NABA proudly announces a dynamic new partnership with Morean Auctions that will provide greater reach, quality, and vitality to our annual convention auction. On July 30th, our auction will for the first time be opened beyond just the convention audience to include a much larger audience via the Internet.
A revitalized auction
Why change the auction format after all these years? Quite simply, because this will allow for higher quality pieces to reach a greater bidding audience to help boost selling prices. Members should be aware that proceeds from the auction are relied upon to provide NABA with important operating funds.
This is critical as our costs have increased as we’ve moved from a 48 to a 64-page (and more) magazine and postage costs have increased. We do not want to raise dues and we do not want to raise convention registration fees, which have been unchanged for more than 20 years. We even lowered the registration price for spouses, by popular request.
In past years, auction consignments had a minimum $50 value. The NABA Board unanimously agreed that for the good of both the auction and the organization, the auction needed to be revamped to improve the quality of its offerings. The board also felt that Morean Auctions would be an ideal partner for NABA since they are well-known and established in our hobby and an ideal partner for NABA.
Convention attendees receive discounted buyer’s fee
The auction will be held both as an in-person and online event. As before, NABA members who are paid convention registrants can be present for the live auction. They also will receive a discount on buyers’ fees (10% if paid by cash or check and 13% if credit card), versus 14%/17% for online buyers.
The seller fee for all items will be 15%. NABA is now accepting individual submissions for the auction, which must have a minimum estimated value of $250. Dan Morean will be the arbiter of estimated values and there are a limited number of consignments that will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.
Please send any photos of merchandise you would like to enter to auction chair Lisa Allen, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Auction items will need to be photographed by mid-May so we can upload them to the auction site for viewing in advance of the Convention.
The auction and its featured items will be extensively promoted over the next three months by both NABA and Morean Auctions. If attending the Blue/Gray show, we will be collecting/photographing pieces at the show.
Photograph Instructions for the NABA/Morean Auction
All items must be consigned by June 18. Photos or original items themselves must be received by that date. Arrangements for item drop off can be made via the Auction Committee members below. The deadline for drop off at Convention is no later than 10am, Thursday, July 29, with arrangements made in advance by contacting the Auction Committee.