Boisgirard - Antonini is a company of voluntary auction
sales regulated by the law of the 10 July 2000. In
such capacity Boisgirard - Antonini acts as the agent
of the seller who contracts with the buyer.
The relationships between Boisgirard - Antonini and
the buyer are subject to the present general conditions
of purchase which can be modified by saleroom
notices or oral indications given at the time of
the sale, which will be recorded in the official sale
1 - Goods for auction
a) The prospective buyers are invited to examine any
goods in which they may be interested, before the
auction takes place, and notably during the exhibitions.
Boisgirard - Antonini is at disposal of the prospective
buyers to provide them with reports about the conditions
b) Description of the lots resulting from the catalogue,
the reports, the labels and the verbal statements
or announcements are only the expression by
- Antonini of their perception of the lot, but cannot
constitute the proof of a fact.
c) The statements by made Boisgirard - Antonini
about any restoration, mishap or harm arisen concerning
the lot are only made to facilitate the inspection
thereof by the prospective buyer and remain subject
to his own or to his expert’s appreciation.
All the lots above 5 000 Euros have been submitted to
the Art Loss Register.
Notes in English are neither complete nor accurate,
but are just an approximate description for Eng- lish-
speaking buyers. The condition of the pieces is not
The absence of statements Boisgirard - Antonini by
relating to a restoration, mishap or harm, whether
made in the catalogue, condition reports, on labels
or orally, does not imply that the item is exempt from
any current, past or repaired defect.
Inversely, the indication of any defect whatsoever
does not imply the absence of any other defects.
d) Estimates are provided for guidance only and
can- not be considered as implying the certainty that
the item will be sold for the estimated price or even
within the bracket of estimates.
e) Attributions have been made taking into account
scientific and artistic knowledge at the date of the
sale. Claims will not be accepted for ordinary restorations
and minor damages to lots, considering that
buyers are given the opportunity to assess the cond-i
tion of the lots at the time of the pre-sale exhibition.
The condition of antiquities, early ceramics, metalwork,
glass and textiles is not guaranteed, since most
of the pieces are commonly damaged. Necklaces
are recomposed with ancient elements. Dimensions
are given for information only, especially concerning
the framed paintings.
2 - The sale
a) In order to assure the proper organisation of the
sales, prospective buyers are invited to make themselves
known to Boisgirard - Antonini before the sale,
so as to have their personal identity data recorded.
Boisgirard - Antonini reserves the right to ask any prospective
buyer to justify his identity as well as his bank
Boisgirard - Antonini reserves the right to refuse admission
to the auction sales premises to any pro- spective
buyer for legitimate reasons.
b) Any person who is a bidder undertakes to pay
per- sonally and immediately the hammer price increased
by the costs to be born by the buyer and
any and all taxes or fees/expenses which could be
Any bidder is deemed acting on his own behalf except
when prior notification, accepted by Boisgirard
- Antonini is given that he acts as an agent on behalf
of a third party.
c) The usual way to bid consists in attending the sale
on the premises.
However, Boisgirard - Antonini may graciously accept
to receive some bids by telephone from a prospective
buyer who has expressed such a request
before the sale.
Boisgirard - Antonini will bear no liability/responsa- bility
whatsoever, notably if the telephone contact is
not made, or if it is made too late, or in case of mistakes
or omissions relating to the reception of the telephone.
For variety of purposes, Boisgirard - Antonini reserves
its right to record all the telephone communications
during the auction. Such records shall be kept until
the complete payment of the auction price, except
d) Boisgirard - Antonini will bear no liability/responsibility
in case of mistakes or omission of performance
of the written order.
e) In the event where a reserve price has been stipu-
lated by the seller, Boisgirard - Antonini reserves
the right to bid on behalf of the seller until the reserve
price is reached.
f) Boisgirard - Antonini will conduct auction sales at
their discretion, in accordance with established practices.
Boisgirard - Antonini reserves the right to refuse any
bid, to organise the bidding in such manner as may
be the most appropriate, to move some lots in the
course of the sale, to withdraw any lot in the course
of the sale, to combine or to divide some lots in the
course of the sale.
In case of challenge or dispute, Boisgirard - Antonini
reserves the right to designate the successful bidder,
to continue the bidding or to cancel it, or to put the
lot back up for bidding.
No lot will be delivered to the buyer until full payment
has been made.
In case of payment by an ordinary draft/check, payment
will be deemed made only when the check
will have been cashed.
3 - The incidents of the sale
a) In case two bidders have bidden vocally, by mean
of gesture or by telephone for the same amount and
both claim title to the lot, after the bidding the lot, will
immediately be offered again for sale at the previous
last bid, and all those attending will be entitled to bid
b) So as to facilitate the presentation of the items during
the sales, Boisgirard - Antonini will be able to use
Should any error occur in operation of such, which
may lead to show an item during the bidding which
is not the one on which the bids have been made,
Bois- girard - Antonini shall bear no liability/responsability
whatsoever, and will have sole discretion to
decide whether or not the bidding will take place
4 - Pre-emption of the French state
The French state in entitled to use a right of pre-emption
on works of art, pursuant to the rules of law in
force. The use of this right comes immediately after
the hammer stroke, the representative of the French
state expressing then the intention of the State to
substitute for the last bidder, provided he confirms
the pre-emp- tion decision within fifteen days.
Boisgirard - Antonini will not bear any liability/responsibility
for the conditions of the pre-emption by the
5 - The performance of the sale
a) In addition to the lot’s hammer price, the buyer
must pay the following costs and fees/taxes:
1) Lots from the EEC:
The buyer must pay Boisgirard - Antonini, in addition
to the hammer price, commission of 23% excl. Tax
(with VAT 27.60%) of the sale price up to 350 000 Euros.
For the books the commission will be: 23% excl.
Tax + 5.5% (with VAT 24.27%)
By credit card, Boisgirard - Antonini, will charge 1% in
addition to the hammer price.
2) The taxes (VAT on commissions and VAT on importation)
can be retroceded to the purchaser on
presentation of written proof of exportation outside
An EEC purchaser who will submit his intra-Community
VAT number will be exempted from paying the
VAT on commissions.
The payment of the lot will be made cash, for the
whole of the price, costs and taxes, even when an
export licence is required.
The purchaser will be authorized to pay by the following
- in cash: up to 1 000 euros, costs and taxes included,
for French citizen, up to 15 000 euros, costs and taxes
included, for foreign citizen on pres- entation of their
- By cheque or bank transfer.
- By credit card: VISA, MASTERCARD.
b) Should the buyer have neglected to give his personal
information before the sale, he will have to give
the necessary information as soon as the sale of the
lot has taken place.
c) The lot must to be insured by the buyer immediately
after the purchase. The buyer will have no
recourse against Boisgirard - Antonini , in the event
where, due to a theft, a loss or a deterioration of his
lot after the purchase.
d) The lot will be delivered to the buyer only after the
entire payment of the price, costs and taxes.
In the meantime Boisgirard - Antonini may invoice to
the buyer the costs of storage of the lot, and if applicable
the costs of handling and transport.
Should the buyer fail to pay the amount due, and
after notice to pay has been given by Boisgirard -
Antonini to the buyer without success, at the sell- er’s
request, the lot is re-offered for sale, under the French
procedure known as “procédure de folle enchère”.
If the seller does not make this request within a month
from the date of the sale, the sale will be automatically
cancelled, without prejudice to any damages
owed by the defaulting buyer.
In addition, Boisgirard - Antonini reserves the right to
claim against the defaulting buyer, at their option:
- interest at the legal rate increased by five points,
- the reimbursement of additional costs generated
by the buyer’s default,
- the payment of the difference between the initial
hammer price and the price of sale after “procédure
de folle enchère” if it is inferior as well as the
costs generated by the new auction.
Boisgirard - Antonini reserves the right to exclude from
any future auction, any bidder who has been a defaulting
buyer or who has not fulfilled these gen- eral
conditions of purchase.
e)For items purchased which are not collected within
seven days from after the sale (Saturdays, Sundays
and public holidays included), Boisgirard - Antonini
will be authorized to move them into a stor- age
place at the defaulting buyer’s expense, and to release
them to same after payment of corresponding
costs, in addition to the price, costs and taxes.
6 - Intellectual Property Right - Copyright
The copyright in any and all parts of the catalogue
is the property of Boisgirard - Antonini. Any reproduction
thereof is forbidden and will be considered as
counterfeiting to their detriment.
Furthermore, Boisgirard - Antonini benefits from a legal
exception allowing them to reproduce the lots
for auction sale in their catalogue, even though the
copyright protection on an item has not lapsed.
7 - Law and Jurisdiction
These Conditions of purchase are governed by
French law exclusively.
Any dispute relating to their existence, their validity
and their binding effect on any bidder or buyer
shall be submitted to the exclusive jurisdiction of the
Courts of France.