The Auction House Cornette de Saint Cyr is a
voluntary sales company governed by the law
of 20 July 2011 and deontological rules. The
Auction House acts as agent for the seller who
enters into a sale contract with the purchaser.
The auction sales organised by the Auction
House Cornette de Saint Cyr are hereby subject
to the following conditions of sale:
Goods put up for sale
Potential purchasers are invited to examine the
goods that might be of interest to them during
the exhibitions which are organized by the Auction
House Cornette de Saint Cyr before the
Condition reports may be requested from the
Auction House by letter, telephone or electronic
mail. They will be sent free of charge but are
to be used for information only. The reports will
include the artistic and scientifi c information
known to the Auction House at the date of the
sale and cannot substitute the physical examination
by the purchaser.
The descriptions in the catalogue are established
by the Auction House and where
applicable by the expert who assists the former,
subject to notices and corrections given when
the lot is presented and included in the bill of
sale. Sizes, weights and estimates are given
for information purposes only. The colors of the
works included in the catalogue may vary due to
The lack of information on the condition of the
goods in the catalogue will by no means imply
that the lot is in a perfect state of preservation
or free from restoration, wear, cracks, relining or
The goods are sold in the state they are found at
the time of sale. The prior exhibition has enabled
potential purchasers to examine the object.
According to the article L221-28 of the French
Consumer Code, the buyer cannot use a right of
withdrawal after the public auction.
ln the event of a withdrawal of an article prior to
the sale by a depositor and after the publication
of the catalogue or, in the event of a modifi cation
to the minimum price rendering it impossible
to put the article up for sale immediately, the
seller will be obliged to pay the purchaser and
seller fees calculated on the basis of the median
estimate stipulated in the catalogue to the
Auction House Cornette de Saint Cyr by way
of compensation. The article which has been
withdrawn will not be returned to the seller until
the aforementioned fees are paid. If no payment
is forthcoming, the article will be put up for sale
once again in line with the terms of the initial sale
The auction sales are carried out in the order
of the catalogue numbers. The bidders are invited
to make themselves known to the Auction
House Cornette de Saint Cyr before the sale to
ensure that their personal details are recorded
Bidders are generally present in the room. However,
the bidders can use our purchase order
forms to place a bid or our telephone bidding
form. The documents are available at the end
of the sale catalogue, on the website www.cornette.
auction.fr., or on request. The form should
be sent to the Auction House Cornette de Saint
Cyr together with an ID card or passport, a bank
identifi cation slip [RIB in France] or bank details
at least two days before the sale.
The Auction House Cornette de Saint Cyr will
handle auction sales by telephone and absentee
bids free of charge. The Auction House Cornette
de Saint Cyr cannot be held responsible for a
problem with the telephone link along with an error
or omission in the execution of the absentee
It is also possible to bid though our three
partners online auction sites Drouot Live, Interenchères
The auction house cannot be held liable during
the auction in the event of a technical problem
on a platform.
ln the event of two identical absentee bids, preference
will be given to the earliest absentee bid.
The successful bidder will be deemed to be the
individual who has made the highest bid. In the
event of a double bid which is confi rmed as such
by the auctioneer, the lot will be put up for sale
again and any or all persons present will have the
right to take part in the second sale by auction.
French State has a pre-emption right for sold
cultural goods. French State could substitute the
fi nal bidder within 15 days after the auction.
Payment must be paid immediately after the
sale in euros by the bidder. In the event that the
successful bidder has not given their personal information
before the sale, they will be required to
provide proof of identity and bank details.
ln addition to the hammer price, purchasers will
be required to pay the folIowing costs and taxes
per lot and per block:
- from 1 to 150 000 €: 25 % before tax (30 %
inclusive of tax except for books 26.37 % inclusive
- from 150 001 € to 1 200 000 €: 20% before tax
(24 % inclusive of tax except for books 21,10%
inclusive of tax)
- above 1 200 001 €: 12% before tax (14,40 %
inclusive of tax except for books 12,66% inclusive
For lots from countries outside the European
Union, import tax will be added as follows:
For lots with numbers preceded by the sign: *
additional tax of 5,5 % of the hammer price.
For lots with numbers preceded by the sign: **
additional tax of 20 % of the hammer price.
In addition, the buyers who purchased their items
through a platform online will pay:
1.5 % before tax (1.8 % inclusive of tax) of the
hammer price if they used Drouot Live (Digital)
3 % before tax (3.6 % inclusive of tax) of the
hammer price if they used Interencheres
5 % of the hammer price for Invaluable services.
The successful bidder may pay using one of the
- in cash within the limits of the legislation in
- by bank transfer.
- by cheque, with the presentation of identity papers
Cheques drawn on a foreign bank will only be accepted
provided prior consent is obtained from
the Auction House Cornette de Saint Cyr. Purchasers
are advised to provide a letter of credit
from their bank for an amount which is close to
their intended purchase fi gure.
- by bank card except American Express.
The resale right if is due, is at the seller’s charge
according to the articles R122-6 et L122-8 of the
French intellectual property Code.
Failure to pay
ln the event of failure to pay the hammer price
and fees, formal notice will be sent to the
purchaser by registered letter with acknowledgement
of receipt. ln the event of failure to
pay at the end of the deadline of one month
after the sending of the formal notice, the purchaser
will be required to pay delay penalties of
1% per month of the hammer price as well as
the collection costs. In case of an intervention
of our attorney at law to collect the outstanding
amount, the costs will be in the charge of the
purchaser with a minimum of 500 euros. Each
month started counting as a full month.
This clause being applied will not hinder the
awarding of damages and costs for the legal
proceedings which will be required, and does
not exclude the article being put up for sale
again in a new auction which is governed by article
L 321 -14 of the Commercial Code.
Within the framework of this new auction, the
Auction House hereby has the right to claim
the payment of the difference between the initial
hammer price and the subsequent hammer
price obtained from this reiteration of auction, if
this last is lower, together with the costs incurred
due to the second Auction sale from the defaulting
The Auction House Cornette de Saint Cyr
hereby reserves the right to offset against the
amounts owed to the defaulting successful bidder.
Furthermore, the Auction House Cornette
de Saint Cyr hereby reserves the right to exclude
any or all successful bidder who has not
complied with these conditions of sale from its
future auction sales.
The Auction House Cornette de Saint Cyr is
member of the Central Registry for auctioneers
for the prevention of outstanding invoices of the
auctioneers where a default in payment can be
The debtor can access, modify or make an opposition
for a legitimate reason before the SYMEV
at the following address: 15 rue Freycinet 75016
All auction sales invoices remaining unpaid or
subject to delays in payment may be added
to the Auction Access restriction fi le « TEMIS
File » maintained by Commissaires-Priseurs
Multimédia (CPM). Bidders listed on the TEMIS
File may face restrictions on their bidding activity
at auctions and also be temporary suspended
of access to the www.interencheres.com live
Bidders listed on the TEMIS File can contest it or
exercise their rights of access, rectifi cation and
objection under applicable data protection legislation
by submitting in writing by post to CPM, 37
rue de Châteaudun 75009 Paris or by email to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Le bidder may also submit
a complaint to the CNIL, 3 Place de Fontenoy
TSA 80715 75334 Paris Cedex 07.
Important notifi cations relating to the auction
process will be sent to the mail and postal address
that the bidder provided the auctioneer at
the time of the auction. The bidder must notify
the auction house of any changes to their contact
Collection of purchases
No lot will be handed over to the purchasers before
all of the amounts owed are settled.
ln the event of payment with a non-certifi ed
cheque or by bank transfer, delivery of the articles
may be differed until receipt of the amounts
owed. As soon as the auction sale is concluded,
the articles will be placed under the purchaser’s
With regard to the collection of lots which have
not been taken on the date of the sale, you are
advised to contact the Auction House Cornette
de Saint Cyr prior to collection on +33 (0)1 47
27 11 24.
An appointment can be made to collect small
paintings and objects of art at 6 avenue Hoche,
75008 Paris, from Monday to Friday from 9.00
a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 2.00 p.m. to 6.00
p.m. (5.00 p.m. on Fridays). Fifteen days of free
storage is offered. Thereafter, the storage will be
invoiced at 36 euros inclusive of tax per month
and per lot (or 9 euros inclusive of tax per week
and per lot). If the article is collected after the
beginning of the week payment for a full week
will be requested.
Furniture and in general terms any bulky articles
are stored at our partner’s warehouse. Storage
costs are to be paid by the purchaser and will
be invoiced directly by our partners to the purchaser
with the tariffs in force as following: free
of charge the fi rst two weeks of storage; from
the 15th day, a fee of 24 € inclusive of tax per
two week period (the fi rst two weeks after the
auction will also be invoiced from the 15th day,
as well as the following two weeks). In addition
to these storage fees, a handling charge of 54 €
inclusive of tax is to be included (not-invoiced the
fi rst two weeks). Hence, from the 15th day after
the auction, the total storage and handling fees
for the month will be of 102 € per item.
The Auction House will not be responsible for the
storage of articles.
Transport of the lots is to be carried out at the
successful bidder’s expense and under their full
Items subject to specifi c legislation
Sales of arms: Except as permitted by law, only
licence holders are able to bid.
The sale of some items is governed by the Washington
Convention of the 3rd March 1973 relative
to the protection of specimens and species
threatened by extinction (CITES). The buyers
have to check the legislation applicable in their
country before bidding.
The VAT will be refunded to the buyers who are
non-European Union residents upon presentation
to our accountant of the export declaration
(SAD) of the good(s) purchased duly endorsed
by the competent customs authority, within 3
months after the sale. The export declaration
must mention the auction house Cornette de
Saint Cyr as the consignor and the buyer as the
consignee of the good(s).
The export of the works of art considered as
“cultural goods” must be authorized by the
Ministry for the Arts (see article L 111-2 of the
The export to a country within the European
Union requires a certifi cate of export issued
by the Ministry of the Arts with a delay up to 4
This certifi cate could be asked by the Auction
House on behalf of the buyer after the sale.
The export to a country outside the European
Union requires a certifi cate of export as well as
an export licence and a customs declaration.
In this case, the buyer has to pass through a
transit company in order to ask for these export
The Ministry of the Arts issues or refuses the
certifi cate of export within a maximum delay of 4
months and the licence export need two further
weeks to be obtained.
The documents required must be presented to
the customs offi cers.
The law punishes to penalties the person who
exports or tries to export a cultural good without
the authorizations required (see article L 114-1 of
the Patrimony Code).
The works of art are considered as cultural
goods according to their age (generally from 50
years) and their value (price with taxes included)
which varies by categories (€ 150 000 or more
for paintings, € 15 000 or more for prints…).
These thresholds are set by the decree n°
93-124 of the 29th January 1993 and by the European
Regulation of the 18th December 2008
The buyer cannot make the export certifi cate as
a condition of his payment.
The Auction House is not responsible for the delay
or the refusal of the export certifi cate from
the Ministry for the Arts.
Governing law and jurisdiction
These conditions of sale are governed by French
law. Any or all disputes relating to the wording,
validity and performance that is not settled amicably
with the auction house or through the Sale
Council will be settled by the court or competent
jurisdiction in Paris.
According to the law, all liability actions against
the auction house or the expert of the sale are
limited to fi ve years from the auction.
Compliance with the General Data Protection
For its activities, our auction house collects
personal data regarding sellers and buyers.
Consequently, sellers and buyers have right to
access, rectifi cation and opposition on their personal
data contacting directly the auction house.
Our society guarantees the confi dentiality of the
data received. The auction house could use the
data in order to satisfy its legal obligations or,
with the client agreement, for its activity (sale
advertising). The data could be forwarded to the
competent authorities when it is required by the
law and regulation.
Hammer prices can be found on the internet
site www.cornette-saintcyr.com or upon request
at the following telephone number +33 (0) 1 47
27 11 24.