How do I sell art at VAN HAM?

Sell your art at VAN HAM in 4 easy steps

[Translate to Englisch:] Unser Kunstexperte schätzt den Wert eines Kunstobjektes für den Verkauf ein.

1. Non-binding estimate

Use our non-binding, confidential and free appraisal service on site or from the comfort of your own home. Our experts will appraise your works of art and objects and contact you...

[Translate to Englisch:] Ein Experte des VAN HAM Kunstauktionen Teams begutachtet ein Ölgemälde

2. Conditions & Contract

After a personal meeting and the appraisal of your objects, our experts will determine the auction conditions for your work of art or object together with you. We will then send...

[Translate to Englisch:] Versteigerung eines Kunstwerks im Auktionssaal von VAN HAM Kunstauktionen

3. Marketing & Auction

Our more than 30 annual auctions are marketed worldwide on- and offline in order to achieve the best price for your works of art and objects.


[Translate to Englisch:] Auszahlung nach erfolgreichem Verkauf eines Kunstwerkes in einer Auktion

4. Payment & after sales

After the successful sale of your artwork or object and after receipt of the buyer's payment, the proceeds will be paid out to you.


To the free online appraisal service



Together one goal: to sell your art successfully at top prices!

The competent and experienced team of experts at VAN HAM Art Auctions accompanies the sale of your art. From cataloguing and marketing to auctioning, our common goal is to sell your work of art or object at the highest possible price. 4 simple steps lead to the successful sale of your art.

[Translate to Englisch:] Zum Verkauf stehende Kunst und Skulpturen bei VAN HAM Kunstauktionen

1. Non-binding estimate

We are happy to give you free and non-binding estimates for your artworks and objects: Our departments with experience and profound market knowledge are always at your side. Make an appointment with our experts, who are available for you personally and throughout Germany to answer all questions concerning the sale of your art.

If you do not have the opportunity to come in person, we will be happy to give you a non-binding estimate of your art based on photos. The more detailed the information you send us, the more effectively we can process your request. Please note to send us the following information and photos of your objects in appropriate quality:

  • Front and back in full
  • Detail shots of: Signatures, titles, designations, labels, damages, etc.
  • additional information: receipts, provenance or exhibition history
  • Please make sure that your personal details are complete: Name, telephone number, e-mail address and contact person. We ask for your understanding that we can only assign and answer your inquiry if your contact data is complete.

For larger collections or estates, our experts will also be happy to visit you on request. In addition, we offer a valuation service for insurance and inheritance cases.

For a non-binding and trustworthy valuation of your art, please use our object valuation form, send us an inquiry by email to or make an appointment by phone (T +49 (221) 92 58 62-0)

Do you have a larger collection, would you like a full estate valuation, or would you like the experts to visit you?

2. Conditions & Contract

After a personal meeting and the appraisal of your objects, our experts will determine the auction conditions for your work of art or object together with you and present you with the contract. Our offer is tailored to your individual needs. In a personal consultation we will be happy to explain the most favourable conditions for you. If an object remains unsold, you will not incur any processing or insurance costs.

3. Marketing & Auction

A professional treatment of your artwork is an essential step for the successful sale of your art. Before the auction, all works of art and objects are therefore photographed in our own professional photo studio. Subsequently, a detailed research completes the profile of each object sold in an auction or ONLINE ONLY auction.

Our more than 18 annual presence auctions and over 20 online auctions are marketed on- and offline weeks before the auction in order to make your works of art internationally known in advance. About 3 weeks before the auction our elaborately designed and fully illustrated catalogues are sent out worldwide. The online catalogues on our homepage, offer additional illustrations and detailed images, as well as a search function, which allows customers to search for an artist, an art movement or a category. Via the search file, interested parties are informed as soon as a work of art of interest is offered for sale. During previews in the spacious premises of our Cologne headquarters, as well as in our representative offices in Berlin, Hamburg and Munich, your objects will be exhibited in order to present the work in its original form to interested customers. On the day of the auction you can watch the auction on site or live via our homepage. We work together with four international auction platforms, which will present your object to customers from Germany and abroad. At the same time, since January 2019, we are the only German auction house to have our own online auction portal. The results are sent to you after the auction.


[Translate to Englisch:] Interessentin schaut sich ein Gemälde von Wautier bei VAN HAM Kunstauktionen an

4. Payment & after sales

After the successful sale of your art and after receipt of the buyer's payment, the proceeds will be paid out. Payment is usually made 5 - 6 weeks after the auction. If an object has not been sold during the auction, it often finds a happy buyer during the post-auction sale.


Find all our upcoming auctions as well as many more details about expert days, events at VAN HAM and our selected special auctions in our calendar

Frequently asked questions about posting


We will gladly give you free and non-committal oral estimations for your objects, which you may bring onto our premises during our business hours.

Should you be unable to come personally, we will gladly mail you an estimate based upon photographs which you kindly will send to us along with additional information on size, signatures, condition, etc.

For larger collections, our experts will also visit you at home, if you wish.


Contact one of our specialists to discuss the best conditions for selling your property. We will work with you to create an offer specific to your need and interests. Should your property remain unsold, you will incur no fees for handling or insurance. 

Artist´s Resale Right (Droit de Suite)

In accordance with § 26 of the German Copyright Law / UrhG the consigner is legally obligated to pay droit de suite (artists’ resale rights) on all original works of art as well as original photographic works, whose authors are not dead or did not decease 70 years before the end of the legal year of purchase. The consignor is currently required to contribute 1% of the hammer price plus statutory VAT, if applicable, for this purpose and is therefore released from all personal obligations to pay the droit de suite.


The costs for colour illustrations are depending upon size (from € 50 up to € 600).


On request we will gladly arrange affordable transportation.


The items entrusted to us will be insured at our expenses.


We will procure favourably-priced restoration services for you, which appear recommendable for sales.


Approximately five weeks after the auction you will receive your settlement statement together with a collection-only check subject to receipt of payment from the buyer. Please inform us of any other desired payment modes.