When the auction house organizes an auction, this is announced by advertisements in newspapers and in journals and magazines of antiques and collectibles. Also, invitations are sent to the customer database.
Prior to the auction, a catalogue is composed. This catalogue is a guide for the auction. It is indicated where and when the viewing days and the auction are held. Also, the conditions (order of sale, and the terms and conditions of sale) are clearly defined. It is advisable to carefully read these rules beforehand, so that you know what will happen if you place a bid.
In the catalogue, there is a numbered list which includes a detailed description of the various lots. A lot can, for example, consist of a single table, but also include an entire dishware set or a complete dining room. In the description there is information about the object, it’s age and it’s expected revenue (the so-called guide price). The description is made with the utmost care and according to a set procedure. The following procedure is followed to make a description of an artwork in the catalogues of Auction house Omnia:
Description of: Surname, first name (year of birth-year of death), representation, technique, size. (‘**’ instead of the name of the artist means that first name(s) are unknown)
Addition with attributed to:
The work has the characteristics of the artist and is in all likelihood made by the artist.
Area of / school / studio:
Not a work by the artist, but a work from the period of the artist, most likely made under his supervision.
Dutch school (+name):
A work of an unknown artist, made in that country or region.
Note: for the indications below, the authenticity is not guaranteed!
In the way of / in the style of / after / copy of:
Not a work by the artist, but a work made after the artist.
Artist + signed as:
The name in question appears on the work. The authenticity is not guaranteed!
During the viewing days you can record the lots you are interested in. In the catalogue is also mentioned at what moment certain lots are auctioned. During the viewing days it is possible to purchase a catalogue. The catalogue can also be found on the Auction house Omnia website (seven days prior to the start of the auction).
Prior to the auction, viewing days are held. These viewing days are meant to give the customers the opportunity to view the goods comprehensively. For this, all the lots are exhibited in a well-organized way. Admission is free of charge, and when visiting you can obtain information and intelligence from our auction employees. The viewing days take place at Friday from 17.00 – 21.00hr, on Saturday and Sunday from 11.00 – 17.00hr.
An auction often consists of multiple sessions. These are the days or half-days on which the auction will take place. Auctions at Omnia take place on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, and start at 19.00hr. Prior to the auction, which is organized under supervision of a notary, the conditions of the auction are stated. These are the rules that are used during the auction. One of those rules is the charge of premiums. Auction house Omnia levies a premium of 25% of the hammer price.
You will bid using a purchase number
Prior to the auction you will have the opportunity to retrieve a bidding number at the administration. This is a form on which you fill in your name and address. This form is linked to a purchase number. By showing this number during the auction, you can bid on a certain lot. When you have placed the highest bid, the auctioneer will call out this number and write it down, and you will be the owner of the lot. The bid increments are as follows:
|Up to € 50,-||with € 5,-|
|from € 50,-||to € 200,-||with € 10,-|
|from € 200,-||to € 500,-||with € 25,-|
|from € 500,-||to € 1000,-||with € 50,-|
|from € 1000,-||to € 2000,-||with € 100,-|
|from € 2000,-||to € 4000,-||with € 200,-|
|from € 4000,-||with € 500,-|
In this way it is possible to bid without being present at the auction. By means of filling in a bidding commission, you can let the auctioneer bid for you up to the maximum amount that you have indicated on the bidding form. Of course he will try to buy the lot for the written bidder at the lowest possible price. You will not automatically pay the maximum amount that you have filled in!Only after a successful purchase we will inform you on the day(s) after the last auction session via e-mail (in second instance via phone) about the purchases. You are personally responsible for retrieving the goods in time!
A second option to bid “from your easy chair” is by telephone bidding. This works just like written bidding. You can fill in a bidding form, requesting a telephone bidding. During the auction, you will be called up by one of our employees at the moment the concerned lot is up for auction. The employee will inform you during the bidding that is going on, and can bid on your behalf. Telephone bidding is only possible on articles with a guide price starting from € 150,-
For both written bidding and telephone bidding the following rules apply:
- The written purchase order is only accepted in case it is signed.
- Bidding over the telephone are possible when the object has a guide price of € 150,- or higher.
- For written bidding and telephone bidding on lots with a guide price of over €10.000,- a statement from your bank and a copy of a valid identification document might be requested.
- Payments must be made within three days of the purchase.
- Collecting: the goods must be collected from the auction location no later than the day after the final auction session, before 16.00hr!
- Note: To buyers that exceed this time period, a sum of € 50 per calender day can be charged for transport and storage costs, regardless of the amount of the purchase.
- Sold goods can be sent over; transport is the responsibility of the buyer/recipient.
After the auction
After the purchase, there is a warranty period of three weeks. This guarantee is described in the general conditions of purchase.
The purchased good(s) need to be collected after the auction session within the term that applies :
- Up to 30 minutes after every auction session.
- Wednesday morning (the day after the first auction session) from 9.30 – 11.30hr.
- Thursday afternoon (the day after the second auction session) from 13.30 – 16.00hr.
- On Fridays there is no issue of goods.
- Saturday afternoon from 13.30 – 16.00hr.
- During the auction there is no issue of goods.
- Written bidders are informed in case of a purchase of goods via telephone.
All goods must be collected on Saturday afternoon before 16.00hr!
To buyers that exceed this time period, a sum of € 50 per calender day can be charged for transport and storage costs, regardless of the amount of the purchase.