Buying with Duane Merrill & Company

Duane Merrill and Company offers a variety of methods to make it easier for you have a chance to purchase that special item at our auction. All of our items are sold live at public auction, and you are free to come join for bidding us at our gallery in Williston on the day of the sale. No matter what your interests are, our staff are here to assist you with accurate descriptions, information, help contacting shippers, e-mailing photos, payments, or simply reserving you a chair for sale day. Previewing a sale in person is recommended as all items are sold AS IS, WHERE IS. Any condition report written or verbal is a statement of our opinion and makes no warranty of age, quality, merchantability or authorship. Please preview before hand and if you are not completely satisfied as to an items authenticity or origins please do not bid on that lot. Previewing will give you the opportunity to examine the lots prior to sale and to determine your level of interest in the items offered. We cannot warranty any timepieces. Due to the delicate nature of their workings, shipping may change their condition. Open previews are always the day of the sale immediately prior to commencement, or as advertised. If you cannot attend at these times, private previews are welcome by appointment. Our knowledgeable staff can also provide descriptions and images via phone or e-mail. In person: Come to our auction gallery at 137 J. Brown Drive in Williston, Vermont or at an on-site sale location. Register upon entry at the counter with our bookkeepers the day of the sale to get your bidding number paddle, and enjoy a classic live auction experience. New bidders should bring their photo ID, and new dealers should be equipped with their tax numbers. Absentee/Left Bids: If you cannot attend our sale in person, you are free to leave an absentee bid in any amount. Please contact us to make arrangements or come and preview prior to the sale and fill out the absentee bidder cards provided in our gallery. Leave the maximum you are willing to pay, with consideration for the buyer’s premium in the sum. The auctioneer will execute your bid against the audience in a competitive manner as though you were bidding on the lot in person. We do NOT start your bid at the top amount. If no bid is offered from the audience, the auctioneer will generally start your absentee bid at 50% of the stated amount. In the event that we receive two identical bids, the first bid received will take precedence over the second left bid. Phone Bids: As a convenience to our buyers, we offer limited phone lines for bidding, at our discretion, on a first come-first served basis. Due to staff constraints, it is our policy to start phone bids at $500. If you wish to bid on an item for less than that amount, please leave an absentee bid. We encourage phone bidders to leave a backup bid in the event that our staff cannot reach you, especially in the case of international bidders. While we make every reasonable effort to execute phone bids, we are not responsible in the event of a missed bid, lost or dropped calls, wrong numbers, or busy signals. We require a credit card for security purposes to secure a phone line. Internet bidding: During our catalog sales we offer real time bidding via your computer. Allowing you to view the images, descriptions, and bid from your home or phone whether you are across town or overseas. Register and leave a bid prior to the sale, or bid in real time. Visit our current auction page to link to a catalog. Pre-registration through those systems is required, and authorization to bid may be required by one of our staff. While we strive to be accurate with our online reporting our book keepers in house record will serve as the final record of the sale in the event of a dispute. Firearms: All firearms are sold in accordance with Federal laws and the laws of the state of Vermont. We do not sell ANY firearms to buyers outside of the US. . We require an FFL/NCIS background check on all buyers of Firearms produced post 1898. Any firearms sold outside of our area must be transferred to a valid FFL license holder. We are not responsible for failed background checks or transfers. We sell all firearms as is, and encourage all buyers to have a qualified expert inspect them prior to firing. Laws vary from state to state please check your local laws to insure you can posses the item you are bidding on. Picking up your purchase/ Shipping: Unless otherwise noted all lots will be available to pick up at our gallery in Williston VT. For local bidders we ask that you pay for and remove your items within one week of the auction. For Absentee and online buyers we ask that you make arrangements to remove your lots within one week of the auction. We can make reasonable arrangements with third party shippers to have items delivered outside of our area. Duane Merrill and Co do not ship, nor can they offer shipping quotes or insurance. Any lots left longer than 14 days without prior arrangements may be subject to a $50 a month storage fee. If the storage fees exceed 50% of the value of the item we reserve the right to re-offer the item at auction. We likewise are not responsible for items left at our gallery.

Payement We accept Cash, Check, Wire Transfer, Paypal and All major credit cards. For large purchases we may ask unestablished buyers to provide payment through Wire Transfer or check. Buyers Premium A buyers premium of 15% for in house sales or 23% for online sales regardless of payment method will be applied to all purchases. By bidding in our auction you are agreeing to abide by all terms set forth herein. If you have any questions about these terms, please contact our staff.

Selling with Duane Merrill & Company

Merrill's is always seeking quality items for consignments from your single lot, an entire estate, or collection. We offer competitive commission rates with no additional fees. Your art and antiques are placed in various sales that are designed to maximize return by selling to a local, regional, and international audience with live on line bidding, phone bidding, absentee bidding, and conventional in-person bidding. For a first time consignor, the auction process can initially seem daunting and confusing. Terms and conditions of sale differ greatly from auctioneer to auctioneer. We do our best to make the process as simple and straight forward as possible. We provide free consultation for prospective consignors. Our staff will gladly examine your antique & fine art items and offer auction estimates and advice. For pieces you are able to transport, we are available to assess them at our Gallery in Williston, VT Monday through Friday 9:00 am until 4:00pm (A phone call in advance is advised). For larger items or entire estates we will gladly travel to your location at no cost. Please do not throw things away until after we come to evaluate your items. More often than not, the best pieces might not be readily apparent, and could potentially be of significant interest at auction. If you have questions about your antiques or would like to send photos for our consideration, we are also available by email at Once you have decided to sell with us, we offer a competitive flat rate commission based on the final hammer price. There are no additional charges of any kind for insurance, photography, transportation, storage, advertising, internet listing, etc. Our staff will provide you with an inventory and contract upon receiving your items. We guarantee payment within 30 days of the date of sale, and your consignment is covered by our insurance policy in our secure storage facility. With over 20 auctions a year we will put your items into the right sale to gather an appropriate buying crowd. We advertise locally, regionally, as well as at the national and international level. Please see our gallery of previous auction prices.

On-Site Auctions

A New England tradition for centuries, this tried and true method of sale still has a strong return for consignors and a place in the modern auction world. There has always been great allure for buyers in traveling through the countryside to find that special item in a hidden estate. After three generations, Merrill’s has conducted over a thousand on-site auctions throughout New England, New York and Canada. The first step toward an on-site auction is to schedule a free consultation with a Merrill’s Auction staff member. Depending on your location, quantity of salable lots, parking, available tent site, and catering possibilities, we will determine if this method of sale is right for you. From this point, we enter a sales contract with a flat commission rate. This would be contingent upon the estimated value of the sale. Access to the home several weeks in advance of the chosen sale date to photograph and list the contents to advertise is necessary. The week prior to the sale Merrill’s sets up tents, chairs, wiring, lights, arranges the contents of the house for display, and cleans the space to make the proper auction site. Previews are generally the morning of the sale. After the day(s) of the auction, depending on volume of salable material, Merrill’s removes our tents, chairs, and trash, leaving the outside of the home clean. After the interior contents are sold and trucked away by their new owners, the house is left close to empty as possible. Cleaning to a broom swept condition is always our goal depending on the home. The on-site auction method offers the opportunity to sell anything in the house that is not affixed, to maximize the return that might not to be realized otherwise. It also provides a great opportunity for clients selling their home to expose it to hundreds of potential buyers.

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