Michael Ivankovich Antiques
& Auction Co., Inc.
P.O. Box 1536 * Doylestown, PA 18901
(You may want to print out this section to help better evaluate most lots in the Auction Catalog)
Most items in our Auction Catalog contain a Numerical Condition Grade. This Numerical Condition Grade is nothing more than our subjective, personal opinion regarding the condition of each item in the Auction. As we are keying each lot into the Auction Catalog, and while the item is literally in our hands, we make a quick observation and analysis, noting any damage, blemishes, or unique characteristics. At the same time we translate this subjective, personal opinion into a Numerical Condition Grade which is based upon our Standard 5-Point Grading System.
We are correct in our Numerical Condition Grading far more often then we are wrong and would estimate that our Numerical Condition Grades are correct to within 1/4 point nearly 100% of the time. That is, if we report that an item has a 3.75 Grading, you can rest assured that the item is most likely a 3.75, but most definitely would fall within the 3.5-4.0 range
We promise that we will always be as honest and forthright as possible with you about condition. However, we sometimes catalog as many as 1,000+ lots per Auction and honest mistakes may occur. And because we are grading things that are often nearly 100 years old, it is very possible that our opinion will differ from yours regarding condition. As a result we do not accept responsibility for any errors when evaluating or reporting condition and we cannot accept the return of any item due to your dissatisfaction with condition.
We understand that we are the eyes and ears of our Absentee and ArtFact Live bidders when it comes to condition and we want you to be happy with your purchase. We also understand that if you feel that we have mis-represented condition to you, you will not come back to bid again. And we want you to come back. Therefore we are generally more conservative in our grading, and in most cases our grading will probably be slightly more stringent than yours. But to repeat our "Return Policy" just one more time... "We do not accept responsibility for any errors when evaluating or reporting condition and we cannot accept the return of any item due to your dissatisfaction with condition...for any reason". If you are not willing to accept our company's "Return Policy" we would suggest that you attend the Auction in person rather than bidding via Absentee Bids or ArtFactLive.
To help you to better understand our Numerical Condition Grading the following table may serve as a helpful guide in better understanding what our Numerical Condition Grades represent: