Craig Gottlieb Militaria (CGM) reported a 97 percent sell-through on their last militaria auction in September. Gottlieb attributes this to the fact that he charges no buyer’s premium, no reserve prices, and very low opening bids. In addition, Gottlieb said he takes the guess-work out of bidding because he personally guarantees all lots to be authentic and as described. CGM proudly states, “This guarantee is both fully-transferable and lifetime. We’re the only auction in the business that does this.” Gottlieb’s review period lasts over one month, so collectors can have a chance to evaluate each lot.
A full-time dealer since 2000, Gottlieb left the now-defunct Empire Military Auctions in 2009, which he co-founded. Citing creative differences, Gottlieb opened the auction arm of his business in 2010. Since then, he’s held three auctions, and has brokered the sale of artifacts including the now-famous original paintings of Hitler’s parents.
Register now by logging onto www.cgmauctions.com. The current auction begins Jan. 14, and you will be able to view and bid on more than 300 items including daggers, field gear, firearms, headgear, uniforms, medals, swords flags and more. Registering to bid is free. And remember there are no buyer’s fees. What you bid is what you pay, plus any shipping and wire/credit card/Paypal fees.
While you are at the web site, www.cgmauctions.com, check out CGM’s easy-to-understand consignment page. It covers everything from registering and packing to selling and payment, taking the mystery out of consignments.