• Selling art

    GRISEBACH holds semi-annual auctions (spring / fall) in the areas of fine art of the 19th, 20th and 21st century, classical and contemporary photography as well as decorative arts (ORANGERIE. Selected Objects).


    We appraise your art – confidentially, non-binding, and free of charge. Please send us a reproduction of the art work either by mail or email, including details on the medium, date, and size (unframed), which are important for the appraisal, as well as any other relevant information. [Estimate request] Or simply call us at: +49-30-885 915-0. 



    GRISEBACH is ready to assist you in all  matters pertaining to art. We appraise and sell individual works, collections and estates, and our service includes contact to experts of international repute and professional restorers.  We are also available to assist you with questions regarding framing, conservation, insurance, etc. any time.


    In order to provide our clients with on-site consultation, we have representatives in several regions (Baden-Wurttemberg, Bavaria, Hesse, North Germany, Rhineland/Ruhr and Westphalia), Switzerland (Zurich) and in the USA (New York). They work closely with our headquarters in Berlin and supervise, as an example, the consolidated transport of art works to Berlin, which is often more cost effective.

    Auction Contract

    Villa Grisebach and the client enter into contract after delivery of an art work for auction. The conditions of delivery are regulated in this document. The General Terms and Conditions of Auction are essentially a part of this contract.


    All works of art are appraised according to the customary market price before finalization of a contract.

    The price margin Villa Grisebach quotes in its catalogues as estimate represents the market’s dynamic.
    The sales price is ensured by the reserve set jointly by both parties.


    The consignor agrees upon a reserve with Villa Grisebach which may not exceed the low estimate quoted in the catalogue. If the reserve is not met, the auctioneer may knock down the work provisionally but only in exceptional cases.


    The hammer price is valid when no higher bid is offered after a bid has been called three times. The Auctioneer is not allowed to knock down a work below the reserve agreed upon with the Consignor, respectively may only knock down a work provisionally in exceptional cases (cf. also § 3.4 Conditions of Sale). 


    Villa Grisebach retains a commission deducted from the hammer price. This commission is oriented on the sum of the price and is regulated in the contract’s Conditions of Sale.

    Droit de Suite (Artist´s Resale Right)

    Pursuant to Section 26 of the Urheberrechtsgesetz (UrhG, German Copyright Act), any seller selling original works of art or photographs at auction prior to seventy (70) years having lapsed since the death of their creator (Section 64 of the German Copyright Act) is under obligation to pay resale royalties, the amount of which is defined in Section 26 paragraph 2 of the German Copyright Act and is capped at EUR 12,500.00. Grisebach releases the Consignor from this obligation; in turn, the Consignor shall pay to Grisebach pro-rated resale royalties of 1.5 % of the hammer price, such fee being capped at EUR 12,500.00, where applicable plus statutory turnover tax.


    Villa Grisebach undertakes transport of an art work to their premises only upon agreement with the consignor. Villa Grisebach also recommends appropriate modes of transportation respectively shipping methods. Our representatives can also arrange a consolidated transport.


    All works are insured by Villa Grisebach door-to-door for a flat rate charge (all further details are regulated in the contract’s Conditions of Delivery).


    All works delivered for auction are examined and catalogued by our art historians. Works are divided into several catalogues, in addition to the special catalogues devoted to photography and ORANGERIE:

     1)    Selected Works
     2)    Art of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries and
     3)    Third Floor – Estimates of up to 3,000 Euro
    In addition, there are special catalogues which are devoted to one artist or thematic focus (for example Contemporary Art, Emil Nolde, Karl Hofer, Max Beckmann).

    Post Auction Sale

    Works not sold at auction may be purchased at the reserve price for a period of two months during the post auction sale.

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