Kunst Auktion 4. - 5. Juni 2018, Germann Auktionshaus AG, Zürich


Kunst Katalog, Moderne und Zeitgenössische Kunst, Auktion vom 4. - 5 Juni 2018, Germann Auktionshaus AG, Stockerstrasse 38, 8002 Zürich. Bedeutende Gemälde, Skulpturen, Aquarelle, Zeichnungen, Multiples, Fotografie, Bedeutende Internationale Druckgrafik, Portfolios und Kunstbücher, Internationale Druckgrafik

Conditions of Sale by Auction

1. By participating in the sale, the bidder fully accepts the following Auction

Conditions of Germann Auction House Ltd.

The sale is conducted in Swiss Francs.

After the third call, the object is knocked down to the highest bidder for

immediate payment in Swiss Francs resulting in the conclusion of a purchase

contract between the seller and the purchaser.

Seller shall not bid for their own lots.

A currency converter may be operated at some auctions but only for the

guidance of bidders. Germann Auction House Ltd. will not accept any responsibility

in case of error on the part of the currency converter, either in

foreign currency of bids or in Swiss Francs or otherwise.

2. Every purchaser is personally responsible for his bids.

Objections on the grounds of having bought on behalf of a third party are

not accepted.

The auctioneer may refuse a bid without explanation. For the purpose of

auctioning, the auctioneer may group objects listed in the catalog under

different numbers, separate objects listed under the same number, call

them out of sequence or omit them altogether.

Germann Auction House Ltd. has absolute discretion to refuse admission

to the auction.

Germann Auction House Ltd. may ask a prospective buyer to identify himself

and to supply financial references.

Invoices are payable within 10 days after the auction.

Compensation is excluded.

3. Absentee bids or bids by telephone from buyers who cannot attend the

sale are accepted in writing up to 24 hours before the sale begins.

Telephone bids may be recorded. Written and telephone bids are offered

as an additional service at no extra charge, and at the buyer’s risk. Germann

Auction House Ltd. cannot accept liability for failure to place such


4. All buyers shall pay a premium on the hammer price for each lot calculated

as follows:

For a hammer price up to CHF 10 000: 25 %

For a hammer price above CHF 10 000 up to CHF 400 000:

25 % on the first CHF 10 000

20 % on the difference between CHF 10 000 up to CHF 400 000

For a hammer price above CHF 400 000:

25 % on the first CHF 10 000

20 % on the difference between CHF 10 000 up to CHF 400 000

15 % on the difference between CHF 400 000 up to the hammer price.

If the winning bid is placed in the course of a Live Online Auction, there will

be an additional 3% added to the premium. Bidders are subject to the

terms and conditions of Germann Auctions House Ltd. as listed on the Live

Auction Website, which may differ in some respects from those listed here.

The above mentioned buyer’s premium is subject to the Swiss VAT, which

is to be paid by the buyer.

For lots marked with asterisk (*) both, the price at which the object has

been knocked down and the buyer’s premium are subject to the Swiss VAT.

After an export declaration duly signed by the Swiss customs aut horities

has been received,

Germann Auction House Ltd. will refund the Swiss VAT to foreign buyers,

provided that the sum exceeds CHF 50.

5. All objects are put up for auction on behalf of and on account of third


The buyer shall not have the right to be informed of the seller’s name or his


6. The buyer must take possession of the objects in the condition in which

they are at the time of being knocked down to him.

During the preview exhibition the objects are open to inspection.

They are described to the best of our knowledge, but Germann Auction

House Ltd. and the auctioneer cannot be held responsible for the information

given in the catalog.

Guarantee of defects of any kind, both physical and legal, is excluded

explicitly. Any written or oral comments are statements of opinion, which

may be revised at any time and are not warranties, guarantees, conditions

or the like.

7. If, within one year from the date of auction of an object, the buyer informs

Germann Auction House Ltd. in writing that the said object is a willful imitation

and returns said object in the same conditions in which it was

knocked down to him, and in fact it turns out to be a willful imitation, with

respect to its description in the catalog the auctioneer will cancel the sale.

The proof of willful imitation is to be supplied by the buyer.

Any copy which was produced with intent to deceive, either with respect

to its maker, origin, date, epoch, cultural area or source, without this appearing

from the text of the catalog, and which was worth less at the sale

than it would have been if the object had matched its description, is considered

a willful imitation.

The following restrictions shall apply, however. The object can not be returned:

– if the description in the catalog was made in keeping with the level of

research or according to the opinion of the majority of experts at the time

when the catalog was being compiled; or

– if, in keeping with the level of research, the imitation was not to be qualified

as such at the time the catalog was being compiled.

The object can only be returned by the buyer in whose name the invoice is


8. A bid constitutes a firm offer to buy.

The bidder remains bound by it until either a higher price is offered or the

auctioneer refuses it.

Should there arise any difference of opinion the auctioneer is free to take a

decision at his sole discretion or put the lot for sale again.

Title and risk pass to the buyer on acceptance of the bid by the auctioneer.

As a rule, bids are invited below the reserve price.

Works of art may be knocked down without having been sold or withdrawn,

without being apparent prior to the end of the auction.

9. The purchase will be released after receiving the buyer’s full payment of the

hammer price, premium and, if applicable the taxes.

After 10 days from the auction, the buyer is fully liable for the loss, theft,

damage or destruction of the acquired items.

Germann Auction House Ltd. ceases to have liability after the said period.

You may pay for your purchase immediately after the auction by going to

the Cashiers or an invoice will be mailed to you following the sale.

The object acquired must be picked up at the close of the auction or within

10 days thereafter at the risk and expenses of the buyer.

After that, the objects will be stored at the risk and expenses of the buyer.

The daily rate is CHF 10 per object.

The buyer is fully liable for the loss, theft, damage or destruction of the

acquired items. Germann Auction House Ltd. ceases to have liability after

the said period.

Payment by credit card is not accepted.

Late payments are due to a penalty of 1% interest per calendar month.

10. If a buyer fails to pay at all or does not in due time, Germann Auction House

Ltd. is entitled to either ask for performance of the terms of the sales contract

or to cancel the sale of the lot without notice. A buyer who does not

abide by the conditions outlined above, is liable to pay damages.

These may include a loss incurred by auctioning off the object a second

time as well as the commission and expenses due for both sales. Germann

Auction House Ltd. stipulates having the right of retention and a lien over

any of the buyer’s property which is in the possession of Germann Auction

House Ltd. for any reason until payment of all outstanding amounts due.

Germann Auction House Ltd. may resell those goods by auction or private

sale, with estimates and reserves at Germann Auction House Ltd.’s discretion.

If such resale is for less than the amount due the buyer will remain liable

for the shortfall together with all costs incurred during such resale.

The buyer whose allocation has been cancelled shall have no right to raise

a claim on the possible sum in excess of the former price. In addition, articles

213.ff. and following as well as 102.ff. and following of the Swiss

Code of Obligations shall apply.

In case the object has been picked up by the buyer before paying the full

amount of the invoice, Germann Auction House Ltd. or the seller is authorized

to rescind the contract and ask for the object to be returned.

11. On demand, Germann Auction House Ltd. assists with shipping and insurance

arrangements, but declines all liability resulting from such acts.

If the buyer fails to pay and collect the purchased lot within 10 days after

the auction, the objects will be stored at the buyer’s expense and entire risk

either at Germann Auction House Ltd. premises or with a third party and

will be subject to a handling fee and charges for storage.

12. The conditions stated above are an integral part of every purchase contract

concluded at the auction.

Modifications thereof are valid only if agreed upon in writing.

Should any provision of these Conditions of Sale be held unenforceable for

any reason, the remaining provisions shall remain in full force.

13. The Canton and the Borough of Zurich bear no legal responsibility whatever

in connection with the sale.

The Official, delegated by the City of Zurich, acts in a purely supervisory


The relationship between the parties to the contract is governed by Swiss

law in all respects.

Deliveries are due at Zurich 2, which is also the place of jurisdiction.

The right of recourse to the Swiss Federal Court is reserved.

The original text in German is binding.

Updated: September, 2017

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