Alright now watryagonnagimeforit? If you’ve been to one of our Native Auctions, you know that Bruce always starts the auction with this interesting question. Auctions allow weavers and other artists to get a more immediate and higher return for their work and we are pleased to see this area of our business growing every year. Auctions are also a great way for collectors to see a varied selection of work by many weavers and to maximize the power of their collecting dollars through nearly direct purchasing. The auction venue is a great way to get an education in Native American art for anyone who is interested. We are happy to spend time before and after the auction discussing artists, art, and other aspects of the area where we live and work.
A typical auction will feature about 300 pieces and may include vintage offerings as well as new work. Generally there is a two to three hour preview period before the auction starts and it is wise to come early to have the most time possible to examine the offerings. You’ll be able to ask questions about individual items and note any flaws. We will not knowingly misrepresent any items and will be glad to point out anything that we see as a problem with a piece. We’ll also be glad to point out what may be unique or interesting in the pieces up for sale, and we frequently have a textile restoration professional on site to help you assess any needs for cleaning or repairs in your current collection or new acquisitions. There is typically a 10% buyers premium which is added to the winning bid and depending on the venue, sales tax may also be added. The buyer’s premium is added to spread the costs of the auction to both the buyer and the weaver. In some auctions, the weaver may be charged up to 20% of the sales price. For many of the artists who place their work with us, the extra 10% of the selling price that they receive makes an important difference in their ability to provide for their families. Our goal is put the most money possible into the artists hands and the consigner of the piece receives 80% of the sales price.
Here are some picture collections from some of our previous auctions:
Auction and Show Schedule
- 11/16/2018 (Friday) - 05:00 PM-07:00 PM
- 11/17/2018 (Saturday) - 11:00 AM-04:00 PM
Preview 11:00 APM, Auction: 1:00 PM
Details: 200-300 contemporary and vintage weavings
Maxwell Museum of Anthropology
1 University of New Mexico