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.

The next monthly 'Buy or Bid' sale is September 13-20, 2022. [Our agenda for 2022)

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 the Buy or Bid status :
- When you pay the BuyNow price the item is sold immediately to you and the sale for this item is closed.  Sold to you
- The BidAsk Spread ($400-$500) shows the range between the minimal accepted price and the Buy price.
  When you place a bid within the spread your bid is automatically accepted by the seller, but the items only sell to you if no higher bid is received prior to the closing.  Accepted

- When your bid is below the BidAsk Spread. Sellers usually do not accept bids lower than 50% of the Buy price. Increase your bid to be successful.  Too Low

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.
- Go to invoice and certificate center

The buyers' terms and conditions are here. (Nederlandse versie)

After the closing
Please check within 2 to 24 hours after closing the status of your bids and offers in My Buy-or-Bid Watch ListItem Watch

What happens with the unsold items?
Items of which offers are declined by the seller are no longer available after the sale has closed.

Maps are usually shipped flat between solid card boards or in solid tubes. For parcels of more than 2kg, an additional fee applies. You are billed at the prevailing postal rate.
If you have your own account with FedEx, DHL or UPS we can send using your account, and no shipping fee is added to your bill.

In the Client Center, you can update your shipping preferences.

I hope you will enjoy our new sales format.  Please feel free to contact us if you have suggestions, concerns, or questions.
Pierre W.A. Joppen

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 1000 / 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.