The Golden Years of LIFE - Photographs

jeudi 22 septembre 2022 18:30
6, avenue Hoche - 75008 Paris
Sale information

The Golden Years of LIFE - Photographs

Exhibitions :

Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr Paris

6, avenue Hoche - 75008

Saturday September 17, 10 am - 6 pm

Sunday, September 18 2-6pm

Monday September 19th 10am-6pm

Tuesday September 20th 10am-6pm

Wednesday, September 21 10am-6pm

Thursday September 22 10h-16h

We are at your disposal to send you photographs, videos and detailed condition reports.

Phone during the exhibitions: +33 1 47 27 11 24

Telephone during the sale: +33 1 47 27 11 24

Director of the Photography Department :

Didier Poupard

Phone + 33 1 56 79 12 44 / + 33 6 80 13 16 71 - Fax + 33 1 45 53 45 24

Sales Administrator :

Clara Golbin

Phone +33 1 56 79 12 33 - Fax +33 1 45 53 45 24

Design and organization of the sale :

Agnès Vergez

Phone +33 6 08 69 00 24

BITL Agency -

The condition reports of the works we present can be delivered before the sale to all persons who request them.

These are only provided as an indication and cannot replace the personal examination of the works by the buyer.

Auctioneer :

Arnaud Cornette de Saint Cyr

Tel : +33 1 47 27 11 24

Sales conditions

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 auctions.

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 scientific

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 printing techniques.

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 other imperfections.

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


According to the article L221-28 of the French

Consumer Code, the buyer cannot use a right

of withdrawal after the public auction.

In 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

modification 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 requisition.

Auction sales

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 beforehand.

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, 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 identification 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 bids received.

It is also possible to bid though our three

partners online auction sites Drouot Live,

Interenchères and Invaluable.

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 confirmed 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 preemption

right for sold cultural goods. French

State could substitute the final 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 of tax)

- 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 of tax)

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) services

- 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 following methods:

in cash within the limits of the legislation in


- by bank transfer.

- by cheque, with the presentation of identity

papers being compulsory.

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 figure.

- by bank card except American Express.

The resale right if is due, is at the seller’s

charge according to the articles R122-6 and

L122-8 of the French intellectual property


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. In 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 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 successful


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 inscribed.

The debtor can access, modify or make an

opposition for a legitimate reason before

the SYMEV at the following address: 15 rue

Freycinet 75016 Paris.

All auction sales invoices remaining unpaid or

subject to delays in payment may be added

to the Auction Access restriction file ‘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 live service.

Bidders listed on the TEMIS File can contest it

or exercise their rights of access, rectification

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

The bidder may also submit a complaint

to the CNIL, 3 Place de Fontenoy - TSA

80715 - 75334 Paris Cedex 07.

Important notifications 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 details.

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-certified

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 full responsibility.

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


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 first two weeks

of storage; from the 15th day, a fee of €24

inclusive of tax per two-week period (the

first 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 first 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 responsibility.

Items subject to specific 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.


Tax refund

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

Patrimony Code).

The export to a country within the European

Union requires a certificate of export issued

by the Ministry of the Arts with a delay up to

4 months.

This certificate 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 certificate 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 authorizations.

The Ministry of the Arts issues or refuses the

certificate 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 officers.

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 (n° 116/2009).

The buyer cannot make the export certificate

as a condition of his payment.

The Auction House is not responsible for the

delay or the refusal of the export certificate

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 five years from the auction.

Compliance with the General Data Protection

Regulation (GDPR)

For its activities, our auction house collects

personal data regarding sellers and buyers.

Consequently, sellers and buyers have right

to access, rectification and opposition on

their personal data contacting directly the

auction house. Our society guarantees the

confidentiality 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 or upon

request at the following telephone number

+33 (0) 1 47 27 11 24.