Before you buy

Before you buy

  • only offers items for sale at auction that have been described and valued by our own specialists. The specialists describe the items factually and objectively in good faith.

  • Since all lots are sold as quality used items, normal wear and tear is not included in the description. Relevant defects and flaws beyond those caused by normal wear and tear are described and often photographed. Items that are not in mechanical working order and new copy goods are not accepted for auction.

  • A single lot only comprises several pieces if there is a logical connection between these. For larger suites of furniture and sets of glassware or porcelain to be accepted in our online catalogue they need to have a higher expected hammer price than single items – as a rule EUR 650 for larger suites of furniture and EUR 400 for larger sets of glassware or porcelain.

  • Guarantee guarantees lot descriptions for the buyer. If, after the auction has taken place, it turns out that the lot purchased is a forgery, that the lot description was vitiated by significant errors or flaws, or that the lot is in considerably worse condition than presumed, the buyer has the right to have the purchase annulled, or possibly to receive an appropriate price reduction. The purchase price will therefore be fully reimbursed, or in the latter case the buyer will receive a partial refund determined according to reasonable evaluation. As an added service, on top of those pertaining to legislation, offers an unlimited guarantee for the authenticity of a lot.

  • Condition reports offers condition reports to customers providing information on the state and condition of lots when these are valued at over DKK/SEK 5,000, EUR 650.

  • Starting bid
    If a starting bid has been agreed then this is indicated in the lot description. For second-hand items it is only possible to use a starting bid if the lot can be valued above the following levels: In Danish and Swedish auction houses the lot must be able to be valued at a minimum of DKK/SEK 10,000 and in German and Belgian auction houses the lot must be able to be valued at a minimum of EUR 1,100.
    For brand new items there is no minimum value for using a starting bid.

  • Diamonds
    All specialists at involved in grading diamonds (i.e. describing colour, carat and clarity) have completed an intensive, internal training course to ensure that grading is professionally carried out.
    Read more about diamonds here...

  • Explanations
    If a lot number consists of two or more items, this is noted in brackets at the end of the description, e.g. Dining room chairs (6).

  • The term 'pair' designates 2 identical objects such as a pair of chairs. In this case the number of items is still added in brackets.

  • With regard to framed pictorial art, frames are not catalogued or appraised. There can be exceptions if a frame is particularly rare or special, or if it has been produced by a known framer.

  • In the case of wine, only the label and bottle condition are described. does not describe wine taste or drinking value.

  • If a lot is sold with a key, this is noted in the description.

  • Artists and attributions
    The following applies to lots sold at auction on

    • Title: Martinus Rørbye, 1803-1848 
      Indicates an original work of art by the artist. guarantees authenticity in accordance with the conditions of purchase.

  • Limited warranty

    The following reservations are made in the lot descriptions according to’s best knowledge, and only serve as a guideline for the buyer. They are in no way a guarantee and are not subject to legal claims.

    • Title: Martinus Rørbye 1803-1848 (attributed)The work of art is likely to date from the time of the artist and may have been created by him/her.

    • Title: After Martinus Rørbye
      The work is unsigned but is a copy of an original work by the artist.

  • Abbreviations
    Sign. – Original artist’s signature
    30/125 – Picture number and print run
    SP – Same place
    UF – Unframed