Auction Guide Terms & Conditions of Sale

Terms & Conditions of Sale

The following Terms & Conditions of Sale explain the terms pertaining to the legal relationship of Bid & Hammer  with the Buyer. We suggest that you read these Terms & Conditions of Sale fully and are aware of their content prior to bidding.


  1. 1.   Definitions 1.   Definitions

  1. 2.   The Role of Bid & Hammer 2.   The Role of Bid & Hammer

  1. 3.   Bid & Hammer's Responsibility to Buyers 3.   Bid & Hammer's Responsibility to Buyers

    • 3.1 While every care is taken in the preparation of the catalogue details including provenance, attribution, date and age of the Lot, they represent solely the opinion of B&H, who are not liable for any discrepancies that may be found. It is the responsibility of the prospective Buyer to assure himself of the validity of the description of the Property and its condition.

    • 3.2 However, in the most unlikely event of the Property being a forgery, clause 7 and 10 of these Terms & Conditions of Sale shall apply.

    • 3.3 B&H may or may not choose to disclose the identity of the Buyer to any person or entity, as deemed appropriate by it.

  1. 3.4 Certificate of Authenticity 3.4 Certificate of Authenticity

    • B&H does not issue any such certificates. However, a purchase invoice from B&H can be used in lieu of the same and any dispute will be resolved under clause 7 and 10 of these Terms & Conditions of Sale.

  1. 4.   Before the Auction

  1. 4.1 Condition of Lots 4.1 Condition of Lots

    • Lots are sold with general reference to any restorations, imperfections or damage that may have occurred and verified by B&H. However, B&H cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions of description in this respect. The prospective Buyer is strongly recommended to view the Lot personally or have his representative do so, to satisfy himself as to the condition of the Lot. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging.

  1. 4.2 Pre-Sale Estimates 4.2 Pre-Sale Estimates

    • B&H publishes estimates for each Lot in its catalogue. These are there purely for the convenience and guidance of the Buyer and to provide an indication of the opinion of the Auction House. They do not necessarily indicate with any degree of accuracy the final Hammer Price. The prospective Buyer must ascertain the price upto which he wishes to Bid referring to the Estimated Price purely as the opinion of the Auctioneer.

  1. 4.3 Registration 4.3 Registration

    • All prospective Bidders/Buyers must register all details required by B&H. They must complete a form that will have their name, address (this cannot be changed at the time of invoicing & delivery) and other contact details at the same time as showing proof of identity such as driving license, passport, voter registration card, AADHAR card or income tax PAN card. The Buyers bank and credit card information will also be required along with a security deposit (refundable after deduction of nominal processing charges in case of unsuccessful bids) and or bankers guarantee against the Lot/s that the Buyer wishes to purchase. B&H can at its discretion refuse acceptance of registration, should personal details and identity documents not be acceptable or for any other reason whatsoever without explanation.

  1. 5.   At the Auction

  1. 5.1 The Bidder/ Buyer 5.1 The Bidder/ Buyer

    • At the fall of the hammer, that bid which is accepted is bound to buy the Lot. Any dispute arising at or immediately after the fall of the gavel will be settled absolutely at the Auctioneer’s discretion whose decision will be final.If on completion of a bid at the Auction, the Buyer does not immediately accept or confirm the purchase/s, the Auctioneer may at hisdiscretion cancel the Sale and re-offer the Lot.

  1. 5.2 Bidding 5.2 Bidding

    • Please make sure that you register yourself as a bidder as only then will you be allowed to bid, either in person or via absentee or telephone or online / live online bidding. Please also note that B&H reserves the right to increase the bidding, combine or segregate two or more Lots and alter the order of offering, at its absolute discretion.

    • ‘Paddle’ or ‘Live’ bidding:
      If you are going to attend the Auction and bid in person, you are requested to be at the venue at least 30 minutes prior to the commencement of the auction so as to collect with ease your paddle with a unique number. Raising of the paddle at the Auction indicates your interest in a Lot and the same is acknowledged by the Auctioneer by calling out your paddle number.
    • ‘Absentee’ or ‘Written’ bidding:
      B&H shall at its discretion accept absentee bids in writing or through e-mail upto and no later than 4 hours before commencement of the Auction. These written instructions shall indicate a maximum price up to which the prospective Buyer is prepared to bid. No‘Buy’ or ‘Unlimited’ bids will be accepted. Prospective Buyers are asked to choose the absentee bidding option as well as specify their maximum bid in the registration form. B&H undertakes to buy the Lot/s at the lowest possible price for the absentee bidder dependent upon reserve price and other bidding. B&H cannot accept any responsibility for failure to execute an absentee bid, for whatever reason. ‘Online’ or ‘Live Online’ bidding option may be made available, details of which, if the option is made available, will be put up either on B&H’s website or directly on the interface providers’ website if B&H uses the services of a third-party provider.
    • ‘Telephone’ bidding:
      B&H will accept at its discretion, instructions to execute bids with the prospective Buyer over the telephone. Telephone bidding is typically reserved for those Lot/s with a minimum estimate of at least Rs 50,000 and only for those bidders who are not residents of the town or city where the auction is being held. Prospective Buyers are asked to choose the telephone bidding option in the registration form. B&H will call the prospective Buyer, on the specified number, shortly before the Lot/s comes up for offer. B&H cannot take any responsibility for failure to execute a telephone bid, for whatever reason.
  1. 5.3 Bidding Increments 5.3 Bidding Increments

    • Our auctioneers can vary the bidding increments at their discretion.

  1. 6.   After the Auction

  1. 6.1 Premium, Commission, Expenses and Taxes 6.1 Premium, Commission, Expenses and Taxes

    • Buyers’ Premium: After winning the bid, the Buyer will have to pay B&H the hammer price in full in addition to which he/she will also have to pay a Buyers Premium of 17% upto a value of Indian Rupees 1 (One) Crore and 14% on the excess thereafter, calculated on the hammer price. In addition, all sales that take place within India are subject to a 14.5% VAT (Value Added Tax) / CST (Central Sales Tax) At the, applicable rate, on the winning bid value and a 14% Service Tax on the Buyers’ Premium. A CST (Central Sales Tax) of 2% instead of the 14.5% VAT will be applicable on the winning bid value only if the Buyer takes delivery of the Lot outside the state of Karnataka and can provide the necessary documentation (C-Form) required by the Sales Tax authorities. The Service Tax on the Buyers’ Premium will still apply at 14%. If the Lot is being exported out of India, then none of these charges would apply. Foreign nationals or entities are exempt from VAT/CST subject to customs clearance documents. However, we charge Foreign nationals a Buyers Premium of 18% upto a value of Indian Rupees 1 (One) Crore and 15% on the excess thereafter, calculated on the hammer price.

      Please Note: On Gold, Silver and Jewellery items, VAT/CST is 1% VAT/CST

      Sellers’ Commission: B&H charges the Seller a Commission and any other handling charges (transportation, insurance, storage, photography etc) as per the agreed terms of business with sellers or consignors.

  1. 6.2 Payment 6.2 Payment

    • Time for Payment:
      Payment should be made as soon as possible after the Sale up to an absolute maximum of 3 days from the date of Sale.
    • Credit Card Payment:
      Credit Card Payments are accepted upon payment of a 2% surcharge on the full invoiced amount. In the event the Credit Card company declines a Credit Card payment, liability to B&H for the Total Price remains with the Buyer and should be settled immediately by an alternative method. After the auction, B&H and or its third-party service providers have the right to charge the bidders credit card,the total amount of dues payable by the bidder, if within 3 days of Sale no payment has been received.
    • Cheque Payment:
      Lot/s will be released only after the cheque has been honoured and the funds are with B&H. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Bid & Hammer Auctioneers (P) Ltd’.
    • Bank Transfer:
      Clearance will have to be sought from B&H prior to making a bank transfer. B&H’s bank details are as follows - Bank Name: Syndicate Bank, Branch: 5th Block Jayanagar, Account Number: 0425/101/0004309, Swift Code: SYNBINBB118, IFSC: SYNB0000474, Account Name: ‘Bid & Hammer Auctioneers (P) Ltd’, City: Bangalore.
    • Transfer of Ownership:
      The Buyer shall not receive ownership of the Lot/s purchased until he makes payment of the Total Price for the Lot/s and until such payment is received as cleared funds by B&H.
    • Foreign Buyers:
      Foreign Buyers, including NRIs or Overseas Institutions with at least 60% of its shares owned by NRIs must effect payment in foreign convertible currency or Indian Rupees paid from NRI accounts as per the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999.
    • Failure to pay:
      In the event the Buyer fails to pay within the stipulated 3 day period, B&H may cancel the Sale, proceed against the Buyer for the Total Price plus any costs incurred in the pursuance of the proceeds and resell the Lot to recover any or all of the outstanding costs. Any shortfall shall remain the responsibility of the Buyer to pay. Interest shall be charged at 2% per month prorata on the Total Price from the 4th day after the Auction, until payment is received either from the Buyer in total or through resale in part, with the remainder from the Buyer. Should a Buyer who fails to pay have Lots with B&H for Sale, B&H may at its discretion withhold those items in lien of the outstanding payment or may dispose of them to recoup the outstanding payment.
  1. 6.3 Collection, Storage & Shipping 6.3 Collection, Storage & Shipping

    • Collection of Lot/s purchased:
      This must take place within 7 days of the Auction, but not prior to payment by the Buyer of the Total Price and the clearance of said funds. All packing, insurance, transport and forwarding and the costs thereof relating to the items purchased shall be the responsibility of the Buyer alone and B&H can only facilitate the same, at its discretion, through its known partners.
    • Non Collection/Storage:
      Should the Lot not be collected within the stipulated 7 days, B&H will charge storage charges at a rate of 1% of the purchase price prorata per month. Should storage space be unavailable at B&H’s Premises, B&H shall nominate a storage facility and all charges raised in transport to and storage at said facility including any insurance or other charges shall be passed on to the Buyer.
    • Buyers’ Responsibility:
      Responsibility for any damage or loss occurring after the 7 day period stipulated above shall be solely at the Buyer’s risk.
    • Shipping:
      Should the Buyer require B&H to arrange for collection and shipping this is a service B&H are happy to advise on entirely at cost to the Buyer. Any damage or loss occurring while goods are in the hands of shippers recommended by B&H shall be at the Buyer’s risk.
  1. 7.   Forgeries 7.   Forgeries

    • 7.1 Should it be brought to B&H’s attention that an item offered at one of its Auctions may be a forgery and satisfactory initial evidence given to that effect, B&H retains the right to withdraw the item for sale and hold it until further evidence as to the item’s legitimacy are delivered, or make it available to the necessary authorities for research to ascertain the validity of the item, when a decision as to whether the item is a forgery can be delivered.

    • 7.2Should a Buyer believe an item he has bought to be a forgery, he must first prove legal title to the item and then furnish the necessary proof which will be examined by the relevant B&H expert or consultant, for scrutiny. Thereafter, a mutually agreeable panel of experts (nominated by both the Buyer and B&H) would be constituted. The experts nominated by the Buyer and B&H will in turn nominate an Umpire. Their decision would be final. Please note that matters relating to possible forgery may only be raised by the Buyer of the item from a B&H Auction and within 6 months from date of Sale. The method of dispute resolution shall be that envisaged in clause 10 of these Terms & Conditions of Sale.

    • 7.3Notwithstanding clause 7.2 above, if the description given at the time of the Auction was a generally accepted opinion or if the means of testing used to determine whether the item was a forgery, was not available at the time of the sale, B&H shall not be held liable.

    • 7.4Based on clause 7.2 and 7.3 above, should the proof that a Lot is a forgery be compelling, B&H shall cancel the Sale and refund the Total Price to the Buyer but only after receiving the Sale proceeds from the Seller, should he already have been paid and then return the object to the Seller. The Seller shall bear the costs of any necessary research undertaken to establish the forgery.

  1. 8.   Non Exportable Property 8.   Non Exportable Property

    • Any property which in B&H’s opinion is Non Exportable (out of India) because it is described as an ‘Antiquity’ or a ‘National Art Treasure’ under the Antiquities and Art Treasures Act, 1972, shall be indicated as ‘Non Exportable’ in the catalogue & website. Any attempt to export such a marked item without the express permission of the Archaeological Survey of India (A.S.I) shall be entirely at the Buyer’s risk. Properties not carrying the ‘Non Exportable’ tag may in B&H’s opinion only be exported in accordance with Indian Law. Should a Buyer wish to export such an object he must get the necessary clearances from the authorities himself. At its discretion, B&H may only endeavour to assist the Buyer.
  1. 9.   Antiquities 9.   Antiquities

    • Any property deemed to be an Antiquity must be registered as such with the Archaeological Survey of India (A.S.I) under the Antiquities and Art Treasures Act, 1972. After it is sold at Auction, it is the responsibility of the Buyer to communicate with the A.S.I and ensure that they receive the registration certificate. B&H as auctioneers only facilitate the open market Sale and cannot be held legally responsible for failure to do so on the Buyer’s part.
  1. 10. Jurisdiction 10. Jurisdiction

    • Notwithstanding the Terms & Conditions of Sale above, these shall be governed by Indian Law and are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts at Bangalore, Karnataka. Any disputes arising between Seller, Buyer or B&H shall be settled in accordance with the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996. Language of arbitration shall be English. Place of arbitration shall be Bangalore, India only.
  1. 11. Others 11. Others

    • 11.1 The printing quality of the catalogue might not exactly match with the original works.

    • 11.2 All estimates, if also given in US $ or any other foreign currency, would be subject to exchange rate in Indian Rupees on the date of sale.

    • 11.3 All text, pertaining to description and research on the lots, on the website or in the catalogue, without any acknowledgment or reference to authorship is copyrighted to B&H.

    • 11.4 Errors & Omissions, on the website or in the catalogue, if any, are sincerely regretted and may be excused.

    • 11.5 B&H can make changes to these Terms & Conditions of Sale from time to time without any prior notification. It is the responsibility of the Buyer to ensure that he reads the updated Terms & Conditions of Sale in each new catalogue or on the website from time to time so as to make himself aware of these changes if any. If the Terms & Conditions of Sale have changed, in no instance shall the old Terms & Conditions of Sale be applied unless the item/s were purchased from an auction catalogue that had the old Terms & Conditions of Sale. However, in the unlikely event of a change in the Terms & Conditions of Sale post the publication of an upcoming auction catalogue, but prior to the auction, the same will be notified to the Buyer and he has to adhere to these new Terms & Conditions of Sale.