On March 20, 2021, a Bongo Antelope which Ranks #1 in the Safari Club International Record Book for sold for $3000 at Auction with only 6 bids with number of bidders unknown.
Often Auctions are not a good venue to sell Taxidermy. Large quantities of Taxidermy Mounts are being dumped into the market without enough and/or the right kind of exposure to the Market thus in bringing low selling prices. For example; a common selling price for a A-Grade Greater Kudu Shoulder Mount is $300 or less.
The world record Bongo was sold in a Midwestern State in the USA. This Trophy should have sold for more, in our opinion, with the correct amount of exposure to the market. In most cases a person cannot put a Mount of this kind in an auction and expect luck to bring good selling results. A Bongo is a rare African species and would be purchased by a targeted group of Buyers in most cases who are familiar with this type of high-end animal.
Some sport-hunted animals are not known to everyone. It is like trying to sell a Diamond Ring at a Tractor Auction; you are selling to the wrong crowd. It is the job of the Auction Company to have the expertise to assemble the correct Buyer Pool to buy what they are selling.
Not All Auction Companies are bad, but a Consignor should do their Due Diligence when consigning their Taxidermy to be sold at auction. A Consignor should ask the Auction Company questions such as:
It has been proven by the United States government in Court that there is a “Relevant Market” for Taxidermy. These and other questions can be asked to show if the Auction Company you wish to hire is a “Relevant Seller” in the Taxidermy Field. A Consignor to an auction is a consumer of services provided by an Auction Company. Consignor is paying 25 to 50 percent of gross sales of their Taxidermy Mounts to the Auction Company in commission not including other expenses.
Be an Educated Consumer of Auction House Services.