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HOW TO BUY AT AUCTION

Antique Library Gonnelli Auction House, founded in 1875, organizes auctions of books, manuscripts, ancient and modern autographs, drawings, geographical atlases, paintings and modern and contemporary art. Gonnelli offers art and artworks at all price points making collecting art an accessible pleasure and an investment for everyone. Hereby is a simple yet exhaustive guide of how to buy at Gonnelli auction; we recommend that you complete this information by reading the Conditions of Sale.
Conditions of Sale

Buying at Gonnelli Auction House is easy, safe and profitable.

Our aim is to provide every client with the very best buying experience possible. Discover all the advantages of buying at Gonnelli and create your account that allows you to participate at our live auctions.

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1. CREATE AN ACCOUNT

And make the most of Gonnelli Auctions

The first step for interacting with Gonnelli Auction House is creating your account. By registering you will be notified with appropriate communications (newsletters and postal mail brochures) of upcoming sales as well as of the publication of the auction catalog on our website. Gonnelli Auction House provides its customers with exhaustive and fully illustrated auction catalogues; our sales introduce artworks and goods ranging from antique books to autographs, from manuscripts to twentieth-century artist books, from prints to drawings.

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2. PUBLIC VIEWING

Completeness, Conservation status and defects

To meet the demands of a national and international clientele, Gonnelli Auction House organizes public viewing of the lots in auction that are free of charge. The viewing usually lasts about a week, so as to provide anyone with the opportunity to check the quality of the goods offered for sale. If unable to personally view the lots, you can contact us in order to receive further information on the conservation status of the artworks you’re interested in.

Update 2021

Given the current health emergency, the artworks featured in our auctions will be visible by appointment only. We advise you to contact our administrative office to receive accurate information on how to view the lots in our auctions.

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3. WAYS TO PARTICIPATE AT GONNELI AUCTIONS

Auction room bidding, in person

It is possible to participate at Gonnelli auctions in person, in the auction room, through a complete registration that allows you to be assigned a participation number (paddle). Registration can be done at any time, even remotely, by filling in the appropriate form that can be downloaded from the site and sent by email, accompanied by a copy of a valid ID.

Telephone bidding

If it is not possible to be present in the auction room, our staff will call you during the auction for the lots indicated by you in the appropriate form. We must receive your participation requests 24 hours prior the start of the auction. You can request a telephone participation by filling out the specific offer form or through our website, directly from the page of the lot you are interested in.

Online bidding with Gonnelli Live

Our auctions of books, prints, autographs, manuscripts and so on are transmitted in real time on our site through the "GONNELLI LIVE" service: a tool that allows you to follow the progress of the auction results and, after registering, make your offers directly as if you were present in the auction room. Also, you may follow and participate in Gonnelli auctions from your mobile phone by using Gonnelli App available for iOS devices.

Pre-auction bids / Absentee bid

A quick and easy way to send your bids is to use the online catalogue after you completed the registration. It is possible to send your maximum bid, also knows as absentee bid, (rights excluded) directly from the lot page of your interest. Your personal account on Gonnelli website keeps the history of the offers you sent, which can be consulted at any time.

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4. COMMISSION / BUYERS PREMIUM

The purchased lots at Gonnelli Auctions will be subject to a fee equal to 25% of the hammer price up to €100,000 and 22% on the excess amount and are inclusive of auction rights and VAT. Rates apply to all auctions.

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5. POST AUCTION SALES

You will have a full month from the end of the auction to purchase any unsold artworks of goods (if they are still available). The goods can be purchased at their auction base plus commissions, and reservations are not accepted. During this period, the auction results will be available for consultation, online on our website.

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6. AFTER THE AUCTION

PAYMENTS

Gonnelli Auction Hoiuse accepts the following payment methods:
  • Cash for values smaller than €2.000
  • Credit Card
  • ATM / Debit Card
  • Non-transferable checks to Libreria Antiquaria Gonnelli SRL;
  • Bank transfer to: Libreria Antiquaria Gonnelli SRL IBAN: IT 81 Y 03268 02800 052886559670 - SWIFT: SELBIT2B

In the case of payment by checks or bank transfers, the payment is intended as completed only after the Gonnelli Auction House reference bank has confirmed the successful outcome of the money transfer.

COLLECTION AND SHIPPING

Collection of bought goods

Artworks purchased at auction can only be collected by appointment starting from the day following receipt of the proforma invoices.

Shipping

If you’d like the purchased lots to be sent to you rather than picking them up, we will do our best to offer you a service that is as fast and as safe as possible. At the end of the auction we will send you your proforma invoice with the amount of shipping costs for the goods you bought. It isn’t necessary to fill in any other form, unless you indicate any changes in address with respect to that indicated in the header of the invoice: after the payment of the amount due to the Auction House, including transportation costs, we will send you the artworks you bought in auction.

What does the shipping service include

The shipping service includes insurance offered by Gonnelli Auction House for values up to €10.000. In the event of purchases exceeding € 10.000 and for lots of particular value and / or fragility (e.g. paintings, frames, drawings, etc.) we will be happy to advise specialised shipping agents and provide you with adequate assistance.

IMPORTANT

Upon delivery, you must check the integrity of the artworks and report any breakages or damage to the carrier and to Gonnelli Auction House. For more information, it is advisable to read the conditions of sale.

NEW WAYS TO PARTICIPATE AT AUCTIONS

Due to the current health emergency, Gonnelli Auction House has decided to protect customers and staff by modifying some of the methods of accessing the public viewing of artwork in sale and participation in the auction.

Virtual viewing



Following the instructions of the Prime Minister Decree of November 3rd 2020 and the updated restrictive measures involving the Tuscany Region, viewing will only be available remotely. You can request additional information and photographs on each lot in the catalogue by using the "Request Information" option or by writing an email to aste@gonnelli.it. We are available and at your disposal anytime!

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WRITTEN AND TELEPHONE OFFERS THROUGH MYGONNELLI

With a MyGonnelli account you can participate at our auctions by submitting a written or a telephone offer. This will allow you to have a full history of offers sent and to provide your data once only.

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WRITTEN OFFERS

Send us your offers by filling in the appropriate form: indicate the lots you are interested in and the maximum amount you intend to offer (commissions are to be excluded), the auctioneer will raise for you up to the amount you have indicated. Once completed, the form must be sent by email to the auction house 24 hours before the start of the auction.

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TELEPHONE OFFERS

Fill out the form indicating the lots for which you want to be contacted by phone: one of our telephone operators will call you during the live auction and you can participate in real time. Your participation request must reach us at least 24 hours before the start of the auction.

Modulo Offerte



GONELLILIVE

Thanks to Gonnelli Live you now have the chance to participate at our auctions in real time as if you were present in the auction room. To enter Gonnelli Live you must register to our website in the days before the auction. To actively participate to our live sessions, your account must be an activated one.

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INVALUABLE

You may bid on the lots in Gonnelli auctions by using Invaluable also, one of the biggest online auction marketplaces worldwide:

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Gonnelli APP

A free, innovative, easy to use and intuitive tool that allows you to watch our auctions from mobile devices and, more importantly, actively participate in real time auction with live audio and video, with the possibility of bidding and keeping track of your past offers.

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Whatsapp

You may use Whatsapp to send us absentee offers for lots of your choice; the offer form must be completely filled out and accompanied by a valid ID copy (front-back). Please use our company number: +39 3920564958. To open a Whatsapp chat with Gonnelli Casa d'Aste, please press the button below.

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