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GENERAL AUCTION TERMS AND CONDITIONS
I. Auction items, Auction Catalogue
1. The Auction House publishes an auction catalogue (hereinafter: 'Catalogue') with the auction items. The Auction items can be also viewed at the exhibition which precedes the auction. The descriptions and illustrations placed in the Catalogue serve for identification purposes only. The descriptions in the Catalogue are based on subjective expert opinions. The Catalogue underlines only those defects and deficiencies of the Auction items which may significantly decrease value of the given auction item. It is the Buyers' sole responsibility to ascertain about the condition of the Auction items prior to the auction and whether they are in line with the descriptions provided in the Catalogue.
2. The Catalogues of the Auction House are made available at the venue of and during the exhibition, as well as at the venue of and during the auction. The Auction House reserves the right to postpone the auctioning of specific items presented in the Catalogue, to change the starting prices, descriptions in the same or the order of subjecting the specific items to bid, as well as to withdraw the auctioning of the specific items listed in the Catalogue. In these cases, no damage claims or any other type of claims may be enforced against the Auction House.
II. Participation in auctions
1. Participation in the auction in person is possible only with an auction dial registered prior to the auction with the following data: name, address, e-mail address and phone number. The auction dial may be handed over to the person whose name, address, e-mail address and phone number have been registered. The use of the auction dial and the receipt of the Auction terms and conditions mean an implicit conduct that the Auction buyer has learned the Auction terms and conditions and accepts them as binding.
III. Absent Auction Buyer
1. If the Auction buyer opt for not being personally present in the auction, then the Auction House, based on the given purchase order, places the bids on behalf of the absent Auction buyer (principal). The Auction House accepts purchase orders during the exhibition. Please deliver your purchase orders to the registered office of the Auction House not later than 24 hours before the start time of the auction or using the [email protected] e-mail address.
2. The acceptance of a purchase order requires the payment of a 20% advance (the amount is considered as paid when credited to the bank account of the Auction House), to be repaid in the event of an unsuccessful bid. If the purchase order proves to be successful (the sales contract is entered with the absent Auction buyer as Buyer with regard to the Auction item), the amount of the advance - but not more than 20% of the Full price - qualifies as a deposit, and shall be counted in the purchase price if the sales contract is fulfilled. In other respects (deposit, payment deadline of the purchase price, handover of the Auction item etc.) the rules applicable to the Buyer present in person shall apply to the absent Auction buyer, as well. The Auction House may deviate from the advance in a separate agreement.
3. It is also possibe to hold auctions by phone. In this case a bank guarantee is required. If the called party proves to be unavailable for any reason, the Auction House assumes no liability for any telecommunication problem which may occur. In the event of orders submitted with the same amount, the order received the earliest is preferred. The deadline of applying for an auction held by phone is 12:00 on the day of auction. The payment of the advance specified in Section 2 of Chapter IV means a precondition for accepting the application.
4. If the Auction buyer pays the amount of the deposit or the purchase price by means of a bank transfer, the given amount must be transferred to the bank account held at MKB Bank under bank account no. 10300002-10703209-49020016 /IBAN: HU94 1030 0002 1070 3209 4902 0016/. It is also possible to pay the purchase price in EUR or USD. In this case, the basis of settlement is the central rate applied by the Central Bank of Hungary ('MNB') valid on the date of payment.
IV. The Auction
1. The auction process is managed by the auctioneer on behalf of the Auction House. It is the auctioneer who has the right to decide upon any issue arising during the auction, and against whose decisions no complaint or appeal may be made in any case. The auctioneer shall be responsible for the orderliness of the auction. For this purpose, the auctioneer shall be entitled to take any measures, give any instructions to maintain the orderliness of the auction, or - if necessary - to restore it. In the case of a person who disturbs the orderliness of the auction when held, the auctioneer shall have the right to remove such person from the given auction.
2. The auctioneer briefly presents the Auction items by word of mouth (as a general rule, in the order used in the Catalogue) and also announces the starting price - which may not exceed the lower estimated value -, while the Auction buyers make their bids by holding up the numbered auction dial with its full side directed to the auctioneer in a manner that the number is clearly visible thereon. If multiple bids are received for the same starting price, the auctioneer increases the price by the increments until only one bettor remains and the highest bid is accepted with regard to the hammer price, and until the sale is finally performed. Therefore, the right to purchase is acquired by the Auction buyer with the strike who makes the highest valid bid, except if the Hungarian state exercises its preemptive right granted in Act LXIV of 2001 on the Protection of Cultural Heritage (hereinafter: 'Cultural Heritage Act') in the case of a protected object. The items may not purchased at a price lower than the starting price.
3. The first bid must be equivalent with the starting price of the given auction item. The further bids are developed according to the increments as follows:
The last bid Amount of increase (HUF)
From 1,000 to 20,000 1,000
From 20,000 to 50,000 2,000
From 50,000 to 100,000 5,000
From 100,000 to 200,000 10,000
From 200,000 to 500,000 20,000
From 500,000 to 1,000,000 50,000
From 1,000,000 to 2,000,000 100,000
From 2,000,000 to 5,000,000 200,000
From 5,000,000 to 10,000,000 500,000
From 10,000,000 to 20,000,000 1,000,000
From 20,000,000 to 50,000,000 2,000,000
From 50.000.000 to 100.000.000 5.000.000
4. Any conduct is strictly prohibited which aims at the fraudulent manipulation of the auction, the bidding process or the hammer price or at the circumvention of the Auction terms and conditions. Furthermore, any cooperation or attempt is strictly prohibited which aims to convince third persons to make bids that far exceed the market price, thereby causing damage to third persons.
5. If the person of the buyer cannot be determined for any reason during the auction or afterwards - or it is doubtful -, then the auctioning of the auction item may be re-commenced.
6. The auction item already sold in the auction may not be returned by the Buyer, and it may not be repeatedly subjected to a bidding in the same auction either. The Auction buyers shall be entitled to request the re-auctioning of the auction items that were not sold at the end of the given auction. If the Buyer of a given auction item cannot be found or fails to contact for the item, then the Auction item concerned may be repeatedly subjected to an auction.
7. The currency used in the auctioning and the development of the purchase price is the forint (HUF). However, the Auction House shall have the right to publish the starting price also in EUR and USD - for information purposes -, as well as shall be entitled to enable the payment of the purchase price in EUR at the exchange rate valid on the date of the auction.
V. Payment of the purchase price, establishment of the sales contract
1. The Buyer acquires the ownership of the auction item if he/she has fully paid the purchase price and has taken over the auction item from the Auction House. The amount of the purchase price shall mean the hammer price and the auction commission altogether.
2. Upon his/her choice, the Buyer shall pay either the Full purchase price or at least 20% of the same as deposit in cash or by bank card to the Auction House, immediately. The Auction House makes it available for the Buyer to settle the part of the purchase price exceeding the deposit within 20 (twenty) business days from the date of the auction at the registered office of the Auction House (H-1055 Budapest, Falk Miksa utca 24-26.) or by means of bank transfer. In this case, the auction buyer shall be entitled to take over the object only if he/she has managed to pay the full purchase price within 20 business days from the date of the auction.
3. In the event of a payment by deadline, the amount of the deposit shall be calculated into the purchase price. If the Buyer rejects to sign the 'receipt of strike' or to pay the deposit, or fails to pay the Full purchase price, then the Auction House shall have the right withdraw from the sale. In the event of a withdrawal, the deposit provided by the Buyer will not be repaid. If the Auction House does not withdraw from the sale, then it shall be entited to claim default interest as provided in the Hungarian Civil Code.
4. In the case of a successful auction, the Auction House shall become entitled to auction commission, the amount of which is normally (in person, by phone, with absentee bid or online live auction trough our own platform www.bodogaleria.hu) 25% of the hammer price, payable by the Buyer. Trough other online live auction websites: (www.axioart.com, www.invaluable.com , www.liveauctioneers.com ) the commission is 30% of the hammer price.
VI. Protected auction items
1. The cultural goods designated for protection - or those which qualify as protected under the Cultural Heritage Act - may be taken out of the country in possession of the relevant authority's temporary permission (with the obligation to return them).
VII. Transport of the auction item
1. If the Buyer has paid the Full purchase price, then the Auction item may be taken over at the place of the auction.
2. Following the payment of the purchase price, the Buyer shall arrange for the transport of the object purchased at his/her own expense and risk. The Auction House is not required to provide safe packaging for the artwork, and ensures special packaging only at the Buyer's expense. In the event if the Buyer fails to transport the item, the Auction House shall not be held liable for any damage to the object or the loss of the same, and will charge a monthly storage fee of 5% (of the purchase price) from the 20th day of the payment date of the purchase price. The storage fee shall become due when the artwork is handed over.