How to Choose an Auctioneer

How to choose an auctioneer, appraiser, auction house or auction company. The information is under the contact form.

by Rob Weiman

How does the auction company rank with the Better Business Bureau?

Our firm has an A rating with the BBB. How does your auctioneer rate, (we currently have an A+ rating)

check and see here.

Do they hold a current Auctioneer’s license?

Some Auctioneers are not licensed. When considering an auctioneer for your items one of your first questions should be, are you licensed (if a license is required in your area, or state, or whatever state you want the auction to be conducted in)? If they are not licensed, move on.

We are currently licensed in St. Charles County, MO.

Are they a full-time Auctioneer or Appraiser?

Many Auctioneers have a day job and can only do your auction in their spare time. You have to ask yourself, do you want a butcher, a baker or a candlestick maker handling your auction in their off time? Wouldn’t you rather have someone look after your auction needs whose livelihood depends solely on the auction and appraisal business?

At Mound City Auctions, we are a full-time auction and appraisal company. This is what we do, it’s what our kids do, it’s all we do.

Do they hold private or public auctions?

Private auctions may invite bidder collusion by limiting the number of bidders to only a select few. This might provide a setting wherein bidders make deals not to bid against each other.

We hold public auctions at Mound city Auctions. By inviting the public, we encourage competitive bidding at our auctions.

Are they members of the National Auctioneers Association (NAA)?

At Mound City Auctions, we are NAA members. We invite you to use this link and check. Some St. Louis auctioneers use the NAA logo but are not NAA members. This brings up a trust issue. If they will use the NAA logo when they are not an NAA member, you have to wonder if you can trust anything else they say. If you find yourself sitting across the table from an Auctioneer who is not a member of the NAA, you should ask, why they don’t put their time and money into an organization which has a mission statement that is.:”To provide critical resources to auction professionals that will enhance their skills and successes.”?

We are not only NAA members, our auctioneer has been an NAA instructor, an NAA Educational Institute Trustee, a member of the NAA Speakers Bureau, and has taught auctioneer classes in Florida, Washington, Wisconsin, Texas, Missouri, Nevada, and Colorado, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Michigan, and Indiana including classes at State Auctioneers conventions and the NAA International Conference and Show.

Do they hold, or have they held any NAA designations?

Over the years our staff members have earned almost every designation the NAA offers.

Are they a certified auctioneer?

Three of our auctioneers have attended and graduated from the NAA’s Certified Auctioneer’s Institute and earned the prestigious CAI designation. CAI is the highest designation an Auctioneer can achieve. Are they an NAA Certified Estate Specialists (CES)? Two members of our staff hold the CES designation (one helped re-write the class). Are they NAA Accredited Auctioneers of Real Estate? Our Auctioneer holds the NAA AARE designation. Have they earned their Graduate Personal Property Appraisal certification? Our auctioneer not only holds the GPPA designation he has taught the GPPA class for the NAA, and was asked to help re-write the GPPA class. Do they hold the NAA Auction Marketing Manager (AMM) designation? Our lead auctioneer not only holds the AMM designation, he was the chairman of the re-write committee for this very popular NAA class.

Is your auctioneer a member of the Missouri Professional Auctioneer’s Association (MPAA)?

Like the NAA, the MPAA is an organization of auctioneers that are trying to improve themselves. If your auctioneer is not striving for continuous improvement, why would you want to hire them?

Our lead auctioneer is not only a member of the MPAA he is a past board of directors member and the Past President of the group.

How is this auctioneer with Technology?

If you do a Google search, do they show up on the first page? Do they show up on the 2nd page, do they show up anywhere? If they do show up on the first page, how many times are they there? Remember, Google is where many of the people you want to buy your items go to find an auction or an Auctioneer in their area.

Our Auctioneer has a BS in Computer Science and has worked as a Software Engineer for Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, Lockheed Martin, Paylinx, and Cybersource. Members of our staff have presented classes on technology for Auctioneers at the NAA National Conference and show and taught fellow NAA members about the latest Internet marketing techniques via Internet seminars (webinars) and at State conventions including the Texas Auctioneers Association, the Wisconsin Auctioneers Association, the Missouri Professional Auctioneers Association, the Colorado Auctioneers Association, the Massachusetts Auctioneers Association, the Kentucky Auctioneers Association, and the Minnesota Auctioneers Association.

Do they have a website?

If they do not have a website, you might want to look elsewhere. If they do have a website, you should look at it. Can you find the information you are looking for on their website? Can you locate their upcoming auctions on their website? How easy is it to find your way around on their website? Are there broken links or outdated information on their website?

We own the following websites,,, and

Do they use Hibid, Icollector, Artfact, Auctionzip live, Bidspotter, AuctionTime, or another online bidding site?

If they do not use these services, you will be selling your items to a limited crowd. Some items warrant having this increased exposure.

We offer online bidding to our clients using any of the previously mentioned platforms. We simply have more online auction experience than any other auctioneer in St. Louis.

Does the auctioneer hold or have they ever set any World Record prices?

We have set over 600 World Record prices selling items at auction. These World Record prices were set right here in the greater St. Louis, MO. area in auctions we conducted in both St. Charles, and St. Louis. These records are all verified by a 3rd party so you will not have to take our word for it.

Please call us at 314-680-8599. We would love to answer these and any other questions you might have for us, and we can discuss your options and our auction calendar with you. We look forward to hearing from you! If you would rather use email, you can reach us at or

Licensed Auctioneer, Accredited Auctioneer of Real Estate, Certified Estate Specialist, Certified Appraiser Auctions, Estate Sales, Appraisals, Liquidations

What can Mound City Auctions do for you?

Call us today for a free consultation at 314-680-8599, 314-680-8598, or by email at or

Here are some clients testimonials about Coast2Coast Auctions ® and Mound City Auctions.

Our auction for this client sat 592 world record prices & topped one million dollars.

International Auctioneer Champion Renee Jones came from Chicago to attend a class our Auctioneer taught in Texas.

We conducted the estate auction of Don Bennett for his niece.
Here is Barb Gregg talking about the auction.

This auction had a lot of toys & audio equipment.

This was an estate in Lake St. Louis. The client’s father was a fighter pilot.

Over the years we have helped raise millions and millions of dollars for benefit and charity auction clients.

We help our clients with everything, including the house. Our Auctioneer is also a licensed Real Estate Broker & Realtor ®.

We specialize in Benefit/Charity/Fundraising Auctions.

We conducted the Great Circle benefit auction for several years.

Our Auctioneer is a recognized authority in marketing and has taught classes as a speaker for the National Auctioneers Association to state auction associations across the US.

Florida benefit auctioneer and author Jenelle Taylor, CAI, BAS (AKA Gala Gal) attended a class on social media that our auctioneer taught.

Colorado auctioneer Cissy Tabor attended a class our Auctioneer taught to the Colorado Auctioneers Association.

Another Auctioneer who attended our class in Colorado.

Here is another benefit auction client.

For several years we conducted a benefit/charity auction for KDHX.

We conducted an estate auction for these clients.

Texas Benefit Auctioneer Cindy Stroud talks about the class our Auctioneer taught to the Texas Auctioneers Association.

More clients talking about St. Louis auctioneer Mound City Auctions.

Benefit auction where St. Louis Auctioneer Rob Weiman sells a bus for $531,000.

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