How to buy

Auction de Zwaan is one of the oldest auction houses of Amsterdam. Three to four times a year we organise a general art and antique sale with more then 3500 lots per sale and paintings and antiques in all categories (From Old Masters to Modern and Contemporary paintings, silver, jewellery, furniture, objects, carpets, ceramics, Asian and Tribal Art) Live online bidding is possible as well as leaving bids via our online catalogue. You only need to register once.

Order of sale

Since our auctions consist of multiple sessions, we do not necessarily auction in the order of the lotnumbers. Please have a look at our Order of Sale (pdf)

Live online bidding

Online bidding is available. For every session a real time webcast is broadcasted online. You can participate as if you were present in the room. If it is the first time you want to bid live online you will have to register. Those who have registered for a previous sale at Veilinggebouw de Zwaan just have to login. Please also take note of our Conditions of sale.

Written and telephone bids

A written bid or so-called commission bid can be placed by sending an email to with your full name and address or via the online catalogue. We will try to buy the lot as cheap as possible but if someone else is bidding we will go as high as your maximum bid. Booking a telephone line for a lot is possible but restricted to higher volume or value lots. The buyer’s premium is 29,5% including local VAT.