Frequently Asked Questions
How do I bid at auction?
Ahlers & Ogletree offers 4 ways to bid in each of our auctions. Please visit our “How To Bid” page for full details.
How do I sell at auction?
What type of items does Ahlers & Ogletree sell at auction?
What is “Fair Market Value” and how does it differ from an Auction Estimate?
Auction Estimates are a range of values assigned by an auction house to a specific object predicting what value the lot should sell for at auction. Estimates are based on the professional examination of the item by our team of specialists, research of comparable pieces recently sold at auction (i.e. recent Fair Market Values), and breadth of knowledge of the current auction climate. An Auction Estimate generally encompasses what our expert opinion of that object/lot’s Fair Market Value is and also provides prospective buyers with an important preliminary guide to value upon which they can base their decision to auction an item at any given time.
How long do I have to pay for and pick up my purchased items after an auction has ended?
What payment methods do you accept?
What is a Buyer’s Premium and why is this charge on my invoice?
What happens if my consigned item does not sell at auction?
Are lots available for in-person viewing before an auction?
When will I be paid for my items that sold at auction?
I have submitted a request to consign my items for auction, when can I expect to receive news from Ahlers & Ogletree?
Do you provide legal appraisals?
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The integrity of a company begins with the owner. Robert Ahlers is one of the best people you'll ever meet. All, and I mean all, of the people at A&O are the absolute best. It has been a pleasure to attend the sales and auctions for over 4 years.
- May 2020
Thanks for making a stressful situation much easier to handle. Your entire staff was just great, they provided professional and knowledgeable assistance to settle my grandmother's estate. I was very pleased with the auction results, and the final check way surpassed my expectations!!!
I am a personal property appraiser in Atlanta. Often, after I finish an appraisal, the next question is, "How do I sell it?". Usually I give them a few secondary market options, and months later I will often get a call saying "thank you for introducing us to A&O!". Robert and Christy are trustworthy, dependable, and professional. They do their best to get the most for their client's consignments!
- January 2020
I've purchased numerous items from A&O over the past several years. Their auctions are extremely professionally run and a great way to spend a weekend looking at decorative and fine arts and other luxury goods. I highly recommend A&O to anyone looking to liquidate an estate or to acquire new treasures for your home. Atlanta is so lucky to have such a great auction house.
- March 2019