Conditions of Sale
Neumeister Münchener Kunstauktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG
- NEUMEISTER Münchener Kunstauktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG (hereinafter “Auctioneer”), as commissioner, will hold a public action of goods on its own behalf and for the accounts of the consignors (hereinafter “Principals”), who shall remain unnamed. The auction is voluntary.
- The prices listed in the catalogue are estimated prices and not minimum reserve prices.
- All bidders buy on their own behalf and own account unless they furnish proof of proxy before bidding. Written or telephone bids must be submitted 24 hours before the auction at the latest, stating the item of interest, the lot number and the price offered, the latter deemed to be the amount of the bid excluding the buyer’s premium and VAT. Inaccuracies or ambiguities will be decided at the expense of the bidder. The lot number is decisive in case of doubt. In the case of telephone votes, no guarantee of the availability of a telephone connection can be given. For telephone bidders, the minimum bid is equal to the estimated price. Given the legal uncertainties associated with e-mails, no liability can be accepted for our consideration of e-mail bids.
- The Auctioneer reserves the right to combine or separate lot numbers, to call up lots out of the order shown in the catalogue, or to withdraw them. A bid may be called at half the estimated price unless higher written or telephone bids have already been submitted. Bidding increments are at the discretion of the auctioneer and are generally 10%.
- The auctioneer may impose conditions on the knockdown or decline it for specific reasons. If several bidders place the same bid and no higher bid is placed after three calls, the lot decides the knockdown. If the auctioneer has overlooked a higher bid made at the right time and that bidder made an immediate complaint, or if there are doubts regarding the knockdown, the auctioneer is authorised up to the end of the auction to repeat an already made knockdown in favour of a specific bidder or to auction the item again. In this case the previous knockdown is invalid. If no knockdown is made despite a bid being placed, the liability of the auctioneer towards the bidder is restricted to cases of intent or gross negligence.
- The work is knocked down to the winning bidder when no higher bid has been placed after calling a bid three times. The auctioneer may knock down the work at a conditional hammer price, particularly if the reserve specified by the consignor has not been reached. In this case the bidder is bound to his/her bid for a period of three weeks. If the bid is not accepted unconditionally within this period it expires. If the bid is not accepted or if another bidder bids the reserve price, the item may be given to a higher bidder without consulting the bidder of the conditional bid. The bidder of the conditional bid is responsible for verifying the acceptance of his/her bid. A written notification sent to the address provided by the bidder is sufficient for the knockdown to become effective.
- Upon knockdown, the object must be accepted and payment made. The risk of any damage, loss or confusion related to the item auctioned is transferred to the buyer upon knockdown; the buyer is responsible for any related costs or expenses. The risk of the export licence or its issuing lies with the buyer.
- Depending on the specifications made by the consignor, the sale is subject to differential taxation or standard taxation. This must be stated before the auction. Under differential taxation, a buyer’s premium of 27% plus droit de suite (right of resale fee) where applicable are charged on the knockdown price; these extra charges include VAT, which is not shown separately in the invoice. Standard taxation may be applied where the buyer is an entrepreneur entitled to deduct input tax on art and antiquities. Under standard taxation, the purchase price comprises the knockdown price plus a 22% surcharge; this amount forms the basis for the calculation of statutory VAT and droit de suite where applicable. This calculation is standardised under Art. 26 German Copyright Act (UrhG). If the purchased items are exported by the buyer to an address in a third country (outside the EU), the VAT paid will be reimbursed when the buyer submits the export document to the auctioneer. The purchase price is due upon knockdown. Invoices issued during or immediately after the auction must be verified; errors excepted.
- Payment must be made to the auctioneer in cash in EUR (€). All types of cashless payment may only be accepted after special agreement as conditional payment. The auctioneer accepts no liability for the timely presentation, protest, notification or return of cheques or bills that have not been honoured. Where the auctioneer agrees to cashless payment, all costs, taxes and fees related to the payment (including bank charges charged to the auctioneer) will be borne by the purchaser. The auctioneer is not obliged to hand over the item purchased before payment of the full amount owed by the buyer has been completed (in the case of cashless payments, only after unconditional confirmation of the bank credit). Ownership remains conditional until full payment of all charges and sums owed to the auctioneer by the buyer has been made The buyer may only offset claims against the auctioneer where such claims are undisputed or res judicata. Any rights of retention for the buyer which arise from a different contractual relationship are excluded.
- In the case of default, interest at 1% per calendar month or part thereof will be charged. The auctioneer may, at its own discretion, choose to fulfil the purchase agreement or, after fruitless expiry of an appropriate period of grace, demand compensation for non-fulfilment. In this case compensation may be arranged in the form of a repeat auction of the item, in which the defaulting buyer is responsible for any loss made by the renewed sale of the item and for all costs of the repeat auction including the buyer’s premium. In this case the buyer is not permitted to submit a new bid and has no claim to any surplus proceeds made on the renewed sale of the item.
- The buyer undertakes to collect his/her purchase immediately after the auction. If the buyer delays in complying with this obligation and fails to collect the purchase despite receiving a reminder, the auctioneer may demand compensation for the delay by re-auctioning the item and calculating the amount of compensation as described above for default on payment. From the point of knockdown, the auctioned item is stored with the auctioneer on the account and at the risk of the buyer. The auctioneer is entitled but not obliged to take out insurance for the item at the expense of the buyer or take other measures to secure the value of the item. The auctioneer may store uncollected purchases with a third party on behalf and on the account of the buyer at any time. Where the item is stored by the auctioneer, the auctioneer may demand payment of a standard storage fee (plus processing costs). Shipping is only undertaken at the request of, and according to instructions by, the buyer and at the buyer’s expense and risk.
- All items to be sold at auction can be viewed and inspected prior to the sale. The items are used and are sold “as is”, without any liability for material defects on the part of the auctioneer and under the exclusion of any warranty. The information in the catalogue was compiled to the best of the publisher’s knowledge and does not constitute a warranty in any legal sense (Sections 434 ff. German Civil Code (BGB). It is intended for information purposes only and is not a constituent element of any contractually agreed quality or characteristic features. The same applies to information of all kinds (description of condition), whether verbal or in writing. Likewise, as the condition of the items is not mentioned in detail in the catalogue, failure to provide information does not constitute an agreement concerning quality or characteristic features. All items will be sold in the same condition as they were at knockdown.
- However, in cases of deviations from catalogue descriptions where these deviations nullify or not insignificantly reduce the value or fitness for purpose of the items and which are reported within a period of one year from the date of knockdown, the auctioneer undertakes to exercise his/her rights against the consignor, with legal recourse if necessary. In the case of a successful claim against the consignor, the auctioneer will refund the buyer’s purchase price only, excluding any other costs and expenses incurred by the buyer. Liability for defects on the part of the auctioneer is excluded.
- Claims for compensation on the grounds of defects, loss or damage of the object sold, irrespective of the legal basis of said claims, or claims incurred because of deviations from catalogue information or from information from other sources, are excluded unless the auctioneer, its legal representatives, employees, assistants or vicarious agents have acted with intent or gross negligence or have breached material obligations. Liability for damages resulting from injury to life, limb or health remains unaffected; otherwise Section 12 applies.
- The place of jurisdiction and fulfilment, where its agreement is possible, is Munich. German law applies. The UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods of 11 April 1980 (CISG; German Federal Statutory Gazette (BGBl.) 89 II) shall not apply. If one of these provisions is or becomes invalid in whole or in part, the validity of the remaining provisions shall remain unaffected. The invalid provision shall be replaced by a valid provision that most nearly approaches the commercial content and purpose of the invalid provision.
- These Conditions of Auction apply likewise to any subsequent private sale of items by the auctioneer to a buyer.
- Catalogue items marked with an asterisk * will be subject to a 22% buyer’s premium on the knockdown price; this net invoice price (knockdown price and buyer’s premium) is subject to statutory VAT (standard taxation). Invoices issued during or immediately after the auction must be inspected; errors excepted.
Conditions of Sale
Terms and conditions of sale by auction
NEUMEISTER Münchener Kunstauktionshaus GmbH & Co.KG
NEUMEISTER Münchener Kunstauktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG (hereinafter “NEUMEISTER”) undertakes to sell the art works listed in the contract on its own behalf and for the account of the consignor, acting as a commission agent in this process and under the following conditions.
The consignor confirms that he/she is the legitimate owner of the items for auction with power of disposal over the items, or is authorised to act on behalf of the owner. The contract will be subject to the terms of the German Ordinance on Commercial Auctions of 24 April 2003 in the version of 9 March 2010.
- The items for auction will be stored in NEUMEISTER’s storage facilities free of charge until the auction is completed.
- Storage is at the risk of the consignor. NEUMEISTER accepts liability only in the case of breach of the terms of contract with intent or gross negligence. The consignor is responsible for furnishing proof of intent and gross negligence and for reporting any damage immediately. Given this, NEUMEISTER takes out insurance against fire, theft, burglary and breakage. The price of this insurance premium is shown separately in the invoice. Upon concluding this auction contract, NEUMEISTER assigns its claims against the insurance company to the consignor. The consignor accepts the assignment.
- The items are knocked down in accordance with the attached Conditions of Auction, which are a constituent part of this auction contract. In the case of items for which a reserve (minimum price) has been specified, NEUMEISTER may bid up to the reserve price on behalf of the consignor. Where the consignor has not specified a reserve price, the auctioneer may make the knockdown at its own discretion. If the work is knocked down at a conditional hammer price, the bidder is bound to his/her bid for three weeks. The consignor must announce its decision in a timely fashion enabling the bidder to be notified during the normal course of business. The auctioneer will not knock down gold and silver items at prices below the metal value.
- The target price given in the catalogue is the price estimated by NEUMEISTER at its own discretion. The consignor will refrain from requesting estimates or valuations, including those for gold and silver items, from publicly sworn and appointed experts or experts designated by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
- The consignor will leave any unsold items from the auction with NEUMEISTER for three weeks after the auction, for inclusion in a post-auction sale. In this case the sale price is the reserve specified by the consignor unless NEUMEISTER has determined a price at its own discretion.
- The consignor instructs NEUMEISTER to calculate the proceeds due to him/her under these conditions of contract and to make payment of same. Consignors subject to Value Added Tax will additionally be reimbursed for the statutory Value Added Tax as soon as they submit confirmation of its due payment to the tax authorities.
- Upon the expiry of a period of five weeks after the auction, NEUMEISTER is entitled to transfer any unsold items from the auction or post-auction sale to a freight company for storage or return at the expense and risk of the consignor, or to charge a storage fee.
- NEUMEISTER will charge the consignor a commission for each lot number, comprising the commissions given in the contract plus processing costs (including costs of placing photographs in the printed or online catalogue(s)). In addition, the consignor will reimburse NEUMEISTER for any cash payments made for packaging, postage and transport and will reimburse the costs of any repairs made on the basis of special agreements and the costs of any expert appraisals. Items for auction that were purchased by the consignor personally or by a third party on the consignor’s behalf are deemed to have been sold to a third party.
- The consignor assumes full warranty for all information made by him/her concerning the art works for auction and will indemnify NEUMEISTER for all claims asserted by third parties concerning the auction. In particular, the consignor will be liable for all material defects and defects of title of the items submitted for auction under application of the commercial terms of the German Civil Code (BGB). Where major defects are discovered during processing of the items consigned, NEUMEISTER will be entitled to withdraw from the contract. If prosecution results, the consignor undertakes to pay the costs of proceedings in advance and to pay any costs suffered by NEUMEISTER. NEUMEISTER’s liability to the consignor is limited to cases of breach of duty resulting from intent or gross negligence.
- The consignor generally receives the invoice six weeks after the auction as well as his/her proceeds, where the purchase price has been received by NEUMEISTER during that time. NEUMEISTER is permitted to offset this payment against other claims of NEUMEISTER against the consignor and may deduct any commission, other costs and cash outlays (see Section 8 of these Conditions) owed to the auction house by the consignor. If the buyer fails to meet his/her payment obligations, NEUMEISTER is entitled to take legal action on its own behalf but at the consignor’s expense and with the consignor’s agreement, and may demand payment and charge default interest. NEUMEISTER will be liable to the consignor for any proceeds of the auction due to the consignor only after the buyer has received the consigned item sold at auction.
- If the contract is dissolved at the request of the consignor, the consignor will be responsible for compensating NEUMEISTER for any cash outlay or other expenses. If the contract is dissolved at the request of NEUMEISTER by mutual agreement, the consignor undertakes to reimburse NEUMEISTER for the expenses and costs described in Section 8. Calculations must be based on the reserve prices specified by the consignor or, alternatively, the prices estimated by NEUMEISTER.
- The parties agree that the consignor is informed of the place and time of the auction. Agreements and changes in reference to these conditions must be submitted in written form. Statements by NEUMEISTER are only binding when confirmed in writing. The place of jurisdiction and fulfilment, where its agreement is possible, is Munich. German law applies. The UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods of 11 April 1980 (CISG, German Federal Statutory Gazette (BGBl.) 89 II) shall not apply.
- Where droit de suite (Art. 26 German Copyright Act (UrhG)) applies, the consignor for whose account the object has been auctioned undertakes to pay half of the amount due. 14. If one of these provisions is or becomes invalid in whole or in part, the validity of the remaining provisions shall remain unaffected. The invalid provision shall be replaced by a valid provision that most nearly approaches the commercial content and purpose of the invalid provision.