The American West is what we do. It’s all we do. And, if we do say so ourselves, our reputation is among the best in the business. We want your consignment experience to be easy, transparent, and lucrative. As Brian always says, “The more money you make, the more money we make.”
For more information, please read our FAQs below. To submit an item for consignment consideration, please read the following and complete the form below.
Consignments are accepted throughout the year for both auctions. Commission percentages are determined on a case-by-case basis and include costs and fees. To submit an item(s) for consideration, please complete the form below to begin the review process. If you have a very large collection that you would like us to consider, please send photos and details to email@example.com. We receive a large volume of inquiries and the review process may take up to two weeks. Thank you for your patience and we appreciate your submissions.
How do I submit items to sell?
If you would like us to consider your item(s) for consignment, please use the form above. If you need to submit many images, send an email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can mail photos and information to Old West Events, 3201 Zafarano Dr, Ste C585, Santa Fe, NM 87507.
What commission rate do you charge?
Seller's commissions are determined on a case-by-case basis, and are based on things like value, rarity, condition, desirability, cost to promote, reserves, insurance considerations, and any number of other factors. In all cases, your commission rate includes all costs for insurance, photography, cataloging, promotion, handling, etc. There are never any hidden or extra fees. Any necessary repair or improvement costs must be approved by the consignor before any work is begun.
Do I need an auction consultant?
You can always be assured of receiving the best terms by dealing directly with us. We are happy to discuss your potential consignments at any time.
Do you pay finders fees for consignment referrals?
If you broker an item or collection for consignment through us, we are happy to discuss the possibility and terms of a referral fee.
Where can I read all of your consignment terms?
The consignment Terms and Conditions can be downloaded here.
Can I set a minimum price for the item I'm selling?
Yes. A "reserve" is a minimum amount for which you are willing to sell your item. We discourage reserves, but if you must have one, we will help you arrive at a reserve that is reasonable and will not hurt the items' chances of selling. Auction bidders are very savvy and high reserves can be discouraging. We cannot accept any reserves on items with a low estimate of $2,000 or lower.
When will I be paid?
We strive to pay all of our consignors within 35 days of the completion of the auction. We reserve the right to withhold payment on any item which has not been paid for by the purchaser, but this is uncommon, and handled on a case-by-case basis. See our Terms and Conditions for details.
Do you sell entire collections or just single items?
We are happy to consider single pieces, entire collections, and everything in between. Because we work on commissions, we only sell items that we feel are appropriate for our auctions.
Do you buy outright?
Sometimes, yes. We also have a large network of clients who buy privately with whom we work. Contact us to discuss your needs.
Why should I consign with you?
Because we specialize in the American West and our reputation is excellent. For the past 26 years, the American West has been our only focus, and as a result we have the knowledge, expertise and consulting staff needed to be certain your pieces get the attention and recognition they deserve. What might be just another antique to the big auction houses could potentially be the cover of our catalog. We have the best reputation for authenticity and quality in the Western Americana business, and a loyal and extensive client following. Call, email or write us anytime; we welcome your inquiries.