Selling Made Easy

Auction Estimates: First, we need to learn about the items you wish to sell to determine which of our upcoming auctions would be the best match for them, and to provide you with an auction estimate. This assessment is free-of-charge and confidential. We can review your objects in a number of ways:

Photographs: An easy first step is to email or mail photographs to us. Please include any information you can give us regarding the dimensions, condition or markings, media, and provenance, which are often important factors in determining the object’s value. This will help us make our assessment, though our estimate may change on first-hand examination.

Call Us: If you would prefer, you can also call us at (215) 438-4700 to discuss the details of the objects you would like to sell. Please explain to the receptionist that you have an item you would like to sell at auction, and you will be forwarded to the appropriate specialist.

Visit Us: Examining an object in person allows us to give you the most informed auction estimate. If you would like to make an appointment to meet with us to estimate the value of your auction item, email us at, or call us at (215) 438-4700, with a date and time of your preference.

In-Home Visit: If you are seeking to auction off an entire estate, an extensive collection, or a large item with limited mobility, a specialist can be made available to travel to your location to make an assessment.

Transportation: If you are unable to transport or ship the items yourself, email us at, or call us at (215) 438-4700, and we will work with you to find a solution.


The seller retains ownership of the item or items until they are sold at auction. All consigned property will be itemized in a straight-forward, clearly-worded formal consignment contract, which will be given or sent to you for your review and signing. Sellers are paid 30 days after their items are sold at auction; each lot sold will be accounted for in a detailed settlement statement.


If you wish, a reserve can be placed upon the items you are selling. A ‘reserve’ is a confidential minimum price agreed upon by the consignor and Material Culture below which the item cannot be sold. Please bear in mind that a reserve ought to be a conservative price for the item, and it may not exceed the low estimate for its value.

Commission Rate

Material Culture provides auction consignors a transparent, no-surprises, low flat % rate which takes into account our shared goal of reaching the strongest, most competitive markets for your property; there are no additional charges or fees for photography, marketing, internet listings, insurance, etc.