Selling: What's important

For the sale of your valuable books and prints Venator & Hanstein would be pleased to offer you their decades' worth of expertise and auction experience.

Which objects are suited for an auction at Venator & Hanstein?
We generally deal with printed matter (books, brochures, broadsheets etc.), graphics (prints and modern drawings), manuscripts and autographs; summary: everything printed or written on paper.
The costly production of the catalogue and the internationally directed offer of auction goods naturally imply a certain price level of objects included; each object must have an estimate of at least € 300 and the estimate of the total consignment should not be less than € 1,500. We would be pleased to advise you on the value of your books and prints.

Make an appointment
Should you wish to sell your collection or an individual object through us, please make an appointment with one of our experts from the book or print department to present the objects in question. This takes place on our premises or, in the case of extensive collections, at your home.

The first examination of the objects will give you an idea of the object's price range and if it is suited for an auction in our house. After a more intensive consultation, you can decide if you wish to consign the books or prints to one of our auctions. Once you have accepted our conditions of sale, the objects will be examined by our experts and prepared for the catalogue. The estimate is then determined taking past and current auction results into consideration. We can gladly agree to reserve requests for objects with estimates above € 2,000 provided that we see realistic chances of sale. Further, you will receive information regarding the auction time and date and the auction catalogue.

After the auction you will be sent a detailed settlement statement itemizing each object's hammer price minus our commission and other possible charges. The proceeds will usually be transferred onto a bank account or may be paid out in cash.

Consignment deadline
will be 2 months before the auction date.

Further details
For details regarding the seller please consider our "Conditions of Consignment"

Business hours:
Mo-Fr 10 to 1 pm and 2:30 to 6 pm
Sa 10-1 pm


Our basement bookstack