General Condition

Below are the general conditions of the site. For information on privacy see here.
1. The Auction House is responsible for selling the lots entrusted in the name and on behalf of the principals, whether they are a natural person or company of any kind. The effects of the sale, even in the case of inadvertent sale of goods or anything else with illicit origin, directly affect the Seller, even when the aforementioned is a company of any kind, without the assumption of any other responsibility by the Auction House, as well as to those deriving from the mandate received, and from the buyer.
2. Sales are made to the highest bidder and are intended in cash. Transfers of lots already awarded to third parties are not accepted. The Auction House will hold only the successful bidder responsible for the payment. Therefore participation in the auction on behalf of third parties must be notified in advance and proven by written authorization.
3. The evaluations are purely indicative and expressed in Euro. For sales of a judicial nature, the evaluation may be preceded by indications such as b.a. (auction base) that is the minimum price imposed, val. (evaluation of the object by the Auction House) or o.l. (free offer), i.e. a lot that can be sold to the highest bidder without a minimum starting price. The descriptions represent an opinion and are purely indicative and therefore do not imply any responsibility on the part of the Auction House. The lots, as they are vintage, may show imperfections, signs of wear and the passage of time, even in the absence of the wording "defects" or similar terminologies in the description. Any disputes must be submitted in writing within 15 days of the award and, if deemed justified, will only result in the refund of the amount paid without any other claim. For goods sold at the auction, the relationship between Viscontea Casa d’Aste and the Principal closes approximately 60 working days from the closing date of the auction. Without prejudice to the application of the forfeiture terms provided by law, once Viscontea, having collected the sums from the Purchaser, has already paid the Principal, any dispute, to be made in writing in any case, must be addressed directly to the Principal, of whom Viscontea, being authorized to do so, will provide general information and data in its possession at the simple request of the Buyer.
4. The auction will be preceded by an exhibition during which the Sales Director and his collaborators will be available for any clarifications. All items are sold as seen.
5. The Auction House can accept purchase commissions (written or telephone bids) of the lots for sale on a specific mandate. The lots will always be purchased at the most convenient price allowed by other offers on the same lots and by the registered reserves. The Auction House, while acting with the utmost diligence, is not responsible for any errors that may occur in the execution of written or telephone bids. The forms for written and telephone bids must be carefully completed in every part and in the manner indicated in the appropriate section (How to buy) and purchase orders with unlimited offers will not be accepted. An identity document and tax code must also be provided for noting the P.S. kept in the offices of the Auction House. In the case of identical written offers, the one received first will prevail.
Given the limited number of telephone lines, the auction house reserves the right not to accept requests for telephone contact if they come from people who on previous occasions have shown that they are not really interested in the purchase.
Viscontea Casa d'Aste, through the online platforms it uses, also gives the possibility to leave offers online in real time during the auction. By completing the registration on the platforms and providing the details of your credit card, you accept all the terms and conditions of Viscontea Casa d'Aste.
6. The buyer will pay an auction fee, for each lot, equal to 28% of the hammer price including VAT. and tax charges. In the event of online awarding of auction rights, the percentage provided for in the conditions of the relevant platforms for live participation in the auction will be added.
7. During the auction, the Auctioneer has the right to combine or separate the lots.
8. The Auction House reserves the right to ask, for its protection, a deposit from those who express their will to participate in the auction, either in person or by means of a written and / or telephone offer.
9. The lots are sold by the sales director. The Auction House can also use CCTV video and telephone recording during the sale.
10. The total payment of the hammer price and auction rights can be immediately demanded by the Auction House. In any case, the same must be done within seven days of the sale.
11. The Auction House has a collaboration with shipping companies that can take care of the entire procedure, if the customer requests it. Bought and paid lots must be collected within 15 days, unless agreed otherwise with the Auction House and except lots for which it is necessary to obtain the export license (for these ones 15 days start from the moment in which the authorizations are ready). Following this period, the Auction House will be except from all responsible for the safe storage and custody, and any eventual deterioration of the goods and, when the 15 day expiry, a daily cost of storage of euro 10,00 per day will be charged. Uncollected lots can be also transported to an external storage site at the expense and risk of the Buyer.
12. Buyers are required to comply with all laws and regulations in force relating to objects subject to notification with particular reference to Legislative Decree 22.01.2004 n. 42 (so-called Code of Cultural Heritage) and subsequent amendments and, as regards exports outside the European Community, to EEC Regulation no. 3911/92 of 9 December 1992 and subsequent amendments The export of objects is governed by the aforementioned legislation and by the customs and tax laws in force. The Auction House disclaims any responsibility towards buyers with regard to any restrictions on the export of the lots awarded.
13. The successful bidder and the principal may not, in the event of the exercise of the right of first refusal by the Italian State, claim any reimbursement or compensation from the Auction House or the Seller.
14. The Court of Milan is competent for any controversy.
15. These conditions of sale are deemed to be automatically accepted by those who compete for the auction.