Selling Fine Art & Antiques, Modern & Contemporary Art
Are you intending to sell a work of art to reap an investment? Or wish to part from your collection? Read on and find out how to arrange the optimum sale of your art – from first contacting us to the auction at NEUMEISTER and beyond.
Put simply, NEUMEISTER is one of Germany’s leading art auction houses, with a history of success that spans six decades. But excellent results do not just occur by themselves. As a customer, you can count on our wealth of expertise gained through almost 60 years of experience; our broad and in-depth knowledge of art; our excellent links to the most important collections (and collectors), all over the world; and our close ties to archives, museums and renowned specialists. Proudly a second-generation family-run business, NEUMEISTER is a multi-faceted auction house that offers expertise in several disciplines, as well as, provenance research, in-depth knowledge of the art market, consulting services, valuations, auction strategy, and marketing all coordinated professionally from under one roof.
Call us, visit us or e-mail us; you are welcome to send or bring photographs and lists of your items for consignment, with dimensions where possible. For paintings, we require photographs of the full work and of the signature; for porcelain and silver, a representative photograph of the item and its marks or stamps. We can make an initial free estimate without obligation on this basis.
Once we have photographs of your items, we arrange an appointment to examine the originals and discuss all further details with you in person. It is very important to make an appointment, as this ensures our specialists plan sufficient time to fully assess your works of art. Items can be consigned up to around eight weeks prior to the auction date.
Once you decide to consign your works of art to NEUMEISTER, we will provide estimates free of charge. Our specialists are naturally happy to examine extensive collections, outstanding works or estates in situ. We also provide formal valuations for notarised purposes, damage claims or insurance. All items consigned to our auction house are insured for the agreed estimated value.
Every consigned work is presented in our auction catalogue and at www.neumeister.com, giving its individual catalogue number, specialist description and estimated price. We agree the photographs for inclusion in the catalogue with you beforehand. Catalogues are sent out to clients and prospects around three weeks before the auction date. In addition, all works are displayed for preview before the auction, enabling prospective buyers to confirm the authenticity and condition of the works for themselves.
During the auction each lot is put up for sale under its catalogue number. We will be happy to inform you of the general schedule or the approximate time when your item will be called up. After the auction you receive an overview showing the sales results of your items.
All items unsold during auction are offered in the post-auction sale. Bids can be made here up to three weeks after the auction. The sale price is the reserve previously agreed by you as the consignor, minus the costs specified in the contract.*
If you have any further queries or requests, please get in touch. Our experts look forward to your call at +49 (0)89 23 17 10 - 0.
On average, it can take until up to three weeks after the auction for all payments to be received. Once we have received payment from the buyer, this can be settled ad hoc and you will receive your money in accordance with the agreements made (bank transfer, cheque, cash).
You pay a commission for our services, which will help you to successfully sell your work:
- Very high-quality/high-resolution photos for publication in print and online
- Professional classification and cataloguing of your artwork from an art history perspective
- In some cases, gathering of supporting literary documents
- Authenticity checks with external experts and art specialists
- Checks against worldwide databases that list lost and stolen artworks – in some individual cases, this can entail very time-consuming research and correspondence
- Publication of the artworks on specialist online portals
- Exhibition set-up and dismantling
- Answering enquiries from potential buyers
- Bid management
- Auction-related requirements: calling bidders by telephone, broadcasting the auction live on the Internet (including obtaining online bids)
*The details given here are intended as examples only. NEUMEISTER’s conditions of sale represent the sole legally binding terms. Feel free to contact us for further information – we are always happy to assist.