Buying at Helander



1. Buying from Helander is safe

The items are assessed by professionals. For example, the authenticity of jewellery and the materials used in antique currency are inspected using state-of-the-art technology. We also have strong expert networks in case an item brought to us does not fall within our own area of expertise.

2. You can make genuine finds at Helander
Compared to new items, auctioned items are attractively priced, whether you are looking for timeless classics or unique pieces. At an auction, you can also find items that you simply could not buy new: vintage tableware and bags, antique furniture, collectibles and historical items are among the highlights of our offering.

3. Buying from Helander is eco-friendly
Many old pieces of furniture, sets of tableware and other utility items are high-quality products whose lifespan is decades or even centuries long. Many fine items can also maintain or increase their resale value over time.

4. We provide guidance and advice
Certain items involve various statutory obligations. For example, visual artists are entitled to Droit de Suite resale fees, most firearms and parts of firearms are subject to permits, selling antique relics is entirely prohibited and exporting cultural articles is subject to a permit. We take care of remitting Droit de Suite fees on behalf of our buyer clients and refer our clients to the relevant authorities when permits are required.



The auction house’s buyer’s premium is added to the hammer price of each auctioned lot. The buyer’s premium is 22,5 % of the hammer price + € 8 / lot. The buyer’s premium includes value added tax of 24 %. Read more about value added tax, from here. 

Droit de Suite fee, at most 5 %, applies to works of art when the hammer price exceeds €255, and the copyright has not yet expired. Items with Droit de Suite fee are marked with * sign in the auction catalogue

Helander will resell items that remain unpaid or uncollected after the set timeframe.



1. Start by browsing the auction catalogue

The auction catalogue lists the lots for sale in an upcoming auction, giving you time to familiarise yourself with the items on offer. The catalogue can also be used as a bidding tool. You can use the catalogue to submit bids before and during the auction. The catalogue also serves as a watchlist for lots you have placed bids on, notifying you when another buyer has placed a higher bid.

2. Make a bid
When you have registered on our service, you can submit bids through the auction catalogue. As a registered client, you will get access to the My Pages section of our website, where you will find information on your advance bids, sales and purchases, among other things. You can also use the My Pages section to update your contact details, change your password and review your purchases and payment documentation. In other words, as a buyer, you can keep an eye on your bids and finalised transactions.

Information about My Pages ⤻

You can submit a bid as soon as the catalogue has been published. Bids can be submitted in four ways for all of our auctions:

  • using the catalogue
  • during the auction, in the auction room, with your bidding number
  • submitting a bid by telephone in advance
  • online during the auction (LIVE)

3. Visit a pre-auction viewing
Pre-auction viewings are held at Auction House Helander in Helsinki’s Viikki district. Pre-auction viewings are an opportunity to inspect lots that are currently open for bids. The pre-auction viewing schedules depend on the schedule of the auction itself. For example, viewings for regular auctions held on Wednesdays are open on the preceding Tuesday from 12:00 noon to 7 p.m., with a shorter viewing held on the day of the auction from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. Attending a pre-auction viewing is free of charge and open to all interested parties. At pre-auction viewings, potential buyers can inspect the items and take photos to help make buying decisions.

4. Attend an auction
Our traditional floor auctions can be attended online and in person at the Helander auction house in Helsinki’s Viikki district. Experienced auctioneer Mika Sirén runs our floor auctions.

5. Collection of bought items
Collect the items you buy within seven (7) subsequent days. Lots bought in floor auctions can be collected as soon as the lots in question are closed, even while other lots are still being auctioned. Payment can be made at our cashier at the upper floor of our main building when items are collected. Approximately one hour after the auction closes, you will receive an email notification about the items you won in the auction with your invoice attached. Please note that we do not accept cash. We accept debit and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) but we do not charge credit card payments remotely. Alternatively, you can make an invoice payment and show a receipt upon collection of items. To get the documents you need for collecting the items you bought, please stop by at our cashier first, even if you made an invoice payment.

If you can't collect your small or medium-sized items within set timeframe, you may order packaging and mailing services from Helander. You can also authorise someone else — a transport company, for example — to collect paid items on your behalf.

Please note! Small items sold at Helander are packed in durable boxes that buyers will not receive with the items. When you collect your items, please bring the packaging material that you consider appropriate. 

The condition of the items

Please note that Helander often sells beautifully aged items and normal or minor signs of wear such as possible scratches, cracks or other defects and imperfections may not have been mentioned in the item description.

Technical devices have not been inspected for defects and their functionality is not guaranteed. Technical equipment includes e.g. watches, light fixtures, bicycles, household appliances, tools and other technical and electrical equipment.

Items are available for inspection at pre-auction viewings.


Value added tax

Because the items are used, they are not subject to VAT. However, our minimum fee consists of service fees, which in turn are subject to VAT. 

The buyer (consumer) is obliged to pay VAT on the services because the service is produced in a country subject to VAT. A business operator can apply for a VAT deduction in accordance with his country's tax guidelines, but is obliged to pay the VAT mentioned on the invoice to the company. In service trade, the country of supply is determined based on the nature of the service sold and whether the service is sold to a consumer or to a business operator. The country of supply also depends on the place where the vendor’s or buyer’s place of establishment or fixed establishment is located.

Often, the country of supply of services is determined differently depending on whether a service is sold to a business operator or to another buyer (consumer). Different general provisions are applied to services sold to business operators and to those sold to consumers. A general provision is applied whenever there is no special provision governing the service in question. According to the general provision, services sold to a business operator are taxable in the country where the buyer is established (§ 65, Value Added Tax Act), and services sold to a consumer are taxable in the country where the vendor is established (§ 66, Value Added Tax Act). The general provisions are applicable to most services.