FAQs

The gallery has approximately 5-6 auctions per year, with 2-3 auctions each spring and each fall.

To submit something for inclusion in a future Concept Gallery auction, please email us photos and any information to info@conceptgallery.com.  Our staff will review the information and respond if the property is suitable for auction.

A list of local shippers can be found here:

You have 10 calendar days from the date of the sale to pay and pick-up or arrange pick-up of your purchases.

$0 to $100 (by $10’s), $100 to $400 (by $25’s), $400 to $ 1,000 (by $50’s), $1,000 to $3,000 (by $100’s), $3000 to $5000 (by $200’s), $5,000 to $10,000 (by $500’s), $10,000 to $20,000 (by $1,000’s ), $20,000 to $50,000 (by $2500’s), $50,000 to $100,000 (by $5,000’s), over $100,000 (by $10,000’s)

The buyer’s premium is the percentage the buyer pays in addition to the hammer price or final amount bid.

Our buyer’s premium is 22% for in-house, absentee and phone bids paid for with a credit card and 19% if payment is made by check, cash or cash equivalent WITHIN 15 DAYS.

The buyer’s premium on lots purchased via online bidding is 25%.

Typically we start the auction at 10am EST and auction between 60 and 80 lots per hour, depending on the level of bidding activity.

Our auctions start with lot #1 or lot #500 and proceed in chronological order.

You can register to bid online via LiveAuctioneers by clicking on the “sign up to bid” button at the left of the screen. Once you have completed the registration, approval is often instantaneous, but can take up to 12 hours if registration takes place when the gallery is closed.

The auctions take place in real time within our Gallery space at 1031 South Braddock Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15218. Bidding is available live (in person), by telephone, absentee, and via internet on LiveAuctioneers. You are able register to bid in person on the day of the sale or in advance during the preview. Telephone and absentee bids can be set up in advance of the auction. Internet bids can be left online before the sale, or you can register to bid live online during the sale.

Bidding is available by phone or absentee by filling out the form on our website. Bid forms are due the day before the sale by 5pm.

Absentee bid: Our auctioneer will bid as your proxy. The bid is executed against any other bidding in the house. Our auctioneer will try to secure the piece for you at the lowest price possible. If no competing bid is made, your bid will be made and taken at the reserve.

Telephone bid: We will contact you approximately 3 lots before the lot you are interested in bidding on. Our staff will let you know what bids are being taken and ask if you would like to bid. If you indicate you would like to bid they will place the bid with the auctioneer. If they indicate the bid is “with you” then you are the current high bidder. Conversely if they say that the bid is “against you” then your bid has been topped and if interested you will need to bid again.

Online Bid: You are able to bid in real time online during the auction or leave a bid before the sale on liveauctioneers.com. You can reach our online catalog here.

Three days prior to the auction all of the property to be sold is available for viewing at our gallery. We try to set up as early as possible and often are on view two to three weeks before the auction. Please call in advance 412-242-9200 to make sure that the item(s) you are interested in will be available.

The online catalog is available approximately three to four weeks before the auction.