DuMouchelle Art Galleries is the Midwest’s leading fine art auction house. Whether it’s a single item or a entire estate, DuMouchelles’ has provided a venue to buy and sell one-of-a-kind artwork for 90 years. Since 1927, their exciting auctions have been enjoyed both as a shopping adventure as well as an opportunity for investment. DuMouchelles’ monthly auctions attract an international clientele, where the approximately 1,500 items offered find new homes as far away as Australia, Europe and China. If professional advice is what you are looking for, DuMouchelles specializes in appraisal services to private collectors, leading law firms, banking institutions and museums.
Paintings, sculpture and antiques are most often spotlighted, but a variety of home décor including chandeliers, oriental rugs and furniture - as well as jewelry, silver and collectibles are always featured. Although DuMouchelles has collectors for virtually every category, the current market continues to be strong in the area of Asian arts - as well as mid-century and modern artwork and furnishings. Also attracting the attention of consignors are the impressive prices in the area of luxury handbags, jewelry and accessories. For a consignment evaluation, DuMouchelles offers free verbal appraisals every Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, and reviews information via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. A home-visit can also be arranged. Please call (313) 963-6255 to schedule.
The idea of buying at auction may seem a bit intimidating, but at DuMouchelles it’s really very simple. Start off by examining their monthly catalog, whether in print or online. The catalog can be used as an effective tool in determining preferred items to seek out during the auction previews, which are held at the gallery for one week prior to each sale. As most items are estate pieces, do check the condition report summary online or place a request to the gallery.
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Once you’ve made your selection, how will you execute your bid? Certainly, paddle bidding at the auction allows for the most flexibility. Since most items do sell in under one minute, decide ahead of time what you want to spend, so you’re able to act quickly when bidding is at hand. Do keep in mind that (as with most auction houses) there is a buyer’s premium. Upon entering, you will fill out a bidder paddle and may then proceed to the display floor where the items continue on view. Then find yourself a seat and get ready! Items or groups of items called “lots” are auctioned in numeric order and shown on television monitors on both the auction and display floors. But if you’re unable to attend in person, then consider phone and absentee bidding - or via the computer on Bidsquare.com and LiveAuctioneers.com.
You can view DuMouchelle’s latest collection on their website at www.auctiondetroit.com or preview items in person at 409 East Jefferson Avenue, across from The Renaissance Center in Detroit.