Auction Houses in Belgium

12.08.2019 - Editorial

Genereally, the majority of people associate auction houses with exclusive places visited by very wealthy crowds. However, buying an antique or painting at an auction is not as daunting as it seems. With more preparation and knowledge about the buying ritual, before and after an auction, you should be ready to bet. Belgium has many auction houses. At the bottom of this article you will find a list of a selection of ten auction houses in Belgium.

Auction Houses in Belgium

Before going to an auction it is vital to come prepared. Look up the auctioneer’s website and visit the auction sales and terms and conditions of sale. This way you know what to expect when you visit the auction house. Take a look at the catalogues that they offer on their website. If there is an object you admire, it is advised to go to the public showing which usually takes place a week or a day before the auction. Experts will be on site to answer any existing questions, as well as provide additional information. The last step is to bid for the object and settle for the maximum price that you will pay.

Auction Houses in Belgium

On the day of the auction be prepared that the bidding for an object goes down from start to finish in only a couple of minutes. Prices usually start at a minimum price and move up quickly but it can happen that an initial bidder is found and that the bidding then starts moving back up.

You can bid in person, by telephone, live online or submit a written order with a maximum price that the auctioneer will then handle on your behalf. Once the hammer goes down and the purchase is yours, you will have to settle the payment and delivery. Some auction houses let you take home your treasure immediately, others process them the next day. The whole process of payment and delivery should be finalised within a week of the auction.

Auction Houses in Belgium

Do you have enough antiques and are looking to sell something? Most auction houses provide a free valuation, but it is important to check the commission rates carefully.

Auction Houses in Belgium

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