333 North Main Street
Lambertville, NJ 08530
United States

David Rago began dealing in American decorative ceramics at the age of sixteen, at a flea market in his home state of New Jersey. Today, Rago is a leading U.S. auction house with $33 million in annu...Read More
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Consignment form for appraisal

How to Sell

Rago welcomes the opportunity to review your fine property for sale at one of our auctions. Estimates of value for property we think would sell well with us are free of charge.

Our commissions are highly competitive and we never tack on hidden fees. We micro-target individual buyers and mass market to millions through print and online media, websites and bidding platforms worldwide.

  • Single Objects

  • Single-Owner Collections

  • Corporate/Institutional Collections

  • Selling At Auction

    How to Sell at Auction. – Suzanne Perrault, Partner

    Never sold at auction? To hear about the process - from contact to payment - see the video.

  • Sale Versus Auction

    Auction or Sale? – David Rago, Founding Partner

    Unsure about auction versus private sale? Here’s a brief video that might help. If you still have a question, email us or give us a call at (609) 397-9374.

The Consignment Process

  • 1. Submit Property for Potential Consignment

    Utilizing the submission field above, provide us with images and dimensions of your property. A specialist will review your submission and reach out to you if your property is a good fit for one (or more) of our sales. You can also submit property for consideration by emailing images and dimensions to info@ragoarts.com.

  • 2. Send Your Property to Rago

    If your property is accepted for consignment, you will receive instructions on how to ship the material to Rago or , if you choose, arrange an appointment to bring your property to our door.


3. Sign a Consignment Contract

    Review your contract carefully. It contains important information on the specifics of the auction process and outlines the commission rate and fees you will be charged. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have before you sign.


4. Photography, Catalogs, and Marketing

    Allow at least 2-3 months from the time you sign a consignment contract to auction. During this time, your material will be researched, cataloged, and photographed, the catalog will be printed, and our marketing team will plan advertisements, events, and outreach around the auction. This outreach includes email and social media campaigns, a press release, and a dedicated catalog on our website for each auction, which goes live three weeks before the sale. Your property will appear in the online auction catalog on a page optimized for web searches. During this 2-3 month period you will also receive a Final Inventory Report, sent so you can review for any inadvertent cataloging/photography errors, changes, or omissions.

  • 5. Watch for your Pre-Sale Report

    About 2-3 weeks before the auction in which your property is scheduled to sell, you will receive a pre-sale report via email (or mail, if requested). This report contains the auction name and date along with the lot numbers of your property.

  • 6. Attend the Auction

    You may join us in person at our Lambertville, NJ gallery, or you can watch the auction online from your computer using Bidsquare.com or on our Facebook Live Stream.


7. Sold!

    Prices realized at auction are made available on our website a few hours after the sale ends. Please note that posted results reflect the hammer price *plus* the buyer’s premium (25% in-house, 28% or 30% online), which is retained by the auction house. If your property has sold, which is likely, congratulations! We will send your check 45 calendar days after a sale. In the event that your property fails to sell, we will offer it on Bidsquare.com for two weeks post-sale at the reserve price plus buyer’s premium. If it remains unsold after that time, it may be re-offered in a future auction with an adjusted reserve or you may wish to have it returned to you at your cost.