What We Do Not Sell
Our sales are eclectic and include an encompassing range of paintings and sculpture, silver, jewelry, European and American furniture and decorative arts, ceramics, folk art, Asian art and objects, carpets, modern and contemporary art, and other fine objects.
There are, however, some items that we do not offer. Among them are the following:
Brunk Auctions supports the initiatives of the international community to end the illegal poaching and trade in materials derived from endangered species. As a result, we no longer offer any objects containing materials derived from Rhinoceros, spotted cats, song birds, and other related threatened species, regardless of their age or provenance. We also no longer sell carved ivory figures or tusks, even when they conform to the legal parameters, as their sale arguably perpetuates the appetite for these materials on the market. Many antique items do contain small elements derived from animals and plants that are now threatened, (e.g. an antique silver tea set with ivory finials, a table with rosewood inlay, a necklace with coral beads, etc.). As such, we do sometimes offer items that contain these elements when their age (more than 100 years old) and provenance meet the criteria set by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service and the international community (CITES). However, for every item we offer that includes such a material, a portion of the commission is donated to agencies that support conservation and the protection of wildlife and habitats. All prospective buyers and sellers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the applicable laws that govern the sale, possession and transport of these materials.
Looted and excavated items:
Brunk Auctions supports the initiatives of the international community to end the illegal looting and sale of antiquities. We will not offer for sale items we suspect have been obtained through illegal excavations or that may be subject to claims of cultural patrimony.
Beginning November 2013 we no longer offer hand guns and other firearms that require a permit. We do sell early black powder examples, dueling pistols, long rifles, and other related early historic examples.
Most banjo type barometers contain enough toxic mercury to contaminate a two-acre lake. Some clock pendulums also contain this chemical. We currently sell only important examples, and when we do offer them we have the mercury “harvested” from them by an EPA approved firm to lessen the chance of contamination. We encourage owners of barometers and other items containing mercury to have the mercury removed by a technician.
Nazi, related artifacts:
We will no longer offer Nazi, KKK and related objects, as they are offensive to some clients.
We do not offer stained glass, statuary or other items that have clearly come from a cemetery or mausoleum setting.
With the exception of some early American imprints, we do not typically offer stamps or stamp collections, as we do not have a stamp specialist on staff.
Items of modest value:
Our sales follow the strengths in the market and focus on categories and objects for which demand is great. With notable exceptions, we typically do not sell items valued under $500.