About Wickliff Auctions

Established in 1991, Wickliff Auctioneers was quickly recognized as Indiana’s Leading Fine Arts Auctioneers. Having been located in an upscale commercial park in Carmel, Indiana, the company offered a wide range of fine art, antiques, decorative arts and fine jewelry, among other specialty items. This model represented a significant departure from the typical auction house in Indiana; Wickliff’s model was to selectively offer only offer items of high quality and perceived market demand. 

 

In 2020, the decision was further refine the business model, with a concentrated focus on fine art, fine jewelry and special collections, embracing the online-only method of bidding. The move to the new business structure also alleviated the need for a spacious, multi-gallery location, so a new location was secured; a much smaller space closer to the Carmel, IN, city center. While the company had offered online bidding for over a decade (and company president Darin Lawson conducted online auctions beginning as early as 2002), a significant increase in online bidder participation and online sell-through percentage was recognized by the company as an ever-increasing value proposition to clients with specialized items. 

Wickliff Auctioneers is well-known for our fine art auctions, specializing in historic Indiana art and historic regional American art, primarily from the 19th and 20th centuries. Most of our auctions include paintings and original art by celebrated current and historic regional artists.
Paintings from the Hoosier Group, Brown County School, Richmond School, and Indiana-affiliated artists are regularly represented in our online art auctions.

 

At Wickliff Auctioneers, our goal is to provide a constant source of quality merchandise for our buyers, and offer representation with integrity and expertise for our sellers.  For significant collections requiring a combination of onsite and online bidding, Wickliff Auctioneers can easily conduct an in-person auction, with online bidding also available, at a ballroom or banquet facility.

 

 

Our firm enjoys a reputation based on reliability, friendliness, expertise and a full service approach to the auction business.  Above all, we seek to honor God with our stewardship of this company, working heartily, as if unto the Lord, and not unto men. (Colossians 3:23)

Our Principals

Darin Lawson, CAI, BAS,
Owner and President

 

 

Darin is a second-generation auctioneer/broker, obtaining his auctioneer license in 1989, and his real estate sales license in 1991. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Ball State University in 1987. Darin began working as a cataloguing assistant at Wickliff & Associates Auctioneers, Inc., in 1996, becoming Vice-President and Senior Auctioneer in 2004, and then Owner/President in 2010.

 

 

Darin’s primary expertise is in the evaluation and sale of 19th and 20th century fine art, fine jewelry and antique furnishings, with significant experience in antique decorative arts, classic automobiles, works on paper, art pottery, and modern arms. He is also a licensed, Indiana real estate broker, specializing the sale of unique and historic properties, using the auction method of marketing.

Darin’s decades of experience working with estates, trusts and individuals in various stages of life transition is shared with clients, enabling the client to make informed decisions about the sale and disposition of various assets.

He is a past president of the Indiana Auctioneers Association, and has conducted auctions across the United States and in Europe. He was inducted into the IAA Hall of Fame in 2010, as one of the youngest association members ever to achieve that distinction. Additionally, Darin earned the designation Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS) from the National Auctioneers Association in 2016. Darin conducts several black-tie fundraiser auctions each year in the Indianapolis area.

Angela Lawson- Secretary/Treasurer, Auction Administrator, Product Photography
 
Angie has been active in the auction business for over 20 years, and now serves as administrator for Wickliff Auctioneers. She also does the majority of our product photography, specializing in fine and estate jewelry. 

Angie holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University, and has also completed other seminars and training related to various aspects of the auction industry. 

 
Contract Resources

Wickliff & Associates is also pleased to enjoy a network of consulting professionals in various specialties, including fine jewelry, works on paper, firearms and militaria, musical instruments, Native American artifacts and other niche market items. We also have an experienced, courteous group of part-time staff, who assist in estate sale previews and/or pickup, or onsite inventory of items for online auction.