How to buy
How to buy at a traditional auction
4 ways to participate:
1. At our Auction House
Show up at our auction house on the day of the Auction or during a exhibition day with a valid identity document and fill out the required forms.
2. By written offer
You can also give Viscontea Casa d’Aste the right to bid on your behalf. You must establish your maximum offers beforehand by filling out the Bidding Form and following the instructions in the Place a bid section. If you prefer, once registered, you can make you bid directly on our website.
3. By phone
You can also request a telephone call from Viscontea Casa D’Aste regarding an object that you are interested to. To request a telephone call, you will have to register your interest by filling out the Bidding Form (instructions in the Place a bid section) before the auction starts. Telephone offers are only accepted on bids over € 500.
4. Online live bidding
To take part to the auction in real time, while sitting in front of your computer, tablet or smartphone, you will need to register on LiveAuctioneers, Invaluable, Drouot Digital or Bidspirit, accepting their conditions.
- If you do not already have an account on one of these platforms, you have to create a new one. Click here to create your LiveAuctioneers's account (click LOG IN at the top right of the page and then Join), here to create your Invaluable's account, here to create your Drouot Digital's account or here to create your Bidspirit's account (click REGISTRATION at the top left of the page and then SEND).
- subscribe to our auction from your account within one hour before auction starts. Click here to go directly to our catalogue on LiveAuctioneers, here on Invaluable, here on Drouot Digital or here on Bidspirit.
How to buy at an Online Timed Auction
How to take part to an online timed auction:
Register by filling out the form and attaching a copy of a valid identity document. Click here to create your account.
2. Make your offer
Once you logged in, you can enter the screen to "Online timed auction". Click on the lot of your interest and leave your offer by filling out the appropriate form you will find in the "Leave an offer" section.
The minimum raise must at least match the starting price for the first offer or be higher than the last bid made, which is called "current bid". Raises work as shown in the following diagram. You can raise several times until the expiry of the available time or, by clicking the icon "automatic bid", to leave the system to bid on your behalf up to the maximum indicated by you. The relaunching mode used by the system is shown in the following diagram. Please, pay attention: once you bid, you cannot delete or withdraw your offer.
In case your offer is exceeded, you will be notified by e-mail to the address you left when you registered.
In the case of more offers of the same amount, including those from "automatic bid", the buyer who offered first will win the lot.
Buyers wishing to bid on one or more lots, can click on the star icon to add the lots to their list of favourites.
How our auctions work
1. The auctions
Auctions are open to the public with no obligation to buy.
2. The auction catalogue
Auction and estimates indicated in the catalogue are stated in Euros.
Estimates are simple evaluations based on an the average market price for comparable works of art and on the condition and quality of the item.
Any statement regarding the artist, the date, the origin, the provenance and the condition are just an opinion and not necessarily factual. Lots may present imperfections, signs of wear and tear of time, even in the absence of the words "defects", “flaws” or similar in the description. Potential buyers are allowed to consult or be accompanied by trusted experts during the viewing days. All information pertaining to the lot, including all existing documentation, are given in the description of the item. If there is not any information about it, it means that the lot does not have specific information. Regarding the jewelry, buyers can ask the Auction House for the written expertise, that will be issued by a qualified gemologist.
3. Bidding paddle
By filling out and signing the bidding form, potential buyers undertake to accept the "terms of sale", considering also that the sale might be under video recording. After having filled out and signed the bidding form, potential buyers will be given a numbered bidding paddle.
Anyone acting on behalf of a buyer must show an adequate written authorization. All potential buyers must show a valid form of personal identification, and must use the bidding paddle to indicate to the auctioneer their offers during the auction.
The bidding paddle must be returned to the Auction House at the end of the sale. Upon presenting their written offers or telephone offers, all potential buyers are required to provide the following bank details:
C/C n°......................... ABI.......................... CAB..................... IBAN...............................
and authorize Viscontea Casa d'Aste Srl, in the form of their legal representative, to engage in any types of verification process.
4. Auction rights
The buyer has to pay the auction rights as well - equivalent to 24% of the hammer price. Please, note that any lots purchased via live auction marketplaces will be subject to an additional commission charge on the hammer price, as written in their conditions.
5. I.V.A. / VAT
The auction fee is inclusive of VAT - art. 40-bis, D.L. 41/1995, - L. 85/1995.
6. Lots sold by people subject to VAT
Viscontea Casa d'Aste S.r.l. is acting on behalf of the sellers on the basis of a mandate with representation and therefore does not substitute a third party in accounting reports. Lots sold by people subject to VAT will be invoiced taking into account the VAT applied by the seller, and will be marked with an asterisk.
7. Lots under judicial proceedings
On lots under judicial proceedings (inheritance, bankruptcy, reclaims etc.) it will be applied a commission of .....%.
If subject to VAT it will applied a rate of 22% on the award. If not subject to VAT it will be charged a commission of 3% by way of registration tax.
8. Written and telephone offers & live bids
Customers can also partecipate by leaving written absentee offers by filling out the form, attaching a photocopy of a valid identity card and sending all this material to Viscontea Casa d'Aste (by post, email, fax or in person) at least 24 hours before the beginning of the auction.
If the offers in the room are lower than a written offer, the lot will be awarded to the latter on the next beat of the highest bid in the room. If there are no offers other than the written offer, the final sale price will be based on initial auction price.
If more written offers are identical, the offer received first will win.
If you have a serious interest in one or more lots, you can take part to the auction by telephone by sending your request to Viscontea at least 24 hours before the beginning of the auction. A member of the Viscontea Casa d'Aste staff will contact you by telephone during the auction to allow you to take part to the the bidding, all consistent with number of received and available phone lines. Although the The Auction House will take great care of your requests, it does not accept any responsibility for any errors made in attempting to call you. At the discretion of the Auction House, it can accept telephone offers for lots with a minimum valuation equal or less than € 500,00. Due to the limited number of telephone lines, the Auction House reserves the right to not accept requests for telephone calls if they come from customers that in previous occasions have proven not to be really interested in purchasing.
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.
The starting price is usually equal to the lowest estimate or to the starting price (B.A.) given in the catalogue. Raises works as shown in the following diagram.
The auctioneer can at his own discretion vary the raises during the auction.
The buyers must fully pay for a lot in Euros and within seven (7) days from the auction. Here follow all the accepted forms of payment:
- wire transfer
- credit or debit card (only in our premises)
- cash (under 3000,00 euro)
11. Collection and payment for buyers who do not live in Italy
In case a foreign client wins a lot, the Italian law requires that the lot comes with a the presentation of a free circulation document. This procedure can take approximately 40 days starting from the date in which the art work is presented. Only when the document has been provided, the buyer can collect the goods. Failure to provide the permit or late presentation of the permit do not result in cancelling the sale and does not justify late payment on behalf of the buyer.
12. Collection of the lots
All lots paid for as stated above must be collected within 15 days from the date of the sale, unless agreed otherwise with Viscontea Casa d'Aste and except for lots for which it is necessary to obtain the export license (for these ones, it 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 services, but has a collaboration with a shipping company that can take care of the entire procedure, if the customer requests it.