I am bidding at a Galerie Kornfeld auction for the first time. What should I do?
Submission of the completed first time bidder registration form is a condition for participation. Please take enough time and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
You can participate in person in the auctions or submit a written or telephone bid. You can find more information at How do I bid?
You can also create an online profile with myKORNFELD. With the complete registration you can register for telephone or written bidding at our hall auctions. In addition, you can be activated for participation in our Kornfeld Online Only Auction.
Are the auction sales public?
Yes, our auctions are public, under state control and supervised and certified by a Bernese notary public. By your participation you accept our Terms and Conditions for Buyers.
Can I participate in the auction at any time?
You can enter the auction room at any time. You can only participate, however, if you have a valid bidder number.
You will have to make a reservation for seats at the main auction on Friday afternoon.
What must I pay in addition to the hammer price?
In addition to the hammer price, the Buyer shall pay a premium (Buyer’s premium) on each auction lot, calculated as follows:
a. on a hammer price up to CHF 500,000: 20%
b. on a hammer price of CHF 500,000 or higher: 20% on the first CHF 500,000 and 15% on the difference up to the hammer price
c. on a hammer price of CHF 2,000,000 or higher: 20% on the first CHF 500,000, 15% on CHF 500,001 to CHF 2,000,000 and 10% on the difference up to the hammer price
Swiss value added tax may also be due under the statutory provisions and rules of the Federal Tax Administration.
If Galerie Kornfeld should send your artwork to you, additional delivery, insurance and packaging costs can be due.
Is value added tax due on a purchase?
VAT (currently 7.7%) is charged on the Buyer's premium. VAT (currently 7.7%; for books currently 2.5%) is due on the hammer price plus Buyer's premium in the case of items identified by a star (*) before the catalogue number. Details can be found in our Terms and Conditions for Buyers.
Does Switzerland have droit de suite, and should I expect additional costs as a result?
Switzerland does not have droit de suite. As a result, buyers and sellers are charged up to 4% less (maximum EUR 12,500) on art purchases and sales than in EU countries.
I want to bid in the auction by telephone. When will I receive a call from Bern?
We will confirm your telephone bid application with an approximate time frame for a call from Bern on the day of the auction sale. The online catalogue also contains information about the approximate time for calls concerning the individual catalogue numbers.
Can I authorize someone I trust to make bids on my behalf?
Yes, but this person must have a written authorization from you which must be delivered to us before the auction. This applies both to bids in the auction room and to telephone bids. The bidder is personally liable for your bid, even when they indicate when drawing a bidder number or making a bid that they are acting on behalf of a third party.
Can I follow the auction via live stream and can I bid online?
Live online bidding is currently not possible at our Kornfeld floor auctions. There will be a live broadcast of the floor auctions via live stream, which can be accessed on our website.
Direct online bidding is only possible at our Kornfeld Online Only Auction.
Can I pay by credit card?
Payment has to be made by bank transfer in Swiss francs. Credit cards are not accepted.
Do I have to pick up the artwork after the auction?
Once we have received your payment, you can collect your purchases in person from our gallery. Furthermore, we are happy to ship your artworks professionally packed with our professional transport partners. In that case, please fill out our shipping instructions and send it by email to email@example.com.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions concerning the collection or delivery.