Buying with Sotheby's

What is a premium lot?
A lot can be defined as premium due to its value, significance or other factors determined by Sotheby’s. Please contact the relevant Bids Department in adva...
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Can I pay by credit card and is there a limit?
There is a $50,000 credit card payment limit for purchases made across all Sotheby’s sales channels (auction, private sales, online buy now and retail store...
Fri, 7 Jan, 2022 at 2:51 PM
Do I need to pay for Sotheby’s brokerage service for Private Sales?
The assistance and support of our global Private Sales team is a complimentary Sotheby’s service.
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How can I pay if my item is above the threshold limit for credit cards?
If your purchase exceeds the $50,000 payment limit by card (credit or debit), any excess must be settled by wire transfer or check payment. The processing p...
Fri, 7 Jan, 2022 at 2:51 PM
If I buy an item through an online auction, can I check out online?
Payment can be made through your online payment portal, accessible by logging into their respective Sotheby’s accounts at
Fri, 7 Jan, 2022 at 2:51 PM
Does Sotheby’s offer acquisition financing?
Sotheby’s Financial Services is the only full-service art financing company in the world. You can find out more about our services here.
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Can a third party pay for my purchase on my behalf?
We can only accept payment from the purchaser of record, whether it is the individual or entity named on the invoice. To move the purchase to a different So...
Fri, 7 Jan, 2022 at 2:53 PM
What is the difference between Buy Now and Auction?
Buy Now offers the ability to purchase from a dynamic selection of art works and valued objects in a seamless online transaction. Separately, at Auction, it...
Fri, 7 Jan, 2022 at 2:53 PM
How can I purchase a Buy Now item?
All Buy Now items can be added to your shopping bag with a seamless checkout process.
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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.
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