The auction house is not in charge of shipment of the purchased goods. Buyers who wish to have their purchase delivered internationally can contact the auction house for a list of shippers.
These Conditions of Sale and Cataloguing Practices set out the terms we offer the
lots listed for sale.
By registering to bid and/or by bidding at auction, you agree to these terms; please
be advised to read them carefully before bidding.
- Unless otherwise indicated, Carlo Bonte Auctions acts as an agent for the
seller. - Sales are conducted by auction according to Belgian law; any disputes will
be adjudicated by Belgian law
- A bailiff/notary supervises all LIVE Auctions; disputes during the sale can only
be resolved by his/her decision. This decision is definite and irrevocable.
- By registering for our auction, the buyer accepts the conditions of sale
hereafter without any reserve.
In-house Buyer's Premium: 27% (see chapter B5 for more details)
A – BEFORE THE AUCTION
1. Description of lots
a. Certain words used in the catalogue have special meanings. You can
find a detailed explanation in the section 'Cataloguing Practices'
b. The description, condition report and any other statement made by
us (including artist, period, materials, dimensions, or provenance) are
our opinion only and are not to be relied on as a statement of fact.
c. All dimensions and weights are approximate only
d. We do not provide any guarantee concerning the nature of a lot
e. Estimates are made based on similar items' conditions, quality,
provenance, and previous auction results.
The Estimate may not be relied on as a sole indicator or guarantee of
the actual sale result or value for any purpose. Estimations do not
include the buyer's premium or any other applicable charges.
a. Goods are sold 'as is' at the moment of the adjudication. The condition
of lots can vary due to age, previous damage, restorations, or general
signs of use. This implies that lots offered will rarely be in perfect
b. Every bidder is expected to consult the condition report found on
each lot on carlobonte.be before bidding. Additional information
(and/or pictures) need to be requested at least 48 hours before the
first day of the auction. A missing condition report does not imply
c. We carry out all condition reports with the utmost care; however, they
are to be considered incomplete. Condition reports are to be seen as
guidance only and are provided free of charge to help evaluate the
condition of an item.
All condition reports reflect our opinion only and can not be seen as a
replacement for a personal inspection or a professional examination.
d. Images and colours might slightly differ from the actual lot when
printed or viewed on-screen.
3. Viewing Days
a. Every bidder is due to verify the condition of goods by personal
inspection. We strongly recommend getting additional advice from a
b. Viewing days are accessible free of charge by appointment. Our staff
will provide every opportunity to examine the lots further as long as
they do not suffer damage.
c. Any damages caused by a visitor will be proceeded against him/her.
In this event, the high Estimate price (or, if applicable, the reserve
price) will serve as a reference for the compensation for the seller.
B - REGISTRATION TO BID
1. New Bidders
a. If you have not bid with Carlo Bonte Auctions before, you must
register at least 48 hours before the first auction day to allow us
enough time to process and approve your registration.
The following documents will be needed:
i. for individuals:
picture identification (ID card, passport or driving licence) and,
if not shown on the ID document, proof of your current address
(e.g., utility bill or a bank statement)
ii. for businesses:
your Certificate of Incorporation or similar documents that
show the name, address, and VAT number of the company
b. Depending on the items of your interest, we might ask for financial
references and/or require a deposit as a condition of allowing you to
participate in our auction. Any deposit paid will be charged against
your invoice value; any eventual surplus will be refunded within 48h
after the auction.
2. Returning Bidders
a. Depending on the items of your interest, we might ask for current
identification documents, financial references and/or a deposit as a
condition of allowing you to participate in our auction (as stated in
chapter B1b above).
3. In the event insufficient documentation is provided
a. If, in our opinion, insufficient documentation is provided or any
procedures including but not limited to anti-money-laundering
checks are not meeting our expectations, we may refuse your
registration to bid or cancel the contract for sale made between you
and the seller.
4. Bidding on behalf of another person
a. If you are bidding on behalf of another person, that person will need
to complete the registration procedure and supply a signed letter
authorising you to bid in his/her place.
b. In all other cases, liability to another person will not be accepted and
must be carried by the bidder.
5. Bidding Possibilities
All bidding possibilities listed below are offered as a convenience to our
clients, and Carlo Bonte Auctions can not be held liable for any errors
(technical, human, or otherwise), omissions or breakdowns while
providing these services.
a. Online Bids through Carlo Bonte Live (27% Buyer's Premium applies)
i. Carlo Bonte Auctions allows live online bidding to every client
who successfully registered on carlobonte.be (as described in
ii. In the event of simultaneous floor/phone bids during the
auction, the floor/phone bid will be prioritised.
b. Telephone Bids (27% Buyer's Premium applies)
i. Bidding by telephone will only be accepted for lots with an
estimated minimum of €1.500 and must be submitted to the
auction house no later than 24h before the first auction day.
ii. All telephone bids will be recorded for up to 90 days.
iii. In the event of simultaneous floor bids during the auction, the
floor bid will be prioritised.
c. Written Bids (27% Buyer's Premium applies)
i. Written Bids are to be handed to the staff during the viewing
days or sent to the auction house no later than 24h before the
first auction day.
ii. In the event of identical written bids, the earliest bid received
will be prioritised.
iii. In the event of identical floor/phone bids during the auction,
the floor/phone bid will be prioritised.
d. Online Bids through external Bidding Platforms (27-32% Buyer's
i. By bidding through external Bidding Platforms, the bidder
agrees to pay the following internet surcharge fees in addition
to the buyer's premium:
TheSaleroom / Lot-tissimo / 51BidLive / EpaiLive +3%
ii. In the event of simultaneous bids, the opposing bid will be
C – DURING THE AUCTION
1. Admission to the auction
We reserve the right, at our option, to refuse admission to our premises,
participation during the auction, or refuse any bid at any moment.
2. Reserve Price
a. Unless otherwise indicated, all lots are to be considered subject to a
b. The auctioneer may open the bidding below the reserve by placing a
bid on behalf of the seller. The auctioneer may continue to place bids
on behalf of the seller until the reserve price is met, either in
consecutive order or in response to other bidders. These bids will not
be identified as such and will in no case be placed above the reserve
3. Auctioneer's Discretion
The auctioneer can, at his decision:
a. Refuse any bid.
b. Move bidding forwards or backwards in any way.
c. Change the order, withdraw, split, or combine any lot.
d. Reopen or continue the bidding even after the hammer has fallen.
e. In case of dispute, in discussion with the court bailiff, cancel the sale
of the lot or re-offer and resell any lot.
Any claims must be transmitted within three business days after the
auction and will be considered in good faith by the auctioneer and
bailiff. A decision must be made and will be communicated no later
than seven business days after the auction.
The auctioneer will accept bids in the saleroom, by telephone or online. For
more information about bidding possibilities, please consult chapter B5.
Bidding increments are usually about 10% of the current price but can be
adapted by the auctioneer based on the situation.
Bidding generally starts at 60-80% of the low Estimate at the auctioneer's
If no bid is made at this amount, the auctioneer may decide to lower the
starting price and continue bidding. If there are no bids on a lot, it will be declared unsold.
The currencies Carlo Bonte Auction displays during the auction is to be
considered as an indication only.
We can not be held responsible for any information displayed on the screen,
errors, omissions, or breakdown while displaying the current price in any
7. Successful Bids
Unless the auctioneer decides to use his/her discretion set out in chapter C3,
the strike of the auction hammer is to be considered as the acceptance of
the last bid made. At this moment, a contract of sale is made between the
seller and the successful bidder.
It is the bidder's responsibility to find out if he/she was successful when
bidding; please contact us by mail or telephone after the sale if you are
unsure. All invoices are sent out by mail after the last auction day.
Please make sure to check your spam folder if you suspect to have won a lot
during the sale but have not received an invoice yet.
As stated above, by bidding, you agree to comply with all (local) Belgian laws
that are in force at the time of the auction and might apply to your current
D – ARTIST'S RESALE RIGHT
According to the international rules on copyright, the law obliges us to require an
extra premium on the hammer price of original artworks made by a living artist or
within seventy years after his/her decease. This premium is not required on a
hammer price lower than € 2.000. Starting from € 2.000, the amount is specified
- 4% on the hammer price from € 0,01 up to € 50.000
- 3% on the hammer price from € 50.000,01 up to € 200.000
- 1% on the hammer price from € 200.000,01 up to € 350.000
- 0.5% on the hammer price from € 350.000,01 up to € 500.000
- 0.25% on the hammer price higher than € 500.000
The maximum amount of the extra premium should not exceed € 12.500.
E – PAYMENT
1. How to pay
a. Immediately after the auction, the purchasing price for each lot is due,
i. Hammer price
ii. Buyer's Premium
iii. [Internet Surcharges]
iv. [Artist's Resale Rights]
v. [other charges, fees, or taxes]
b. The buyer is due to settle the payment within 10 business days after
the last auction day. Sale and Invoice-number must be quoted for
c. The payment must be made in one of the following ways:
i. Wire Transfer
All wire payments must be made to the following account:
Name: Carlo Bonte Auctions NV
Address: Kardinaal Mercierstraat 20, 8000 Bruges, Belgium
Bank Name: BNP Paribas Fortis
Bank Adress: Vlamingstraat 78, 8000 Bruges, Belgium
IBAN: BE77 0017 8594 8842
ii. Credit Card
We accept online payments with VISA/Mastercard.
Unionpay cards can be used to pay in person at our offices.
AMEX cards are not accepted.
Due to money laundering laws, we can accept up to €3.000 per
buyer per auction. Official identification is required for all cash
2. Transfer of Ownership
a. The buyer does not possess ownership of the lot until we have
received full payment of the total invoice amount. Partial payments
do not qualify you to collect single lots.
b. The responsibility of the lot will transfer to you whichever of the
following applies first:
i. When you collect the lot
ii. 30 calendar days after the auction when the lot is moved to
paid storage (unless we have agreed otherwise in writing)
If a buyer fails to make the full payment by the due date, Carlo Bonte
Auctions will be entitled to take one or more of the following steps:
a. Cancel the sale of the lot. In this case, we may decide the resell the lot.
The non-paying bidder will still be held responsible for any negative
difference in the realised price or any other financial damages caused.
He/she has no right to claim a possible positive difference on the
b. Hold you legally responsible and may begin legal proceedings to
recover all losses caused.
c. Take the owed amount from other sources that Carlo Bonte Auctions
may owe you (deposits, settlements, etc.).
d. Reveal your identity and contact details to the seller.
e. Reject all future participation and bids made by you or on behalf of
f. Take any other actions we see appropriate.
F COLLECTION, STORAGE, SHIPPING & EXPORT
a. The collection of goods is possible after the last auction day during our
opening hours by appointment on the condition that the full payment
has been made.
b. All lots must be collected no later than 30 days after the auction day.
After this period, all uncollected goods will be put in paid storage at
the cost of the buyer.
a. Once items have been placed in storage, a fixed storage fee of €10 per
lot per week will be charged.
b. Unless agreed upon otherwise in writing, if the item(s) have not been
collected 6 months after the auction, we may decide to sell the items
and pay you the proceeds after subtracting all owed storage fees.
a. The buyer must make all transport and shipping arrangements.
To assist you, we have provided a list of options on our website:
b. We are not responsible for any third party and their actions, failure to
act or neglect during transport of lots.
c. A written authorisation needs to be provided to the auction house if a
rd party is collecting lots on behalf of the buyer.
4. Export from the European Union – VAT Refund
For a VAT refund outside of the European Union, the following documents
must be provided no later than the 10th day of the month following the
1. Official customs declaration stating name and address of the buyer,
description of the lots and the full invoice value.
2. A valid bank account registered on the same name as stated on the
invoice. Refunds to credit cards are only possible within 30 days after
the purchase when the invoice was paid through our online payment
system. In-store card payments can not be refunded.
5. Intra-Community Delivery
For a VAT refund in the context of an Intra-Community Delivery, the
following procedure applies (according to Belgian 'Btw-wetboek artikel
1. The payment needs to be made in full to us.
2. The following documents have to be provided no later than the 10th
day of the month following the delivery:
Either: two non-contradictory documents of category 1 (see below)
that have been issued by two parties that are independent of each
other, being either the transporter or the receiver.
Or: one non-contradictory document of category 1 and one non contradictory document of category 2 (see below) that vouch for the
transport and have been issued by two parties that are independent
of each other, being either the seller or the receiver.
3. We will refund the applicable VAT to the bank account or credit card
used for the purchase.
• A signed CMR document or a signed CMR freight letter
• A bill of lading (B/L or BOL)
• An invoice issued by the transporter of the goods
• An insurance document of the transport or bank documents that proof
the transport of the goods
• Official documents issued by a public instance, e.g., by a notary that
vouches for the receipt of the goods in the country of the receiver
• A receipt by an authorised warehouse keeper in the country of the
receiver that proves the storage of the goods in that country
G – CITES
Concerning the sale of works of art made out of materials derived from protected
species as included in the CITES international UN convention dating from 1975, the
auction house applies the rules in circular 36 / 4.4.1 / 11. from the FPS Public Health
– Cell CITES.
Since, until the final allocation, the auction house cannot foresee if an item will be
purchased by a customer from outside the EU or by a customer who wants to
export the item outside the EU, the attestation as included in the guidelines of the
FPS Public Health – CITES cell, and issued by the auction house, is only valid for EU
The purchaser who wants to export the item outside the EU must personally take
the necessary steps to obtain an official CITES certificate.
Afdeling Multilaterale en Strategische Zaken Cel C.I.T.E.S.
Eurostation II – 2de verdieping
Victor Hortaplein 40 bus 10 – 1060 Brussel
Tel: +32 (0)2 524.74.26 - E-Mail: email@example.com
The auction house cannot be held responsible in the event of a negative decision
by the authorities as above.
USA law stipulates that only those items can freely circulate within the US that are
official CITES licensed and declared as antique by a certified expert.
Please note that we use the following standards in connection with dating items:
- Marked … and period =
The item appears to be, in our opinion, genuine and made during the reign
of the emperor indicated by the mark.
- Marked … =
The item appears to be, in our opinion, old and could be produced during
the reign of the emperor indicated by the mark.
- With a … mark =
The item is bearing a mark, but can not be assumed to be of the period
indicated by the mark
Accepted Payment Methods:
Visa, Mastercard and wire transfer.
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收款人姓名: Carlo Bonte Auctions NV
收款人地址: Kardinaal Mercierstaat 20, 8000 Bruges, Belgium
开户行名称: BNP-Paribas Fortis
开户行地址: Blankenbergse Steenweg 93, B-8000 Bruges, Belgium
IBAN账号: BE77 0017 8594 8842