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. The buyer’s premium is 25% + VAT
amounting to 30% (all taxes included) . Books (25% + VAT amounting
to 26,375%). The buyers via the live platforms will pay, in addition to
the bids and the buyers' fees an additional commission which will
be entirely paid back to the platforms (see paragraph: Auctions via
Drouot Digital or other live platforms).
+ Auction by order of the court further to a prescription of the
court, buyers fees 14,28% 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.
~ This lot contains plant species or animal materials from
endangered species. 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.
In accordance with the law, the information given in the catalogue is
the responsibility of SAS Claude AGUTTES and its expert, taking into
account the corrections announced at the time of the presentation
of the item in the sale report.
Attributions were made according to scientific and artistic knowledge
at the time of the auction.
The order of the catalog will be followed.
An exhibition prior to the sale permits buyers to establish the conditions
of the works offered for sale. However in this period of pandemie the
photos are worth exhibition, and no claims will be admitted once the
award is pronounced. The reproductions in the catalog of works are
as faithful as possible, a difference in color or tones is nevertheless
possible. The dimensions are only given as an indication.
The text in French is the official text which will be retained in case of
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 state of conservation of the works is not specified in the catalog,
the buyers are therefore obliged to ask for additional photos, videos
and / or condition reports. No claim will be accepted concerning
possible restorations or accidents once the auction has been
The condition reports requested from SAS Claude Aguttes and the
expert before the sale are given for information only. They do not
engage their responsibilities and cannot be the cause of a legal claim.
Under no circumstances do they replace the personal examination
of the work by the buyer or his representative. Unless expressly
mentioned on the description of the lot about: the functioning of
the clockwork as well as
the presence of the keys is not is not guaranteed in any way.
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.
Important : During the confinement period, sales are made behind
closed doors with live transmission.
TELEPHONE BIDDING : We accept to receive telephone bids from a
potential buyer who has come forward prior to the sale. We cannot be
held liable in particular if the telephone connection is not established,
is established late, or in the event of errors or omissions relating to
the reception of bids by telephone.
ORDERS TO BUY : We accept the bidding orders that have been
transmitted. We are not liable in particular in the event of an error
or omission in the written order.
BIDS THROUGH DROUOT DIGITAL OR OTHER LIVE PLATFORM
Online auctions are available. These are carried out on the drouot.com
website, which is a technical platform allowing remote participation
in auctions by electronic means. It is necessary to register beforehand
and to ensure that the registration is validated. A bidding ceiling may
be announced depending on the sales, it is advisable to deposit a
deposit beforehand in order to bid freely during the sale. The buyer
via this platform or any other platform proposed for live purchases
is informed that the fees charged by these platforms will be at his
expense. The buyer via the Drouot Digital platform (or any other
platform proposed for live purchases) is informed that the fees
charged by these platforms will be at his exclusive charge. As an
indication, for Drouot digital, a commission of 1.80% including VAT
(1.5% excluding VAT and VAT) and for Invaluable, a commission of 3%
including VAT (2.4% excluding VAT and 0.60% VAT). Aguttes may not
be held responsible for the interruption of a Live service during a sale
or for any other malfunction that may prevent a buyer from bidding
via a technical platform offering the Live service. The interruption of a
Live auction service during the course of a sale does not necessarily
justify the auctioneer's stopping the auction.
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 –
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 by the carrier of their
choice as soon as possible to avoid handling and storage costs
which will be required before collection of purchase. In case of
impossibility to remove the batches due to the current sanitary crisis,
these deadlines will exceptionally be extended according to a specific
agreement with the sales department concerned.
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 : bank fees, which usually range from 1 to 2 %, are the
• 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.
If a customer feels that he or she has not received a satisfactory response, he or she is advised to contact the head of the relevant department
directly, as a matter of priority. In the absence of a response within the specified time limit, the customer may then contact customer service
at email@example.com, which is attached to the Quality Department of SVV Aguttes.