by Richard Barnett
It seems that my recent sounding off about some auctioneers not putting their prices up has the support of those who do make the effort. One auctioneer I spoke to recently said the lack of published prices reflected badly on the whole industry, and following on from CCW’s story about introducing a code of conduct for classic sales, the need for some businesses to be more open about what sold, what didn’t and prices achieved has become more important than ever.
We’re going into busiest part of the year for classic auctions and buyers and sellers will be looking for good results from long-established companies. Both sides of the deal need peace of mind – the seller that they will be paid, and the buyer that they’re getting what they paid for, with no misleading catalogue descriptions meaning they’re spending their cash on something that’s not what they expected it to be.
It goes without saying that the good auctioneers will look after the buyer and the seller, which means the need for a code of conduct should be superfluous.
Let’s hope that is the case.