FAQ Bidding at auction

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Paulus Swaen started selling old maps and prints in 1978 and when we started with our fully online auctions in 1998 we were the only auction house specializing in old maps and prints doing so.  A lot has changed since 22 years, many sites didn't make it, and many followed in the following years.

Paulus Swaen 2021
Certificate of authenticityNowadays we still warranty the authenticity of each lot offered and there is no time limitation to this guarantee.
All items are carefully and personally examined before being packed "in-house" and shipped by DHL / UPS 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!
- Colour is by hand, and we specify if the item is in "original colors" or "colored". We try to sell as many as possible maps and prints in original color or in their original black and white state. We try to avoid, as much as possible, offering recently colored-up maps.
- A certificate of authenticity is provided for each acquired item and can be downloaded from the invoice page.

If you have concerns about the condition of an item, please contact us, prior to placing your bid. If any lot differs significantly from the catalog description it may be returned within two weeks of receipt. However, this should not be interpreted as a sale on approval.

Please read our below FAQ & answers about buying in the auction and read carefully our Terms of conditions before bidding in the auction


Terms and conditions for bidding in the auction

Please read our terms and conditions before bidding in the auction. Theseconditions  are the complete, and only, terms and conditions on which all property is offered for sale.

Invoice - Payment -Shipping

Your online invoice is displayed 12 hours after the close of each auction in My invoices in My control panel
You need to be logged in to see your invoice. Following the close of the auction we will also email you a copy of the invoice.

Closing of the auction

Beginning at 3:55 PM EDT U.S.A. the computer will check each item at 5 minutes intervals. If there has been no bidding activity for the last 5 minutes the computer will close the bidding on that item exactly at 4 PM. EDT
If there has been a bid in the past 5 minutes, that individual item will remain open, until there have been no bids received for 5 minutes. No matter what the auction has a sudden death 45 minutes after the closing hour. (4.45PM)
A countdown clock is displayed at each item page and shows the remaining bid time left for that item.

NOTE the closing time has shifted by 2 hours.

New closing times are : New York 4.00 12 October 2021


My Bid Page

From My BidPage Item Watch you can follow all items you have bid on or want to monitor, even without having placed a bid on. We notify you by Email when someone OUTBID you or PLACES a bid on the items that you have added to My BidPage.
Outbid email notifications ( and image zoom functions ) are disabled 2 hours prior to the auction closing!
During the last 24 hours before the closing, this page shows the Reserve Price when no or insufficient bids have been received.

Proxy bid
Maximum bid and proxy bid are the same thing. To place a proxy bid, just enter the maximum amount you are willing to pay. After submitting your maximum bid the proxy software will raise your bids with the minimum increase necessary to win the bidding (up to your maximum bid). Using proxy bidding you can win the item at the lowest possible price and you do not have to follow the bidding manually.
Warrenty

We warranty the authenticity of each lot described in this catalog. There is no time limitation to this guarantee. We do not sell reproductions. - Defects in lots have been carefully noted. - If no remarks are found regarding, splits, tears, discolouration, etc; this means there are none to be found for the item!. - Colour is by hand, and we specify if the item is in "original colours" or "coloured" A certificate of authenticity is provided for each acquired item and can be downloaded from your invoice page. Select desired invoice. The link is displayed next to the price.

Starting Bid / Reserve Price / Low & High Estimate

The "Starting Bid" is the amount at which we are starting to accept bids, typically this is under the reserve price.
The "Reserve Price" is the price at which the seller is willing to sell his item.
The 'Low and High Estimates" are an indication in which range we think the item will sell.



Reserve price

This is the price for which the seller is willing, and obligated to sell the item. As a general rule a reserve price is set at 20% under the low estimate. If your bid happens to be lower than the "reserve price", the text message (*Reserve not yet met) will be shown. You have to raise your bid until the "reserve price" is met.

Items are typically not sold under the "reserve price". Please note that only bidders are able to see if their bid happens to be "under reserve".