Buying & Selling
With the following information you can learn more about the auction
procedures at Seidel & Friedrich.
Our auctions take place twice a year – in spring and in autumn. For
information about current dates please register for our free newsletter.
This way you furthermore get information at first hand regarding which
collectibles have been arrived – prior they officially can be seen in our
After completion of the delivery of the auction pieces you can find them in
the current auction catalogue. Photographs, descriptions and limit prices (that
is the minimum price for the several lots) help you to get an idea of the
upcoming auction. Furthermore, you can search for specific collectibles. The
catalogue will be available online
in German and English approx. three weeks prior to the auction. Most of our
customers order the print version of our catalogue as a memory of the auction. Contact
us to order the catalogue.
If you would like to take a look at the auction lots you can make use of a
pre-inspection. Information on the exact dates for pre-inspection as well as for
the catalogue release will be provided on our website and with our newsletter.
Our auctions are sale room auctions for which you can either pre-bid or
participate in person. It is not an online auction.
An auction is a fascinating event, particularly if you are participating in
To bid in person, you will need to register for and collect a numbered paddle
before the auction begins. Please remember to bring government-issued proof of
identity, such as a driving license or passport, with you. In addition, you need
to provide a bank reference. If you are bidding on behalf of a third party, you
will need to provide a letter from that person authorizing you to bid on his/her
To place your bid, simply raise your paddle until the auctioneer acknowledges
you. The auctioneer will take increasing bids on each lot, until only one bidder
remains. The final bidder purchases the lot.
If you are unable to attend the auction in person and would like to
participate at this live experience you have the possibility to bid on the
phone. Therefore, you need to register with your particulars for the specific
lots in advance. You will be called approx. five lots prior your favoured item
by a staff member. He will provide you with information about the current bids.
Furthermore, he will ask you with every highest bid whether you would like to
proceed as long as you or someone else successfully placed the highest bid.
If you are unable to attend the auction in person, we will be happy to
execute written bids on your behalf. When we execute an absentee bid on your
behalf, we stop bidding for you at the maximum price that you notice on the
In the event of identical bids, the earliest received will take precedence. Your
absentee bids must be given to us latest 24 hours before the auction
starts. After the auction you can find out by telephone whether your bid was
successful. For pre-bids use the absentee
bidding form which you can send to us via fax, mail or via online
We recommend registering online before you submit your pre-bids. This way
your online form will be available in your personal area after login. You either
can submit the online form via mouse click or print the form and send it via
After the successful auction of a lot you will receive your invoice at the
address provided at registration. The invoice will include the highest bid plus
the provision of the auction (16 % + V.A.T.). Please have a look at our general
terms and conditions. We accept the following methods of payment: bank
transfer, cash payment or cheque.
After payment we will send you the items auctioned with insured shipping.
Lots which haven’t been sold by auction can be found in an overview in our
sale. These items can be bought up to two weeks after the auction to the
fixed price quoted.
You might be curious about the realised results of the auction. Current
auction results can be found here.
The buyer is not permitted, including after the auction has taken place, to use the images and texts found in the electronic media and the catalogue. Any breach of this agreement will establish claims for compensation against the buyer, without the requirement of adducing verifiable proof.