All lots previewed by internet catalog with photos; special arrangements may be made for in person inspection for some lots. Please call or email to arrange.
Terms & Conditions
An auction is a recognized legal contract between buyer and seller. The bidder, by his bid, extends a legally binding offer to buy the item offered. The auction, as seller, if the buyer's bid is acceptable, enters into a contract to sell. All normal provisions of contract law apply to enforce these arrangements. Please read the descriptions of each auction lot carefully as well as the Terms and Conditions detailed below before bidding. Know what you are bidding on!
1. GUARANTEE OF AUTHENTICITY: This is not a "buyer beware" auction. All works are guaranteed authentic as follows:
a. Author: Each work offered and sold is guaranteed to be that of the author identified in the BOLD TYPE introduction at the beginning of each lot number description. Authorship means creator of the artwork or originator of the art or concept portrayed and may refer to a period, culture or other source or origin. "Attributed" authorship means that in the best judgement of the auction house the work is by the artist named, but authorship is not known for certain. Thus attributed works are specifically exempted from the guarantee of authorship. "After" means that the work was created by another hand after another work by the author identified in the BOLD TYPE introduction and is covered by the guarantee.
b. Signature: Each individually written signature is guaranteed to be the authentic hand written signature of the person whose name appears in the signature, i.e. not a counterfeit or forgery, unless specifically exempted or qualified.
c. Descriptions: Other descriptive material is presented for information only and while prepared with the intention to be as complete and accurate as possible is explicitly not covered by the guarantee.
Notification concerning a breach of warranty must be made within 30 days of auction and returned within 14 days of notification. In case of dispute, the auction may request collaborating statement of fact concerning the breach of guarantee from a knowledgeable art professional. Works returned must be in the same condition as sold and should be shipped with appropriate insurance. All communications should refer to the registration code number which is at the end of each description in the auction catalogue.
2. REFERENCE: The term "reference" used in conjunction with lot descriptions refers to standard texts which list and describe and often illustrate the known works of an artist and usually define whether the works are original or reproductive. Unfortunately not all artists are so catalogued, and others incompletely so. In addition, such reference works do not list works which have been produced since the catalogue was written.
3. FRAMING AND CONDITION: Works sold are sold as is where is. Works before 1900 are in good condition for their age and any important damage is described. Such works should be carefully inspected before bidding. Most works can be inspected through the internet images in fairly minute detail. If you need further condition information contact us directly by e-mail, phone or fax. If the lot description does not mention condition, then the condition of the work is very fine. "Conservation Framed", when found in a lot description, means that the work is framed with accepted conservation standards including acid free mounts and removable hinges. Auction staff can advise on the framing technique for a particular work as well as any other condition reports requested, time permitting. Many works were photographed with transparent plastic corners which appear as grey triangles in intenet photos. These are not defects. You may assume what you see under the grey/transparent corners is the condition of the actual work.
4. ESTIMATES: Auction estimates refer to a fair auction price. All estimates, however, represent auction staff opinions. While many works will be sold under estimates, many also will be sold over the estimates. Bidders should keep in mind that through the internet bidding process, you will purchase at the lowest possible price dependent on the interest of other bidders (see section 6 below).
5. BIDDING AND RESERVES: Bidding will be in reasonable increments as befits the price of the work offered. The auctioneer reserves the right to reject any or all bids and is the final judge in case of dispute. Works may be offered subject to a reserve, a price below which no bids will be accepted. In no case will the reserve be above the low auction estimate. Internet and other absentee bidders should adhere to the posted bid increments. (No work will be sold to a floor bidder between increments if there is an absentee bid or internet bidder on the lot.)
6. INTERNET AND OTHER ABSENTEE BIDS: Bidding may be by EBAY live bidding systems. Bids may also be offered by those unable to attend the auction in person through the internet bidding forms for each lot and/or by fax or phone. Such bids will be executed just as if you were bidding in person. Your bid will be used as an upside limit with the auction bidding on your behalf until the other bidders quit bidding or your limit is reached, whichever comes first. In no case will you be charged more than your bid limit (plus the 20% buyer's premium). You will be notified promptly if your bid is successful.
Telephone Bidding: You may bid live on the telephone by making a reservation. This option is subject to availability of personel and open lines. Contact us at 202-489-5300 (800-489-5300) if you wish to arrange telephone bidding.
7. PAYMENT: Payment is expected after notification of a successful bid. Payment may be by check, cash, or bank transfer. Credit cards may be honored up to a limit of $5000 per invoice. (Visa, Mastercharge, Discover only are accepted). All works must be paid for before removal or delivery. Approval may be required before a large check or charge can be accepted as payment.
8. SHIPPING: Shipping is the responsibility of the buyer. Shipping is not necessarily expensive unless there is damage. Creighton-Davis will help to arrange shipping, but individuals are free to use their own shippers. We recommend Craters and Freighters for large items and goods easily damaged. For estimates call 301-926-7166 . Smaller parcels may be shipped through the Mailbox etc./UPS system. We arrange shipping that will not result in damage, but this might be slightly more expensive than alternative services.
BUYER'S PREMIUM: Please Note: Buyer's will be charged a 20% buyer's premium.
9. Works may be withdrawn from the original listings at any time and for any reason, and if not delivered to the buyer after payment, may be exempt from the contract terms of the auction.
10. Auction reserves the right to refuse bids or registrations from any individual or other interest for any reason.
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