Create an Account
To participate in this sale, you must first have created an account on sothebys.com. Learn how to create an account with this slideshow. Your application must be submitted 24 hours prior to the auction to be included in the bidding. Please click here to complete the application.

Once you’ve successfully created your account, you then need to register for the specific sale in which you wish to bid.  

Register for the Sale Online
You can register on Sothebys.com by clicking the gold “Register to Bid” button in the main image of the sale or on the page of the specific item you wish to on.

Register in Person
You can also register in person to bid at the sale location before the auction begins. You will need to create an account and provide a government issued, non-expired, photo ID  such as a driver’s license or passport. A bank reference may also be required. You will also have the opportunity to record your communication information (email or post) and shipping preferences (collect or ship).

How do I place a bid in this sale?
Once you have an approved account and are registered for the sale, you’re now ready to bid.

There are 3 ways to bid in this auction and you will be prompted to select your preferred bidding method when you click Register to Bid.

  1. Place your bids online in real time via BIDnow and view the auction experience via the live video.
  2. Submit an Absentee Bid via our website. If you have previously participated in an auction, you must complete this form 4 hours prior to the sale.
  3. Request to bid in person at our saleroom location.

Please note: Telephone Bidding is not available for this sale

What happens if I win an item at auction?
Sotheby’s Post Sale Service team will provide you an invoice and a shipping quote shortly after the auction. The final amount due will include the hammer price , the Buyer’s Premium , and any local taxes and resale royalty, if applicable. Sales tax and duties (where applicable) are charged based on the final destination of the property. For information on where Sotheby’s collects sales tax, please see the Conditions of Sale. Please note that payment is due immediately.

How do I pay for my item?
Payment is only accepted via credit card for this sale – instructions will be provided on your invoice. Please note that the billing address on your credit card must match the shipping address on your invoice.

How do I arrange shipping of my item?
Successful buyers can elect to have Sotheby’s arrange shipping of their item, or collect in person from our New York premises.

Sotheby’s Post Sale Services will provide you with a shipping quote shortly after the conclusion of the auction. Our team will arrange specialized and insured shipping and convenient delivery of your property. We offer competitive rates whether shipping a single picture or a diamond bracelet. Simply provide us with your delivery address when you register for a sale. Following your purchase, we will send you a comprehensive shipping quote from our fine arts shipping vendor.

Alternatively, successful purchasers can collect their property in person at Sotheby’s New York pending confirmation of final payment. Please note that a government issued, non-expired, photo ID is necessary for pick-up. Sotheby’s is located at 1334 York Avenue at the corner of 72nd Street in Manhattan.

New York Sales

  • 25% Buyer’s Premium rate payable on the hammer price up to and including $200,000
  • 20% Buyer’s Premium Rate payable on the portion of the hammer price in excess of $200,000 up to and including $3,000,000
  • 12% Buyer’s Premium payable on the portion of the hammer price in excess of $3,000,000

Can I view an item in person before the sale?
We encourage buyers to inspect the detailed photographs, cataloguing notes and condition reports on our website. Items are available to view by appointment only in our New York premises. To schedule a viewing, please contact onlineauctions@sothebys.com