Buying with Sotheby's

What is the threshold for paying by credit card?
Payment by credit card is limited to the following amounts: Location Limit New York* $200,000 London £30,000 Hong Kong HK$1,000,00...
Mon, 18 Sep, 2023 at 1:34 PM
Do I need to pay for Sotheby’s brokerage service for Private Sales?
No, you do not need to pay for Sotheby's brokerage service for Private Sales.  Sotheby's Private Sales service is designed to provide a bespoke ...
Fri, 19 May, 2023 at 12:23 PM
How do I pay if my item is above the credit card threshold?
If your invoice exceeds the Sotheby’s card payment limit, you may pay up to the limit with card and then any remaining excess balance owed must be settled b...
Mon, 18 Sep, 2023 at 1:35 PM
If I buy an item through an online auction, can I check out online?
Yes. As the winning bidder in an online or live auction at Sotheby's, you can complete payment online. Once the auction has ended, you will receive an e...
Thu, 22 Jun, 2023 at 12:20 PM
Does Sotheby’s offer acquisition financing?
Yes, with acquisition financing through Sotheby’s Financial Services, clients can reduce the upfront out of pocket cost of an auction or private sale purcha...
Wed, 17 May, 2023 at 9:17 AM
Can a third party pay for my purchase?
Invoices and payments must be in the name of the registered bidder, whether an individual or a third party. The bidder's name must match the name on the...
Mon, 18 Sep, 2023 at 1:34 PM
What are Sotheby's different sales channels?
At Sotheby's, we provide a range of options that suit your interests and needs.  Our auction sales are open to the public and provide the exciting o...
Tue, 9 May, 2023 at 9:46 AM
How can I purchase a Buy Now item?
All Buy Now items can be added to your shopping bag with a seamless checkout process.
Fri, 7 Jan, 2022 at 2:53 PM
What is the “Make an Offer” option on Buy Now items, and how does it work?
Select items on Buy Now are eligible for offers. Please enter a desired price below what is listed and then, if approved, purchase it online.
Fri, 7 Jan, 2022 at 2:53 PM
Can I cancel an order or return items purchased on Buy Now?
Orders may be cancelled within 24 hours by calling Customer Service at 212.606.7430. Cancellations after 24 hours incur a deduction fee (15%) and can only b...
Mon, 18 Sep, 2023 at 1:24 PM