How Red Barons Antiques Works

Shipping and Receiving
Two of Red Baron's crew move a sculpture to the auction floor.
Two of Red Baron's crew move a sculpture to the auction floor.

Red Baron packages and ships its newly purchased items back to the U.S. Shipping pieces which vary in size from a Neoclassical mantel clock to a vintage Chevy Corvette is a logistical nightmare. Red Baron has someone on staff whose sole responsibility is the coordination of shipping and customs clearance for the antiques. Each auction typically involves shipping 70 to 80 containers filled with antiques from Europe, 20 to 30 from South America and hundreds of domestic deliveries via semi-truck.

On top of that, Red Baron deals with the logistical nightmare of insurance. Red Baron sells one of a kind items worth thousands of dollars. The insurance deductible on pieces is so high that, the cost of filing the claim is prohibitive. Instead, insurance covers a total loss of merchandise in the case of fire or other disaster. Fortunately, Red Baron has a crew of more than 30 people all over the world who work to guarantee that pieces are shipped and sold without damaging them.

Here a Red Baron auctioneer guides the bidding on an exquisite panel of stained glass.