Conditions of post auction sale

The translation of these conditions of sale is provided for information only; the German original is the decisive version.
Purchase implies unconditional acceptance of the following conditions of sale:

  1. The sale is voluntary. Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH (hereinafter referred to as the Seller) acts in its own name but solely for and in the interest of the Seller.

  2. Buyers have no right to be informed of the name of the Sellers.

  3. The items for purchase are available for inspection prior to the purchase. They are, without exception, used and of some age. The actual condition of the items, corresponding to their age and used state, is expressly never described either in the catalogue or on the internet, but is agreed specification (German Civil Code Section 434 para. 1, sent. 1).
    Colour reproductions in the catalogue may not faithfully reflect the accurate colour(s) of the item. All descriptions in the catalogue, including those pertaining to geographical provenance of items, have been made with due care and in good faith for informational purposes only. They do not constitute any agreement on the condition of goods and do not give rise to any guarantees in the legal sense. This applies even when items are highlighted in the catalogue either visually or by other means and / or given special prominence beyond the catalogue for advertising or similar purposes. Only the catalogue details regarding authorship, signature, material, restoration and provenance are agreed specifications; a special guarantee, from which further rights of the Buyer result, is expressly not assumed by the Seller with regard to the corresponding condition. The agreement on authorship, signature, material, restoration and provenance also does not constitute a stricter liability than that provided for by law, cf. §§ 276 para. 1, 443, 477 BGB. No liability is assumed for the functionality and safety of electrical equipment. Condition reports submitted at the request of the interested party serve only to provide more detailed information about the external condition of the item in the Seller's estimation. If the Buyer can prove to the Seller, within one year after the sale - before the end of the period of limitation and subject to an intentional infringement of rights - that catalogue details concerning 'authorship', 'signature', 'material', 'restoration' and 'provenance' are incorrect, the Buyer will be refunded the entire purchase price (limit price; premium; value added tax; Additional Premium), given the reciprocal and simultaneous return of the purchased item by the Buyer. Or, alternatively, upon the Buyer's request, the purchase price can be reduced. The Seller shall be held liable without limitation insofar as the cause of the damage is based on an intentional or grossly negligent violation of duty by the Seller or a legal representative or vicarious agent of the Seller. Furthermore, the Seller is liable for the slightly negligent violation of essential obligations. Essential are obligations whose violation endangers the achievement of the purpose of the contract or whose fulfilment makes the proper execution of the contract possible in the first place and on whose compliance the Buyers habitually rely. In this case, however, the Seller is only liable for the foreseeable damage typical for the contract. The Seller shall not be held liable for the slightly negligent violation of duties other than those mentioned in the preceding sentences. The above limitations of liability do not apply in the case of injury to life, body and health for a defect after the acceptance of a guarantee, for the quality of the product and for fraudulently concealed defects. Liability under the Product Liability Act remains unaffected. Insofar as the liability of the Seller is excluded or limited, this also applies to the personal liability of employees, representatives, and vicarious agents.

  4. With the purchase arises the obligation to pay the purchase price and remove the purchased item. The risk of any loss, damage, confusion, etc. shall pass to the Buyer upon the purchase. The Buyer must collect and remove the purchased item within ten working days from the Seller's premises, otherwise the Buyer will be found in default of acceptance. In this case, the purchased item will be moved to a storage contractor for storage, at the Buyer's expense. Until the purchase price and any other expenses are paid in full, the Seller is not obliged to hand over the purchased item to the Buyer or the forwarding agent commissioned by the Buyer.

  5. The purchase price is made up of the limit price, a premium of 25% and VAT, which is levied on the limit price and premium at the prevailing applicable statutory rate (standard taxation). Alternatively, it comprises the limit price plus a buyer’s premium of 32%, including statutory VAT that is not listed separately on the invoice (differential taxation). Unless otherwise indicated on the items, the purchase price is, by default, subject to differential taxation; items subject to statutory VAT are specifically marked as such. Furthermore, the Buyer is obliged to pay a proportion of the Additional Premium paid by the Seller to the Verwertungsgesellschaft Bild-Kunst [German association for reproduction rights in the visual arts] as compensation for the droit de suite (Artist’s Resale Right Regulations) (German Copyright Act, Section 26), in respect of all original works of fine art created after 1900 whose author is a member of the VG Bild-Kunst (with the exception of photographs, reproductions and serigraphs, and posthumous castings of sculptures), the sum payable being 1.5 % of the hammer price (plus VAT).

  6. No VAT will be charged for purchased items that are to be shipped to countries outside the European Union (EU) or within the EU where the Buyer is a company with a sales tax identification number. VAT will be refunded to foreign Buyers upon receipt of proof of export. The Buyer is responsible for complying with all import or export regulations that may be necessary.

  7. The purchase price, i.e. the final price (limit price + premium + or incl. VAT + Additional Premium) is due with the conclusion of the purchase. Buyers on-site must pay the purchase price to the Seller directly in euros. Cash, debit card or credit card (Amex, Diners, MasterCard or VISA, a surcharge of 3,5% will be added on the total invoice valueu p to a purchase price of EURO 5.000) will be accepted. In case of later collection, the amount can also be paid via bank transfer. Payments from foreign Buyers who purchased in writing, by email or by telephone are due within 10 days of the invoice date.

  8. If the Buyer defaults either on acceptance of the purchase or payment of the purchase price in full, the Seller may choose to demand either fulfilment of the purchase contract or damages for non-performance. The Buyer is in default 10 days after billing. If the Seller demands fulfilment, he is entitled to the purchase price plus compensation for damage caused by delay. This includes any exchange rate losses, loss of interest and costs of legal action. If the Seller claims compensation due to non-fulfillment, he is entitled to put the item on sale again, whether by auction or direct sale, at some future point. Upon the fall of the hammer or the conclusion of a new sale, the rights of the previous Buyer expire. The Buyer is liable for any shortfall, has no claim to any surplus receipts and will not be allowed to register for a future sale.

  9. Successfully purchased items shall be shipped only after cash payment has been effected. If payment is not received on time, the Buyer is liable for any damage suffered as a result. Payment may not be deferred. In the case of arrears, interest is charged at the standard bank rate. The Buyer reserves the right to prove minor damage.

  10. The Seller is obliged to store all purchased items for a period of ten working days from the date of the sale. Any items that have not been claimed within this period may, after this period has expired, be stored by the Seller with a storage contractor in the name and for the account of the Buyer, and at the Buyer’s risk. The Buyer can choose to collect the purchased items personally, have them collected by a person so authorised in writing, engage a shipper of their own choice or authorise the Seller in writing to organise the transport of their purchase by a shipping contractor in the name and at the cost and risk of the Buyer. In the latter case, the Buyer authorises the Seller to pass on such data to the shipper as are required to carry out shipment and completion of the purchase.

  11. Visitors to the premises, especially in the case of previews, will be held liable for any damage caused.

  12. Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH stores the address supplied by the Buyer exclusively for purposes of transaction and execution of the orders placed, for further queries and customer support. The data, which are stored in Quittenbaum’s customer database, are handled in accordance with the statuary provisions (in particular, the Federal Data Protection Act). The Buyer may withdraw their consent at any time to the use of their personal data for marketing purposes by sending informal written notice to that effect by post to Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH, Theresienstrasse 60, D-80333 München, or by email to info@quittenbaum.de. This right of withdrawal applies equally to the Buyer's consent to the future processing of their data after the purchase has been transacted.

  13. The law of the Federal Republic of Germany shall apply exclusively.

  14. Insofar as this is legally permissible, Munich is agreed upon as the place of performance and the place of jurisdiction.

  15. Should one or more provisions of these post-auction conditions be or become invalid, the validity of the remaining provisions shall not be affected.

  16. If the terms and conditions of post-auction sales are available in several languages, the German version shall always prevail.

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