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Why buy at Artbidy.com

Artbidy is the world's first online auction house that allows you to buy artworks from anywhere on earth. We have been in business since 2013. In our offer you can find auction sales, the opportunity to buy works from our gallery offer and private sales. Furthermore, we are constantly improving our offer and the quality of our services. Not only that, but we cooperate with the best specialists on the market. Among them are art dealers, conservators, art enthusiasts and art historians. We know that art has not only an investment value but also an aesthetic and intellectual one.

Our offer includes several thousand selected collector's objects. Our business model allows us to sell works of art with the lowest auction commission. We were the first auction house in the world to introduce the standard of triple authentication and proof of the absence of legal defects for all objects on offer. We are the only auction house and gallery that offers presentations of all the objects on offer in your home or office. During the 9 years of our business, we have been trusted by several thousand collectors, investors and art enthusiasts. 

Buying at auctions

Artbidy organizes more than a dozen auctions a year, including auctions of recent, contemporary and old art, auctions of jewellery, crafts or design. Auctions take place live and online. During auctions, you can bid in person by logging in to your user account (online, with limit and telephone bidding are then available). It is also possible to bid without registering: online bidding, telephone bidding, or placing a limited auction order (by downloading an auction order and sending it by e-mail or post, in person, or by telephone or e-mail). The object goes to the person who bids the highest amount for it during the auction. Participation in the auction is free, only the auction fee is added to the final bid price. The auction fee is fixed at 20%. In some cases, a droit de suite may be added to the auction fee (see FAQ for more on droit de suite) and/or with 8% VAT if the item is imported from outside the EU under temporary admission.

What terms are worth knowing when participating in an auction? These are certainly: starting price, estimate and bid increment. The starting price is the lowest price of the auctioned item, from which the bidding starts. In Artbidy, the starting price is displayed under the estimate in the auction tab. An estimate is a range of prices next to the starting amount of a work of art, which suggest the final price that a work of art can reach during an auction. The estimate price is set by the auction house based on expert opinion. In Artbidy, the estimate of a work of art (available in several currencies) is displayed in the tab of the auction, just above the starting price. The increment amount is the amount by which another bidder's offer is exceeded. In the price range up to PLN 2000 it is PLN 100 or more, in the price range above that amount it is PLN 200 or more (see FAQs for more on increment amounts). 

 

Our gallery offer includes over a thousand objects divided into 18 thematic departments. Every day new objects put up for sale by collectors, artists and art dealers cooperating with us appear in the offer. Today in our art gallery you can buy, among other things: sculptures, works of art of the past, modern and contemporary works of art, watches, vintage vehicles, graphics, photographs, crafts, design, collectable jewellery, illustrations, comic books, posters, precious stones, collectable objects, collectable fashion and NFT art. Buying works from our offer is efficient, safe and based on transparent rules.

Our gallery offer is presented on the website in the form of an online art gallery. We take care of the quality and verification of the objects we offer. We want the works selected by us to present themselves in the most favourable way. 

After selecting the object you are interested in, you can add it to your basket or use the buy now option (purchase does not require registration). It is also possible to purchase by phone or e-mail. The price displayed in the gallery offer is the final price. It includes the commission for Artbidy, taxes and possible droit de suite (more about droit de suite in the FAQ section) and/or VAT of 8% if the object is imported from outside the EU on the basis of temporary admission. 

 

Private purchase

Thanks to long-standing relationships with collectors, we have hundreds of exceptional works of art in private offer. We conduct private sales (also known as "silent" sales) by offering to search for objects on a commission basis. Private sales operate outside the traditional online auction calendar and offer the freedom to collect world-class works at any time you choose. With a personalized approach, we are able to adapt to different needs. What's more, we never reveal the identity of the buyer unless it is the express wish of the client to publish it. We are with you through the entire process. We will prepare a contract, payment instructions and a shipping quote if the personal collection is not possible. 

If you would like us to help you buy an object outside of auctions and gallery listings please contact one of our specialists.

 

Buying in the shop

In the offer of our shop, you can find interesting books on issues related to art and the art market. In this way, we try to fulfil our mission of spreading and educating about art. Moreover, we sell art supplies, albums, gadgets and accessories related to art. Currently, we are also planning to extend our offer with company accessories with the Artbidy logo. During the 9 years of our existence, we have developed a popular brand, the cooperation with state institutions, foundations and luxury brands positions us as a strong and recognizable brand in the Polish and international art market. A small accent with the Artbidy logo in your home or office can help to remind you of the fascinating world of art. 

 

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Payments

Payments for objects or books purchased through the website are carried out by PayPal and PayU, which makes it possible to pay by online transfer, card or BLIK. We support payments in several currencies (PLN, EUR, USD, GBP, RUB, CNY) and we plan to expand our offer by adding more.

It is also possible to pay upon collection of objects from our premises. Please contact us in advance. 

Pickup and shipment

Objects can be collected from the Artbidy Auction House in Warsaw at 12C/8 Kochanowskiego Street within 7 working days from the date of collecting the payment.

It is also possible to deliver purchased objects from the gallery offer or from the auction. The cost of delivery to Poland varies depending on the value of the order: 

  • up to 5000 PLN is 50 PLN, 
  • between 5000-10000 PLN free by courier, 
  • above 10000 PLN free by dedicated transport.

In the case of orders from the shop, for purchases over 200 PLN, we offer free shipping within Poland. 

In the case of objects from gallery offers as well as those purchased in auctions or in the shop, the cost of international transport is subject to individual calculation.

We are characterized by the standard of triple confirmation of the authenticity of objects. In addition to the auction house certificate, we also provide author's certificates with the objects, written confirmations of artists, approvals from experts and experts, as well as confirmations of families and heirs. Additionally, as the only auction house we attach ARL (Art Loss Register) certificates to the purchased objects, which confirm their absence of legal defects.

Below we present the bid increments during the auction (in PLN):

0 - 2 000 / 100

2 000 - 5  000 / 200

5 000 - 10  000  / 500

10 000 - 20  000 / 1 000

20 000 - 50  000 / 2 000

50 000 - 100  000 / 5 000

100 000 - 300  000 / 10 000

300 000 - 700  000 / 20 000

700 000 - 1 500 000 / 50 000

1 500 000 - 3 000 00 / 100 000

3 000 000 - 8 000 000 / 200 000

above 8 000 000 / 500 000

The droit de suite is the fee due to the creator or the heirs of an original work of art for the professional resale of original works of art. This fee is calculated at the following rates:

5% of the amount auctioned if that portion is included up to the equivalent of EUR 50,000 (e.g. for an amount auctioned of EUR 2,000, a fee of EUR 100)

3% of the amount bid if the part at issue is between the equivalent of EUR 50,000.01 and the equivalent of EUR 200,000 (e.g. in the case of an amount bid of EUR 80,000, the bidding fee is EUR 3,400)

1% of the amount bid if the part at issue is between the equivalent of EUR 200,000.01 and the equivalent of EUR 350,000 (e.g. in the case of an amount bid of EUR 300,000, the bidding fee is EUR 8,000)

0.5% of the amount bid if the part at issue is between the equivalent of EUR 350,000.01 and the equivalent of EUR 500,000 (e.g. in the case of an amount bid of EUR 400,000, the bidding fee is EUR 8,750)

0.25% of the auctioned amount if that part is included in a range exceeding the equivalent of EUR 500,000 - but not exceeding the equivalent of EUR 12,500.

In Poland, the droit de suite is regulated by article 19-19(5) of the Act on Copyrights and Related Rights of 4 February 1994 as amended, by Directive 2001/84/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 September 2001 on the resale right for the benefit of the author of an original work of art. The fee will be calculated using the daily NBP exchange rate of the day preceding the auction. The fee will be calculated when the equivalent of the amount auctioned exceeds EUR 100.

Some items purchased on the Artbidy website, by Article 27 of the Consumer Rights Act (Journal of Laws of 2014, item 827 as amended) can be returned without giving any reason. You will receive a refund of your payment within 14 days from the date of your statement of withdrawal. The purchased item should be sent back to Artbidy's address properly secured and packed. The cost of the return is borne by the buyer. Objects that the customer has personally collected or seen before purchase are not returnable.

To take a work of art abroad, you need to check whether a permit is required (in most cases, a permit is required if the object is older than 50 years). If you are taking an object which is not subject to the Act, it is advisable to have the purchase invoice or the assessment of the time of its creation with you, and this will suffice in the case of border control. According to the amendment to the Act on protection and care of monuments of March 18, 2010 (Journal of Laws No. 75, item 474) the permission to export the monument abroad is required for i.a: works of painting made with any technique and on any material, not included in the categories indicated in points 4 and 5, which are more than 50 years old and their value are higher than PLN 40,000; watercolours, gouaches and pastels made on any material, which are more than 50 years old and their value is higher than PLN 16,000; original prints and matrices for their production as well as original posters, which are more than 50 years old and their value is higher than PLN 16,000; original sculptures, statues or their copies made with the same technique as the original, not falling in the category indicated in point 1, which are more than 50 years old and their value is higher than PLN 20,000; individual photographs, films and their negatives, which are more than 50 years old and their value is greater than PLN 6,000; single manuscripts or those in collections which are more than 50 years old and their value is greater than PLN 4,000; single books or books from a collection that is more than 100 years old and its value is higher than PLN 6,00. The owner of the monument applies for single permission to take the monument abroad through the appropriate provincial conservator of monuments.

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