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  Do you collect photographs or photographic equipment, or are you just interested in photography? Consider joining for the benefits from our Auctions; the Buy Swap and Sell table at meetings and the information in our newsletter and magazine, Back Focus, and of course the social side of meeting others with similar interests.

The APCS conducts auctions about 3 times each year. The source of our items is members and the general public, often as a result of a wish that items from a deceased estate should go to collectors.

Between 250 and 500 lots are sold each time, and items vary from a box of "goodies" such as slide mounts, flash bulbs, lens caps and filters to rare and very collectible equipment. Recent lots have included Leica and similar desirable outfits, polished wood tailboard cameras with brass fittings, lenses, books and trade catalogues.

Our Auctions are "closed", that is, only full members can bid. As many of our members are interstate or international, absentee bids can be lodged through our Secretary and many of the better items are sold this way. There is no buyer's premium, simply a fixed commission from the seller based on the sale price.

Please arrange the items that you want to sell into reasonable lots, and summarise them on the Auction Entry form that you can download by clicking here. Items like slide viewers, cheap projectors, old video equipment and most darkroom equipment simply don't attract bidders, and should not be submitted. For further details please contact our President. (To dispose of less attractive stuff, consider having a table at the APCS Markets or at the Buy, Swap and Sell table at normal meetings.)

The Catalogue for the auction is usually available on-line 2 or 3 weeks prior to the event. Results are available only to members a couple of weeks after each auction event.

Should you wish to bid at the auction and not be a full member, details of joining are on the Membership page. Note that eMembers can upgrade to full members on the day.