Guide for Buyers and Sellers

Here you can find everything you need to know about buying and selling at our auctions.

Before the Auction

What is sold at auction?

At the auctions, you can find a large selection of art, design, antiques, jewellery, wristwatches and collector’s items. View all categories.

View the auction lots at the preview before you decide to bid

All the items will be exhibited before an auction at the so-called previews. Here you have the opportunity to examine the auction lots more closely. The physical location of an auction lot can be seen in the lot’s description on bruun-rasmussen.dk

For certain auction lots, we offer to send you a condition report if you do not have the opportunity to visit the preview in person. Read more about this in the conditions of purchase 3.2

What should I do before an online auction?

Before you submit a bid at an online auction for the first time, you have to sign up as a customer here at bruun-rasmussen.dk and for security reasons register your debit/credit card. It takes a few minutes, so be sure to do it well in advance of the auction.

During the Auction

How do I place a bid on an online auction?

Find the item of your choice here at bruun-rasmussen.dk. You can choose either to submit your bids individually during the auction or to submit a maximum bid. If you choose to submit a maximum bid, we will make sure to bid for you until you achieve the highest bid or your maximum bid has been reached. You can follow your bids next to your customer number in the list of bids for the item in question.

If your bid is surpassed, we will notify you via e-mail/text message.

As a bidder, your bid may match someone else's maximum bid. If two bids are the same, it is always the person who submitted the bid first, who has the bid.

How do I bid at a traditional auction?

You have four different ways of bidding on a traditional auction.

  • Show up in the salesroom: When you want to bid on an item, you signal the auctioneer by raising your assigned bidding sign. There always has to be eye contact between the auctioneer and the bidder, so you do not have to be afraid of bidding on something by accident.
  • Commission bid: You can submit your bid here at bruun-rasmussen.dk until the start of the auction or 24 hours prior to the auction via e-mail, fax or phone. An employee of Bruun Rasmussen will bid on your behalf during the auction.
  • Telephone bid: For certain items, you can request a telephone appointment during the auction with an employee from Bruun Rasmussen who will bid on your behalf. The service can be requested here at bruun-rasmussen.dk up until three hours before the start of the auction.
  • Live bidding: You can live stream the auction and bid here at bruun-rasmussen.dk. If it is the first time that you submit a live bid, you have to sign up as a customer here at bruun-rasmussen.dk and register your debit/credit card. It takes a few minutes, so be sure to do it well in advance of the auction.

After the Auction

Payment at an online auction

When you have purchased an item at an online auction, the money will automatically be withdrawn from the debit/credit card that you have registered with us prior to the auction.

Payment at a traditional auction

A purchase at a traditional auction has to be paid no later than eight days after the sale. You have three options for payment:

  • At one of our locations with a debit/credit card:
    Dankort, Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Diners Club, JCB and China UnionPay or in cash up to DKK 50,000 (approx. € 6,700).
  • Here at bruun-rasmussen.dk with debit/credit card:
    Dankort, Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Diners Club og JCB
  • Via bank transfer to our account at Danske Bank:
    Kontonr.: 4183 4310970638 · Swift/BIC: DABADKKK · IBAN: DK4130004310970638

Additional costs of buying at auction

We require a buyer’s premium for all purchases at our auctions.

On the online auctions, 25% is added to the hammer price, which covers the buyer’s premium of 20% as well as VAT on the buyer’s premium.

At the traditional auctions, 30% is added to the hammer price, which covers the buyer’s premium of 24% and VAT on the premium. For stamps and coins, 25% is added to the hammer price, which covers the buyer’s premium of 20% and VAT on the premium.

Certain items are sold according to special rules for full VAT. In these cases, a VAT of 25% is calculated on both the hammer price and the buyer’s premium.

For works by recent Danish and certain international artists, an artist's resale royalty must be paid to the VISDA Association, which manages copyright issues for artists. This is the case when the artist is either alive or has not been dead for more than 70 years. The artist's royalty is calculated according to the hammer price.

Can I cancel my purchase?

If you buy an item at a traditional auction, you have no right of withdrawal. At an online auction, you have 14 days right of withdrawal if you are a private buyer.

Pick up of purchase

You can pick up your purchase at the location where the item was on display at the preview. Purchased items at our online auctions must be picked up no later than Tuesday in the week after the auction has taken place. Purchased items at our traditional auctions have to be picked up no later than eight business days after the auction. Immediately after the purchase, we will send you an e-mail with the specific deadline for the pickup. Read more about picking up your items.

What if I cannot pick up the purchase myself?

If you cannot pick up your purchase yourself, you have several options. You can send another person or a carrier, who can pick up your purchase with a power of attorney from you.

You can also request an offer on transportation via your login page here at bruun-rasmussen.dk or contact one of the transportation companies we collaborate with.

For smaller items, you can request shipment. The price is stated on bruun-rasmussen.dk when you bid on an item. You can also request automatic shipment for certain categories of items. Read more about transportation and shipping.

Storage of purchases at warehouse

If your purchase is not picked up on time, it will be transported at your expense and risk to one of our storage facilities. The transport to the warehouse costs DKK 150 per item, and the storage costs DKK 150 per item per commenced week.

International shipping

If you live abroad, you can request a transport offer via your personal page here at bruun-rasmussen.dk. You also have the opportunity to use our offer of free transportation of wine to Hong Kong or consolidated transport to New York.

For transportation to other parts of the world, view the list of transportation companies we are working with.

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