How to bid

  1. Register to bid

    Before you can bid, you must register and create your account. If you are a registered client, you must sign in before you can bid.

  2. Browse the auction

    See the list of all lots at auction on our homepage, sorted by lot number or alphabetically, estimate, bids or ending time. You can also select criteria under Refine your search.

    By clicking Add to watch list you can add lots that interest you to your personal watch list. Any changes in the bid status of that lot will then be reported to you.

  3. Purchase the catalogue (optional)

    All information is online on our website. However, after an auction is closed, past lots will be archived offline only and are therefore no longer searchable. If you wish to archive our auctions for future reference, you might want to purchase our catalogue, which describes all the lots in detail and shows all the photographs.

    You can Order catalogues here.

  4. Bid

    By clicking on either the thumbnail image, the name of the photographer or the Info & Place bid button, you are able to read the full lot description and bid on the lot.

    In Standard auctions, the highest bidder at the closing of the auction is the winner of the lot. The closing time of the auction is stated in the lot description: Ending on (GMT). ‘Time left’ is how much time remains until the auction will close.

    If applicable, important notices are mentioned in the lot description. Read them, as they are part of our Conditions of Sale.

    Bid next amount
    You can bid the next (incremental) amount stated via Place bid.

    The bid increment is the minimum amount allowed between bids. The bid increment is based on the current highest bid and increases as the bidding rises. To beat the highest bid, a new bid must be at least one bid increment higher than the current highest bid. See our Scheme of increments in Terminology.

    Automatic bidding
    When you place a maximum bid, enter the maximum amount you are willing to pay for a lot. No one will see this amount. When another prospective buyer outbids you, our software generates a bid on your behalf at the amount of the next incremental bid. In order to maintain you as the highest bidder, this will be continued until the bidding reaches your maximum amount. This means that you could win the lot for less than your maximum bid amount. Automatic bidding can be convenient if you are not able to monitor the auction live or if you are watching multiple lots at the same time.

    Extra Time Bid©
    On the homepage, directly after the auction number (#), if ‘Extra Time Bid© auction’ is stated, all lots of that auction are subject to this unique bidding system. In an Extra Time Bid© auction you bid up from the starting price (minimum bid) along with other prospective buyers. You can either place the next given incremental bid or your maximum bid. You can watch the lot to see how the bidding is progressing. When the auction ends, the highest under bidder has 90 seconds to outbid the highest bidder. When the highest under bidder uses this opportunity, the highest bidder has the right to outbid that offer by 1 euro to win the lot and complete the purchase. Only the highest bidder and the highest under bidder are qualified for this Extra Time Bid© and receive notifications.

  5. Payment

    If you are the winning bidder, the lot will be placed in the ‘Basket’ under ‘My account’. Won lots can only be paid for via the basket. When you checkout you inform us of your preferred shipping and payment methods. An automated invoice will then be generated.

    Read more about Buyer’s premium and costs here.

    You transfer the payment to us via your chosen method (bank, credit card or PayPal). After we have received your payment in cleared funds, you acquire the title to the lot and the lot will be released. The lot will be packed and (internationally) shipped to you by the method of your choosing.