Buying with Sotheby's

Questions about Buy Now Marketplace Shipping and Returns
Please refer to our Buy Now Marketplace Shipping and Return Policies here.
Fri, 7 Jan, 2022 at 2:14 PM
What is needed to bid in an auction?
Sotheby’s requires bidders to create an account to ensure a seamless bidding experience. With an account, you'll be able to easily register for any sa...
Mon, 18 Sep, 2023 at 1:19 PM
What are the ways to buy at Sotheby’s?
We offer multiple ways to purchase extraordinary objects and art: Auctions: Sotheby's auctions are live events where interested buyers bid on items ...
Fri, 19 May, 2023 at 12:09 PM
Does Sotheby’s accept bids from organizations or only individuals?
Yes, Sotheby's accepts bids from both individuals and organizations.  If you would like to create an account for your organization, please create an...
Tue, 9 May, 2023 at 9:17 AM
Can I cancel a bid?
Bid cancellations are conditioned to the type and location of each sale. Please refer to the 'Conditions of Business' listed on each auction page fo...
Tue, 9 May, 2023 at 3:01 PM
Can I see a work in person before a sale?
Our galleries often showcase sale highlights for several days before an auction, and during this time our specialists are available to answer any questions....
Mon, 18 Sep, 2023 at 1:24 PM
How can I bid in an auction?
Simply choose any auction and click on the ‘Register to Bid’ button for that event:  The detailed pages for each auction also provide the option to...
Tue, 9 May, 2023 at 3:03 PM
What are the Conditions of Business for Buyers?
As a valued client, we want to ensure that you have the best possible experience when bidding in our sales. In order to achieve this, please read our Terms ...
Thu, 28 Sep, 2023 at 9:42 AM
Can I arrange my own carrier or collect purchases in person?
Yes, you can arrange your own carrier or collect your purchases in person. Sotheby's offers a range of shipping options, but if you prefer to use your o...
Wed, 17 May, 2023 at 9:28 AM
What is a premium lot?
Premium lots are indicated with a gold label next to the lot title: A lot may be defined as Premium due to its value, significance or other factors as d...
Fri, 19 May, 2023 at 12:12 PM