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Consigning Made Easy

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

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 submit photographs, including any information you can provide 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.

Options to submit photographs:
1. Upload photographs to our website by clicking this link:
2. Via email to
3. Via US Postal Service or other delivery method to:
Material Culture Auctions
Att: Expert
4700 Wissahickon Ave., Suite 101
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Tel: (215) 438–4700

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, 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.

Downsizing? Making changes? Dealing with an estate or inheritance?
Are you sitting on valuable items you no longer use or need?
Material Culture’s specialist and estate auctions reach the most affluent, knowledgeable, competitive buyers in the world.