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The consignment process can begin one of several ways:

  1. An initial discussion by phone to determine whether or not the goals of each party are in sync, followed by an assessment of the items under consideration.
  2. By submitting basic information and uploading images through our Sellers page at SoulisAuctions.com.
  3. By emailing images and information to Dirk@SoulisAuctions.com.
  4. Through a visit by Dirk Soulis or a staff member at the seller's location of choice for entire estates, large collections, fragile items or just plain convenience.
  5. By an appointment that can be made to bring items to DSA Gallery in Lone Jack, MO. An appointment is always necessary to be sure the proper staff member is available and on the premises.
  6. Information and photographs can be mailed to us at Dirk Soulis Auctions 529 West Lone Jack - Lee's Summit Road, Lone Jack, MO 64070.
  7. Assessment can be made during one of our occasional appraisal days.

Once the decision is made to consign, a written agreement is presented to the client and an inventory is completed for the client's records. An inventory is essential for proper insurance coverage as well.

Dirk Soulis Auctions staff members can provide wrapping, packing and transport assistance as needed.

Next comes professional photography, research and placement into the proper auction venue. The DSA team conducts their research by drawing on their own experience, education and expertise, through their extensive library and through subscription to online sources that archive hundreds of thousands of entries relating to Fine Art and Antiques. At any time they feel it is necessary, they will and often do engage the services of experts and scholars in various disciplines from around the country to provide an added layer of expertise that enhances their catalog descriptions and gives bidders the confidence to bid without hesitation.

Once the cataloging process is completed, the seller receives a report that lists each catalog entry.

Next comes the marketing campaign. Each situation being potentially unique, this campaign will include but may not be limited to:

  • Professionally Designed Illustrated Ads in Print Media
  • Online Event Postings to Internet Platforms
  • Postings to Online Event Calendars
  • Internet Banner Advertising
  • Illustrated Fliers
  • Direct Mail Campaigns
  • Email Campaigns
  • Collector Club Postings
  • Complete Catalog Postings to Online Bidding Platforms
  • Local Print Advertising
  • Printed Catalogs
  • Telephone Campaign
  • Press Release

Additional measures may be undertaken depending on the potential of each unique situation. Each individual marketing campaign is outlined in writing at the time of contract. The combined Dirk Soulis Auctions mail lists total more than 20,000 contacts. When applicable, a press release will be sent to major trade press and newspapers in advance of each auction. Prior to every auction, preview times are scheduled and potential bidders can also make an appointment to view the upcoming lots outside of the scheduled preview times.

Finally, the auction process is executed in a professional and courteous manner with anticipation of bidders' needs and the measures that will inspire them to bid their max. The DSA team is imbued with a high level of understanding for both the local marketplace and the global marketplace and the dynamics of both. Their standards of performance are at a higher level than any auction house in the region. The DSA team provides professional in-house shipping, local delivery and they stand behind the items they sell. Bidders do not appreciate receiving information, statements and descriptions that are later fully disclaimed by the standard auction terms of "as-is, where is with no guarantees."