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Who are we?

Millea Bros. is a boutique auction company focused on fresh-to-market property from distinguished New York Metro Area estates, institutions and private collections. Founded in 2003, Millea Bros. is the culmination of Michael and Mark Millea’s twenty-five years of experience in the auction business. After conducting countless appraisals and curating the auction sale of thousands of objects, the brothers have gained a hands-on knowledge of the art and antiques market. The company is grounded in their mutual love of art and the desire to provide their clients with quality merchandise and personalized customer service.

We sell throughout the year in the following formats:

Millea Bros. Select Auctions

The Big Tuna, the Meat ‘n Potatoes… whatever we like call it around the gallery, you should know that it’s the original Millea Bros. auction. Our flagship “Select” sales are provenance-focused and include our very best finds, curated around important single owner collections and the contents of the most notable estates. Featuring over 1000 lots, these twice-yearly auctions are conducted over multiple days in the spring and fall.  Select sales are distinguished by a full gallery setup with designer curated vignettes and a three-day in-house preview. Buyers can bid in person at the live auction conducted in our showroom, through phone/absentee bidding, or on a variety of third-party internet platforms that offer real-time simulcast participation.

Millea Bros. ABC Auctions

Our “ABC” (attic/basement/closet) sales offer an eclectic assortment of art and furnishings from the same great estates featured in our Select Auctions, at lower starting prices and offered with no reserves. These are true, old fashioned discovery auctions, where buyers can expect great values, unusual objects, and the occasional overlooked treasure. Sales are conducted online-only, through our bidding platforms, with no on-site preview. We hold about 9 ABC sales per year including a few specialty-themed auctions.

Millea Bros. White Room Auctions on eBay

Our “White Room” offers 24/7 sales in our ebay store, featuring a wide variety of collectible categories culled from the same great estates we feature in our live auctions. Click the link to visit our ebay store and take a look at our great offerings: http://stores.ebay.com/whiteroomauctions

How do I register and bid?

To register for a phone or absentee bid, or to bid online through our website or app you need to set up an account in our system. After that, simply log in to register for any upcoming auctions and start bidding.  Participating directly through our system can save you 5% on buyers commission if payment is made via cash or check within 7 days of the sale. Click here to register and start bidding: REGISTER.

Did we mention there is a Millea Bros app?
Browse and bid in our auctions from anywhere (okay, maybe not while you’re driving).  Place bids ahead of time and let the system take care of the rest or join the fray and bid live, in real time during the auction. Download our free app!

How do I organize a telephone bid?
We offer telephone bidding for our Select auctions; this service is not available for our online-only ABC auctions.  To schedule your phone bids, you must first register for the sale – click here to register and obtain a paddle number: REGISTER.  Now, paddle number in hand, please complete and submit the telephone bidding form, making sure to include the lot number(s) you wish to bid on and a brief description of the item(s) – click here to organize your phone bid(s): TELEPHONE BID FORM.  Keep in mind that it takes us time to arrange all of the phone bids and bids submitted at the last minute may not be accommodated.

How can I preview items?

Online Catalog
We publish an online catalog for every auction, available for review approximately three weeks before the sale date. Auction catalogs will provide everything you’ll need to be a happy, well-informed bidder with detailed descriptions, condition statements, and multiple high quality images detailing each lot offered for sale. Select auction catalogs are posted on all the major bidding platforms including LiveAuctioneers, Invaluable, BidSquare, and on our personal favorite, MilleaBros.com. ABC auction catalogs are only available on our site, MilleaBros.com, LiveAuctioneers and Invaluable.

Condition Reports
Every lot offered in our auctions has been carefully examined for condition. All lot descriptions in our auction catalogs contain a detailed Condition Report. Please remember, although we do our best to note and photograph every explicit condition issue, assessing condition is often subjective. While some may prize the evidence of age and use objects obtain over time, and pay a premium for “patina,” others just see dirt, distress and a restoration project. Please make sure you are comfortable with the condition before you bid. Feel free to contact us for additional photos or to answer specific questions or concerns. If possible, attend our preview and see the item in person. All items are sold as-is, so it’s important to determine you are comfortable with an items condition before you bid.

Auction Previews
Select auctions typically run Thursday through Saturday. We begin our showroom preview the Tuesday before the sale and items can be viewed up until they are sold. Please see our website for specific preview times and information. Due to the nature of our online-only ABC sales, there is no preview. Please bid accordingly and be prepared for some great deals.

When will my lot come up?

We generally sell about 60-70 lots per hour (Select), and 70-80 lots per hour (ABC). You’ll have to do your own math.

What about shipping?

We recommend that all potential buyers obtain pack/ship estimates prior to bidding. MILLEA BROS DOES NOT MAINTAIN AN IN-HOUSE SHIPPING DEPARTMENT OR PROVIDE PACK/SHIP QUOTES. All pack/ship questions or quote requests should be directed to DAKS Global Logistics (484.370.8992 | sales@daksglobal.com). DAKS Global Logistics is our preferred shipping agent but you may, of course, use any shipper you choose. Here are some others we recommend:

What are your property pick-up/storage policies?

After a Select Auction
Unless specific arrangements are made in advance, all Select sale purchases must be collected from our auction gallery at 607 Myrtle Avenue, Boonton, New Jersey within ten (10) business days after the sale.

All unclaimed merchandise will, at that time, be moved to our preferred third-party storage and shipping facility, DAKS Global Logistics in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania (484.370.8992 | sales@daksglobal.com). From that point forward, winning bidders must contact DAKS directly to coordinate all shipping, delivery and collection arrangements.  They will store merchandise free of charge for a period of up to five (5) business days.  After the initial five (5) business-day grace period, if shipping has not yet been arranged, a one-time $25 handling fee will be assessed and a daily storage charge of $5 per lot, per day will commence regardless of lot size or value.

After an ABC Auction
Prior to each online-only ABC sale, all merchandise offered is collected by a third party shipping agent, DAKS Global Logistics (484.370.8992 | sales@daksglobal.com), and moved to their warehouse in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania (two hours west of our gallery). DAKS will coordinate all shipping, delivery and collection arrangements. They would love the opportunity to ship your items to you but you may, of course, use whomever you wish as your chosen shipper. DAKS will store merchandise free of charge for a period of up to five (5) business days after the auction event. After that period, a one-time $25 handling fee will be assessed and a daily storage charge of $5 per lot, per day will commence regardless of lot size or value.

How much is the buyer’s premium?

The buyer’s premium for each lot purchased is twenty-five percent (25%) on the first $500,000 and twenty-two percent (22%) on the portion exceeding $500,000. For successful bidders who register for an auction and bid directly through our Milleabros.com website or app, a discount of 5% off of the 25% buyer’s premium will be applied to invoices that are paid in full via cash, check, or wire transfer within 7 days of the sale date. Purchases made through third party live bidding services (i.e., LiveAuctioneers.com, Invaluable.com, BidSquare.com) are not eligible for this discount.

How do I make a payment?

All payments are due upon receipt of your invoice.  We accept cash, credit cards, business or personal checks, and wire transfers. Unless arrangements are made in advance, credit card payments in excess of $2,000 must be made in person, and the credit card physically swiped with a pen-signed receipt. If your invoice is sizable, we may hold merchandise paid for by check until the funds have cleared.

How do I sell with Millea Bros?

Essentially, there are two ways to sell your valuables with Millea Bros.  Sometimes we may suggest a combination of both methods.  Every client is special so we’re flexible.

Outright Purchase | No Muss, No Fuss!

If you’re looking for convenience and cash in hand, we can make a competitive purchase offer—anything from a single item to an entire estate.  Outright sale allows fiduciaries and heirs the advantage and convenience of immediate and secure payment.  We’re always willing to pay a premium for quality fine art and antiques from private sources.

Consignment | Let’s see where this takes us!

Consign your item and see what price it can realize at auction. Millea Bros. auction items are thoughtfully curated, extensively photographed, creatively marketed, and presented to an international clientele of vetted buyers.  Consignment terms are simple, competitive, and tailored to the needs of each client. Seller’s commissions range from 5 to 25 percent, and are determined by the value and type of your property.

Get Started Selling

Email us photographs of the items you are considering selling—it’s a great way to start.  And/or to schedule an in-house examination of your property with one of the Millea Brothers please contact us at 973.377.1500 or info@milleabros.com.

Where are you located?

Our auction gallery is located at 607 Myrtle Avenue in Boonton, New Jersey. Click here for directions.

Visit Us by Train (from NYC):
Via New Jersey Transit from New York Penn Station you must take the Dover train on the “M & E – Morristown Line” to the Morristown train station. You can use the following link to get the train schedule: NJ Transit Trip Planner. It’s about an hour long ride.

Frequently, there are taxis waiting at the the train station or grab an Uber. From the train station it should be a 15 minute ride to our Boonton auction gallery. If you would like to call ahead for a taxi here are a few names:

What are your business hours?

Our regular business hours are 9-5, Monday-Friday, but we don’t want to miss you while we are out viewing estates, so please contact us in advance to schedule an appointment at info@milleabros.com or call 973.377.1500.

Where are some local accommodations?

Hyatt Morristown at Headquarters Plaza

3 Speedwell Avenue
Morristown, New Jersey, USA, 07960
Tel: 973.647.1234
morristown.hyatt.com

Westin Governor Morris

2 Whippany Road
Morristown, New Jersey 07960
Tel: 973.539.7300
www.westingovernormorris.com

Best Western Inn

270 South Street
Morristown, New Jersey 07960
Tel: 800.688.7474
www.bestwestern.com

Hilton Parsippany

1 Hilton Ct
Parsippany, New Jersey 07054
Tel: 973.267.7373
www.hilton.com