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  1. The Auction House is charged with selling the assigned lots in the name of and on the behalf of the Seller, be it an actual person or a company of any kind. The effects of the sale, even in the case of inadvertent handling or sale of the goods that come from an illegal origin, is a Seller’s responsibility, even when the Seller is a company of any kind. The Auction House waives all responsibility in such cases, other than the instructions from the Seller and of the Buyer.
  2. The sale is won by Buyer wh bsd higher. The Auction House does not accept transferral of the purchased lots to third parties. The Auction House deems the successful bidder the one and only responsible for the payment. Any participation to an auction on behalf of third parties must be communicated to and approved by the Acuion House, by writing to the Auction House before the auction.
  3. Evaluations are mere indications of the price and are expressed in Euros. For legal sales such as repossessions, the evaluations may be preceded by the letters b.a. (from the Italian base d’asta or "starting price") i.e. the minimum price at which a lot can be sold; val. (the price set at the lot valuation set by the auction house); or o.l. (from the Italian offerta libera or open to offers), in case the lot is sold to the highest bidder without a minimum starting price. The lot descriptions are mere opinions and the Auction House is not responsible for any inaccuracies. Lots may present imperfections, signs of wear and tear of the time, even in the absence of the word "defects", “flaws” or similar in the description. Any objections must be presented in a written form within 15 days of the awarding of the lot - if the objection is deemed as valid, the lot may be returned to the Auction House, and the amount paid for the lot will be returned to the Buyer without further objections or claims regarding the lot.
    For all goods sold at an auction, the relationship between Viscontea Casa d’Aste and the Seller will close 60 working days after the end of the auction. Upholding the application of the terms of decadence required by law, once Viscontea have been paid by the Buyer and have paid the Seller, any disputes must be written and resolved straightly with the Seller who have authorized Viscontea to pass on their details when requested to the Buyer.
  4. Traditional auctions will be preceded by a viewing period during which the sales director and his team will be available to answer your queries. All objects are sold in the same conditions the Buyers saw them on the viewing day.
  5. The auction house can accept purchase commissions (written offers or telephone offers) on lots sold as instructed by the Seller. The lots will always be awarded to the highest offerer among all the offerers and above the reserved price. The Auction House, though acting with maximum diligence, waives all responsibility for any eventual errors that may happen whilst executing telephone or written absentee offers. The written offers form and telephone offers should be filled in fully as per instructions in the How to buy section. Bids with an unlimited offer price will not be accepted. The Buyer must provide a valid identity document and a national insurance number that will then be held by Viscontea on their registration. In the rare case of identical written offers, the lot will be awarded to the offer Viscontea Casa d’Aste received first.

    Given the limited number of telephone lines, the Auction House restricts the right to not accept a request for a telephone call-back during the auction from clients who have a track record of taking part in auctions without demonstrating a real intention to buy (as judged by the Auction House).

    Viscontea Casa d'Aste also offers an online bidding service via live auctions marketplaces for bidders who cannot attend the sale. By filling out the bidder registration and providing credit card details, the Buyer agrees with Viscontea Casa d'Aste's Terms and Condition.
  6. The Buyer will pay an auction fee, for each lot, equivalent to 24% of the final sale price after VAT and other tax obligations.
    Please note that any lots purchased via live auctions marketplaces will be subject to an additional commission charge on the hammer price, as written in their conditions.
  7. The Auction House restricts the right at its own judgement to issue a caution to anyone who wishes to take part in an auction - in person, via written offer or telephone participation.
  8. During the auction, the Auctioneer has the right to put together or split up the lots.
  9. The lots are sold by the sales director. In case of a dispute, the disputed lot will be put back to auction in the same session with a starting price equivalent to the last offer received. All the offers from the Auction Room always prevail over identical written offers and telephone offers. The Auction House, in such cases can use CCTV video and telephone recording during the sale.
  10. The total payment of the allotment price and the auction fees can be immediately claimed by the Auction House. Under all circumstances the final payment must be made within 7 days from the sale
  11. All bought and paid lots must be collected within 15 days from the sale, unless agreed otherwise with Viscontea Casa d'Aste and except for lots that require the export license, that will take 15 days starting from the moment in which the authorizations are ready. The auction house does not directly deal with packaging and shipping, but has a collaboration with a shipping company that can take care of the entire procedure, if the customer requests it. Following this period, the Auction House will be exempt from all responsibility for the safe storage and custody, and any eventual deterioration of the goods. After the 15 day expiry, a daily cost of storage of € 10,00 per day will be charged. The goods will also be transported to an external storage site at the Buyer’s expense and risk.
  12. The Buyers are requested to read and observe all laws relating to the purchased objects, and are requested to pay particular attention to the law D.Lgs. 22.01.2004 n. 42 (c.d. Codice dei Beni Culturali - the law on cultural related goods) and ss.mm. The export of goods is regulated by the above-mentioned law, Customs Law and Tax Law - which must all be observed. The Auction House waives all responsibility concerning restrictions on movement and exportation of the goods that the Buyer may come across with.
  13. In case of dispute with the Italian State, the Buyer and the Seller cannot make a claim (inclusive compensation or repayment) against the Auction House.
  14. Any dispute will be resolved at the Foro di Milano.
  15. By taking part to our auctions, you automatically accepts these conditions.

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