How to sell books at Catawiki’s online auctions?

Potential buyers are more likely to bid on lots with a good description, all relevant information displayed clearly and, of course, beautiful photos.

1. Lot Description

To help encourage potential buyers to bid on your lot, you should include a detailed description of your object(s) which should be thorough and honest.

2. Photographs

Including strong photographs is key to catching buyers’ eyes, ensuring they bid on your lot. Of course, buying online means potential bidders do not get a chance to see your lot in person, therefore detailed and high quality photographs are very important.

To allow our experts, as well as our bidders, to get the right impression of an item, we require high quality photos, showing:

  • a photograph of the front cover, rear cover and spine of the dust wrapper (if present)
  • a photograph of the front cover, rear cover and spine of the book itself
  • the title page and verso (if this contains the printing history)
  • any interesting illustrations/plates
  • close-ups of any flaws
  • anything else you would want to see

3. Covers

  • This is a great way of showing the front and rear cover and the spine in one photograph - it gives buyers a good impression of the condition of the book.
  • A dust wrapper can be laid out to show the inside flaps as well.
  • Boards should also be shown

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  • There is no indication of the condition from this photograph - and too much background clutter.

4. Title Page

  • The title page and illustration are both clearly shown - including the edges of the title page. Any flaws should be visible to the bidder.
  • Often the printing history (called the colophon) is on the verso (rear) of the title page - or another blank page nearby.
  • It is important that buyers can read the printing history. This is the easiest way to demonstrate the publisher/limitation or edition of the book.
  • If a limited or numbered copy, the number should also be shown in a photograph.


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  • For a collection or set of books, it is important to include a photograph showing all of the books together.
  • Try to place them in such a way that you can see all of the spines clearly.


We look forward to receiving your lots soon - our experts can’t wait to see what you have to offer!