We are always interested in quality consignments for any of our highly visible auctions or for private placement.
Why Toomey & Co.? Toomey & Co. specializes in the sale of 20th century art and design. With more than 35 years in the business, we have helped to establish the markets for many areas of collecting from Arts & Crafts to Modern & Contemporary Design, Fine Art, Art Pottery, Silver, Jewelry, and more!
We get results! Our bespoke presentations, innovative technology and global audience all work together to achieve the strongest prices, whether consigning an individual item or an entire estate.
Our auction platform is not a closed system. Your works will be cross-promoted on powerful third-party bidding websites such as LiveAuctioneers, Artsy, and Invaluable to increase both audience and sales totals.
Speed and Opportunity
With a national presence and auctions occurring nearly weekly at one of our partner sites, we have a variety of opportunities at any given time. Further, our multiple locations save on the cost and time of transportation.
Finally, we are motivated to help you sell! We offer risk-free, competitive commission rates and provide additional financial incentives to ensure you get the most out of your auction experience.
Toomey & Co. is a leader in American Arts & Crafts and Prairie Style design, but we have expertise in several areas and offer a wide range of material in categories, including:
Early 20th Century Design
Silver & Objects of Vertu
Attributed to Clara Pierce Wolcott Driscoll for Tiffany Studios
rare Jeweled Drop Head Dragonfly table lamp: shade, #1507-15 on a telescoping reticulated Queen Anne's Lace base, #397
Consigning from Start to Finish
Selling with Toomey & Co. is straightforward and easy
1. Submit images
Email images of your property to our specialists and receive an evaluation within 72 hours.
2. Ship works
Items accepted can be sent to any of our partner locations any time prior to the consignment deadline.
Toomey & Co. will photograph and market the works to our audience and new markets at our cost.
4. Receive payment
After a sale, Toomey & Co. will send you payment via the method of your choice.
Why should I consign to auction?
Auction is a marketplace that allows the value to be set by demand. Our auctions are curated to the taste of the market and our clientele to ensure the greatest interest and activity on any given item. It only takes two interested parties to see a work sell for prices that exceed expectation. Auction may not be right for every item and our specialists will make a recommendation based on the work itself.
What are the fees for selling at auction?
There is a commission fee for all consigned property. This fee is determined by the value of works being sold and is negotiable.
There is a fee for insuring your works while in our possession; this is set at 1.5% of the hammer value. Photography, unsold lots, and performance fees may also apply, but these, too, are negotiable.
I submitted images online. How long until I hear back?
If you submit works for consideration through our website or by email you should hear back within three business days. If you do not, feel free to call or email to check in on your submission. If you need prompt attention to any inquiry, please include a note and we will do our best to accommodate.
Can someone come out to look at works in person?
We are happy to visit you and your collection. If in Chicago, Los Angeles, or anywhere along the East Coast, we have specialists on hand regularly, but we often travel throughout the United States and abroad to meet with clients, too. Please contact us regarding your collection and we can make arrangements.
Do all works need to ship to Chicago?
All works accepted for consignment do need to ship to us for photography, marketing, and finally sale, but they don't all need to ship to Chicago. We have multiple locations across the country and your consignor representative will be happy to assist you in making shipping arrangements to the best location.
When will I get paid?
Results (including Buyer's Premium) will be posted on our website the evening of the auction. Within 10 days after the auction you will receive a statement listing your sold items and the net sale proceeds due to you. Auction payments are made 35 business days after the auction date.
What happens if works don't sell?
Your consignor representative can assist you in selecting the best course of action should your item fail to sell at auction. We coordinate with our partner locations and options may include holding the work for a future auction, listing your item on Wright Now, a buy-it-now marketplace, or return of the piece should it appear to be the wrong fit.
Can I attend or watch the auction?
Yes! All auctions are open to the public. Further, all auctions stream live online on our website on the day of sale!
What if my item(s) need restoration?
Our specialists will assess the condition of your item and can assist in the restoration or cleaning of any work should it be necessary. We have a network of trusted vendors and conservators that we work with should your item benefit from their services.