CONDITIONS OF SALE
Purchased lots will become available only after full payment has
been made. The sale will be conducted in Euros. In addition to the
hammer price, the buyer agrees to pay a buyer’s premium along
with any applicable value added tax.
Buyers will pay, in addition to the bids, a fee of 25% exclusive of tax,
so 30% inclusive of tax. Books (25% + VAT amounting to 26,375%).
In addition to the hammer price and buyer’s premium, live auction
buyers will pay a 1,80% TTC (fees 1,5% HT + 0,30% VAT) commission to
the Drouot Digital platform.
+ Auction by order of the court further to a prescription of the
court, buyers fees 14,40% VTA included.
° Lots on which the auction house or its partners have a financial
* Lots which have been temporarily imported and are subject
to a buyer’s fee of 5.5% (20% for jewelry, motorcars, wines and
spirits and multiples – F1 helmet) in addition to the hammer
price and sale fees.
# An appointment is required to see the piece
~ This lot contains animal materials. Import restrictions are to
be expected and must be considered.
The legislator imposes strict rules for the commercial use of inert
animal species. The international regulations of March 3, 1973 (CITES)
requires for different annexes a correlation between the specimen and
the documentation proving the origins to be lawful. This regulation
transcribed in European Community law (Annexes A/B/C) in Rule
338/97 of 9/12/1996 permits commercial use of regulated specimens
(CITES) upon presentation of documentation proving lawful origin;
these documents for this variation are as follows:
• For Annex A: C/C provided outlining the specimen’s history (for
specimens of recent date)
• For Annex B: Bird specimens are either banded or equipped with
transponders, and are accompanied by documents of licit origin.
The auction’s sale record must be conserved as it contains the
complete history of every specimen.
All cases concerning specimens of recent date that are protected under
the French Environmental Code and which were born and raised in
captivity are permitted by the derogation clause AM of 14/07/2006. As
such, they can be used commercially provided traceability between the
specimen and the documentation proving licit origins. Other specimen
cases dating prior to clause AM of 21/07/2015 can, due to this fact,
be used commercially. Specimens dating before 1947 included in this
auction sale benefit from clause 2M of the derogatory Rule 228/97
of 9/12/1996, permitting their use for trade. However, exporting them
outside of the EU them requires a pre-CITES Convention agreement.
For huntable species of the European continent and elsewhere,
commercial use is allowed under certain conditions. Domesticated
species (D) included in this auction sale are free for trade. Old
specimens from before the Convention (i.e. before 1975) comply with
the conditions of the AM of 23/12/2011 and, as such, are free for trade.
The other specimens in this auction sale are not subject to NR
regulations and are free for commercial use and trade. The auction
record will substantiate their licit origin.
To leave the EU, with regards to the Annexes I/A, II/B et III/C, a CITES
re-export document at the expense of the acquirer will be necessary.
The SAS Claude Aguttes is bound by the indications stated in the
catalogue, modified only by announcements made at the time of
the sale noted in the legal records thereof.
Attributions were made according to scientific and artistic knowledge
at the time of the auction.
An exhibition prior to the sale permits buyers to establish the conditions
of the works offered for sale and no claims will be accepted after the
hammer has fallen. Some difference may appear between the original
work and its illustration, there will be no claims in such matter. The
French text is the official text that will be retained in the event of a
dispute. The descriptions in other languages and the indications of
dimensions in inches are given only as an indication and cannot be
at the origin of a complaint.
The condition of the works is not specified in the catalogue, buyers
are required to study them personally. No requests will be accepted
concerning restorations once the hammer has fallen.
Any condition report requested from SAS Claude Aguttes and the
expert before the sale is provided as an indication only.
It shall by no means incur their liability may not constitute a basis for
legal claim after the sale. It cannot replace a personal examination
of the work by the buyer or his representative.
The highest and final bidder will be the purchaser.
Should the auctioneer recognize two simultaneous bids on one lot, the
lot will be put up for sale again and all those present in the saleroom
may participate in this second opportunity to bid.
Important: Bidding is typically conducted in the auction house.
However, we may graciously accept telephone bids from potential
buyers who have made the request.
We bear no responsibility whatsoever in the case of uncompleted
calls made too late and/or technical difficulties with the telephone.
We also accept absentee bids submitted prior to the sale. Aguttes
won’t be held responsible in case of errors and omissions with the
execution of the written bids. We reserve the right to accept or deny
any requests for telephone or absentee bidding.
In carrying a bid, bidders assume their personal responsibility to pay
the hammer price as well as all buyer’s fees and taxes chargeable
to the buyer. Unless a written agreement established with Claude
AGUTTES SAS, prerequisite to the sale, mentioning that the bidder
acts as a representative of a third party approved by Claude AGUTTES
SAS, the bidder is deemed to act in his or her own name.
We remind our sellers that bidding on their own items is forbidden.
BIDS THROUGH DROUOT DIGITAL OR OTHER LIVE PLATFORM
Live bidding is allowed during the auction. Bids are made through
drouotonline.com, which is a platform that allows remote electronic
Aguttes auction house will not be to blame for any technical difficulties
or malfunctioning of any kind that prevents buyers from bidding
online through live platforms. The break in transmission of a live
bidding service during the auction doesn’t necessarily justify its halt
by the auctioneer.
COLLECTION OF PURCHASES
The lots not claimed on the day of the auction can be retrieved by
appointment : please contact the person in charge.
For lots placed in warehouses, costs and expenses will be at the
For lots stored at Aguttes – except specific conditions if mentioned
(Mobilier & objets d’art & Design) – buyers are advised that the
following storage costs will be charged :
- 15 € / day for lots < € 10,000, and 30 € / day for lots > € 10,000
- 3 € / day for any other lot < 1m3 & 5 € / day / m3 for the ones > 1m3.
Buyers are advised to collect successful lots as soon as possible
to avoid handling and storage costs which will be required before
collection of purchase.
The auctioneer is not responsible for the storage of purchased lots.
If payment is made by wire transfer, lots may not be withdrawn until
the payment has been cleared, foreign cheques are not accepted.
From the moment the hammer falls, sold items will become the
exclusive responsability of the buyer. The buyer will be solely
responsible for the insurance, L’Hôtel des Ventes de Neuilly assumes
no liability for any damage to items which may occur after the
The purchased lots will be delivred to the buyer in person. Should the
buyer wish to have his/her lot delivered to a third party the person
must have a letter of authorization along with a photocopy of the
identity card of the buyer.
Export formalities can take 4 months to process and are the buyer’s
responsability. Please contact the Hôtel des ventes de Neuilly if you
need more information concerning this particular matter.
We recommend that buyers pay by credit card or electronic bank
In compliance with Article L.321-14 of French commercial law, a
property sold at auction can be delivered to the buyer only once the
auction firm has received payment or complete guarantee of payment.
Legally accepted means of payment include:
• Cash (article L.112-6, L.112-8 and Article Article L.112-8 paragraph 2
of the Monetary and Financial Code)
· max. 1 000 €
· max. 15 000 € for private individuals who have their tax domicile
abroad (upon presentation of a valid passport)
• Payment on line (max 10 000 €) : http://www.aguttes.com/paiement/
• Electronic bank transfer
The exact amount of the invoice from the buyer’s account and
indicating the invoice number. (Note: Bank charges are the
Banque de Neuflize, 3 avenue Hoche 75008
Titulaire du compte : Claude AGUTTES SAS
Code Banque 30788 – Code guichet 00900
N° compte 02058690002 – Clé RIB 23
IBAN FR76 3078 8009 0002 0586 9000 223
• Credit cards: 1.1% TTC commission will be charged for lots > 50 000€.
• American Express: 2.95%TTC commission will be charged.
• Distance payments and multi-payments for one lot with the same
card are not allowed.
• Cheques (if no other means of payment is possible)
· Upon presentation of two pieces of identification
· Important: Delivery is possible after 20 days
· Cheques will be deposited immediately. No delays will be
· Payment with foreign cheques will not be accepted.
Settlements are cash.
In the event of late payment on winning bids SAS CLAUDE AGUTTES
will claim the legal rate of interest, plus five percent. A minimum fee
of €500 will also be due for any other costs incurred by reason of
default, including the following in the case of resale on false bidding:
- The difference between the price at which the lot was auctioned
and the price obtained at its resale;
- The costs incurred by new auctioning.
LAW AND JURISDICTION
In accordance with the law, it is added that all actions in public
liability instituted on the occasion of valuation and of voluntary
and court-ordered auction sales are barred at the end of five years
from the hammer price or valuation. These Conditions of purchase
are governed by French law exclusively. Any dispute relating to their
existence, their validity and their binding effect on any bidder or buyer
shall be submitted to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of France.