1. Sales are conducted by auction according to Belgian law.

2. The international buyer is due to settle the payment of his/her purchase within 15 days after the last auction day.  According to the Anti-Money Laundering Act (Art. 10.3), any total amount of higher than € 3.000 can only be paid by cheque (issued from a Belgian bank), debit card, credit card (Visa or MasterCard) or via bank transfer.

3. In-house Buyer’s Premium: 27%. Please also consult art. nr. 13 c for more information*.

*Online live bidding not included. For online bidders, as the auctioneer is due to pay a commission fee to his online partners, the total buyer’s premium will be as follows:
CarloBonteLive (27%), Invaluable (32%), LiveAuctioneers (32%), TheSaleroom (30%), DrouotLive (28,5%), 51BidLive (3%), Epailive (30%)

4. Goods are sold “as is” at the moment of the adjudication. Of all potential buyers, and especially of buyers remaining absent during the viewing days and the days of the sale, it is expected that they request a ‘CONDITION REPORT’ regarding all items in which they are interested. Any request in that matter should reach the auctioneer at least 48 hours before the start of the auction session in which the item(s) shall be sold. After this deadline, no guarantee can be given that the request will be followed up. All condition reports are carried out by us with the utmost care. No one is infallible, which is why damage may be overlooked by the auction house. This lacuna in data in a CR about the damage of any kind should not be considered as intentional by the buyer.

5. The buyer is due to verify the good(s) condition by personal inspection.  On request, every opportunity will be provided to the potential buyer to conduct additional expertise examination as long as the good(s) will not suffer damage.  As a result, no complaint will be accepted after the adjudication. We only accept requests for condition reports no later than 48 hours before the start of the first sale day. All statements made by the auctioneer, be it in writing or oral form, are not to be referred to as fact statements.  They are to be considered only as an opinion, given according to the best of the auctioneer’s knowledge and are for guidance only.  Please bear in mind that photos may slightly differ from the actual items (in terms of colours …) due to the lighting effects. Condition reports and high-resolution zoomable images are available on request at info@carlobonte.be.

Complaints related to the general condition of the goods can only be accepted by the auctioneer if the buyer presents, within a period of fifteen days after the receipt of the – paid – items, a solidly based expertise drawn up by an authorized expert in the matter. Complaints concerning any defect that was included in an existing condition report made up by the auctioneer and requested by the buyer before purchasing can in no way be accepted.

‘A special warning for our Asian customers’
Please note that we use the following standards in connection with dating a Chinese / Asian item:
– Marked …  and period = in our opinion the item is genuine and made during the emperor’s reign indicated in the mark.
– Marked … = in our opinion the item is old and could possibly be produced during the emperor’s reign indicated in the mark.
– With a … mark: in our opinion the item whether dates from a later period and bears an apocryphal mark, or whether it is, or not, a recent copy.

6. If a potential buyer causes damage to an item, he/she will be proceeded against. He/she is due to inform his/her insurance company and/or lawyer of the damage done. In this event, the minimum estimate price will serve as a reference to the seller’s compensation. All buyers (floor bidders, absentee bids, telephone bids and online live bidders) will be informed of the accident.

7. After adjudication, the buyer is responsible for his/her purchase(s). Good(s) cannot be collected during the auction.

8. All buyers need to provide valid identification to be able to participate in the bidding. After completion of the identification process, the buyer receives a paddle number. Paddle numbers will only be granted after approval by the auctioneer. This clause applies whether the buyer is physically present / be it by written bid / be it by telephone bid / be it by online bidding. The paddle number is valid for the duration of the auction as a whole. A potential buyer can obtain such a paddle number during the exhibition, right before the auction or during the auction itself.

9. Each person is assumed to buy on his/her own account. In default of payment, liability to another person will not be accepted. Unless they are subject to a legal obligation, personal data are used by the auctioneer for internal applications only. Data will only be used externally if need be, and if explicitly authorized by being it the buyer, be it the seller.

10. Any dispute occurred during the auction can only be resolved by the acting bailiff/notary. His/her decision is definite and irrevocable.

11. According to the international rules on copyright, the law obliges us to require an extra premium on the hammer price of original artworks made by a living artist or within seventy years after his/her decease.  This premium is not required on a hammer price lower than € 2.000.  Starting from € 2.000, the amount is specified as follows:

4% on the hammer price from € 0,01 up to € 50.000

3% on the hammer price from € 50.000,01 up to € 200.000

1% on the hammer price from € 200.000,01 up to € 350.000

0.5% on the hammer price from € 350.000,01 up to € 500.000

0.25% on the hammer price higher than € 500.000

The maximum amount of the extra premium should not exceed € 12.500.

12. Dates for collection of purchase are clearly indicated in the catalogue and on the website. Goods must be collected no later than 15 days (applied to Belgian buyers) / 30 days (applied to international buyers) after the last auction day. After this period, uncollected goods will be put in storage at the cost of the buyer. Regardless of the total amount of lots, a fixed storage fee of € 30 is charged. Besides this fixed fee, a storage fee of € 20 per lot per week will be calculated and charged as well. Collection of purchases is only possible if the auctioneer has received full payment, be it in cash, by debit/credit card or via bank transfer.  The auction house is not in charge of the shipment of the purchased goods. If the buyer wishes a third party to collect his/her purchase in his/her stead, the buyer needs to fill in the Authorization Form for Collection of Purchase (the form can be downloaded from our website), sign it and send it back to the auction house via email. Without this Authorization Form, no third party can collect any purchase even if it is already paid for.

13. Both Belgian and international buyers who cannot attend the auction in person or cannot be represented by an agent can arrange with the auctioneer to:

a. Participate in the bidding with an absentee (written) bid. Written bids are to be handed to the staff during the exhibition or send to the auction house via email.

In the event of identical written bids, the earliest bid received will take priority.

In the event of identical bids with floor bids during the auction, the floor bid will take priority.  To allow processing time, absentee bids should be received at least 48 hours before the sale begins.

b. Participate in the bidding by telephone. Bidding by telephone will only be accepted for good(s) with an estimate of minimum € 1000. The auctioneer will not accept liability for any consequences resulted from technical problems related to the telephone call during the auction. To allow processing time, telephone bids should be received at least 48 hours before the sale begins.

c. Online live bidding. For bids submitted through ‘Carlo Bonte Live’ the standard in-house premium applies (27%). In the event of bidding through an external site, an online surcharge will be added, as the auctioneer is due to pay a commission fee to his online partners: Invaluable (5%), Epailive (3%), ‘Lot-tissimo’ (3%), LiveAuctioneers (5%), the-saleroom.com (3%), 51BidLive (3%) and Drouot (1,5%). In the event of identical bids with floor bids during the auction, the floor bid will take priority. The auctioneer will not accept liability for any consequences that resulted from technical problems during the auction. To allow time for processing, online bidders should register at least 48 hours before the start of the first sale day. We cannot guarantee approval for late registrations.

14. First-time buyers and online bidders are due to register on the website, via email or on the platform(s) of the auction house’s online partners no later than 48 hours before the start of the first auction day. Registration should include name, address, valid contact information, a copy of the passport or identity card, and a credit card copy. International buyers unknown to the auctioneer are obliged to make a deposit. The amount of the deposit depends on the value of the item(s) of interest. The deposit will also figure as a pledge in case of default bidding (see Art. 17).

15. Transport/shipping. The auction house is not in charge of the shipment of the purchased goods. Buyers who wish to have their purchase delivered nationally / internationally can find a list of shippers on our website.

16. Antique dealers must disclose their status and give their coordinates upon receipt of their buyer number.

17. In default, bidding (irresponsible bid),  the item(s) will be resold at a later auction.  According to Belgian law, the default buyer will be held responsible for the negative difference plus all expenses related to the default sale.  If the good(s) achieve(s) a higher amount than the original hammer price, he/she will not have any rights to claim the positive difference but will be held responsible for the negative costs.

18. CITES: In accordance with international CITES-legislation, we provide an assessment report for each item that is either ivory-made or contains ivory elements. This expertise is sufficient as conforming evidence as long as the item continues to circulate within the EU. When the owner wants to export the object to a non-EU country, he/ she is obliged to contact the CITES services of his or her resort in order to obtain a legal export document. At that moment, the responsibility of the auction house expires.

19. By his/her bid, the buyer accepts the conditions of sale as above without any reserve.

20. Any dispute arising out of sales shall be adjudicated by Belgian law.

Given the fact that for this auction, according to the Belgian Federal Government latest guidelines (24.04.2020), until further notice, the auctioneer is in no position to organize public viewing days, and that only written, telephone, and online bids are possible; every potential buyer is due to request a CONDITION REPORT for items of his or her interest.

If the potential buyer fails to do so, and there is no proof that the auctioneer’s information is intentionally deceitful, the purchase will be under the sole and, therefore, the buyer’s absolute responsibility.

As always, we stay at your service for any additional questions, requests, and/or explanations.

  • You plan to be present:
    In this case, you can register as a buyer during the exhibition days. You provide us with your ID card, credit card and contact information and we give you a paddle number.
  • You are present before the auction starts:
    In this case, you can register as a buyer during the exhibition days. You provide us with your ID card, credit card and contact information and we give you a paddle number.
  • You arrive after the auction has started:
    With your first bid, you will be assigned a paddle number (a numbered card). You will need to provide your ID card, credit card and fill in the Buyer’s Information Form.

Important:

  • For each lot assigned to you, you must clearly indicate your paddle number.
  • A single auction can consist of multiple sessions. Your paddle number in this case always applies to a single auction regardless of the number of sessions.
  • In each one of the previous cases, a copy of your credit card is required. This copy serves for internal use only.

Online bidders are due to register on the platform(s) of the auction house’s online partners no later than 48 hours before the start of the first auction day. Registration should include name, address, valid contact information, a copy of the passport/identity card and credit card. First-time international buyers may be obliged to make a deposit via bank transfer to the auctioneer’s bank account. The amount of the deposit depends on the value of the item(s) of interest.

Online live bidding. For bids submitted through ‘Carlo Bonte Live’ the standard in-house premium applies (27%). In the event of bidding through an external site, an online surcharge will be added, as the auctioneer is due to pay a commission fee to his online partners: Invaluable (5%), Epailive (3%), ‘Lot-tissimo’ (3%), LiveAuctioneers (5%), the-saleroom.com (3%), 51BidLive (3%) and Drouot (1,5%).

Important:

  • Actual presence at a session will in all circumstances have priority over written bids, telephone bidding and online bidding.
  • You will be registered as a buyer in each case, and a paddle number will be assigned to you.
  • Your registration is only valid when you also include a copy of your identity card/passport and credit card.

You can reserve a telephone line by registering with our bidding form.

You will be called by one of our staff a couple of lots before the lot number you are interested in.

Our representative will ask you to hold the line, and when the lot in question is being auctioned, he/she will always inform you of the bids on the floor, on another telephone line or from online bidders. For the sake of clarity, please only bid with ‘yes’. If the bidding price exceeds your budget, please indicate so clearly with a ‘no’.

The auction house is by no means responsible for inaccessibility, disconnection of the network or any obstruction whatsoever during the auction.

All requests for reservation of a telephone line should reach us no later than 48 hours before the first session of the auction, regardless of the number of sessions.

Your registration is only valid when a copy of your identity card/passport and credit card is included.

With a written bid, you instruct the auctioneer to bid for you as a third person, i.e. the auctioneer looks after your interest as a bidder.

For example, you give orders to bid for a specific lot up to € 1,000; the item is estimated at € 500; the auctioneer starts at € 400. The auctioneer acts in your interests up to a maximum of € 1,000. If the final bid on the floor is € 650, you acquire the piece for € 700. If the auctioneer receives a bid of € 1,100 the item will not be assigned to you.

During the exhibition, bidding forms are available for the benefit of clients. Please fill out this form with your details, the catalogue number of the lot(s) on which you wish to bid, a brief description and the maximum price you are prepared to pay (your maximum bid is always exclusive of our buyers premium).

You hand in this form during the exhibition, or you can send it by e-mail. You may also leave a written bid online. To do so, you will need to register on our website.

All written bids must reach us no later than 48 hours before the first session of the auction, regardless of the number of sessions.

Your registration is only valid when a copy of your identity card/passport and credit card is included.

The auctioneer conducts the auction under the supervision of a bailiff or a notary.

The latter represents the Belgian State and will ensure that all actions taken comply with the law.

Bidding takes place by raising your hand at the auction.

A bidder is not allowed to make a bid during the auction by spoken figures.

The auctioneer starts the bidding with a basic amount that he considers reasonable for the specific lot or the amount by which he is bound and increases it each time a higher bid is made. Typically, a bid raises the previous bid by about 10 to 20%, depending on the amount.

The buyer is the person who makes the final and therefore highest bid.

The Buyers premium amounts to 27% on top of the hammer price (e.g. if the hammer price is € 1.000, you will be invoiced € 1.270). *

*Online live bidding not included. For online bidders, as the auctioneer is due to pay a commission fee to his online partners, the total buyer’s premium will be as follows:
CarloBonteLive (27%), Invaluable (32%), LiveAuctioneers (32%), TheSaleroom (30%), DrouotLive (28,5%), 51BidLive (3%), Epailive (30%)

We accept payments:

  • in cash (up to €3.000)
  • by bank card or credit card (please note that we do not accept AMEX)
  • by wire transfer
  • According to the Anti-Money Laundering Act, any amount above € 3.000 can only be paid by card or bank transfer.

The buyer is due to settle the payment of his/her purchase within 15 (fifteen) working days after the last auction day.

Please make sure your bank wires the full amount. The auction house is not responsible for any fees deducted from your bank or any third party fee.

All items can be collected after the auction during our opening times.

Important

  • Goods must be collected no later than 15 days (applied to Belgian buyers) / 30 days (applied to international buyers) after the last auction day.
  • After this period, uncollected goods will be put in storage at the cost of the buyer. Regardless of the total amount of lots, a fixed storage fee of €30 is charged. Besides this fixed fee, a storage fee of € 20 per lot per week will be calculated and charged as well.
  • Collection of purchases is only possible if the auctioneer has received full payment, be it in cash, by card or by bank transfer.
  • The auction house is not in charge of the shipment of the purchased goods.
  • If the buyer wishes a third party to collect his/her purchase in his/her stead, the buyer needs to inform the auction house ahead of the pickup by mail or by filling the authorization form.

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The auction house is not in charge of the shipment of the purchased goods.

For recommendations and help regarding the pickup of your purchases please refer to our ‘Shipping Page’.

For original art, either of which the author is a living artist (from the EU) or for 70 years after the year of his/her death, a royalty right (copyright) will be payable on the hammer price.

4% on the portion of the sale price from € 0.01 to € 50,000
3% on the portion of the sale price from € 50,000.01 to € 200,000
1% on the portion of the sale price from € 200,000.01 to € 350,000
0.5% on the portion of the sale price from € 350,000.01 to € 500,000
0.25% on the portion of the sale price above € 500,000

For a hammer price smaller than € 2,000 no royalties are payable.

The maximum amount of the right may not exceed € 12,500.

Default sale is a legal procedure that, in the case of a public auction, is used when a buyer fails to pay the purchase price for one or more items (plus costs) within the prescribed deadline.

In such a case, the good(s) is/are again offered in the next auction.

There are two possibilities:

  1. The sale under default sale achieved a higher price than the first sale.
    In this case, the full purchase price (including the additional value) reverts in full to the original seller. The default purchaser cannot claim any further rights to the difference. On the contrary: the costs both negative and positive of the first failed sale are charged to him/her, and he/she should also be liable for the negative costs of the second sale.
  2. The sale under default sale achieved a lower price than the first sale.
    Just as above, the full sales price reverts to the original seller. The default purchaser must pay the negative difference and the costs both positive and negative of the first failed sale. In addition, he/she should also be liable for the negative costs of the second sale.

In case of transport and/or sale outside the European Union of ivory and any other species included in the minutes of the International UN Convention of 1975 regarding the trade in endangered species, an official CITES certificate is required. The purchaser can obtain this certificate at the Belgian Federal Government’s services, be it by him- or herself, or if needed, by the auctioneer’s intervention. If the auctioneer is charged with the request, the Government’s service charges will be the purchaser’s responsibility.

The auctioneer cannot be held responsible for any refuse or ban on sale by the Belgian CITES services.

Free trade of ivory and species as above is admitted within the EU if the items meet all legal requirements.

Import or free circulation in the US is only possible if the items are declared antiques by a recognized expert.

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