the expertise and support of our seasoned specialists. Our specialists have direct access to a worldwide group of elite collectors and their "want lists" that ensure the successful sale of your property while it is handled with the utmost privacy and confidentiality.
Auction Estimates and Sales Proposals
Heritage is able to react quickly to requests for auction estimates and sales proposals, whether it is for a single item, a large collection in differing categories, or the contents of an entire estate. Your Heritage Trusts & Estates representative begins the valuation process with a preliminary examination of the property in order to determine the scope of the collection and identify which of our specialists will work with you. Your representative will act as your primary Heritage Auctions contact throughout all stages of the valuation process, advising you to sell the property in order to achieve the highest returns.
Collection Advisory Services
If you are looking to add to or refine your collection, Heritage experts will help you with every step of the process. Our specialists can speak with you or your organization, set goals and guidelines for you collection, and notify you of pieces and opportunities in Heritage auctions and private sales to meet those goals.
Valuations in the Vault
Heritage Auctions' unique "Valuations in the Vault" concierge service provides complimentary one-on-one private verbal appraisals at the site of a collection. Heritage's knowledgeable experts will meet with you and your clients to discuss an accurate and current valuation of their collection. Should written appraisals for estate tax purposes, charitable donation, or insurance be requested, we will provide the costs and timeline for delivering the necessary USPAP and IRS compliant documents. All valuations are done in a private, confidential manner at the bank with the client's property remaining on secure premises. This unique service will assist you and your clients with any financial and estate planning needs.
Expertise and Speaking Engagements
Heritage is happy to provide an expert from one of our 40 collecting categories. We can arrange for special event speakers, or simply consult on any research questions you may have.
Removal & Storage
Heritage regularly provides assistance in coordinating the shipment of consigned property to appropriate sale locations. We can organize the arrangements for insuring, packing and shipping, in addition to overseeing the removal of the property. Heritage can arrange for competitive bids from local or national firms to ensure the seamless delivery of the estate. Heritage provides complimentary storage for all property awaiting sale.
Property consigned to Heritage Auctions is insured at Heritage's sole expense from the time of possession at a value to be determined by mutual agreement. Our insurance carrier is Lloyd's of London, and a copy of our insurance policy is available upon request.
Expert Witness Services
We offer a full suite of Expert Witness services. For any questions, please contact a member of our team and we can answer all that you may have.
Strategic Marketing and Public Relations Support
A team of marketing and creative professionals supports the sale of your consignment through highly detailed campaigns across multiple touch points, including advertising in top industry publications, direct mailings to a targeted collector base, website highlights, award-winning auction catalogs and social media engagement. A dedicated public relations staff ensures maximum awareness by cultivating significant pre- and post-auction press coverage through exposure from our wide network of specialist, reporters and editors. These teams leverage decades-long relationships and a deep understanding of the market to successfully promote the sale of your items.
Heritage Auctions Appraisal Services , Inc. offers a seasoned team of appraisers to evaluate and appraise your art and collectibles. Our thorough, illustrated reports are tailored to your needs, produced in a timely manner and are written in compliance with all IRS, USPAP and Insurance standards. At competitive rates, a Heritage appraisal should be considered for all your estate and financial planning solutions.