ABOUT 10. Using an Agent
An Agent is an individual who is generally knowledgeable in the industry who a bidder hires to execute bids live during the auction. The fees charged by the Agents vary, and the contract for service is between you, as the bidder, and the individual auction agent.
Once only affordable to the wealthiest collectors, today, the services of quality Agents are accessible to the average collector. An Agent offers more than just bidding; because they frequent many auction houses, they can advise you about other material that may be of interest. Agents can report on the condition of a lot and negotiate on your behalf. While the Auction House must approve you as the buyer as a bidder, an agent protects your identity at a public auction. In our experience, an Agent is well worth their fee.
If you are serious about bidding on an item and personally attending the auction is not an option – USE AN AGENT – they are well worth the fee.
What to Expect
Your bidding transaction is exclusive between you and your Agent. Harmers will only contact you if you are a successful bidder. You will need to pay Harmers International for the lot, buyer’s premium, shipping and certificates if required – As a client of an Agent, your transit insurance is complementary.