You consider selling an artwork?

For our exhibitions we are looking to acquire drawings and paintings by

Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Pablo Picasso, Oskar Kokoschka, Alfred Kubin, Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, George Grosz, Emil Nolde, Lyonel Feininger, Paul Klee and many more.

We buy works of art

For more than 25 years, our gallery has specialized in works of Classical Modernism and Post-War Art with a focus on drawings and paintings. Regularly we purchase works from private individuals, institutional collections or are the highest bidders in art auctions worldwide.

At auctions, commission fees are charged which can significantly reduce the seller's profit. In addition, the seller bears the risk that his artwork does not get sold1) and that the negative result will be published on the internet. This reduces the value of the artwork in the long term2) and makes a later sale more difficult.

As a gallery, we therefore prefer to acquire works directly from the owner, without the auction house as intermediary. On the one hand, this eliminates high transaction fees, on the other hand, the market freshness3) of the work preserves its value. We pass these advantages on to the seller and are therefore prepared to pay the best prices.

Advantages of selling to the gallery

  • No commitment to auction dates
  • Fast and direct payment
  • No commission fees for the seller
  • No risk of "burning" the work for future sale
  • Higher offers by the gallery are possible as buyer fees are waived and market freshness is maintained

Andrea Glanninger-Leitner
+43 1 533 99 77

Auction Sales Sample Calculation

A private collector wants to sell an exceptional drawing by Gustav Klimt in 2018. Taking into account the current market environment and based on our experience, we make a purchase offer to the seller of around £235,000. Auction experts also estimate the value of the drawing at £200,000 - 300,000. However, the seller decides not to sell the work directly and brings it to an art auction, where he has to accept the reserve price.

In the 2019 auction, the work was sold to the highest bidder for only £160,000, i.e. well below the lower estimate price. In addition to the so-called hammer price of £160,000, the buyer pays a premium of 25 per cent (£40,000), bringing the actual purchase price excluding tax to £200,000. The seller, on the other hand, receives only part of this proceeds, in this case around £136,000. The difference between the actual purchase price and the payment, in this case £64,000, is the commission for the auction house.

The example makes demonstrates that the sale at auction can be a source of uncertainty for the seller. Instead of £235,000 from a specialist art dealer, the seller receives only £136,000 through the auction of his Klimt drawing, which means he earns just around 60 per cent of the possible purchase price. However, this example is not an isolated case. The statistics show that about one third of the auctioned works of art do not win a bid and that the publication of the auction results leads to a lasting reduction in their value. If one also considers works of art for which the knockdown is below the lower estimated price, a large proportion of the auctioned works ultimately fall well short of the expectations of the seller.

  1. Source: A. Hausmann (2014) Handbuch Kunstmarkt, article by Felix Ganteführer, p. 372
  2. Source: A. Hausmann (2014) Handbuch Kunstmarkt, article by Dirk Boll, p. 185
  3. Calculation with assumption: 15% seller commission and 25% buyer's premium

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Expert days

In addition, we regularly offer consultation appointments where you can have your works of art estimated by our specialists free of charge. Whether a single painting, a drawing or a complete art estate, we will be happy to advise you personally.