HOW TO BUY AT AUCTION

Buying at auction is one of the most exciting and reliable ways to collect art.

Here are some easy steps to finding and acquiring what you’re looking for.


BROWSE OUR AUCTION CATALOGUES

With over two dozen collecting categories offered at Koller, including fine and decorative arts, jewellery, watches, fine wine and more, you are sure to find what you want. Our cata­logues are available online as well as in print. If you don’t find a specific item in one of our up­coming sales, sign up for the My Search feature on our website, and we’ll let you know as soon as something becomes available in one of our upcoming auctions.

 

COME TO OUR AUCTION PREVIEW –SPEAK WITH OUR SPECIALISTS

Our previews are held for several days previous to each auction, and our specialists are on hand to answer any questions you may have about the items exhibited. They have carefully studied each object and can give you a wealth of infor­mation concerning its condition and rarity, as well as situate it within an art historical context. If you can’t make it to the preview, on our web­site you will find high-resolution images with a zoom feature for each object we offer, and our specialists will be happy to provide information by telephone or email.

 

TAKE NOTE OF THE AUCTION ESTIMATES

The estimates in our auction catalogues give you an indication of approximately how much we think a particular item will sell for. As auctions are governed by the law of supply and demand, however, it is possible that certain par­ticularly rare objects will sell for more than their pre-sale estimates. Our specialists can often advise you as to whether a particular item has sparked higher-than-average interest.

 

PURCHASE WITH CONFIDENCE

The works in our catalogues are thoroughly researched and their age, authenticity and provenance carefully checked, often with the scholarly support of the most renowned inde­pendent experts and art historians in the field. This allows us to guarantee the information we publish concerning the age and authorship of each work of art that we offer. The provenances of the works in our catalogues are also checked by the Art Loss Register. In this way, we can be certain that none of the thousands of works we offer has gone astray of its legitimate owner.

 

 

REGISTER & BID

Our auctions are free and open to the public. In order to bid, you simply need to register with our client services department, which gives you the following possibilities:

BID IN THE AUCTION ROOM:

If you have the possibility to come to the auction personally, just register when you arrive in order to obtain a bidder number. When the object of your dreams comes up for sale, bid by raising your hand up to the maximum price you set for yourself – or simply until you outbid all others.

BID BY TELEPHONE:

If you can’t make it to the auction house on the sale day, you can arrange to bid over the telephone at least 24 hours be­fore the sale. One of our staff members will call you shortly before your item comes up for auc­tion, and will relay your bids to the auctioneer.

LEAVE AN ABSENTEE BID:

By leaving a written bid at least 24 hours before the sale, you can sit back and let the auctioneer bid for you up to your maximum amount (and you might just get it for less).

BID ONLINE:

You also have the option to follow the auction from your home, your workplace or maybe even from your sailboat, and bid on whichever item you wish. You must register on our website at least 24 hours before the sale. If you plan on spending more than CHF 10 000 online, please let us know beforehand so that we can raise your personal online spending limit.

COLLECT YOUR PURCHASES PERSONALLY OR HAVE THEM DELIVERED?

Once you have settled your invoice (including our buyer’s premium and any applicable taxes as noted in our auction conditions), you can either come to our salerooms to collect your purchases or allow us to help organise their shipment to you. Our logistics department will gladly assist you in arranging swift and safe de­livery, including any and all customs formalities.

By registering to bid in our auctions you agree to our terms and conditions, published on our website and in all catalogues.