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Auction schedule 2020 11/28/2019
Selling at our monthly auctions
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The following dates are reserved in 2020:
February 11 - 18
March 17 - 24
April 14 - 21
May 19 - 26
June 16 - 23
September 15 - 22
October 13 - 20
November 17 - 24

(consignments accepted until 2 weeks before auction start)
Each auction will include 1100+ antique maps, old prints and medieval manuscripts.
Read more about selling in our auction.

Free appraisal
We provide a free appraisal if you are considering selling one of your maps, please send us a picture and description of an item you are considering to consign.

Do You Have Quality Antique Maps 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.

- We will gladly consider any map or atlas for consignment to a future sale. In order to properly evaluate your antique map, we need to know as much information as possible.
- We suggest that you email us with a description of the item, including the name of the maker or attribution, the exact wording of the title, the condition and known repair history of the item and measurements.
- A PHOTOGRAPH NEED TO ACCOMPANY THE REQUEST and need to be sent digitally.
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.

If we think that your item would be successful if offered through Paulus Swaen, we will ask you to send it to us so we can examine and photograph it in person.
After agreeing on an estimate amount and a reserve for your item, a consignment contract will be sent to you.
Paulus Swaen sellers premiums are the lowest in the industry:
Lot value up to $10,000 - 15% of hammer price
Lot value $10,001 up 8% of hammer price.
There is a minimum fee of $15.00 per lot, which is due when the lot sells. There are no other charges.
Individual lot value has to be a minimum of $300

* The items do not suffer from the wear and tear of being handled by hundreds of people during viewing

* People all around the world can see an image of the map in full colour right in their own homes. They can see the map reduced or full-screen size.

* Sellers can set a minimum - starting or reserve price - below which their property will not be sold.

* We advertise in magazines like MapForum, IMCoS Journal, Fine Books & Collections, Caertthresoor, etc.
mapforum Imcos

* You are able to submit auction item-descriptions on-line. With
one click you are able to re-list unsold items in the next auction.
If an item does not sell there are no costs.

* Items to be included in next auction have to be uploaded at the latest one week before the auction starts.

* We provide you FREE of Charge with software so that you can handle your inventory and submit auction item-descriptions by
email. Most probably we can import your CSV-files, making bulk import of your item description quickly and convenient.

* On your "ItemWatch" page you can track on-line the received bids of your auction items.

* You will get paid by US$ check 30 days after close of the auction. Sales may be balanced off against acquisitions.

* Illustration of your item is FREE. We use zoom image software, making it possible to show our customers even the finest detail
even at low internet connection. We use the highest resolution images in the online auction industry.

* The deadline for receipt of materials is two weeks in advance for the scheduled auction close date.

Whether you have a single valuable piece or a major collection, please contact us to discuss your material. Feel free to email us.
We can assist you with your inquiries in English, French, German and Dutch.

Paulus Swaen Internet Auction
is the first internet auction specializing in old maps, Medieval manuscripts and prints.
It is a unique place for buying and selling antique maps, atlases, books, and medieval manuscripts.
We are in the map business for 35 years!more

Paulus Swaen Old Maps Auction and Gallery
Pierre W.A. Joppen
901 North Hercules Avenue, Suite A
Clearwater, Florida 33765
contact us
Tel. + 1 (727) 498 4733