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Conditions of Sale
Conditions of Sale for Bidders at WestLicht Photo Auctions
(Peter Coeln GmbH)
1) By submitting an absentee or telephone bid, making an on-line bid offer or by personal participation in an
action each and every bidder agrees to abide by the following conditions of sale. These conditions also
apply to subsequent sales. Where there is a conflict of meaning due to errors of translation, the German
text, as printed in the auction catalogue, is binding. Commission bids and personal information of those
submitting lots for sale and bidders will be dealt with by WestLicht Auctions in the strictest confidence and
will not be passed on to third parties.
2) The auction is public and voluntary and will be conducted in accordance with the regulations set forth in
paragraph 288a ff of the Trade Regulations of 1997 and also in accordance with these conditions of sale.
The auction will be conducted in our client's name and for our client's account. Place of jurisdiction is
Vienna. Austrian law is also binding on all foreign bidders.
3) The valuation and expert description of objects will be carried out by the experts of WestLicht Auctions
who will take all reasonable care to describe the condition of the lots in the catalogue as accurately as
possible. Possible flaws or defects in the objects on offer will normally be noted and the objects will be
evaluated according to normal international categories (A,B etc.). The meaning of the categories will be
explained in detail in the catalogue. However WestLicht Auctions explicitly draws your attention to the fact
that the objects are offered as collector's items (showcase items) and that the sale of them gives rise to
neither warranty nor responsibility for any visible or invisible defects whatsoever. All errors in the catalogue
are excepted. WestLicht Auctions also reserves the right to amend any description up to the time of
auction. Auctioned items cannot be returned (see also paragraph 12).
4) Viewing of the objects intended for the auction is possible within the period stipulated in the catalogue. If it
is not possible for a bidder to view an object in person, we will be happy to forward them a more detailed
description of the technical and optical condition. This information may be given by telephone, in writing, or
by email. Additional photos can only be sent by e-mail. During both viewing and the auction visitors and
bidders should exercise the greatest of care since they will be responsible for any damage caused in full.
5) Written bids may be submitted prior to the start of the auction (by letter, fax, e-mail or an on-line offer
through our home-page). Written purchase orders must reach the auctioneer at least 24 hours before the
start of the auction and must be clearly legible. In order to be taken into account they must also contain
the client's exact address as well as their highest bid in EURO. The price specified therein will be regarded
as the highest hammer price. In the case of a successful bid, all additional charges will be added to the
bill. We carry out written bids scrupulously, the highest bid designated therein only being made use of
when other offers (written or verbal in the auction rooms) make it necessary to do so in the interest of the
bidder. Telephone bids are only possible on lots worth more than EURO 500 exclusive of charges. In the
case of telephone bids too, it is necessary that the intention to bid by phone be deposited in writing with
the auctioneer at least 24 hours prior to the auction. Telephone bidders will then be called by WestLicht
Auctions before bidding starts on the relevant lots. However, there can be no guarantee that a telephone
connection can, in fact, be made. After having been legitimated by means of an identification document or
credit card, auction-room bidders will be given a bidder number before the auction starts.
6) All prices in the catalogue and in the conditions of sale are in EURO. These are the start prices and thus
also the reserve price. Offers under these prices cannot be taken into account. In the case of lots subject
to margin tax and such that are offered in the name and for the account of the Consignor, a 20%
surcharge is charged, including statutory VAT.
VAT will not be added if the sale is made to a country which is not a member of the European Union (third
country) and the legal requirements are satisfied and proof of export is supplied.
If agreement is reached with us to make payment with a credit card an additional 3% will be charged. The
buyer is responsible for the validity of the credit card and for the authorization of the purchase price by the
credit card company.
For purchases using an online/live bidding service the premium is 23% instead of 20%.
7) The lots will be auctioned in numerical order as listed in the catalogue. The German text of the auction
catalogue is binding. The auctioneer reserves the right to group numbered lots together during the auction,
to separate them, to remove or to change the order as he sees fit. He may refuse an offer and rescind an
accepted bid in order to continue bidding.
8) Bids will be in increments of approx. 10% of the starting price. As a rule the start price is the one to be
found in the catalogue unless there have been higher written bids. In this case the auctioneer will call a bid
favoring the highest bidder. This will be approx. 10% higher than the written offer made by the second
highest bidder. Should there be more than one written, highest bid, the lot will be awarded to the first to
arrive. The hammer price is the net purchase price.
9) Ownership of the goods only passes to the buyer after payment in full has been made. When a lot is
hammered down, the acquirer is obligated to accept and pay for the lot for which he bid. In no
circumstances will the auctioneer accept the return of any lots. Once the hammer has fallen all risk with
regard to the article is transferred to the acquirer. However, the lot will only be delivered to the acquirer
after full payment of the hammer price including all taxes, fees and charges due.
Should agreement be reached to deliver the item before full payment has been made, ownership of the
article in question remains vested in the supplier until payment has been made in full.
10) In the absence of an agreement to the contrary, at the end of the auction bidders in the auction rooms
must collect and pay for the lots they have acquired. Where payment is to be made by bank transfer, the
total purchase price is due immediately together with any bank charges. Invoices for the items acquired
either in writing or by telephone will be sent to the highest bidder immediately after the end of the auction.
These must be paid within 8 days of receipt, in full and without deduction. Where payment is delayed
interest will be due at a rate 5% above the prevailing rate of the Austrian National Bank. Payment may
also be made by cash on delivery, money or postal order or banker's check. The acquirer accepts
responsibility for all expenses involved in these methods of payment. Costs relating to packing, transport
and transport insurance are not included and will be separately detailed on invoices. We would also like to
bring to your attention that we only invoice for packaging at cost price and that because of agreements
reached with transport companies we can offer favorable transport and insurance rates. Nevertheless,
storage and packaging is at the buyer's own risk.
11) In the case of refusal to accept delivery or late payment, the buyer is liable for all damages and costs
arising there from. In either of these cases the auctioneer may require that either the contract be fulfilled or
damages resulting from non-fulfillment be paid. The lots may then be auctioned again at the expense of
the buyer. In this case the buyer is liable for the reserve price and has no claim on any additional revenue
12) Auctioned items cannot be returned. However, any case of obvious misrepresentation (except technical
flaws or defects as described in paragraph 3) must be reported immediately after the auction verbally or in
writing not more than 14 days thereafter. If the complaint is accepted as valid, the buyer has a right to the
repayment of the purchase price and charges upon simultaneous return of the auctioned object. No other
claims will be entertained.
13) After completion of the auction we are entitled to sell any non-auctioned items subject to the normal
conditions of business in the name of, and for the account of, the supplier.
Auction House will help to arrange shipment at buyers expense.