Arranging payment


Congratulations on becoming a successful bidder at a Christie’s auction!

If you were successful in either an online-only sale or a live auction, your purchase information will be available to view in your online account, where you can view invoices and choose your shipping option.

We accept all major credit and debit cards up to a limit of US$100,000 / HK$1,000,000 / €100,000 / CHF 100,000. For auctions in New York (online and live) there is a 2 per cent administration fee for credit card transactions. For purchases over this threshold, bank transfer is the easiest way to pay.

If you require any assistance with the payment process, the Post-Sale Services team is more than happy to assist you.

For live auctions, you will also receive the following information from Christie’s Post-Sale Services via email:

• An invoice setting out the hammer price plus all other applicable charges, such as the buyer’s premium, taxes, and any other charges that may apply. In certain locations, Christie’s is required to collect a re-sale royalty (′droit de suite‵).

• VAT refund rules for artwork exported from the UK have changed from 1st January 2021.  Private buyers (those who have bought as an individual, not on behalf of an organisation) wishing to export and secure the cancellation of UK VAT charges must instruct Christie’s to arrange shipment on their behalf. To find out more please contact Post Sale UK via email or telephone: +44 (0) 20 7752 3200.

• Shipping information, including a shipping quote if you would like one.

For online-only auctions, you will receive an email that will direct you to the online checkout page. Here, you will be provided with an itemised breakdown of all costs including buyer’s premium, applicable shipping, taxes and insurance. Once payment has been made, you will be provided with a confirmation of payment.

Please note that for live auctions, payment is due within seven days of the auction, and for online-only auctions, payment is due immediately via online checkout. Christie’s does not accept third-party payments from an individual or organisation that is not the winning bidder.

Note: Please always refer to the conditions of sale in the back of the relevant sale catalogue for a live auction or online for any online only auction.