How much are art auction fees?

They vary from one auctioneer to another and according to the type of sale and are generally between 15% and 25% (excluding taxes) of the hammer price. The auction fees must be indicated in the sales conditions and publicly announced before the sale.

How does an art auction work?

An opening price is put forth and participants then may compete with each other by making subsequently higher bids. Finally, when no bidder is willing to offer more money, the auctioneer will close the bid by striking the hammer. The buyer making the highest bid gets the item.

How much does Christie’s charge for auction?

The current buyer’s premium rates are an amount equal to 26% of the hammer price of each lot up to and including £700,000/US$1,000,000; plus 20% of the hammer price from £700,001/US$1,000,001 up to and including £4,500,000/US$6,000,000 and 14.5 per cent from £4,500,001/US$6,000,001.

How do you sell expensive art?

Individuals with fine art to sell usually have two options. They can either sell the piece on consignment, through an auction or dealer, or they can sell it directly to a gallery. Each has advantages and disadvantages. Selling on consignment in a public auction typically offers the biggest potential financial reward.

Who pays fees at an auction?

The answer is that they charge fees – commission – to the seller and to the buyer. All you as the buyer need to do is know what those auction fees are and then take those charges into account when you decide how much to bid. The auction fees to buyers are typically added on to the hammer price.

Why are auction fees so high?

So why are property auction fees so high? Property auctions offer a faster and more convenient way to sell compared with going through an estate agent. They also give you a much higher likelihood of success. It’s normal to expect to pay a higher price for better results, so a higher price is justified.

Do artists get money from auctions?

Famous Paintings Sell For Millions At Auction, But The Artist Gets Zero Unlike novelists and musicians, visual artists don’t get royalties for their work. New legislation aims to fix this by taxing public sales, but auction houses Christie’s and Sotheby’s oppose the idea.

Is Sotheby’s or Christies better?

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