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Information and Consigning

The Daguerreian Society holds Photography Auctions emphasizing 19th-century photographs and contemporary alternative process images in conjunction with its Annual Symposium.

When our Symposium is held in person we host a silent auction before the banquet, which is followed by our premier annual auction. When the Symposium is virtual, all aspects of the auction are on line. The auction catalog is always available on line. If you are unable to attend in person, you can still take advantage of the offerings by leaving a bid by email or through live Internet bidding.

We encourage donations and consignments of photographic-related material in all formats, and from all time periods, particularly items relating to 19th-century photography and its processes, including contemporary art photographs that use antiquarian processes.

BUY-IN FEE OF 5%. To insure reasonable reserves and maintain our extremely high sell through rate, we established a 5% buy-in fee, which only applies to items auctioned with reserves that are applied but not met. For example, if a consignor reserves an item for $3,000 and it is unsold, the buy-in fee would be $150. Consignors are also responsible for return shipping and insurance.

SELLER'S COMMISSION OF 10%. To insure quality offerings, we have maintained an extremely competitive consignment fee of only 10%. 

CONSIGNMENTS. Quality consignments are welcomed.  The Daguerreian Society Auction generates strong sales and has set several records for cameras and images in recent years. We especially seek consignments that will realize a hammer price of $2,500 or more.

DONATIONS. Donations to the 501(c)3 non-profit Daguerreian Society are tax deductible. All donations are welcome. Donated items with a value of $500 or more will be placed in the live auction. All other donations will be acknowledged and will be placed in the silent auction. 

TERMS FOR CONSIGNMENTS: We are very selective regarding consignments, to ensure a quality auction and reasonable estimates. Our goals are to raise needed money for the Society and our consignors, and to provide entertainment and quality images for our membership and the collecting community.

Please send scans and/or descriptions of proposed consignments to An improved mechanism for providing this information will be released shortly.

Once approved, consignors will be given instructions where and when to ship their consignments. Consignors are responsible until items are received, so insurance and/or tracking are strongly recommended.

We use the utmost discretion with all of our consignors and commission bidders. Unless specified otherwise, consignors remain anonymous, and all correspondence is confidential.

Upcoming Auction

  • An auction is held with every Symposium. Details will be released closer to the Symposium date.

Michael Lehr, chair
Wes Cowan
Tim Lindholm
Mike Robinson
Greg French, emeritus

The Dagguerreian Society

The Daguerreian Society
PO Box #306
Cecil, PA 15321-0306
Phone: 412-221-0306
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