What kind of paintings or other objects do you deal with?
Virág Judit Gallery deals with high quality 19th and 20th century Hungarian paintings and with secessionist Zsolnay ceramics.
How can I find selling prices?
The hammer prices are available in the 'current auction' section, starting the day after the auction and are downloadable from this website. Upon request, we also send the list of results by fax or mail.
Where is the auction saleroom located and where are the exhibitions on display?
The auctions are held in the Budapest Convention Centre (see map in the contact section). The auction exhibitions are on display at Virág Judit Gallery's premises and generally open 10 days prior to the auction date. Exhibitions are also held periodically at the Virág Judit Gallery in Falk Miksa street.
How do I get information about your auctions and exhibitions?
We always publish the dates of auctions and exhibitions on our website. If you would like to receive personal notification about our events, please phone or mail us.
What are your opening times?
Opening times: (apart from the auction season): Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The auction exhibitions are open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
What is the best way to learn about a lot that interests me?
The auction catalogues contain all available information about the lots. The best way to learn about an item is to visit the pre-auction viewings. If you are unable to attend the exhibition, you can also request a condition report and if you wish, we also send you additional photographs of framed paintings.
How can I participate in the auction, what is the process of bidding?
If you wish to bid in person, please take time to complete bidder registration at the entrance of the Budapest Convention Centre. You will get a bidding paddle, with which you can bid during the auction. The venue of the auction is the Patria room. You can signal your bidding intention by raising your bidding paddle. The photo of the current lot as well as the current amount (in HUF, EUR and USD) are available on the screen above the stage.
What are the standard increments?
The auctioneer will increase bidding in the following regular amounts (usually by 10 %):
100 000 HUF - 200 000 HUF by 10 000 HUF
200 000 HUF - 500 000 HUF by 20 000 HUF
500 000 HUF - 1 000 000 HUF by 50 000 HUF
1 000 000 HUF - 2 000 000 HUF by 100 000 HUF
2 000 000 HUF - 5 000 000 HUF by 200 000 HUF
5 000 000 HUF - 10 000 000 HUF by 500 000 HUF
10 000 000 HUF - 20 000 000 HUF by 1 000 000 HUF
20 000 000 HUF - 50 000 000 HUF by 2 000 000 HUF
50 000 000 HUF - 100 000 000 HUF by 5 000 000 HUF
100 000 000 HUF - 200 000 000 HUF by 10 000 000 HUF
above 200 000 000 HUF by 20 000 000 HUF
What happens, if I am the successful bidder?
When a lot is sold at the auction, a document about the purchase will be bought to you for your signature. This document will be registered with the cashier and then returned to you, together with the certificate (and a small gift). If you are a VIP cardholder, you do not have to do anything more. If you are a new customer, you will have to pay a 20% deposit at the venue. We also accept credit cards (VISA, Mastercard) as guarantee.
How can I bid if I can't come to the auction in person?
If you cannot or do not wish to participate in person, you can leave an absentee bid or bid by telephone. In both cases, you have to fill the absentee bid form that is downloadable here (In case of telephone bidding you do not have to indicate the maximal hammer price, however, if you are not sure that you will be available during the auction, you can opt for stating the maximal hammer price. It means that if you are not available when your chosen item is on, the phone bidding colleague will execute your bid up to your limit for that item)
When and how will I know whether I was the successful bidder?
We notify all absentee bidders on the day after the auction.
What is the process of phone bidding?
At the beginning of the auction a member of our staff will call you to check whether the line functions properly. If you need the amount of current bid in EUR or USD, please tell our staff member at this point. Afterwards, you will be called prior to your chosen item(s) and you can participate live. Please note, that the prices indicated in the catalogue are starting prices (minimal prices) and we cannot accept bids under this amount. In Hungary we have only starting prices and we do not have estimated prices. When leaving an absentee or phone bid, you are required to pay a deposit of 20 % of the item's starting price. In the case of unsuccessful bidding, this amount will be reimbursed without any deductions. In case of successful bidding the amount of deposit will be taken into account. We also accept a credit card as a guarantee for your absentee bid (we will need your card number, expiry date and CVV code). This is only for guarantee purposes and we won't withdraw money from your account without consulting you.
Can I modify my phone or absentee bid prior to the auction?
Yes. You can modify or cancel your bid up to 24 hours before the auction.
When will the auctioneer offer my lot for sale?
The auctions commence at 6 p.m. and the usual speed of the auctioneer is 60-100 lots per hour.
How can I learn about the conditions of sale?
The full text of conditions is available in the relevant section on this page, but generally there is a 20 % buyer's premium above the hammer price.
How do I pay for my purchase?
Payment methods include cash, credit card (Visa and Mastercard), wire transfer (At the auction's venue we can accept only cash deposits)
The necessary account information for wire transfer:
Name: Mű-Terem Galéria Kft.
Address: Falk Miksa u. 30.
Bank: Hungarian Foreign Trade Bank Ltd. (MKB Rt.)
Account number: 10300002-20116523-00003285
IBAN: HU 17 10300002 20116523 00003285
If you wish to wire the money, please indicate the amount in HUF (if it is possible at your bank) or tell your bank to wire the corresponding amount in your currency. The exchange rates listed in our catalogue are only for information purposes and the current daily exchange rates will be used on the day of your payment's arrival. In case of wiring, please make sure, that your payment arrives to Virág Judit Gallery's account not later than 10 days after the auction.
When and where can I collect property I have purchased?
If you pay the full purchase price at the auction venue, you can collect your property immediately. After the auction the lots are delivered to Virág Judit Gallery (Falk Miksa u. 30).
What shall I do, if I intend to export my property?
If you wish to take your property out of the country, you will need an export permit. Virág Judit Gallery arranges the necessary permit free of charge for you, but please indicate when you will need a permit on the absentee bid form or inform us no more than 1 week after the auction. Please note that it will take approximately 1-2 months to get the permits.
What does it mean when an item is marked as protected?
The items marked PROTECTED in the catalogue cannot be taken out of the country. Should it happen that your chosen item becomes protected prior to the auction, we will inform you of this. All non-protected items are exportable.
How much does it cost to package and deliver a painting to a foreign country?
It depends on the wrapped weight of the painting and on the destination. We can recommend several transport companies and you can choose the most suitable option.
How can I order the auction catalogues and books?
You can order them by telephone or e-mail. One catalogue costs 4 000 HUF + postage