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NOW FOR SALE

Martin Ledermüller. Mikroskoopische vermaaklykheden, 1771

With 150 hand-coloured engravings (€ 2.000-3.000). Sold for € 3.816 (incl. costs)

Galerie Contemporaine, vol. I-X, with numerous portraits, 1876-1880
Woodburytype (€ 6.000-8.000). Now for sale for € 3.500
Joan Blaeu. Toonneel der Steden van de Vereenighde Nederlanden, 1652
First edition, hand-coloured (€ 30.000-50.000). Sold for € 63.600 (incl. costs)
Calendar leaf from a Book of Hours. November, gathering acorns, 1480-1490
Illuminated manuscript, highlighted with gold (€ 700-1.000). Sold for € 2.290 (incl. costs)

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Open the online catalogue and register to bid at our auction. Do not forget to enter your name and address. You are ready to go!

Enter your maximum bid

Until you have reached this limit the system will automatically bid for you, just high enough to beat your competitors. Thus you will win the lot at the lowest price possible. You will be notified by email if you are outbid

Follow the bidding

An end time is displayed next to every lot. If a bid is placed within the last 5 minutes, bidding for the lot will be automatically extended by 5 minutes more

Congratulations! Enjoy your purchase

The artwork can be shipped or picked up in Amsterdam

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I bid?
  • To place your bid, please create an account on Invaluable and register as a bidder for our auction. You can leave bids from the moment the auction catalogue is online until the scheduled end time for every lot. You will be notified by email if you are outbid.
  • To avoid auction rush, you may prefer to enter the maximum amount you are willing to bid at once. Then the system will bid for you till this limit winning the lot at the lowest price necessary to beat your competitors. This maximum amount is visible to no one but you. Lots that see bidding activity in the last five minutes before shutting down will be automatically extended for another five minutes; this ensures a fair auction for everyone. Please note that our auctions are online only.
  • Bids are raised by fixed increments. Up to €100 the increment is €5, from €100 to €200 the increment is €10, from €200 to €300 the increment is €20, from €300 to €500 the increment is €25, from €500 to €1.000 the increment is €50, from €1.000 to €2.000 the increment is €100, from €2.000 to €5.000 the increment is €200, from €5.000 to €10.000 the increment is €500, and from €10.000 upwards the increment is €1.000.

How much is the buyer’s premium?

Winning bidders pay a buyer’s premium of 20% over the hammer price, plus the 3% online transaction fee charged by Invaluable.

Do I have to pay VAT?

Purchasers within the European Union pay 21% VAT over the buyer’s premium only – not over the hammer price.

Can I bid by telephone?

Since our auctions are online only, bidding by phone is unnecessary. The 3% fee for Invaluable is charged over all hammer prices, including for the lots we win on behalf of our clients. Therefore, there is no advantage in bidding through us. Should you experience any problems with bidding online, please contact us and we will find a solution.

Can I cancel my bid?

Yes, up until two hours prior to the auction’s first lot end time. Please note that you can cancel a maximum of three bids per auction session.

What guarantee do I have as a buyer?

All lots we offer have been physically examined and described by specialists, thus the authenticity is guaranteed. Moreover, we do take responsibility for our catalogue descriptions. A lot may be returned – in the same condition – if any serious defect not mentioned in the catalogue is found.

What are the payment options?

Invoices are sent to the winning bidders per email directly after the auction. You can make a bank transfer or otherwise pay with a debit card or cash in our office. Payments by credit card are also possible but are subject to a 4% surcharge on the total invoice amount up to €1.000; on invoices from €1.000 to €2.000 the surcharge is 3% and on amounts exceeding €2.000 a surcharge of 2,5% is applicable.

Where can I pick up my artwork?

You can collect your purchases on working days from 10.00 to 17.00 CET at Adams, Herengracht 458 (ground floor), Amsterdam. To inform us about the time of your visit, please send us an email.

How can I request shipping?

Please let us know if you require shipping by sending us an email after the auction, and you will receive a new invoice with the shipping costs. The charges vary depending on the size, destination and value of the work, amongst other factors. We will gladly assist with arranging the best shipping option for every particular case.