- Guide for Prospective Buyers
- Conditions of Business for Buyers
- Guide for Absentee Bidders
- Conditions of Business for Sellers
- Conditions Applicable to Both Buyers and Sellers
- HONG KONG
- HARMONIE ONLINE
Conditions of Business for Buyers
We hereby inform all those participating in the auction, that it shall be held subject to the following conditions and that anyone taking part in it, hereby accepts these conditions as applicable.
Larasati as Agent
As auctioneer, Larasati Muse Investments Pte. Ltd. here-in referred to as Larasati acts as agent for the seller. Unless otherwise agreed, sales of goods at this auction result in contracts made between the seller, through our agency, with the buyer.
Definitions of Terms Used in These Conditions
In the conditions set out below, some terms are used regularly that need explanation.
They are as follows:
- the “Buyer” means the person with highest bid accepted by the auctioneer;
- a “Lot” means any item deposited with us for sale at auction and, in particular, the item or items described against any lot number in any catalog;
- the “Hammer Price” means the charge pay able by the auctioneer in relation to a lot;
- the “Buyer’s Premium” means the charge pay able by the buyer as a percentage of the hammer price;
- the “Reserve” means the amount below which we agree with the Seller that the lot cannot be sold;
- “Forgery” means a Lot constituting an imitation originally conceived and executed as a whole with a fraudulent intention to de ceive as to authorship, origin, age, period, culture or source where the correct description as to such matters is not reflected by the description in the catalog nd which at the date of the auction had a value materially less than it would have had if it had been in accordance with the description in the catalog. Accordingly, no lot shall be capable of being a forgery by reason of any damage and/or restoration work of any kind (including repainting);
- the “Insured Value” means the amount that Larasati in its absolute discretion from time to time shall consider to be the value for which a lot should be covered by insurance (whether or not insurance is arranged by us).
BEFORE THE SALE
Examination of Goods
Prospective buyers are strongly advised to examine personally any goods in which they are interested, before the auction takes place. Condition reports are usually available on request.
Larasati is not responsible for any faults or defects in any lot or the correctness of:
- any statement as to the authorship;
- date and age of the lot;
- provenance and conditions of any lot.
Larasati does not make or give, nor has any person in the employment of Larasati any authority to make or give, any representation or warranty regarding the authorship, origin, date, age, size, medium, attribution, genuiness, description, provenance, condition or estimate selling price of any lot.
Statements by us in the catalog or condition report, or made orally or in writing elsewhere, regarding the authorship, origin, date, age, size, medium, attribution, genuineness, provenance, condition or estimate selling price of any lot are merely statements of opinion given in good faith, and are not to be relied on as statements of definitive fact. Catalog illustrations are for guidance only, and should not be relied on either to determine the tone or colour of any item or to reveal imperfections. Estimates of the selling price should not be relied on as a statement that this price is either the price at which the lot will sell or its value for any other purpose.
Many items are of an age or nature which precludes their being in perfect condition and some descriptions in the catalog or given by way of condition report make reference to damage and/or restoration. We provide this information for guidance only and the absence of such reference does not imply that an item is free from defects or restoration nor does the reference to particular defects imply the absence of any others.
Buyers are responsible for satisfying themselves concerning the condition of the goods and the matters referred to in the catalog description.
AT THE SALE
Refusal of Admission
Our sale takes place on our own premises or premises over which we have control for the sale, and we have the right, exercisable at our complete discretion, to refuse admission to the premises or attendance at the auction.
Registration Before Bidding
Every prospective buyer must complete and sign a registration form and provide identification before making a bid at auction. Prospective buyers should be aware that we usually require buyers to undergo a credit check.
Bidding as Principal
When making a bid, prospective buyer will be accepting personal liability, unless it has been agreed in writing, at the time of registration, that a bidder is acting as agent on behalf of a third party acceptable to us.
If a prospective buyer gives us instructions to bid on his behalf, by using the form printed after the catalog entries, we shall use reasonable efforts to do so, provided these instructions are received not later than 24 hours before the sale. Bids should be placed in Singapore Dollars. Bids placed in other currencies will be converted to Singapore Dollars using the one month forward rate of exchange quoted to us by HSBC Bank at opening on the date of the auction and the Singapore Dollars figure may be subject to rounding. The Buyer’s invoice will be in Singapore Dollars and we shall not be liable to the buyer for any loss suffered as a result of exchange rate movements after the date of the sale. If we receive commission bids on a particular lot for identical amounts, and at auction these bids are the highest bids for the lot, it will be sold to the person whose bid was received first. Commission bids are undertaken subject to other commitments at the time of the sale, and the conduct of the sale may be such that we are unable to bid as requested. Since this is undertaken as a free service to prospective buyers on the terms stated, we cannot accept liability for failure to make a commission bid. Prospective buyers should therefore always attend personally if they wish to be certain of bidding.
If prospective buyers make arrangements with us not less than 24 hours before the sale, we shall use reasonable efforts to contact the bidders to enable them to participate in bidding by telephone, but under no circumstances will we be liable to either the seller or any prospective buyer as a result of failure to do so.
At this auction, a currency converter may be operated, based on the one month forward rates of exchange quoted to us by HSBC Bank at opening on the date of the auction. Bidding will however take place in Singapore Dollars. The currency converter is not always reliable, and errors may occur beyond our control either in the accuracy of the lot number displayed on the converter, or the foreign currency equivalent of Singapore Dollars bids.
We shall not be liable to the buyer for any loss suffered as a result of the buyer following the currency converter, rather than the Singapore Dollars bidding.
At this auction there will be a video screen. Mistakes may occur in its operation, and we cannot be liable to the buyer regarding either the correspondence of the image to the lot being sold or the quality of the image as a reproduction of the original.
The Auctioneer’s Discretion
The auctioneer has the right at his absolute discretion to refuse any bid, to advance the bidding in such manner as he may decide, to withdraw or divide any lot, to combine any two or more lots and, in the case of error or dispute, to put an item up for bidding again.
Subject to the auctioneer’s discretion, the striking of his hammer marks the acceptance of the highest bid and the conclusion of a contract for sale between the seller and the buyer.
AFTER THE SALE
In addition to the hammer price, the buyer must pay us the buyer’s premium at a rate of 22% of the hammer price of the lot.
Good and Service Tax (GST)
Unless otherwise stated in the catalog, GST is payable by the Buyer on the Hammer Price and premium at the rates prevailing on the date of the auction. And unless otherwise informed, all sums payable to Larasati by the buyer are exclusive of any goods and service tax or other value added tax (whether imposed is Singapore or otherwise) which shall, where appllicable, be paid by the Buyer in addition to the sums otherwise payable, at the rate in force at the due time for payment or such other time as is stipulated under the relevant legislation.
Following the sale, the buyer must provide us with his or her name and permanent address and, if so requested, details of the bank from which payment will be made and then pay the full amount due (comprising the hammer price and the buyer’s premium) within seven days after the date of the sale.
The buyer will not acquire title to the lot until all amounts due to us have been paid to us, even in circumstances where we have released the lot to the buyer.
Collection of Purchases
Unless we specifically agree to the contrary, we shall retain items sold until all amounts due to us, or to Larasati or to any of its other subsidiaries, have been paid in full. Items retained will be covered by our insurance from the date of the 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.
Packing and Handling
We shall use all reasonable efforts 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.
Remedies for Non-payment or Failure to Collect Purchases
If the buyer fails to make payment within seven days, we shall be entitled to exercise one or more of the following rights or remedies:
- to charge interest at a rate per annum not exceeding (Hongkong and Shanghai Bank Corporation) base rate plus 4 per cent on the full amount due to the extent it remains unpaid for more than seven days after the date of the sale;
- to exercise a lien on any of the buyer’s property which may be in our possession for any purpose and, following 14 days’ notice to the buyer of the amount outstanding and remaining unpaid, arrange the sale of such property and apply the proceeds in discharge of the amount outstanding to us;
- where several amounts are owed by the buyer to us, or to Larasati, or to any of its other subsidiaries, in respect of different transactions, to apply any amount paid to discharge any amount owed in respect of any particular transaction whether or not the buyer so directs;
- to reject at any future auction any bids made by the buyer or on his behalf or obtain a deposit from the buyer before accepting any bids;
If the buyer fails to make payment within 21 days, we shall in addition be entitled to exercise any one or more of the following remedies:
- to issue proceedings on behalf of the seller against the buyer to recover the full amount due, together with the costs of such proceedings on a full indemnity basis and with interest, charged at 4% per annum above (Hongkong and Shanghai Bank Corporation) base rate;
- to cancel the sale of the lot or any other item sold to the buyer at the same auction;
- to arrange a resale of the lot publicly or privately, and, if this results in a lower price being obtained, claim the balance from the buyer together with any costs incurred in connection with the buyer’s failure to make payment.
Failure to collect
Where purchases are not collected within seven days after the sale, whether or not payment has been made, we shall arrange storage at the buyer’s expense, and only release the items purchased after payment has been made in full of storage, removal, insurance and any other costs incurred, together with payment of all other amounts due to us.
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