Buying with Christie
Buying guide

Pay and arrange shipping

Buying with Christie's


Congratulations! If you’re successful in a live or online auction, you’ll receive a confirmation email from your Post-Sale Coordinator with next steps for payment and shipping. Your purchase information will also be available in your online account within 48 hours of the auction closing.

To view invoices for your lots, sign in to your account, click ‘Buying’, then ‘Ready for checkout’. Your invoice will set out the hammer price plus other applicable charges, such as buyer’s premium and taxes. In certain locations, Christie’s is also required to collect a resale royalty (‘droit de suite’).

You can pay and arrange shipping for orders up to US$300,000 (US auctions) US$100,000 (Dubai auctions) / £100,000 / €100,000 / HK$1,000,000 / CHF 100,000 via online checkout in your account. We accept all major credit and debit cards, as well as PayPal. For New York auctions, there is a 2.5% administration fee for credit card transactions. For lots over this amount or other payment options, including bank transfer, please check the back of your invoice.

Please note that for live auctions, payment is due within seven days of the auction. For online 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, so make sure you are paying from a bank account registered to the same name as your account.


You can ship your item through Christie’s approved shippers, your own carrier, or collect it in person.

Christie’s has partnered with several fine art shippers in each auction location. In some cases, a shipping quote will automatically be available to view during online checkout. However, the sheer variety in size, shape and material of the items we sell means that often a bespoke shipping quote is needed. If so, your Post-Sale Coordinator can provide this.

If you proceed with the Christie’s shipping quote available at online checkout, items are usually delivered within 7–14 business days of payment clearance.

When purchasing in New York, if you arrange for your own shipper to collect your purchase, New York City sales tax will be due prior to release of the item regardless of the delivery location. An invoice inclusive of applicable tax can be provided when you select this option during online checkout or by your Post-Sale Coordinator.

If you intend to export your purchases, you may also require an export and/or CITES permit (this will be noted on your invoice).

If you have any questions about shipping, please contact Post-Sale Services prior to checkout.

Terms and conditions for shipping

New York: Download

Hong Kong: Download

UK: Download

Paris: Download

Dubai: Download


You can also collect your item in person. Some items are moved to an off-site storage warehouse after the auction, so please contact your Post-Sale Coordinator to confirm the location of your item and arrange collection at least 48 hours beforehand.


We’re happy to store your property for up to 30 days after the auction. If collection or shipping arrangements are made after this date, we may charge you storage costs.

Terms and conditions for storage

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