How to Sell Your Items at Auction

Stefek’s is continuously interested in consigning items for upcoming auctions. Stefek’s specializes in hosting auctions showcasing items within (but not limited to) the following categories:

  • 19th/20th Century Art & Design
  • Automobiles
  • Couture
  • Decorative Arts
  • Fine Jewelry, Gems
  • Furniture – Antique, Mid-Century
  • Important Collections
  • Michigan Artists
  • Objets d’art
  • Oriental Rugs, Textiles
  • Photography
  • Pottery, Ceramics, Crystal
  • Rare Books
  • Sterling Silver

Getting Started

Interested in consigning an item or collection? Contact Stefek’s today for a complimentary pre-auction estimate. Stefek’s may be reached at (313) 881-1800 or to reserve an appointment to speak with an auction estimate specialist. For larger collections, in-person onsite visits may be arranged.

Next Steps

Stefek’s will work with the seller to establish a pre-auction estimate. The seller will be required to sign Stefek’s Consignment Agreement for their items, which outlines terms and conditions, as well as a complete listing of consigned lots. Stefek’s will provide recommended shipping accommodations for items to the seller; it is the seller’s responsibility to secure transportation of items to Stefek’s. Upon arrival to Stefek’s, items are photographed, cataloged and promoted to prospective buyers.

After The Sale

The seller will be contacted post-auction regarding the status of any remaining items and payment for sold items. Stefek’s will send the seller’s payment for sold items approximately 45 business days after the sale. Any remaining items can be included in a future auction, or picked up by the seller.

Additional Seller Information/FAQs

Who staffs your auction events?
Stefek’s is comprised of highly experienced and trained staff.

How do you price the items?
Stefek’s utilizes a wide range of resources to conduct research and will consult with our own network of experts for specialty items.

Where do you sell items?
At live and online auctions conducted at our auction gallery in Roseville, Michigan.

Where do you advertise the auction?
We advertise events through local and national print publications, international auction listing sites, social media, and our email list of active buyers. Our mailing list is comprised of dealers, private collectors, and interested individuals.

Will I get an inventory of everything you sold for me?
Yes, complete and detailed accounting comes with your settlement.

Are you insured?
Yes. Coverage begins when Stefek’s Auctions takes possession of the item(s).

What is your service area?
Stefek’s motto is consign local, sell global. And we do just that. We are mainly focused around the tri-state area of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.

Can I place a reserve on my consignments?
Stefek’s works with each client every step of the consignment and sale process to ensure satisfaction and success. A reasonable reserve will be accepted on important property only.

After the commission, are there any additional fees?
Stefek’s does not charge a photography or online catalog listing fee. We like our contract to be as simple and straightforward as possible. Our commission covers all of our service fees and there is a 1.5% insurance fee for sold lots only. Please contact Stefek’s for a sample contract and one of our staff will explain all of our terms of consignment.

When should I receive my payment?
You will receive your payment approximately 45 days after the auction date.

What do you do with items that are unsold?
Stefek’s will discuss with the seller the best course of action for any remaining items, which may include offering the item(s) at a future auction, or returning the item(s) to the seller.