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  • Why should only professionals make real money at art auctions?
  • Do you want to buy an artwork? Are you sure that the artwork is really what the catalogue declares? Did you know that the auction house considers it your responsibility to verify? Are you aware of the difficulties of solving your disputes after the purchase? Maybe you haven’t read the Terms of Sale carefully enough.
  • Our response will always be in line with the value and risk involved. Before buying an artwork contact us. Answers in real time.

Why should only professionals make real money at art auctions? The mirage of those artworks sold for hundreds of millions of US dollars and the illusion of security given by the public sale attract thousands of sellers and buyers every year, who believe there is an opportunity for a great deal. Those who do make a real profit are the professionals and the auction houses, who earn their percentage on the total sales volume: nothing to pay off and no costly guarantee offered to buyers.
To really make a profit, whether you want to buy or want to sell, you need to know the particular rules of this sector of the art market. Unwritten rules whereby only professionals or those assisted by consultants make an excellent investment or obtain cash when and how ever you wish.

Do you want to buy an artwork? Are you sure that the artwork is really what the catalogue declares? Did you know that the auction house considers it your responsibility to verify? Are you aware of the difficulties of solving your disputes after the purchase? Maybe you haven’t read the Terms of Sale carefully enough. “[…] all property is sold AS IS without any representations or warranties by us or the Consignor as to merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, the correctness of the catalogue or other description of the physical condition, size, quality, rarity, importance, medium, provenance, exhibitions, literature or historical relevance of any property and no statement anywhere, whether oral or written, whether made in the catalogue, an advertisement, a bill of sale, a salesroom posting or announcement, or elsewhere, shall be deemed such a warranty, representation or assumption of liability”.
Or: “So the purchaser/successful bidder is not given […] any implicit or explicit guarantee about the purchased lots”. And again: “The person interested in buying, commits, before taking part in the action, to analyzing it in depth, even with the help of his own expert to be sure of all the characteristics. No claim will be accepted after the sale”.
Need we continue? These are some of the “Terms of sale” applied by the major auction houses around the world.

Our response will always be in line with the value and risk involved. Before buying an artwork contact us. Answers in real time. If you are not able to verify for yourself that the lot you want to buy is really what the auction catalogue declares, or if you have doubts about the evaluation or the state of conservation, request our expertise. With our advice you can develop a winning purchasing strategy.
Buying a work of art at auction is an exciting experience. Doing it safe from all risk is invaluable.
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