CONDITIONS OF SALE
The Auction House Cornette de Saint
Cyr is a voluntary sales company governed
by the law of 10 July 2000. The Auction
House acts as agent for the seller
who enters into a contract for sale with
The auction sales organised by the Auction
House Cornette de Saint Cyr are hereby
subject to the following conditions
Goods put up for sale
Potential purchasers are invited to examine
the goods that might be of interest
to them during the exhibits which are organised
by the Auction House Cornette
de Saint Cyr before the auctions.
Condition reports may be requested
from the Auction House by letter, telephone
or electronic mail. They will be
sent free of charge but are to be used
for information only. The reports will include
the artistic and scientific information
known to the Auction House at the
date of the sale and the latter will not accept
any responsibility for errors or
The descriptions to be found in the catalogue
are drawn up by the Auction
House and where applicable by the expert
who assists the former, subject to
notices and corrections given when the
lot is presented and included in the bill
of sale. Sizes, weights and estimates
are given for information purposes only.
The coIours of the works included in the
catalogue may vary due to printing techniques.
The lack of information on the condition
of the goods in the catalogue will by no
means imply that the lot is in a perfect
state of preservation or free from restoration,
wear, cracks, relining or other imperfection.
The goods are sold in the state they are
found at the time of sale.
As the prior exhibit has enabled potential
purchasers to examine the object, no
claim will be accepted once the hammer
has gone down.
ln the event of a withdrawal of an article
prior to the sale by a depositor and after
the publication of the catalogue or, in
the event of a modification to the minimum
price rendering it impossible to
put the article up for sale immediately,
the seller will be obliged to pay the purchaser
and seller fees calculated on the
basis of the median estimate stipulated
in the catalogue to the Auction House
Cornette de Saint Cyr by way of compensation.
The article which has been
withdrawn will not be returned to the
seller until the aforementioned fees are
paid. If no payment is forthcoming, the
article will be put up for sale once again
in line with the terms of the initial sale
The auction sales are carried out in the
order of the catalogue numbers.
The bidders are invited to make themselves
known to the Auction House Cornette
de Saint Cyr before the sale to ensure
that their personal details are recorded
Bidders are generally present in the
However, any bidder who would like to
place an absentee bid in writing or bid
by telephone may use the form, intended
for this purpose, to be found at the
end of the sale catalogue or on the site
www.cornette.auction.fr. The form
should be sent to the Auction House
Cornette de Saint Cyr together with a
bank identification slip [RIB in France] or
bank details at least two days before the
sale. The Auction House Cornette de Saint
Cyr will deal with auction sales by telephone
and absentee bids free of charge.
In all cases, the Auction House Cornette
de Saint Cyr cannot be held responsible
for a problem with the telephone link
along with an error or omission in the
execution of the absentee bids received.
ln the event of two identical absentee
bids, preference will be given to the earliest
absentee bid. The bidder who is
present in the room shall have priority
over an absentee bid should the two
bids be of equivalent amounts. The successful
bidder will be deemed to be the
individual who has made the highest
In the event of a double bid which
is confirmed as such by the auctioneer,
the lot will be put up for sale again and
any or all persons present will have the
right to take part in the second sale by
Sales are to be paid for in cash and in
Payment must be paid immediately after
the sale. In the event that the successful
bidder has not given their personal information
before the sale, they will be required
to provide proof of identity and
ln addition to the hammer price, purchasers
will be required to pay the folIowing
costs and taxes per lot and per block:
- from 1 to 20 000 euros: 24 % before tax
(28,70 % inclusive of tax except for
books 25,68 % inclusive of tax)
- from 20 001 euros to 600.000 euros: 20% before
tax (23,92 % inclusive of tax except for
books 21,40% inclusive of tax)
- above 600.001 euros: 12% before tax
(14,35 % inclusive of tax except for
books 12,84% inclusive of tax)
For lots from countries outside the European
Union, import tax will be added
For lots with numbers preceded by the
sign: * additional tax at 7 % of the hammer
For lots with numbers preceded by the
sign: ** additional tax at 19.6 %
of the hammer price.
The successful bidder may pay using
one of the following methods:
- in cash within the limits of the legislation
- by bank transfer.
- by cheque, with the presentation of
identity papers being compulsory.
Cheques drawn on a foreign bank will
only be accepted provided prior consent
is obtained from the Auction House Cornette
de Saint Cyr. Purchasers are advised
to provide a letter of credit from
their bank for on amount which is close
to their intended purchase figure.
- by bank card except American Express.
Failure to pay
ln the event of failure to pay the hammer
price and fees, formal notice will be sent
to the purchaser by registered letter with
acknowledgement of receipt.
ln the event of failure to pay at the end of the
deadline of one month after the sending
of the formal notice, the purchaser will
be required to pay an additional fee of 10 %
of the hammer price, with a minimum of
250 euros, to cover collection costs.
The fact that this clause is applied will
not hinder the awarding of damages and
costs for the legal proceedings which
will be required, and does not exclude
the article being put up for sale again in
a new auction [French procedure called
"folle enchère" - a crazy bid] which is governed
by article L 321 -14 of the Commercial
Within the framework of the folle enchère
procedure, the Auction House hereby
reserves the right to claim for the
payment of the difference belween the
initial hammer price and the subsequent
hammer price obtained from the folle
enchère procedure, if it is lower, together
with the costs incurred due to the
second Auction sale from the defaulting
The Auction House Cornette de Saint
Cyr hereby reserves the right to offset
against the amounts owed to the defaulting
successful bidder. Furthermore, the
Auction House Cornette de Saint Cyr hereby
reserves the right to exclude any or
all successful bidder who has not complied
with these conditions of sale from
its future auction sales.
Collection of purchases
No lot will be handed over to the purchasers
before all of the amounts owed are
ln the event of payment with a non-certified
cheque or by bank transfer, delivery
of the articles may be differed until
receipt of the amounts owed. As soon
as the auction sale is concluded, the articles
will be placed under the purchaser's
With regard to the collection of lots
which have not been taken on the date
of sale, you are advised to contact the
Auction House Cornette de Saint Cyr beforehand
on +33 (0)1 47 27 11 24.
An appointment can be made to collect
small paintings and objects of art at 46
avenue Kléber, 75116 Paris,
from Monday to Friday from 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
and from 2.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. (5.00
p.m. on Fridays).
Fifteen days of free storage
is offered. Thereafter, it will be invoiced
at 36 euros inclusive of tax per
month and per lot, in other words 9
euros inclusive of tax per week and per
lot. If the article is collected after the beginning
of the week payment for a full
week will be requested.
Furniture and generally speaking any
bulky articles are kept at our partner's
warehouse. Storage costs are to be paid
by the purchaser and will be invoiced directly
by our partners to the purchaser
and in line with the tariffs in force. The
Auction House will not be responsible
for the storage of articles.
Transport of the lots is to be carried out
at the successful bidder's expense and
under their full responsibility.
The export of the works of art considered
as "cultural goods" must be authorized
by the Ministry for the Arts (see
article L 111-2 of the Patrimony Code).
The export in a country of the European
Union requires a certificate of export issued
by the Ministry of the Arts in a
delay that can take 4 months.
This certificate could be asked by the
Auction House on behalf of the buyer
after the sale.
The export in a country out of the European
Union requires a certificate of export,
more an export licence and a
In this case, the buyer has to pass
through a transit company in order to
ask for these export authorizations.
The Ministry of the Arts issues or refuses
the certificate of export in a maximum
delay of 4 months and the licence
export need two weeks more to be obtained.
The documents required must be presented
to the customs officers.
The law punishes of penalties the person
who exports or tries to export a cultural
good without the authorizations
required (see article L 114-1 of the Patrimony
The works of art are considered as cultural
goods according to their age (generally
from 50 years) and their value (price
with taxes included) which varies by categories
(euros 150 000 or more for paintings,
euros 15 000 or more for prints...).
These thresholds are set by the decree
n° 93-124 of the 29th January 1993 and
by the European Regulation of the 18th
December 2008 (n° 116/2009).
The Auction House can not be responsible
for the delay or the refusal of export
certificate from the Ministry for the Arts.
Governing law and jurisdiction
These conditions of sale are governed
by French low. Any or all dispute relating
to the wording, validity and performance
will be settled by the court or competent
jurisdiction in Paris.
Hammer prices can be found on the internet
or upon request at the following telephone
number +33 (0) 1 47 27 11 24.