On request we can take in charge of all the administration steps : customs, certificate of free circulation

Moving : We can advise some Storage companies and specials movers.

Art restoration : We can provide the names of serious restorer, cabinet-maker : estimate of coast of work on request.

WHY CONSULT AN EXPERT ?

The expert guarantees the authenticity of an objet during the auction sale. A 5 year legal liability is guaranteed. The terms of the catalogue (description, period, dimensions, author) are registered on the sale’s report as well as on the statement which also acts as an invoice. Furthermore, the expert is the one in the best position to search for the objet which best complies with your expectations. Also, if you wish to sell an objet d’art, he will both advise and direct you towards the most appropriate public sale, be it a or prestigious sale, the quickest sale or a listed sale etc…

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN AUCTIONEER AND AN EXPERT ?

Unlike the expert, the auctioneer is an authorised member of the legal art profession. He is entitled to organise Public Sales in France. However, in order to defend the seller and to protect the buyer, the auctioneer can rely on an expert consultant specialised in a certain field.

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HOW DOES AN AUCTION SALE WORK ?

The auction sale is a very old practice and it is the most efficient way to sell or buy. It gives the object a complete visibility to both art lovers and art collectors.

The auction sale is run by an auctioneer in partnership with one or several experts according to their special field or period. After having been selected and advertised in a widespread catalogue, the objets d’art are presented at the auction. At the pinnacle of the bidding, the objet is sold to the highest bidder.

IMPORTANT : The auction sale offers all guarantees in terms of security, precision and reliability to the law..

CAN EVERYTHING BE APPRAISED, AND HOW TO ATTAIN THIS ?

Have you maybe got a treasure hidden in your attic ? What about this little chest of drawers you inherited from your grandmother you’ve always known : maybe. Is it priceless ? How would you know ?

If you contact an expert, you will find out everything about the object and its value. You will be given a precise appraisal and valuation of your possession. Don’t hesitate !

EVERYTHING YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT AUCTION SALES

Buying order : Somebody interested in an object listed in a sale he cannot attend may give a buying order to either the auctioneer or the expert with an agreed maximum bid. This will be done free of charge.

Fool bid : When a bid cannot be honoured, it is called a « fool bid ». The object will have to be put up for re-sale. If it doesn’t reach the price of the previous auction, the « mad-bidder » will have to pay the difference.

Starting price : The bidding usually starts at around 50% of the estimated value.

The reserve price : This is the minimum value agreed between the seller and the auctioneer under which the object cannot be sold. According to the law of July 10th 2000, the reserve price may not be set below the lowest valuation given to the public.

Selling and buying costs : The fees include the pick-up charge of the object, the creation and printing of the catalogue as well as the insurance. You can take information about the fees from the expert or from the auctioneer. For the buyer, the fees vary from one expert to another, and they are normally announced in the catalogue.