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Participating in An Estuary Online Auction

Estuary Auctions has earned a strong reputation in Abu Dhabi and the Middle East for sourcing unique and high-quality items. Every year, we help customers find valuable artworks, jewelry, and furniture through our auction portal, which can hold or increase in value. Our buyers include:

  • Investors who want to diversify their portfolio with antiques or art will appreciate in value
  • Collectors wanting to broaden their range
  • Gallery owners looking for desirable or collectible items
  • Art lovers and enthusiasts
  • Interior designers looking for a unique and high quality finishing touch for their room scheme
  • Travelers looking for a lasting memory of their time in the region to take ‘home’
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Why buy at Estuary?

Our professional appraisals team carefully assesses, researches, and evaluates each item to ensure it meets our standards before accepting it for auction. You can trust our dynamic team of professionals, known for their discretion and commitment to quality service. To help bidders make informed decisions, we offer private viewing days at our showroom before the auction. Please call us to schedule an appointment.

Prior to the online market auction, we assess the item’s ownership history and provenance documents. Our specialists leverage their market knowledge to provide suitable estimates for your items.

Additionally, we conduct condition reports that detail each item’s condition at the time of online sale. Our auctions cater to a wide range of clients and collectors, including both online and live auctions, as well as private sales.

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HOW TO BID AT ESTUARY AUCTIONS?

Before you are able to bid, you will need to create an account with us. Once your account is ready, you may register for our online auction or our live auctions. You can view our auctions on our auctions calendar. You may choose how to bid with us through our following selections: To browse through our current auctions, please click here.

LIVE AUCTIONS

The excitement of live bidding is an exceptional experience that is only fully realized by those participating together in the auction room. You are encouraged to register in advance (24 h prior) by either visiting our auction house at our location or providing your details to our representative. Once you’ve registered to bid, you will be allocated a bidder number which you can show the auctioneer any time you would like to place a bid during the auction. At the end of the auction, our finance team will be available to take your payment. Please refer to our terms and conditions for more details.

ONLINE STREAMING

Enjoy the thrill and the excitement of the live auction from the comfort of your own home. You are required to register 24 hours prior to the auction. Please refer to our terms and conditions for more details.

ABSENTEE BID

First time bidders who are not able to attend the auction must first register before they are issued a client bidder number by Estuary Auctions after which they can fill out an ‘Absentee Bid’ Form. You may also place an absentee bid via your online account or by calling (us directly.) Please refer to our terms and conditions for more details.

TELEPHONE BIDDING

You may choose to bid via telephone while the auction is happening and a representative from our end will bid on your behalf. However, it is always recommended to also fill an ‘absentee bid’ form in case we are not able to reach you. Please refer to our terms and conditions for more details.

ONLINE AUCTIONS

We provide an extensive range of online auctions catering to diverse content and values, appealing to both potential and established collectors. Each auction features a predetermined duration, clearly stated for your convenience. Online bidding is exclusively conducted with fixed increments. You can easily browse the auction items online, and in select cases, we can arrange viewings for premium auction items. Upon securing a winning bid, you will receive an email containing a payment link. For more detailed information, please refer to our terms and conditions.

Buying at auction – frequently asked questions

A Buyers’ Premium of 15% will be added to every lot sold. Please be advised that from April 18, 2023 onwards, 5% VAT will be charged on top of the total buyer’s premium. Refer to our terms and conditions for further information. 

For exclusively online auctions, once you’ve made a successful purchase, you may pay ONLINE through a payment link that will be sent to you after the sale. For LIVE auctions, you may pay by wire transfer; bank check (UAE bank); or other arrangements made with Estuary Auctions. For more information, visit our Payments page.

Estuary Auctions will guide you through our shipping process by connecting you with one of our recommended shipping companies that will be best suited for your item. You may contact us after sale at Estuary Auctions or call us on +971 2 626 4666​. Alternatively, you may arrange for your own carrier services or collect your item directly from our offices. For more information on shipping conditions, please refer to our terms and conditions.

Once you have paid in full for your items, you may collect your purchased lots within (30) business days from the date of the sale. After the 30th day, a storage charge of 30 US dollars +VAT will be made per item per day.

You can access our past auction results through our past auctions calendar.

Condition reports are available upon request. They are usually brief and contain an overall description of the physical state of a lot including its color, dimension and immediate visible characteristics. It is therefore recommended for buyers to personally inspect items at the viewing stage prior to purchase.

For technical issues, please contact us at +971 2 626 4666​.

For a list of our upcoming auctions with all of their information, please visit our auction calendar.

You are advised to fully insure your items prior to consignment. In the event that this is not the case, Estuary Auctions consigned items through a third-party insurer covering against loss or damage by Estuary Auction’s handling in which and if so then the Seller will be reimbursed the contractually agreed reasonable reserve price. In the case of shipped out item/s the Buyer is responsible for all costs of shipping and insurance. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.