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The Complete Guide to Buying and Selling at Auction Hardcover – June, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 235 pages
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc (June 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393040712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393040715
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,842,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Once you have begun reading Hildesley's book, a mental image appears of a silver-haired chap reclining in a well-aged leather wing chair and occasionally puffing on a pipe, relating his tales of the auction bidding wars. As a lifetime employee and now executive of Sotheby's, Hildesley instructs deftly and expertly, explaining all the ins and outs of this public selling process. First, statistics astound us: for instance, 80 percent of all auctioned objects sell for less than $5,000, and experienced auctioneers can sell two lots a minute. Then we're invited to an insider's view of the process: determination of value and quality, the details of buying and selling at auction, the actual process (including a vocabulary), and other services provided, from lectures and appraisals to on-site sales. What could have been an extraordinarily dry subject is enlivened both by the author's dedication to the business and by personal, candid anecdotes--some droll, some serious. An introduction, with a few commercial asides, to participate in the sport of millionaires that might intrigue even the average John and Jane Doe. Barbara Jacobs

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C. Hugh Hildesley is executive vice president for North and South America at Sotheby's in New York. He is an accomplished auctioneer and lecturer on all aspects of the business.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Sweeney on March 28, 2010
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From just the start of the book and a small portion, the book seems to be full of great and knowledgable information regarding auctions and how they work and how they are run. I would have never known all the legistics and behind the scenes that went on with an auction house. Now I do. This book is very informative about auctions and what you need to know if you want to BUY or SELL.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By siggi on September 22, 2011
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