We are Charleston South Carolina's Premier Fine Art and Antique Auction Firm. Charleston Estate Auctions is a full-service, licensed and insured auction, estate sale and professional appraisal firm with a distinguished reputation and deep roots spanning several generations across the Lowcountry. Whether you need help selling an entire collection or just a few pieces, we'll help you achieve the most profitable route for your sale.
We work closely with collectors, designers, museums and galleries nationwide to ensure a wide client base for all sales. Our extensive experience and creativity have led to a wide base of very satisfied clients. Many of the large private collections and museums buy from us with confidence due to our in house fine art appraisers and use our art restoration & conservation department.
Our Signature Services Include:
· In-home Estate Sales
· Professional Antique, Fine Art & Jewelry Appraisals
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· Live & Multi-platform Auctions
· Fine Art & Frame Restoration & Conservation
Specialty Catalog & Brokerage Sales
· Private, Bank, & Trust Consignments
Charitable Events & Fundraising Auctions
· Professional Personal Property Appraisals
Our combination of both world-wide multi-platform auctions and in-home estate sales offer clients the most exposure to potential buyers and guarantees the highest possible return. The Charleston Estate Auction Co. team is a group of experienced professional appraisers, auctioneers, fine art conservators and restorers, interior designers, and professional photographers, each dedicated to both our clients and bidders. All work closely together in every aspect of the company from client consultations and appraisals, to auction & estate sale preparation.
Estate sales are an efficient & profitable way for individuals to liquidate unwanted, unused, or extra furniture, antiques, art, silver, collectibles, and, in some cases, jewelry.
Our estate sales are conducted as tag sales, as opposed to an auction. We distinguish ourselves from other local estate sale companies in our professional knowledge of finer antiques and dedication to fully researching and marketing these high value items. We can also offer the option to consign your better items to one of our Premier Auction Events reaching a very large National and International Audience and achieving much higher results than any Estate or Online Sale ever would. We have set high world records for many of our local consignors items. Visit our web page for just a few examples.
We recommend a tag sale for a large number of items, with at least a few being of significant value. Contrary to many beliefs, estate sales are not limited to a death in the family; they can also be applied to moving, downsizing, or settlement purposes.
Our sales are conducted with two goals in mind:
1. Earn as much revenue from the sale as possible.
2. Sell as many items as possible.
We understand that many estate sale situations may be due to emotionally difficult circumstances; our promise is that we will accommodate you and any family in every possible way and be respectful of your wishes.
Every estate sale we have conducted in the past and will conduct in the future is operated along basic guidelines to allow for the most efficient and profitable sale.
We are based on the belief that our clients' needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a very high percentage of our business is from past client referrals.
Auctions are an effective way to liquidate collectible and higher value items in a reasonable timeframe. Currently we offer premier consignment auctions every month, as well as, full estate auctions as requested.
We offer a wide variety of auction services tailored to our client’s individual needs. Our multi-platform auctions bring the world to your doorstep! There are tens of thousands of potential buyers looking at your items, instead of the few hundred that might be at a local auction.
Sometimes our clients have an entire home, a collection or a group of exceptional items that we know would do well with a large audience bidding on them. As auctioneers and appraisers, we are pleased to be able to accommodate this type of sale, achieving the highest possible prices for our clients while maintaining high levels of integrity and customer service.
We are industry leaders in this area, combining the personal service of a local firm with a global reach of buyers. Several items in our recent sales have set high auction records, a fact attributed to the impeccable research of our in house appraisal team, the professional photography, advertising, and marketing that we offer our clients. We specialize in this type of sale and have developed auction software platforms over the years for many of the major auction firms in the industry.
We are one of the Low Country’s leading licensed & insured appraisers who can appraise all tangible personal property. We take the utmost pride in our research methods and overall appraisal accuracy. Our in house appraisal services offer an objective valuation of every item according to research of current market conditions. Our team of jewelry, art and antique specialists and appraisers have evaluated thousands of objects to secure exceptional consignments and collections.
We utilize the most current technologies, research, professional trade references, and GIA's internationally accepted diamond and colored stone grading systems.
We offer appraisals on:
· 18th to 20th Century Furniture
· Porcelain & Pottery
· Cut, Pattern and Art Glass
· Antique Guns, Swords, Armor
· Civil War Relics
· Clocks, Music Boxes, & Phonographs
· Asian Antiques
· Silver of All Periods
· Fine Jewelry
· Toys & Dolls
· Antique Banks
· Oriental Rugs
· Oil Paintings, Watercolors, & Works On Paper
· Books & Manuscripts
· Other Antiques & Collectibles
Common Appraisal Functions:
· Tax Liability
· Estate Planning
· Equitable Distribution
· Charitable Donations
· General Valuation
We also do Museum quality Fine Art Cleaning & Restoration.
This is a brief description of our wide range of services, please contact us with any questions or to schedule your confidential consultation.