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Conditions of sale
The auction sales organized by the Auction House Cornette
de Saint Cyr Brussels are hereby subject to the following
conditions of sale:
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 organized 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
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 colors 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
As the prior exhibit has enabled potential purchasers to
examine the object, no claim will be accepted once the
hammer has gone down.
The indications appearing on the catalogues, advertisements,
brochures and any other written material
produced by the Auction House Cornette de Saint Cyr
Brussels should be considered as simple indications and
are not binding in any case. They do not guarantee the
exactitude of a declaration relative to the author, origin,
date, age, attribution, estimates, weight, sizes or material
state of the lot. Consequently buyers must verify for
themselves the nature and material states of the lots.
Any claim must reach the Auction by recorded latter not
later than 8 days after the retrieval of the object or cannot
be considerEd. In any case, for sales subject to article 1649
quarter of the Belgian Civil Code, the seller answers to
the consumer for any fault of conformity that exists when
the good is delivered or which appears within a delay of
one year of this date; the buyer must inform the seller of
the existence of a fault of conformity within a delay of
two months of noticing the fault.
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 Brussels 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
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 Brussels before the sale to ensure that their personal
details are recorded beforehand.
Bidders are generally present in the room.
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 websites www.cornettedesaintcyr.be,
www.cornettedesaintcyr.com or www.cornette.auction.
fr. The form should be sent to the Auction House Cornette
de Saint Cyr Brussels together with a bank identification
slip [RIB in France] or bank details at least two days before
The Auction House Cornette de Saint Cyr Brussels will
deal with auction sales by telephone and absentee bids
free of charge. In all cases, the Auction House Cornette
de Saint Cyr Brussels 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 bid. 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 auction.
Sales are to be paid for in cash and in euros. 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 bank details.
ln addition to the hammer price, purchasers will be required
to pay the following costs and taxes per lot and
- from 1 to 500 000 € : 30%
- above 500.001 € : 19%
For lots from countries outside the European Union, import
tax will be added as follows:
For lots with numbers preceded by the sign:
* additional tax at 6 % of the hammer price.
** additional tax at 21 % of the hammer price.
The successful bidder may pay using one of the following
- in cash within the limits of the legislation in force
- by bank transfer
- by certified cheque
- by credit card except American Express
Purchasers who have acquired their items through an
online sales platform will also pay :
- 1.5 % (excl. VAT) before tax of the hammer price if they
used the services of DrouotDigital (live)
- 5 % (excl. VAT) before tax of the hammer price if they
have used the services of Invualable.
These amounts are paid to the platform offering the Live
Failure to pay
In case of non-payment within 20 days of sale, the full
unpaid amount owed by the purchaser will be increased
automatically and without formal notice by 15% in order
to cover damages suffered, with a minimum interest
amount of €100.
A late payment interest on business transactions, in
accordance with the law of 02/08/2002, will also be
charged as of the due date of the invoice, automatically
and without prior formal notice.
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, procedure
Within the framework of the folle enchère procedure, the
Auction House hereby reserves the right to claim for the
payment of the difference between 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 successful bidder.
The Auction House Cornette de Saint Cyr Brussels 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 settlEd.
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 full responsibility.
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 Brussels beforehand
An appointment can be made to collect small paintings
and objects of art at Chaussée de Charleroi, 89 1060 Saint
Gilles, Brussels 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
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
Transport of the lots is to be carried out at the successful
bidder’s expense and under their full responsibility.
Governing law and jurisdiction
These conditions of sale are governed by Belgian law.
Any or all dispute relating to the wording, validity and
performance will be settled by the court or competent jurisdiction
Auction results can be found on the websites