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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. eBay started selling 6 months before us among several other platforms.

internet auction for dummiesThe first edition of "Internet auctions for Dummies" (1999) mentions Paulus Swaen and describes us as "Even if you don't plan to buy maps or pints, you'll enjoy the beautiful items in the following site's online catalog... Maps and manuscripts are auctioned here."

In 1999 "De Boekenwereld" published an article by Drs. Bubb Kuyper about our company: "Paulus Swaen, Internet auctioneers. Past, present and future of paperless auctioning of paper".
Read the article in the Boekenwereld (in Dutch) >>>

A lot has changed since 25 years, many sites didn't make it, and many followed in the following 20 years.  Read more about Paulus Swaen history >>>>

Paulus Swaen 2021
Now-a-days we still warranty the authenticity of each lot offered in our auction. There is no time limitation to this guarantee.
All items are carefully and personally examined before being packed "inhouse" 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!.
- 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.

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

You need to be registered to place a bid. Registering is easy and we do not request a credit card.

2021 Auction dates - 2022 auction dates
November 16 - 23
- The auction catalog is available during above mentions periods. In the remaining periods, the catalog does show our Fix Sale items that are available for immediate sale.
- (consignments accepted until 2 weeks before auction start)

Amsterdam office
In order to better serve our European buyers and sellers, we have recently opened a branch in Amsterdam. Roland Boelen is our office manager and Roland has 25 years of experience in the auction and collecting world. Roland has experience in collection building and eventually selling a collection.
More about the Amsterdam office >>>

Do you have quality antique maps, old master prints, or posters in your collection?
Not sure who to sell to and where to go to get the best price?
Sell at Paulus Swaen ! -  Among our clients are collectors, museums, and dealers from around the world who are constantly looking for fine quality merchandise.
More about selling in our auction >>>

Auction catalog

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

Client Center

In the client  center you can find links to your purchases, shipments, certificates, future auctions and much more.

Amsterdam office

Paulus Swaen Europe bv - In order to better serve our European buyers and sellers we have opened an office in Amsterdam.


Consignor center
In the consignor center you can find links to add items to the auction, see your sales records, get additional information how to photograph you maps and prints, and much more.

What is my antique map worth ?

We provide auction estimates free of charge, from photographs sent via the Internet. Such auction estimates are not for valuation purposes and are subject to revision on inspection of the object.
We are specialized in 16th - 19th century maps, atlases, globes. Medieval manuscripts and travel posters.
We do not valuate 20th century maps and prints. Go to estimation request form >>>

Selling through Paulus Swaen auction

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

We have been in business for more than 42 years. Among our clients are collectors, museums, and dealers from around the world who are constantly looking for fine-quality merchandise.
With Real-Time Bidding, collectors can participate in the auction from anywhere in the world, bid and make purchases easily and quickly from their computer.

Auction Calendar

The following dates are reserved for 2021:
November 16 - 23
Each auction will include 1500+ antique maps, old prints, posters and medieval manuscripts.
Consignments are accepted until 2 weeks before the auction start. Read more about selling in our auction.