Purchasing at Quittenbaum
When buying at an auction, it is of utmost importance to have information about all the possibilities each buyer has at their disposal. In most cases, the coveted item is a one of a kind or at least very rare and the winner will be determined after these suspenseful minutes, when the auctioneer accepts bids from the floor, on the phones, and online. The highest bid receives the final knock-down.
Our specialists publish catalogues with excellent color photographs in the event of each auction. The items and works of art on offer are being presented with the help of concise descriptions according to art historical criteria and their respective estimates. You can purchase catalogues individually or by subscription online, via fax or mail.
Three weeks prior to the auction you can view all items on our website or via issue as online-catalogue.
Moreover, every object will be exhibited on our premises during the typical five-day viewing period for personal inspection.
Clients who cannot come personally can request condition reports and detailed photographs. We will be happy to offer advice individually and specifically.
Participating in the auction
There are several possibilities when taking part in the auction. If you wish to bid in the salesroom, our staff will provide you with a bidder number.
New customers are asked to bring their photo ID.
In case you are not able to participate in person you have the following possibilities:
Watch the course of the auction in real time on your computer, tablet or smartphone via the platforms of our partners. Go to 'Bidding live at liveauctioneers.com' or 'Bidding at invaluable.com' or 'Bidding at auction.fr', register in time, at least 24 hours prior to the start of the auction and bid online. One of our staff members will receive your bid and forward it to the auctioneer. Be sure to remember your passwords, as they will be valid for all upcoming auctions.
By absentee bids
Website: As early as three or four weeks prior to the auction, you have the possibility to place a maximum bid on our website. In order to do so, your registration is required. Go to 'buy'/'register' and fill in your personal data. Choose a password, which you will need for the customer login.
As a logged in customer you can leave a written bid: Choose the relevant auction and go to 'all lots'. Select the lot you would like to bid on and click on the 'bid'. Complete the bidding form and accept the conditions of sale and then send. You will receive an email with a confirmation concerning your bid. Placing, changing and cancelling bids online is only possible until six hours before the auction.
Bidding form: You can get a bidding form on our website or in our showroom and they are also enclosed in our printed catalogues. Complete our bidding form, indicate the auction number, the lot number, the item's title, your maximum bid, your personal data. Your bid will be used insofar as concurring bids require, thus the hammer price does not necessarily have to exhaust your maximum sum.
Leave all data required with us, then we will call you from the salesroom a few minutes before your desired work of art will be up and bid on your behalf.
On the day of the auction
In general, the auctioneer calls up the item at a sum to 20% below its estimate, unless higher written bids are present already. Normally, bidding increases by 10%. Quittenbaum Art Auctions does a classic knock-down. The hammer falls in case a bid is not out-bid after having been called three times.
Low bids, which are below the reserve stipulated between the auctioneer and the consignor, can be accepted with reservations. The bidder is bound to their bid until four weeks after the day of the auction. If the consignor concurs, the purchase is finalized.
Objects bought at auction can be paid for and collected on-the-spot. Payment can be settled in cash, ec card or credit card (American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard or VISA), up to an amount of EURO 5,000. Please be aware that an additional charge of 3.5% for credit card payment will be levied. If the collection does not take place immediately, international bank transfer is also accepted. Please don’t forget that a premium will be levied on the hammer price. The purchase price is made up of the hammer price plus a buyer’s premium of 32% incl. statutory VAT. Upon request, we can indicate VAT separately. In this case, VAT of 19% is added to the hammer price and the premium of 25%.
Purchases leaving the EU are VAT-free, also if buyers are art dealers from the EU with a valid european VAT-number. 1.5% of the hammer price (plus VAT) may apply for purchases of 20th century fine art (paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs).
Pickup or transport
We can only hand over articles that have been paid for. You will receive a shipping form together with the invoice where you can indicate if you wish to collect in person, send your own shipper, or employ our partner freight-forwarding-company M2Logistik that specializes in art transport. Self collectors are asked to call us in advance. Freight-forward-companies need to announce pick-up by writing. The shipping form can be found here
Post auction sale
You have the possibility to purchase items that did not sell during the auction for their lower estimates during the four-week post auction sale. All items are on display and can be viewed during our regular opening hours.