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Do you want to break-up your tribal art collection, or successfully sell individual pieces? Then you are in the right place with us.

For many years, our auction house has been regarded as specialists in the international art market for antique art from Africa, Australia, Asia, Oceania and The Americas. We stand for integrity, sound expertise, proven knowledge of the market, and guarantee excellent networks as well as an international buyer clientele.

Consignment dates and expert days

You can always make an appointment with us, anywhere and at any time for consigning, evaluation and appraisal. It is quick and easy, whether at our auction house, with our representatives, or at your home.

In addition we also have regular tribal art expert days in Germany and abroad, when you deliver your collection or individual pieces to be evaluated and appraised.

Consignment - Step by step to the art auction

Step 1: First contact

Do you have photographs, dimensions, and any possible further information about the object or collection? Then forward everything you have to us by mail or email. If not, we can make an appointment by telephone (+49 931 17721), e-mail (info@tribalart.de) or fax (+49 931 17736) and invite you to our premises. We can also visit you at your home, whether it is in Switzerland, France, the UK or USA, we take time for you.  

Step 2: First assessment and valuation

For the first assessment and valuation, our experts take the objects in their hands, and do not base their opinions on photographs. The criteria for the pieces are age, origin, authenticity, originality, quality and aesthetics. This service is free and has no obligations. If you are considering selling, our expert will agree a limit price with you, this means a minimum price below which your object cannot be sold. The agreed limit prices are contractually regulated (see Consignment terms ).

Step 3: Consignment deadlines

So that we have sufficient time to assess your object we suggest that you deliver it to us at least eight weeks before the auction.

Step 4: Our real work begins now - you can sit back

After the initial examination we now make a thorough scientifically based assessment for the catalogue: Far more than just a description of the object we additionally put the object into an art-historical and ethnological context and research the provenance and collecting history. When possible we even research which master carver or artist's workshop was responsible for the work. Through extensive comparisons with other works and artists, we give your artwork its rightful artistic and qualitative ranking.

We put your object in the right light. For this our photographers provide excellent, professional photographs for our glossy catalogues. Your object will receive maximum due to our press and public relations work for international print and online media. In addition we present your object in our showrooms so it can be viewed during our preview. We ensure that your object is put into a context that takes into account the importance, function, origin and aesthetics.

Schritt 5: Hammer price and payment

What does it cost for you? We entirely bear the financial risk, you only have to wait for the proceeds. As soon as the auction finishes, we will inform you by email of the price achieved for your artwork. The auction proceeds (less commission, photograph and insurance costs in accordance with contract) will be forwarded to you approximately four weeks after the end of the auction.