TAJAN is an auction house specialised in moveable property governed by French Act n° 2000¬642 of July 10th 2000 and n° 2011850 of July 20th 2011. Tajan acts as the seller’s agent. The auctioneer is not a party to the sale agreement, which is solely binding on the seller and the successful bidder.
As an operator of voluntary auction sales, Tajan is subject to ethical obligations that are regulatory according to the decree of February 21st 2012.
These general terms and conditions of sale, the sale and all maters relating thereto are governed by French law ; the sellers, buyers and their agents accept that the courts of Paris (France) alone shall have jurisdiction over any legal action. These general terms and conditions are independent. Purchases must be made in cash and prices are stated in euros (€).
Tajan may, at its option, withdraw or delay the sale partially or entirely.
The seller warrants to Tajan and to the buyer that he/she is the undisputed owner of the items offered for sale or that he/she has been authorised by the undisputed owner, that the said items are not encumbered by any claim, dispute, attachment, reservation or pledge and that he/she can legally transfer ownership of these items.
The information included in the catalogue is prepared by Tajan with the assistance of the Expert, if necessary, with the care required for public auctions, subject to the notices, declarations and amendments announced upon presentation of the item and noted in the record of sale. This information, including the dimensions set out in the catalogue, is provided to help the potential buyer inspect items and must be assessed personally by him/her. If no information on restoration, an accident, retouching or any other incident is provided in the catalogue, the condition reports or labels or during a verbal announcement, this does not mean that the item is void of defects. Frames condition is not guaranteed. Inasmuch as buyers are given the opportunity to examine works displayed prior to the sale, no claim may be made after the sale is complete. Buyers may obtain a condition report on items included in the catalogue that are estimated at more than € 1 000 upon request. The information contained in such reports is provided free of charge and solely to serve as an indication. It shall by no means incur the liability of Tajan. In the event of a dispute concerning inter alia the authenticity or origin of items sold, Tajan is bound by a best endeavours obligation ; its liability may only be incurred if evidence is provided that it committed a wrongdoing.
To bid in person, you will need to register for and collect a numbered paddle before the auction begins. We encourage new clients to register at least 48 hours in advance. You will be asked for a proof of identity (bring a driving licence, a national identity card or a passport), for your address, telephone number and signature in order to create your account if you are a first time bidder. In addition, you may be asked to provide bank references and/or a deposit. We may, at our option, decline to permit you to register as a bidder. All individuals who register with Tajan shall have the right to access and rectify the personal data they provide to Tajan in accordance with the French Data Protection Act of 6 January 1978, as amended by the Act of 6 August 2004. Information collected on the registration form is required to participate in an auction and process the auction sale. You may exercise your right to access, rectify or oppose subsequent processing of your personal data, by submitting a written request to TAJAN along with a copy of your photo id.
Auctions will be carried out following the order of the lot numbers as they appear in the catalogue. Tajan is free to set the increment of each bid and all bidders must adhere to this process. The highest and last bidder will be the successful bidder. In the event of a dispute during the bidding process, that is, if two or more bidders simultaneously place the same bid, either orally or by a signal, and each claim the item concerned when the auctioneer’s hammer strikes, the auctioneer may, at his/her sole option, re-auction the item immediately at the price offered by the bidders and all those present may take part in this second auction. Any individual who makes a bid during the sale shall be deemed to be doing so in his/her own name ; he/she shall assume full responsibility for his/her bid, unless he/she registered him/herself as an agent with Tajan and stipulated that the bid was being made for a designated third party. In the event where the seller has set a reserve price, Tajan reserves the right to bid on the seller’s behalf until the reserve is reached.
Any object deposited in the hands of TAJAN will result in the invoicing of storage costs payable by its owner in the amount of € 4 excl. Tax per day for an item and € 8 excl. Tax per day for large items. If the object has been presented at auction, these costs are the responsibility of the seller when the object is unsold after a period of 30 days from the sale or the successful bidder after a period of 14 days from the sale.
Sales are carried out in euros. A currency conversion panel will be displayed at certain auctions. The currency rates shown are provided for information purposes only. Tajan shall under no circumstances be held liable for any errors that occur in the conversion of currencies. Information provided in euros by the accredited auctioneer alone shall be valid.
Conditions to participate in bidding
If you cannot attend the auction, we will be pleased to execute written telephone bids or written absentee bids on your behalf. A bidding form can be found at the end of the catalogue. This form must be sent to Tajan no later than two working days before the sale, together with bank references and a copy of the bidder’s proof of identity. For significant purchases, you may be asked to provide financial references, guarantees and/or a deposit. If several absentee bid forms are submitted for the same lot, the first order received will have priority. Telephone bidding can only be arranged for lots with sale estimates over € 400. As there are only a limited number of telephone lines, the necessary arrangements must be made at least two working days before the auction. In both cases, this service is graciously provided free of charge to the client. Tajan, its employees, agents and representatives shall not incur any liability in the event of an error or omission in the execution of orders received or in the non execution of orders.
If you want to have more information about the differents ways of bidding, you can check out the “How to Buy?” section.
Auctions will be carried out following the order of the lot numbers as they appear in the catalogue. Tajan is free to set the increment of each bid and all bidders must adhere to this process. The highest and last bidder will be the successful bidder. In the event the seller sets a reserve price, Tajan reserves the right to propose bids on the seller’s behalf until such time as the reserve is met.
Please note that live bids always prevail over online bids.
No live, telephone or online bids will be accepted by the Auctioneer of it is announced after the hammer falls.
Amounts payable by the buyer
The buyer must pay Tajan, in addition to the “hammer price”, commission of 26 % excl. tax of the sale price on the first € 500 000, 21 % excl. tax after € 500 001 and up to € 3 000 000, 14 % excl. tax for the portion above € 3 000 000. In addition, VAT shall be charged at the rate of 20 % (5.5 % for books). Items originating from a country outside the European Union shall be marked with the symbol ƒ and ƒƒ. ƒ : In addition to the regular buyer’s premium, a commission of 5.5 % (i.e., 6.6 % inclusive of VAT) will be charged to the buyer. ƒƒ : In addition to the regular buyer’s premium, a commission of 20 % (i.e.24 % incl. VAT) will be charged to the buyer. These additional costs may, in certain cases, be reimbursed to the buyer. For more information, please contact our payment department on +33 1 53 30 30 33.
Artist’s Resale Right
Artist’s Resale Right is a royalty entitled by the artist or the artist’s estate when any graphic and art works created by the artist is sold, at a percentage of the hammer price calculated as follows:
4% from 750 € to 50,000 €
3% from 50,000.01 to 200,000 €
1% from 200,000.01 to 350,000 €
0.5% from 350,000.01 to 500,000 €
0.25% exceeding 500,000 €
The Artist’s Resale Right is subject to a maximum royalty payable of 12,500 € for any single lot. Lots marked with this symbol ¤ will be subject to payment of the Artist’s Resale Right, the amount of which is due by the buyer. Tajan will then pay the royalty to the appropriate authority on the seller’s behalf.
To participate in an Online Only sale, you must first register and provide references of a credit card.
Lots of Online Only sales are visible throughout the duration of the sale, preferably by appointment. Reports on the condition of the lots appear in the description. The indications given by TAJAN remain subject to personal appreciation of the bidder. No claims will be accepted once the hammer falls.
The buyer receives an invoice and becomes in possession of items after full payment of the price, commissions and fees to TAJAN.
Once the hammer falls, the auctioned items are under the sole responsibility of the purchaser. He has to ensure his purchase.
The buyer must pay Tajan, in addition to the “hammer price”, a commission of 26% excl. tax (i.e., 25,2 % inclusive of VAT)
Payment must be made immediately after the sale. If the successful bidder did not register before the sale, he/she must provide proof of identity and bank references. Payments may be made by one of the following methods : ¬ Bank transfer in euros, Visa card or Master Card (subject to the presentation of valid proof of identity). ¬ In cash in euros : for individual European Union resident, and for all professionals, to an equal or lower amount of €1 000. ¬ In cash in euros : for individual only and non European Union resident, to an equal or lower amount of €15 000. Certified banker’s draft in euros subject to the presentation of valid proof of identity. Cheques drawn on a foreign bank will not be accepted. Cheques and bank transfers must be denominated in euros and made out to the order of TAJAN SA.
Our Cashier’s Department is open every working day from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM and from 2:00 PM to 5:30 PM. T. +33 1 53 30 30 33, or +33 1 53 30 30 27. Ownership will only be transferred to the buyer after Tajan has received full and clear payment of the purchase price, costs and taxes. However, regardless of ownership transfer, the risk and responsibility for the lot will transfer to the buyer immediately after the lot is sold. As soon as an item is pronounced “sold”, it shall be placed under the sole responsibility of the buyer. It shall be the buyer’s responsibility to insure the item purchased immediately.
In accordance with Article L.321-14 of the French Commercial Code, if the buyer fails to pay for an item, and after notice to pay has been given by Tajan to the buyer without success, the item shall be re-auctioned at the seller’s request. If the seller does not make such a request within three months of the auction, the sale shall be automatically cancelled, without prejudice to the damages owed by the defaulting bidder. TAJAN reserves the right to claim the following from the defaulting buyer :
– interest at the legal rate increased by five points,
– the reimbursement of the additional costs incurred by reason of his/her default,
– payment of the difference between the initial hammer price and the resale price if the later is lower, as well as the costs incurred by the re-auction.
TAJAN also reserves the right to offset any amounts Tajan may owe the defaulting buyer with the amounts due by the defaulting buyer. Tajan reserves the right to exclude any bidder who fails to comply with its general terms and conditions of sale from attending any future auction.
TAJAN adhere to the “Registre central de prévention des impayés des Commissaires priseurs” to which payment incidents may be reported. Debtors may exercise their rights of access, rectification and opposition.
Import and export
The export of any lot from France or the import into another country may be subject to authorisation (export certificates, customs authorisations). It is the buyer’s responsibility to check which authorisations are required. Obtaining export or import certificate is at the sole expense of the buyer. Local laws may prevent you from importing lots made of or including protected material such as ivory, rhinoceros horn, tortoiseshell, Brazilian rosewood, etc. The denial of any export or import authorisation cannot justify any delay in making payment of the amount due nor cancellation of the sale.
Collect of items purchased
Purchases can only be collected after the buyer has paid all amounts due in full. In the event of a payment by cheque or bank transfer, delivery of the goods may be deferred until such time as the payment has cleared. In this case, storage costs shall be borne by the buyer and Tajan shall incur no liability whatsoever in this respect.
Lots sold must be collected within 14 days following the auction. After that period, storage costs will be charged 4 EUR per day per lot for small items, 8 EUR per day per lot for large items and furniture. Handling fee of 60 EUR per lot will also be charged. All large items and furniture will be stored at a storage facility designated by Tajan at the buyer’s risk and expense.
Collect of unsold items
The seller must collect any unsold items as soon as possible and in any case within 14 days from the auction. After that period, storage costs will be charged 4 EUR per day per lot for small items, 8 EUR per day per lot for large items and furniture. Handling fee of 60 EUR per lot will also be charged. All large items and furniture will be stored at a storage facility designated by Tajan at the seller’s expense.
French State’s right of pre-emption
The French State has a right of pre-emption over certain works of art sold at public auction. The use of this right comes immediately after the hammer stroke and must be confirmed by the French State within fifteen days following the sale. The French State will then be substituted for the last bidder.
The buyer agrees to be bound by all of the General Terms and Conditions of Sale herein. Buyer expressly authorises the collection of the personal information supplied to Tajan for the fulfilment of the sale and authorises Tajan to use the personal information to send communications accordingly to his/her fields of interest. Buyers are entitled, at any time, to access, rectify, update and delete their personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, Regulation (EU) 2016/679).