Selling at Auction

Hessink’s invites consignments from collectors, institutions and estates around the world! We are always available to discuss the sale of a single item or an entire collection and provide estimates as a complimentary service to assist you in your decision to sell. Please contact us by email


Auction valuations are free and you can ask for one by submitting images online or mailing your photographs. Please have the following information available:

Clear colour images of the front and back, and a close-up of the signature or maker's mark

Dimensions, medium and other available details

History of the item (when, where and how it was acquired)

Copies of appraisals or any literature relating to the item or certificates of authenticity, if available.

Our estimate is based upon the specialist's expertise and knowledge of what similar items are fetching in the current auction market, and it should not be considered as a proof of authenticity, a guaranteed offer to purchase, or a guarantee of selling price. Due to the high volume of requests we receive, it may take us a few days to get back to you.


Please note that auction estimates based on photographs are strictly preliminary and subject to revision after one of our specialists examines your property.


Once you have made the decision to sell, our specialists will confirm with you the date of a sale, estimates, and will discuss if reserve price or confidential minimum selling price, should be set. If you are consigning goods from overseas, shipping charges, custom duties and import tax may apply. For smooth customs clearance and inland transport, please contact our shipping company. This allows your artwork to be imported smoothly, and you do not need to pay tax when the works are imported.

We need to have your property on our premises far enough in advance of the sale to catalogue, photograph and promote it properly (minimum 6 weeks before a sale date). We are happy to assist with transportation arrangements. Any charges for transportation will be removed from your initial settlement, so please take the opportunity to discuss transport arrangements when consigning your goods to ensure you are fully aware of any costs.

Please contact us in advance if you have any doubts on what to do.


When we agree on the sale terms, you will receive a Consignment Agreement, listing the property, the planned sale dates, the estimated price ranges, and any excepted reserves.


Before you ship your property, please register online to create your account. The listing fee of €10 covers service charges for catalogue illustration and web illustration. Seller’s Commission, please contact the relevant department for details. Insurance fees, all lots will be subject to a 1.5% insurance fee.

We will automatically insure your property based upon negotiated estimated price from the time of receipt of your property.


After your property successfully sold, we will send you an auction result notification. This will list the individual lot and the price made by each item, and the total amount of payment less the commission and any other fees incurred. Auction results are sent out within 48 hours of the auction and settlement is usually made five weeks after the sale, subject to normal business conditions unless the buyer has not paid for the goods.


In the unlikely event that your property fails to meet the minimum bid at auction and a buyer wasn't found, we will continue trying to sell your property as “AFTER SALE” for one week after the auction based upon agreed reserve price. When an after sale is unsuccessful, we offer you free storage for 20 days after the auction. Should you decide to collect your item we may elect to charge you a unsold property fee equal to two percent (2%) of the reserve. If we fail to receive any information from you 40 days after a sale, your objects will be subject for resale at a reduces price (for more information see our term of business). If you fail to collect your property before the expiration of our 20 day free storage service, a monthly storage fee will apply until the object is either re-offered in another auction or until it is collected by you.

Auction Calendar

We hold many specialist auctions throughout the year.  Click here to view our upcoming auction dates

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Online Valuations

Thinking of selling your work of art?  Get a free auction estimate by submitting your item here.  

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