Buy or Bid

buy or bid

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In our BUY or BID sale, you never pay more than the Buy price, and you can place bids at any price you think is right and fair.

Starting June 21-28 we will organize monthly 'Buy or Bid' sales.

My buy-or-bid Watch List
You can monitor the buying and bidding status in one convenient place: My buy-or-bid Watch List. Item Watch

Labels are used to show your buy or bid status :
Sample for an item listed at a Buy price of $ 500 and a BidAsk spread of $400-500

See our FAQ and Answers section for further explanation.  A seller's FAQ section is here.

Certificate of authenticityWe warranty the authenticity of each lot offered in our catalog. There is no time limitation to this guarantee.
- All items are carefully and personally examined before being packed "in-house" and shipped by DHL or registered mail.
- We do not sell reproductions.
- Defects in lots have been carefully noted.
- If no remarks are found regarding, splits, tears, discoloration, etc; this means there are none to be found for the item!.
- Color is by hand, and we specify if the item is in "original colors" or "colored"
- A certificate of authenticity is provided for each acquired item and can be downloaded from your invoice page.

The buyers' terms and conditions are here.

Please feel free to contact me if you have suggestions, concerns, or questions.

Paulus Swaen Europe b.v.
Pieter Lastmankade 2, 1075 KJ Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Tel.: +31 (0)20 2255198
Pierre Joppen, mobile +31 (0)6 27839704
Roland Boelen, mobile +31 (0)6 51384297
email : contact us

Paulus Swaen Old Maps
901 North Hercules Avenue, Suite A
Clearwater, Florida 33765
email :
Tel. + 1 (727) 498 4733

Do you have quality antique maps, old master prints, posters in your collection?
Not sure who to sell to and where to go to get the best price?

Among our visitors are collectors, museums, and dealers around the world who are constantly looking for fine-quality merchandise.
Whether you have a single valuable piece or a major collection, please contact us to discuss your material.
We can assist you with your inquiries in English, French, German and Dutch.

What is "Bid Ask spread"

The "Bid Ask spread" is used to define the gap between the (minimum accepted) bid and the ask (Buy) prices of the items. A format successfully used on the stock exchange.

Client center
In the client center, you are able to see your contact detail, history with purchased items and down load certificates.
Consignor Center

In the consignor center, you can find links to add items to the Buy or Bid sale, see your sales records, get additional information on how to photograph your maps and prints, and much more.

Buy or Bid catalog

Each sale will include about 1500 / 2000+ antique maps, old prints, posters and medieval manuscripts.
The buy or bid catalog is available during the listed sale period.
When no sale is active the Buy-It-Now catalog list 2000+ items for immediate sale.