Guide for Prospective Buyers
Buying at Auction
The following pages are designed to give you useful information on how to buy at One Larasati Arts Pte. Ltd - herein referred to as LARASATI - fine art auction.
A buyer’s premium is payable by the buyer of each lot at a rate of 22% of the hammer price of the lot. GST at the appropriate rate is payable on the hammer price and premium (when applicable). These charges are explained in detail under Larasati’s charges and GST at the back of this catalog.
Internet Real Time Bidding
Internet "real time bidding" is available through our working partner: Invaluable.
Please note that for live internet bidding via "Invaluable", an additional of 5% commission will be applicable on top of 22% premium levied upon the final Hammer Price as the Purchase Price.
1. BEFORE THE AUCTION
The pre-sale estimates are intended as a guide for prospective buyers. Any bid between the high and the low pre-sale estimates would, in our opinion, offer a fair chance of success. However, all lots, depending on the degree of competition, can release prices either above or below the pre-sale estimates.
The reserve is the minimum price the seller is willing to accept below which the lot will not be sold.
Condition of Lots
Prospective buyers are encouraged to inspect the property at the pre-sale exhibition. Solely as a convenience, Larasati may provide condition reports. The absence of reference to the condition of a lot in the catalog description does not imply that the lot is free from faults or imperfections.
2. THE AUCTION
Conditions of Business
The Auction is governed by the Conditions of Business printed in this catalog. These Conditions of Business apply to all aspects of the relationship between Larasati and actual and prospective bidders and buyers. Anyone considering bidding in the auction should read them carefully. They may be amended by way of notices posted in the saleroom or by way of announcement made by the auctioneer.
Bidding at Auction
Bids may be executed in person by paddle during the auction, in writing prior to the sale or by telephone. All auctions are conducted in Singapore Dollars. Auction speeds vary, but usually average between 40 - 50 lots per hour.
Consecutive and Responsive Bidding
The Auctioneer may open the bidding on any lot by placing a bid on behalf of the seller. The Auctioneer may further bid on behalf of the seller, up to the amount of the reserve, by placing consecutive or responsive bids for a lot.
Bidding generally opens below the low estimates and advances in the following increments:
S$ 500 to S$ 1,000 by S$ 50
S$ 1,000 to S$ 2,000 by S$ 100
S$ 2,000 to S$ 3,000 by S$ 200
S$ 3,000 to S$ 5,000 by S$ 200
or S$ 200 - 500 - 800
S$ 5,000 to S$ 10,000 by S$ 500
S$ 10,000 to S$ 20,000 by S$ 1,000
S$ 20,000 to S$ 30,000 by S$ 2,000
S$ 30,000 to S$ 50,000 by S$ 2,000
or S$ 2,000 - 5,000 - 8,000
S$ 50,000 to S$ 100,000 by S$ 5,000
S$ 100,000 to S$ 200,000 by S$ 10,000
S$ 200,000 up by Auctioneer’s direction
However, the auctioneer may change the increments during the course of the auction at his or her discretion.
Bidding in Person
To bid in person at the auction, you will need to register for and collect a numbered paddle before the auction begins. Proof of identity will be required.
The paddle is used to indicate your bids to the auctioneer during the sale. Should you be the successful buyer of any lot, please ensure that your paddle can be seen by the auctioneer and that it is your number that is called out. Should there be any doubts as to price or buyer, please draw the auctioneer’s attention to it immediately. All lots sold will be invoiced to the name and address in which the paddle has been registered and cannot be transferred to other names and addresses.
Please do not mislay your paddle; in the event of loss please inform the Sales Clerk immediately. At the end of the sale, please return your paddle to the registration desk.
Absentee / Written Bids
If you cannot attend the auction, we will be happy to execute written bids on your behalf. A bidding form can be found at the back of this catalog. This service is free and confidential.Lots will always be bought as cheaply as is consistent with other bids, the reserves and Larasati’s commission. In the event of identical bids, the earliest bid received will take precedence. Always indicate a "top limit"- the hammer price to which you would bid if you were attending the auction yourself. "Buy" and unlimited bids will not be accepted.
Telephoned absentee bids must be confirmed before the sale by email to email@example.com.
To ensure satisfactory service to bidders, please ensure that we receive your bids at least 24 hours before the sale.
Bidding by Telephone
If you cannot attend the auction, it is possible to bid on the telephone on lots with a minimum low estimate of S$ 4,000. As the number of telephone lines is limited, it is necessary to make arrangements for this service 24 hours before the sale. We also suggest that you have a maximum bid which we can execute on your behalf in the event we are unable to reach you by telephone. Bilingual staff are available to execute bids for you.
The fall of the auctioneer’s hammer indicates the final bid. The auctioneer will call out and record the name or "paddle" number of the buyer, if your written bid is successful, you will be notified immediately after the sale by post. Bidding may be reopened at the auctioneer’s discretion.
Bidding is carried out in Singapore Dollars, but Larasati may provide a currency conversion board in the saleroom for the convenience of bidders. Please note that figures shown in foreign currencies are only approximates and do not represent exact exchange rates. Payment will be requested in Singapore Dollars.
3. AFTER THE AUCTION
Payment must be made within seven calendar days of the sale and may be made by telegraphic transfer direct to Larasati’s bank account stated in the invoice. Please include your name and invoice number with your instructions to your bank.
Payment can also be made in Singapore Dollars banker’s drafts (drawn on a recognized Singapore bank). Although personal and company cheques are accepted, you are advised that property will not be released until such cheques have cleared.
Lots will be released to you or your authorized representative when full and cleared payment has been received by Larasati.
Items retained will be covered by our insurance from the date of sale for a period of seven days or, if by then the goods have been collected, to the time of collection. After seven days or from the time of collection, whichever is the earlier, the lot will be entirely at the buyer’s risk.
Storage and Insurance
All purchases will initially be held for collection at the saleroom at no charge. Larasati provides insurance cover for a maximum of seven days after the sale. If purchases are not collected within the time stated in the catalog, they will be deposited in the warehouse and charges will be incurred.
Packing and Handling
We shall use all reasonable effort to take care when handling and packing a purchased lot but remind the buyer that after seven days or from the time of collection, the lot is entirely at the buyer’s risk.
Shipping can also be arranged on your behalf. You can also instruct the shipper of your choice, either immediately after the sale, if you are attending or in writing on the instruction form sent with our invoice.