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  Do you collect photographs or photographic equipment, or are you just interested in photography? Consider joining for the benefits from our Auctions; the Buy Swap and Sell table at meetings and the information in our newsletter and magazine, Back Focus, and of course the social side of meeting others with similar interests.
 
 
 

The APCS conducts auctions about 3 times each year. The source of our items is members and the general public, often as a result of a wish that items from a deceased estate should go to collectors.

The way that APCS auctions will be run in 2019 have changed. Changes to inspection and auction times can be expected, and there are new processes for registering items, delivery to allow for accurate photographs on the web and inclusion in the catalogue, security provisions, and even what items will be accepted. This has come about through change in those doing the work, the significant increase in numbers of items being offered, and the need for higher security than previously.

Between 250 and 500 lots are sold each time, and items vary from a box of "goodies" such as slide mounts, flash bulbs, lens caps and filters to rare and very collectible equipment. Recent lots have included Leica, Hasselblad, Linhof and similar desirable outfits, polished wood cameras with brass fittings, lenses, books and trade catalogues.

Our Auctions are "closed", that is, only full members can bid. As many of our members are interstate or international, absentee bids can be lodged through our Secretary and many of the better items are sold this way. There is no buyer's premium, simply a fixed commission from the seller based on the sale price.

The Catalogue for the auction is usually available on-line 2 or 3 weeks prior to the event. Results are available a couple of weeks after each auction event.

Should you wish to bid at the auction and not be a full member, details of joining are on the Membership page.

Persons wishing to submit photographic items for auction by the APCS should in the first instance send an email to the Auction Manager at least TWO MONTHS prior to the next auction date expressing a wish to sell items. The Auction Manager will send an email to the return address which includes provisions for a description of each item (up to 30 words per item), the expected price, and a reserve price (if any). On acceptance of the items for auction, which will be notified by email, Vendors will have the option of delivering to a nominated address on a date and time agreed between the Vendor and the Auction Manager, or by mail or courier. It is essential that items for inclusion in the next auction are received no less than 30 days before the auction date. Large items will only be accepted when space is available and where there is a perceived demand. Low value items should be put into box-lots, and described as a ‘box of goodies’.