What is a Buyer’s Premium and why do Auction Houses charge them?

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A lot of people don’t understand what a buyer’s premium is or why auction houses even charge them. Not every auction house will charge a buyer’s premium, however more and more auction houses are choosing to charge a premium.   So what exactly IS a buyer’s premium? Simply put, a buyer’s premium is a additional charge, usually a straight percentage, that a buyer is charged based on the hammer price. This becomes the actual price that the buyer is charged for the item when checking out. For example, if Bob is the winning bidder on a table and chair set […]

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