Consigning for auction, it`s as easy as that
You would like to part with a work of art by an artist, a painting, a drawing, a graphic, a sculpture or a photographic work?
You have a collection that you would like to have auctioned? Contact us and let us evaluate your works without obligation.
Our experts will decide on the basis of your information and data about the work how we will make an assessment.

Send us your request conveniently via our consignment request form at the bottom of this page or send us an e-mail and you will receive a detailed, individual offer for your work in a short time.

What information do we need from you?

Send us an email with the following essential information about the artwork, by email or by mail:

  • Artist name
  • Title (if known)
  • Year of creation / dating, technique (e.g. drawing, oil on canvas, lithography)
  • Is the work signed, stamped, numbered?
  • Dimensions
  • Illustration (for paintings front and back and signature)
  • Your asking price in euros
  • How long have you owned the work?
  • Is there any documentation/purchase price receipt for the work?
  • Other comments about the work
Consignment for auction

We contact you and discuss with you how your work(s) will be optimally placed in our online auctions. You will receive a contract from us. As soon as we receive the contract signed by you, you bring us your work or send us your work. If you do not wish to send the work, you can of course visit us at our premises in Wiesbaden by appointment.
You will find all details about the conditions of consignment in the following link
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Procedure, from the estimate to the auction

Our experts determine for you the market value of your work, your works, on the basis of your information and the personal work appraisal in our house, as well as the current art databases and art literature. In addition to our experts, we have contact to the decisive experts for special inquiries and art directions. If in such a case we should obtain an expertise for you there, we will inform you in advance what the effort for a national or international inquiry would mean. You can then decide whether you would like to obtain an appropriate expert opinion.

Once the appraisal is complete, we determine the minimum bid price, which is the lower appraisal price. Likewise, we determine an estimate price range in relation to the upper estimate price. For those interested in our auctions, the price should always be set attractively and in line with the market, so that both seller and buyer profit equally.

We take care of the optimal description and optical placement of your artwork in our online auction catalog.

Consignment commission

The consignment commission/fee is due upon successful auction. It is calculated as a percentage of the hammer price of the work.

The standard commission is:

  • 20 % for works up to € 5,000
  • 10 % for works over € 5,000

The consigned objects are insured within the framework of ArtKontor’s general insurance coverage after consignment for a fee of 1 % of the hammer price, or in case of non-sale of the agreed minimum sale price, in each case plus the statutory VAT.

Certain works/artists are subject to levies/contributions for the Verwertungsgesellschaft Bildkunst or other collecting societies (resale right levy according to § 26 UrhG). This can range from up to 4% on the sales proceeds of works.

For this reason, the client/supplier pays ArtKontor a flat fee in the form of a levy amounting to 2.0% of the surcharge/settlement price, plus the current statutory value added tax, currently 16%, where applicable.
We will bear the remaining costs.

You will find all details on these posting conditions in the following link
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If it does not come to a sale of the auction lot, the work can be presented, in prior, contractual agreement with you in our post-sale. You can find more details on this at artKontor in the post auction sale – section.


Successful auction, the payment to you

Directly after the sale, you will receive your written billing within approx. 3 weeks and subsequently the corresponding transfer to the account specified by you.

For further details, please refer to the terms and conditions in the following link again
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