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 catalogue.

Auction offerings

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.

Bidding in Person

An auction is a fascinating event, particularly if you are participating in person.

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 behalf.

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.

Telephone Bid

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.

Absentee Bids

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 bidding form.
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 submission.

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 fax.


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.

Post-Auction Sale

Lots which haven’t been sold by auction can be found in an overview in our section post-auction sale. These items can be bought up to two weeks after the auction to the fixed price quoted.

Auction results

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.


















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