Artist's Resale Right Scheme (Droit de Suite)

Following the UK’s implementation of the EU Artist’s Resale Right directive in 2006, living artists, and with effect from 1st January 2012 artists deceased within the past 70 years, are entitled to receive a resale royalty each time their art work is sold in the UK by an art market professional, subject to certain conditions. This payment is calculated on qualifying works of art which are sold for a hammer price or best bid price of more than EUR 1000. The UK sterling equivalent of EUR 1000 will fluctuate in line with prevailing exchange rates.

The actual qualifying threshold will be calculated by the Artist’s Resale Right Service Hub based on the European Central Bank reference rate published at 2.15pm on the day of the sale, and can be found on

The royalty charge will apply if the hammer price is more than the UK sterling equivalent of EUR 1000. The royalty charge will normally be added to buyer invoices and must be paid before items can be cleared. Some auctioneers may choose to split the charge between the buyer and the vendor. Some auctioneers may pass the entire charge to the vendor. Before bidding, we advise that you check which scheme your auctioneer's are operating. All royalty charges are paid to the Design and Artists Copyright Society (“DACS”) and no handling costs or additional fees with respect to these charges are retained by auctioneers.

Artist's Resale Right is a percentage of the hammer price calculated as follows:

Portion of the hammer price (Euro’s EUR)

Royalty rate

1000 to 50,000


50,000.01 to 200,000


200,000.01 to 350,000


350,000.01 to 500,000


Exceeding 500,000


VAT is not payable on this royalty charge. The maximum royalty charge is 12,500 EUR.

Revised 1st January 2012.