Selling your art

You want to successfully sell works of art, antiques, and jewellery at auction on the international market? We would be glad to assist you of the possibilities provided by our auctions.
You can either use the form provided to request a non-binding appraisal, or you can contact one of our experts or representatives.

Why choose Lempertz?

Lempertz…

  • Is a leading European auction house with a global horizon. We carry out auctions in Cologne, Berlin, Brussels, and Monaco and have branches and representatives in Munich, Zurich, New York, and São Paolo.
  • Has expertise in all sectors of the international art market: Modern art, contemporary art, old masters paintings and sculptures, European decorative arts, Asian art, African and Oceanic art.
  • Is the oldest auction house in family ownership worldwide, with over 200 years of tradition
  • Has contact to an international network of leading collectors, art dealers, experts, and museums
  • Can market your works of art professionally and internationally, in the print media and online

The Path to a Successful Sale

  • 1. Appraisal

    For a free and non-binding appraisal of your piece, simply contact one of our specialists in the appropriate department or a representative in one of our branches. To do this, you can either use the appraisal form, send an email, or write a letter.
    Please send us photos of the objects, dimensions (size, weight), and any additional information you may have about them, such as provenance if known. Our specialists will then provide you with an initial appraisal and advise you on how to proceed. You can also make an appointment to bring your items to one of our branches and have them appraised in situ.
    In the case of particularly extensive collections, our specialists can also organise a home visit.

  • 2. Art historical research and market analysis

    If you decide to sell your items via Lempertz, our experts will first begin by researching and cataloguing your objects and consulting with you to agree on the estimate and reserve prices. The market price evaluated by the expert is provided as the estimated price in the catalogue, and provides interested buyers with a financial guideline during the auction. The reserve price is the minimum for which the item can be purchased, and is agreed on between Lempertz and the consignor and is only known by these two parties. After the prices have been arranged, a professional photographer then takes pictures of the objects in order to present them in the best possible light. 

  • 3. The auction contract

    When our specialists have finished researching your object, you will receive a contract containing all the relevant details regarding the auction: A list of your consigned objects with their estimate and limit prices, the commission, the photography and advertising costs and the terms of contract. The commission will of course only be charged if the sale is successful.

  • 4. The auction

    The auction catalogue is published as a print copy, online, and in our app around three weeks before the sale. You will be sent a free copy of the printed catalogue containing your consigned property. We advertise our auctions in the print media and online, in national and international newspapers, magazines, specialist publications, online portals, and online magazines.  After the auction, we will inform you of the results of your consignments, you will receive an invoice and the result of your consignments will be paid out within five weeks, provided that the buyers have settled their invoices.  We would be pleased to guide you on your journey through the international art market! 

Commission, costs and insurance of consignments

  • Commission

    The following commission rates apply to items consigned to the old masters, decorative arts and East Asian art departments:

     

    • 9% of the hammer price for objects sold for over € 10,000 each
    • 13% of the hammer price for objects sold for over € 2,000 each
    • 17% of the hammer price for objects sold for up to € 2,000 each

    (plus VAT)

    The following commission rates apply to consignments to the departments of modern art, contemporary art, and photography

     

    • 13% of the hammer price for objects sold for over € 2,000 each
    • 17 % of the hammer price for objects sold for up to € 2,000 each

     (plus VAT)

  • Catalogue and illustration costs

    Full-page illustration - EUR 380
    Half-page illustration – EUR 200
    Quarter-page illustration – EUR 120

    (plus VAT)

  • Insurance

    Lempertz insures your property against theft/burglary, fire, and damage to water mains  to the value of the estimated price for the duration of their safe-keeping on our premises. Lempertz is liable for any other damage, especially to frames, only if it occurs deliberately or as the result of gross negligence.