On this page you’ll find a list of sites that will help you browse hundred of small auction houses to find the rare items you are looking for classified by country. When posible I give you the direct link to the word AFRICAN but you can change this word if you want to Kongo, african mask, Lega or whatever you collect.
As a general thumb of rule I don’t bid through this sites, but try to get directly in touch with the auctionneers when an item interest me. When the auction is at the other site of the world I prefer bidding by phone, but if the items are not very important to me and low in value, a written offer by email is also OK. When there are more then 15 objects interesting me in an auction I prefer going in person to the auction.
I selected sites working with trusted brick and mortar companies, with no private individuals auction items (like Ebay) since this means less “junk”.
Many auction houses have shipping departments. If the auction house does not have a shipping department, it is the responsibility of the buyer to arrange shipping and insurance. Always ask in advance.
The list is below,
ProxiBid (USA) mainly USA auctions, with images, estimates, etc… We host more than 400 auctions each month in a variety of auction categories. With Proxibid, bidders can log on, bid and win on thousands of items from hundreds of auctions each month. Our live online bidding software enables bidding from every corner of the globe and ensures that you won’t have to miss an auction ever again! Bid from your home or office, just as i f you were at the live auction. We work directly with auctioneers, which means you never have to worry about fraudulent sellers . No charge but you have to handle with the auctionneer.
ArtFact (Worldwide) You can register for Artfact Live! for free but if you bid through the system they charge you an extra 3%. They monitor a huge amount of 100,000 live auction lots. When an item please me I usually search for the official auction house website to make an offer by email or phone.
international auctioneers (Europe) is bundling 8 quality European auctionneers including Artcurial, Briest Le Fur Poulain F.Tajan, Bruun Rasmussen , Bukowskis, Dorotheum, Koller, Lempertz, Porro & C. , Swann
Artnet They charge a hefty 10%, and don’t give the name of the auction House, also they mainly find paintings, so it is not very interesting for African Art Collectors.
auction.fr (France) French auction list -mainly Paris, with online catalogues available, alerts possible. free access.
gazette-drouot you won’t get much from this site if you are not a subscribed to the “Gazette”, but if you don’t want to miss all those little French auctions this is an interesting magazine that most Antique dealers read.
interencheres (France) It is a very good site to to find objects by keyword . free
www.svv-encheres.com (France) small database.
icollector (USA) used to be quite good, but now they seem to give less results than a few years back.
auction guide A complete list with auction houses around the World, classified by country.