Terms and conditions

The Dutch language is by law the only official language at auction.

'Sylvie’s Wine Auctions' is just the holder (intermediate) of the goods and therefore not the owner. The sale takes place against cash payment or by bank or credit card. The extra costs of the transactions will be paid by the buyer.

The goods and wines will be sold in the condition they are in, with all possible shortcomings and mistakes of description. The buyer will be deemed to have investigated the state of the goods purchased. If he/she buys without preliminary investigation, the buyer will be deemed to have done this at one’s own risk. In any case the risk of damage or risk of the purchased passes immediately after the allotment to the buyers.

The lots as described in the catalogue are indicative and can never be regarded binding.

The estimates of the lots are based on prices in accordance with the market and are strictly indicative. The estimates exclude buyers premium or sellers commission. The estimates are always per lot.

If lots are not present or not accurate caused by mistakes or other reasons, there is no liability for the holder of the goods particularly “Sylvie's Wine Auctions”. It is no reason to decompose the sale. Therefore by sale the bidder/buyer knows there is no right of recovery in case of shortcomings of the purchased (art. 1649 Civil Law) and neither for rescission (art. 1648 Civil Law).

The highest and last bidder will be, after payment, the owner of the lot. Every bid is unconditional and definite.

In case the highest and last bidders are two or more absentee bidders the allotment will go to absentee bidder who placed the bid first.

On the hammer price will be a buyer’s premium of 18,9 % inclusive of V.A.T.

All lots are being sold under the margin scheme with the exception of lots marked with

If a lot is marked with the hammer price excludes 21% deductible V.A.T.

Immediately after the allotment the sold lots, that are stored with the most care, are for account and risk of the buyer. At that time every complaint is excluded. The purchased lots have to be paid and picked up within 7 days after the auction, on appointment. The lots not paid and picked up in time by the buyer will be stored on risk and costs of the buyer. These costs are € 1,50 a lot a day. The goods can only be paid and picked up after the sale. Goods whom not have been picked-up within 6 months will be resold by Sylvie's Wine Auctions.

Each buyer is presumed to act on own account and is personal responsible for bids on behalf of third parties or for lots bought as a deputy.

In case two or more persons demand the same lot or in case difficulties of any nature would occur during allotment, the lot concerned will be brought back into auction.

The sequence of the catalogue will be followed, however 'Sylvie's Wine Auctions' has the right to combine lots or change the sequence of lots, take lots out of the auction and provide extra or different information.

The bidding happens by means of a paddle, one can obtain after a verified registration. 'Sylvie's Wine Auctions' takes charge of purchasing-orders. To be sure that these orders will be accepted, this should happen finally one hour prior to the start of the auction. Orders after this time will not be accepted.

All formalities like transportation, V.A.T., customs transport documents are for the full responsibility of the buyer. If desired 'Sylvie's Wine Auctions' can arrange transportation of the purchased against a compensation.

In case of any dispute only the tribunals of Antwerp are authorised.

Online bidding

After you registered successfully, you can start bidding on the lots of the auction currently online.

The auction is generally made available online 10 days prior to the actual auction day. The lots are described as accurately as possible, and we publish a photograph whenever we deem necessary. You are welcome to request additional photos if you wish. Please take note of the abbreviations and level indications. Information and explanations about these can be found on the right side of the auction menu screen.

If you are interested, you can place a bid which will be entered as a written bid during the auction. Under supervision of a court bailiff, the auction master will include your bid during the auction. The auction master will increase bidding levels stepwise to your highest bid. In other words, your winning bid can always be lower, but never higher! When someone outbids the highest written bid, your bids wil expire.

On the Monday following the auction, you will be informed whether your bids have been successfull or not. You are then requested to pay the amount due within 5 working days. We can also ship the wines to your address at interesting rates.

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