This is how easyly you can bid during our Auction.

There are different options for bidding during our auctions: in person or through an authorised representative, by phone or by written bid.

  • Personal Bids

    If you would like to personally partake in the auction, you can obtain a bidder number after providing us with some identification. This can take place during the preview at our showrooms in the Sybelstrasse, or one hour before the auction at the Hotel Bristol Berlin.

  • Written Bids

    You also have the option to participate with a written maximum bid.

    To do so, please fill out an order form and send it to us by letter, fax, as a scanned e-mail attachment, or return it to us in person. If you have not participated in one of our auctions before, we will need a recent bank reference.

    Submitted maximum bids do not include commission and tax. Of course we will only take your bid to the level that the auction process requires.

    Please be advised that we may not be able to process your bid if you submit it to us any later than 24 hours before the auction.

  • Telephone Bids

    Artworks with an estimated price above 500,- Euro may be bid for by telephone.

    For that we will need a written application 24 hours prior to the start of the auction with the object’s description from our catalogue accompanied by the telephone number with which we can reach you during the auction.

    We will then contact you in time so that we can relay your bids during the auction. Our auction house is not responsible for the reliability of the telephone connection or any transmission mistakes, and is in no way liable during this process.

    If this is your first time participating in one of our auctions, we will need a recent bank reference.

    All submitted maximum bids do not include commission and tax.

  • Bids via

    Please register yourself as a bidder on

    There you will be able to submit your personal maximum bids for our auction. Of course we will only take your bid to the level that the auction process requires.

    Please also be aware that we will not be able to assure the acceptance of your bids if you submit them to us any later than 24 hours before the start of the auction.

    Lot-tissimo offers you the additional option to participate in our auction as a live bidder. For this process, lot-tissimo charges a fee of 3% on top of the net hammer price, which is charged to you in the form of an additional premium. However, this additional fee will not be charged if you register as a telephone bidder, or submit a written bid.

  • Post Auction Sale Bids

    After the auction, there is the Post Auction Sale, where there is the possibility to buy lots at the reserve price. The stated reserve price does not include commission and tax.

    The sale is open and prices are valid for the span of five weeks after the auction.

    Please understand that bids lower than the reserve price will not be accepted or processed until at least two weeks after the auction, as we must respect the interests of the consignor, whom we have guaranteed the reserve price.

  • Terms and conditions

    The public auction is conducted due to the free will of the Consignor. It is prepared, organised and held by Dr. Irene Lehr Kunstauktionen GmbH (Auctioneer), which will sell the auction items as a commission agent in its own name on the account of the Consignor.

    The highest bid will be accepted. In the case of an immediate disagreement due to an overlooked bid or any other doubt, the lot may be offered for sale again. Bidders shall be obliged to take a lot for which they have offered the highest bid. The Auctioneer has the right to auction the lots out of order, to divide, to combine or to omit them, to accept a bid subject to approval, to refuse the fall of the hammer or to reject a bid, in particular if the Bidder is unknown to the Auctioneer and has not furnished a security in the form of bank references or other guarantees.

    A premium of 28% is to be paid on the surcharge, which includes value-added tax without separate identification (differential taxation). Works of art marked with an N were temporarily imported from a third country. When the works of art are handed over by Dr. Irene Lehr Kunstauktionen GmbH to the buyer, the latter becomes the importer and owes Dr. Irene Lehr Kunstauktionen GmbH the import turnover tax of currently 7%. Works of art marked in this way are subject to differential taxation. For catalogue items marked with a *, a premium of 19% must be paid; the final invoice amount is subject to 19% VAT (standard taxation). For German entrepreneurs who are entitled input tax deduction on books, works of art, graphics and manuscripts, the total invoice can be issued on request, as before, in accordance with the standard taxation. Export deliveries to third countries (outside the EU) and – if their VAT identification number is stated when the order is placed – also companies in other EU member states are exempt from VAT, provided that they purchase for commercial use. All other buyers from EU countries are subject to German value added tax. Foreign buyers outside the European Union will be refunded the value added tax if within four weeks after the auction the German customs export certificate and the customs import certificate of the corresponding import country are provided (“Ausfuhr- und Abnehmernachweis”). In case of dispatch by us, the proof of export shall be deemed given. Invoices issued during or immediately after the auction require special verification and correction; errors excepted.

    The title to the work of art shall pass to the Buyer only upon payment in full of the invoice amount that is due and payable. The risk of any damage resides with Buyers upon their bid being accepted.

    The auctioned works of art may be accepted and paid for in cash one week after the auction. All taxes, costs and charges in connection with the payment (including bank expenses charged to the Auctioneer) shall be borne by the Buyer. Storage and shipment are at the risk and on the account of the Buyer. The shipment will only be dispatched once the full amount of the invoice has been received. The Buyer will be considered in default with the payment two weeks after the date of the invoice, which entitles the Auctioneer to annul the contract with the Buyer without further notice, to bear interest at a customary rate and demand damages for the amount of lost proceeds. In the event of delayed payment, the Buyer is liable to all damages resulting thereof; especially a loss of interest and monetary devaluation. Bidders for a third party are personally liable for the purchase and payment, even if the invoice is in the name of the third party.

    All works of art which come to auction can be checked and inspected at the preview. The descriptions of the works of art in the catalogue are not conditions in a legal sense. Complaints by the Buyer will be carefully considered and reviewed, only, if they are stated within a period of three days after receiving the work of art, never later than three weeks after the auction. For lots with more than one work of art (“Konvolut”) no guarantees can be given; they are exempt from complaints. Bidders for a third party have to register the complaints personally.

    Written bids are accepted by Dr. Irene Lehr Kunstauktionen GmbH. No guarantee can be given that any order received less than 24 hours before the start of the auction will be processed. The accuracy of information in the transmitted orders is not the responsibility of Dr. Irene Lehr Kunstauktionen GmbH, but the responsibility of the client. Due to the new guidelines for the Money Laundering Act, in the case of written bids over € 7,500 and in the case of room, live and telephone bids, we are obliged to retain a copy of the bidder’s ID. The prices stated in written orders are the maximum limit for the hammer price.; Premium, VAT and any other charges will be invoiced additionally.

    All payments shall be made in euros.

    By sending a written bid or by bidding live at the auction the Buyer explicitly accepts these Terms and Conditions for Auction.

    The place of performance and only place of jurisdiction is Berlin, Germany. The law of the Federal Republic of Germany shall apply exclusively. If the Terms and Conditions for Auction are available in several languages, the German version shall always prevail.