Über Zurich Asia
The auction house is managed by Louis Mangin. Passionate about stamps since the age of ten, Louis is a qualified attorney from the New York State bar who has worked in top tier investment banks for several years before taking over Zurich Asia. A collector himself, Louis has gained a strong reputation as a fine expert.
Lawrence Chui has built his expertise in Asian stamps for over 25 years. He evaluates and estimates the lots that are put in auction. As a manager in our Hong Kong office, Lawrence welcomes collectors, dealers and other customers who want to consign their material.Sylvia Poon and Yoyo Wong take care of the organisation of the office and are happy to welcome and help our customers from Monday to Friday.
Conditions of Sale
1. The auction will take place publicly and voluntarily. Participation means acceptance in full of the Terms of Auction, considered as known, of ZURICH ASIA (hereafter referred to as the auctioneer) by the Purchaser (hereafter also referred to as the Bidder or Buyer).
2. All lots mentioned in the catalogue may be inspected by Bidders before the auction. The Bidder will be held responsible for any damage caused during the viewing. The Auctioneer has absolute discretion to deviate from the lotting order, to combine two or more lots or to withdraw any lot from the auction. The estimated prices in the catalogue are not binding. The Auctioneer is also authorized to refuse any person’s attendance at the auction without giving any reason.
3. The lots are described with greatest care and to the best of the Auctioneer’s knowledge. The descriptions do not, however, constitute any particular guarantee. The catalogue illustration prevails as regards the margin, centring, separation and postmark of the stamps. Claims concerning quality and authenticity of single lots must be made immediately by the Buyer being personally present or in writing within seven days of the date of the auction. In the case of written bids for single lots must be in writing within three days after receipt of the invoice or goods. In the case of collections or collective lots containing two or more stamps which are not described individually, no claims will be accepted regarding quality and authenticity. Complaints must also be refused if the stamps are not returned in the original condition, or if they have been altered afterwards by the Buyer, except in the case of marks made by a recognised expert who is responsible for his errors. The bidding for single lots which have been newly certified by an expert denotes the acceptance of the certificate by the Buyer, and in this case the Auctioneer cannot be held liable. If a prospective buyer wishes to bid with an extension on any single lot, the auctioneer must receive notice in writing at least twenty-four hours prior to the day of the auction; this written notice must give the reason why an extension is required and whose expert opinion is to be sought; the latter must be agreed by the auctioneer. Extensions for expert opinion will normally only be considered for reasons of genuineness or classification; requests for extensions for reasons of condition will be decided by the auctioneer on behalf of the vendor prior to the sale. The auctioneer reserves the right to cancel any bid with an extension (notifying the bidder of his action) if in his opinion the item is not as described within the terms of the request for extension. All extensions must be cleared within 28 days of the auction, after which time the right of return is forfeited. Extensions are not granted on mixed lots or collections. All costs and charges for expert opinions are the responsibility and liability of the buyers.
4. The lots will be sold to the highest Bidder. The Buyer shall pay a commission of 15% added to the hammer price. Bidders are bound to their bids if a subsequent higher bid is invalid or immediately refused by the Auctioneer.
5. Written bids which are higher than the best bid of a Bidder present will be considered carefully and in the Bidder’s interest but without prejudice. In the case of two or more identical bids, the first bid received will be deemed to be the successful bid. In case of doubt, disputes or misunderstandings, the lot will be auctioned again. This decision will be made by the Auctioneer.
6. Upon the fall of the Auctioneer’s hammer, a sales contract is entered into between the Auctioneer and the Bidder. The Buyer is obliged to accept the goods. The risk passes to the Buyer with the fall of the hammer; title of ownership, however, passes to the Buyer only after full payment of the total amount due.
7. The auction will be conducted in Hong Kong dollars. Where a currency converter is operated it is for convenience only. Zurich Asia is not responsible for any errors which may occur.
8. The total amount due is payable in Hong Kong dollars. Foreign currencies will be accepted to the extent of the amounts credited by a principal Hong Kong bank; any costs arising from exchange rate differences will be borne by the bidder.
9. The purchased lots may be collected from Zurich Asia’s office the day after the auction during normal office hours.
10. Payment of lots is due on the day following the auction unless the Auctioneer has granted terms of payment of 5 days thereafter. Postal or Commission Bidders are obliged to transfer the amount due immediately on receipt of invoice. The handing over of lots can only be claimed after payment in full. Upon delay of payment the Auctioneer reserves the right either to sue the Buyer for payment or to cancel the sales contract without granting any further grace period and to claim for damages for breach of contract together with the costs of such proceedings on a full indemnity basis. If the payment is more than 30 days overdue, a surcharge of 5% and interest in the amount of 4% above The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited base rate will be payable.
11. The lots sold to Postal or Commission Bidders will be forwarded by mail or by other means of transport at the Bidder’s risk and expense.
12. Any Bidders acting on account and behalf of a legal person must submit proof of their representation right (power of attorney, certificate of registration). They are personally liable, especially regarding the obligation entered into during the auction. Bids made for unnamed persons or for persons named later or for not yet legally existing persons cannot be considered.
13. Claims for damages against the Auctioneer for delay, nonperformance, positive infringement of contract, fault in breach of contract are not permissible unless the damage was caused deliberately or through gross negligence.
14. The auction and any subsequent legal relationship are subject to Hong Kong law. The Auctioneer, however, reserves the right to sue the Buyer at his place of residence.
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