ARTBID is able to evaluate and sell items in the following categories: painting; sculpture and religious icons; furniture; jewellery and gold and silverware; porcelain and faience earthenware; books, maps and prints; glass and crystal; precious metals and other metals; rugs and tapestries; old weapons and military items; photographs; ivories; toys; decorations and insignia; native art and archaeology; wines; mechanical instruments and decorative items, etc.
Can I obtain an informal opinion about the value of my items?
Yes, whenever possible, we will give you our informal opinion, free of charge, regarding the estimates of your item. This service may be requested via one of the following channels:
What if I need a full formal evaluation?
Via e-mail - In this way you can send us photographs of the item(s), with reference to the size of each item, as well as other relevant information to complement our opinion. It is important to know that the estimates attributed on the basis of photographic analysis, may change after direct observation of the items.
In person – you can bring your items to our office, for direct observation. That way we will have the opportunity, with greater certainty, to attribute appropriate estimates for eventual sale in an auction.
ARTBID can also provide this service. Formal evaluations may only be performed in the physical presence of the items to be evaluated, and you will be charged an evaluation commission according to the Pricelist in force. If the evaluation is made outside ARTBID’s premises, you may also need to budget for the travel and accommodation expenses of the evaluator(s).
I would like to know the value of my items, but I don't want to sell them in an auction. What should I do?
If you require an evaluation of your items, in particular for the purpose of division of inherited property or insurance, you should schedule a visit to our premises, bringing the item(s) that you would like to be evaluated. ARTBID will provide you with a written evaluation, in the form of an itemised list, that will specify the estimates of each item. This evaluation has a cost that you can consult in this site, in the Pricelist.
After the evaluation I have decided to sell in an auction via ARTBID . What do I need to do?
After receiving our opinion on the values / estimates for your items, ARTBID will draw up a sales contract for this purpose and the items will be immediately photographed and catalogued, for rapid placement in an auction.
What costs will I have to bear if I sell in an auction?
Once you have decided to sell your item in an auction, the evaluation commission will not be charged, unless the evaluation involved travel by ARTBID’s employees and required a stay outside Lisbon. You will be charged a single commission, which will be levied exclusively on the value of the items sold, to be contracted prior to the auction.
The item(s) that I would like to be evaluated are difficult to transport. How can they be evaluated?
In this case, initially, you can send an email with photos of the items, informing ARTBID about the dimensions of each item, the author, technique, source, state of conservation, and other relevant aspects for the evaluation. ARTBID will provide you with informal preliminary estimates. ARTBID can also send an individual expert or team to the site where the items are kept, in order to make a formal evaluation. In this case, the evaluation and travel arrangements may be subject to charges.
How can I transport my items to ARTBID’s premises?
We can advise you in relation to one or more transporters who will then provide you with a budget for carrying out this service. The owner of the items will pay the transporter directly for this service.
I’ve sold my items. When will I receive payment?
In the event of a sale and ARTBID has received of the full sale price from the buyer(s), payment will be made by bank transfer or cheque, up to 10 working days after the date of the last auction session, in accordance with ARTBID’s Terms and Conditions.
What if any item is not sold in the auction due to a lack of interested persons?
Any items that are not sold will be placed in a future auction, in accordance with ARTBID’s criteria, with a reserve value that is 30% lower than the previous reserve value, or alternatively, the items must be withdrawn by the seller, or someone authorized for this purpose, within a maximum of 10 days after the closing date of the auction.
We recommend that you read ARTBID’s Terms and Conditions, which contain a more detailed specification of the rules governing the company’s activity.
If you require any further clarification, please don’t hesitate to contact us via phone or email.