- How do I view the lots?
All lots for sale are featured in this auction catalogue. The number listed next
to each image is the lot number and should be used as a reference during bidding
or for any information requests. The lots in this sale may be viewed through any
of the following:
i. The online auction catalogue available on storyltd.com
ii.The printed auction catalogue
iii. The mobile auction catalogue available for download
on your mobile device
- What do you mean by ‘Condition of Lots’?
All lots will be shipped out in an ‘as is’ condition, meaning that the item is sold
with all existing faults and imperfections. StoryLTD encourages all potential buyers
to inspect each item carefully before bidding and to not rely on an illustration
of any item given in the catalogue. Condition reports for all lots are available
as a free service, online or upon request by email, fax, or telephone.
- What are special lots?
Lots marked as "Art Treasures" and/or "Antiquities" under the Antiquities and Art
Treasures Act, 1972 cannot be exported outside India. Buyers are solely responsible
for meeting the requirements of the Antiquities and Art Treasures Act, 1972 or any
related state legislation.
- What are Price Estimates?
Each lot has a price range listed. These estimates are based on characteristics
of the lot such as condition, quality, rarity, provenance. These estimates are provided
only as a guide for buyers and do not include buyer’s premium or applicable taxes.
If applicable there is a link for pricing achieved for similar artworks at auction
available next to the lot in the online catalogue. Price estimates may be subject
- What is a Reserve Price?
Unless stated otherwise, all lots offered in the auction are subject to a reserve
price, which is the minimum price that the lot may be sold for. No lot will be sold
below its reserve price and the reserve price will not exceed the low price estimate.
Reserve prices are confidential and will not be disclosed.
- How do I register to bid?
Bidders are advised to register at least 24 hours in advance of the sale. Bidders
may choose to register online by going to the “Get Bidding Access” link on the auction
catalogue page. For more information, see “How do I bid in the StoryLTD auction”
on our “How to Bid” page.
If you have bid or been approved to bid with us before,
please use your StoryLTD or Saffronart login and password to accept the Conditions
for Sale online. Please note the invoicing details provided at the time of registration
cannot be changed after the sale.
- How do I bid?
i. Bidding Online: Once you have identified the lot that you would like to bid on,
click on "Bid Now" and enter either the bid amount for regular bidding, or a maximum
price for proxy/automatic bidding. Regular bidding is the method by which you actively
participate in the bidding process by entering the next valid bid (or one of a higher
value) each time you are outbid. Your screen will display the next (minimum) valid
bid, based on a predetermined increment. You may enter a bid at that exact value
only. You may also view the entire bid history prior to making your decision. After
you enter your bid, it is advisable to view the bid history to verify that your
bid has been recorded. Please note that bidders may be contacted during the auction
for bid verification in order to protect all bidders and maintain the efficacy of
ii. Bidding on the Phone: StoryLTD accepts requests from bidders to place bids on
the phone with our staff depending on availability. To avail of this service, you
must be registered as a bidder. Please note that the number of telephone lines available
for telephone bidding may be limited and this facility is provided at StoryLTD’s
iii. Bidding on the Mobile: Bidders may download a software application from StoryLTD
onto their eligible mobile device and use it to place bids during the sale. To avail
of this service, you must be registered as a bidder. Visit the App Store for iOS,
and the Google Play store for Android enabled devices.
- What are bid increments?
Any new bid must be greater than the current highest bid by a minimum increment.
The next valid bid amount is the current highest bid plus the minimum increment
value. The auctioneer may vary the increments during the course of the auction at
his or her discretion. Online bids however, are accepted only at the next valid
bid based on the minimum increment.
- Can a bid be cancelled?
Once the auction has started, bids may not be cancelled by a bidder. However, the
bidder may choose to lower the maximum value on a proxy bid during the auction if
the bidder's maximum (proxy) value has not yet been reached. StoryLTD reserves the
right to cancel a bid at its discretion if it considers it necessary to do so in
order to protect the efficacy of the bidding process.
- What is the currency of bidding?
Bids may be placed in US Dollars (USD) or Indian Rupees (INR). However, only buyers
in India may pay for their purchases in INR at the close of the auction. All other
buyers must complete payment in USD. Certain lots have been marked with the sign
. These lots are not situated in India and therefore, may only be bid for and purchased
in USD. Persons residing in India wishing to bid in USD must be eligible under the
various foreign exchange regulations to make payments overseas. Please contact StoryLTD
for further details. Please see the exchange rate section in our Conditions for
- What is an Opening/Start Bid?
The opening/start bid is the value at which the auction house starts the bidding
on a particular lot. Proxy bids received before the start of the auction will be
recorded as follows:
i. If the proxy bid is less than the opening bid value it will
be recorded and displayed below the opening bid value at the time of the start of
the auction in the bid history for that particular lot.
ii. If the proxy bid is
greater than the opening bid value and is less than the next valid bid for that
lot (based on the minimum increments) it will be recorded and displayed as the current
highest bid above the opening bid value at the time of the start of the auction
in the bid history for that particular lot. The next valid bid in this case will
be greater than the current highest bid by a minimum increment, which applies to
that bid value.
iii. Multiple proxy bids received on a particular lot before the
start of the auction will be recorded and displayed in the bid history of the lot
according to the values with the highest bid being the current valid bid at the
time of the start of the auction. Absentee/proxy bids received at the same value
will be prioritised based on the time of receiving the bids and will be shown in
the bid history of the lot.
- How do I track my bids?
Bidders can keep track of their bids by hitting the "Bid History" link below the
"Bid Now" button, adjacent to the image of each lot. By tracking bids for particular
lots, bidders can view bid increments, the date and time at which the bid was placed,
and what the current bid stands at.
For ease of tracking bids, bidders are advised
to assign bidding nicknames to themselves when prompted.
The most updated bid values
shall be shown only when the page on the website containing the information on bid
values is refreshed, which shall happen either automatically at regular intervals
(indicated at the top of the page), or when a bidder clicks on the "click to refresh
immediately" link on the page, or on the "refresh" or "reload" button on his/her
internet browser. After the values on the page have been refreshed, any changes
in bid values shall not be visible to the bidder until the values are refreshed
again whether automatically or by the bidder.
We encourage bidders to set proxy
bids for lots they are interested in well in advance of the closing time for a lot.
- When does a lot sell? What are closing and winning bids?
The closing bid for a lot is the highest bid at the time a particular lot’s bidding
has ended. No further bids can be made at that point. The closing bid is considered
a winning bid, only if the bid equals or exceeds the reserve price. If the closing
bid on a particular lot is below the reserve price, it will not be considered a
winning bid and the lot will be deemed unsold. However, if the closing bid belongs
to a proxy bidder and is below the reserve price, but the proxy bidder’s maximum
bid price exceeds or equals the reserve price, then the lot will be sold to the
proxy bidder at the reserve price. The winning bids for all sold lots will be posted
on the website after the close of the auction.
Groups of lots are scheduled to close
at different times on the last day of the auction. The bid closing schedule for
each auction is listed online, and at the back of the printed catalogue. Pre-determined
groups of lots will close according to the bid-closing schedule unless a bid is
recorded within a span of 2 minutes prior to the lot’s scheduled closing time. In
this case, the lot closing time will be extended to 2 minutes after the time of
the last bid. If this time extension takes place, bidding on any lot will only end
if there is no bid recorded for a continuous period of 2 minutes. Bidders are advised
to click on the "click to refresh immediately" link on the website page being viewed
by them, or on the "Refresh" link if bidding on a mobile, at regular intervals for
updates on latest bids and time extensions if any.
- What is Buyer’s Premium?
In respect of each sale at the auction, StoryLTD shall charge a Buyer's Premium
calculated at 20% of the winning bid value on each lot up to and including USD 1,000,000;
15% of the winning bid value in excess of USD 1,000,000 up to and including USD
1,666,000; and 12% of the Winning Bid in excess of USD 1,666,000. For lots being
shipped from India, a service tax on the Buyer's Premium shall be to the account
of the Buyer. This is applicable for deliveries within India as well as overseas.
- How will I be invoiced?
If you win a bid, you will be sent an email after the close of the auction, containing
an invoice for the winning bid plus additional charges (shipping, handling, duties
and taxes as applicable) and the Buyer’s Premium plus service tax at applicable
rates. The invoicing details provided at the time of registration will be used to
raise the invoice and no changes will be accepted after the sale.
You may review
acceptable modes of payment described in the section below. If you are the winning
bidder, you are legally bound to purchase the item from StoryLTD. Please note that
purchases will not be shipped out until payment has been received and cleared.
- What are additional charges?
All post-sales expenses, including packing, insurance, shipping or handling charges,
are borne by the buyer. Shipping will be charged on courier rates and are determined
by the value, origin and destination of the package. Local deliveries will be charged
You may choose to make your own arrangements for shipping and handling.
However, all documentation requirements must be complied with. Please contact us
for further details.
- What are the Duties and Taxes applicable on my purchase?
All duties and taxes applicable shall be borne by the buyer and will depend on the
value, origin and destination of the package.
i. Deliveries in India for lots originating
in India: Any sale of lots originating from India to an address in India is subject
to a on the winning bid value and a on the Buyer’s Premium.
A CST of 2% instead of the will be applicable on the winning bid value
only if the purchasing entity is a business; the delivery location of the lot is
outside the state of the location of the sale as mentioned in the Sales and Enquiries
section of the catalogue and the Buyer provides the necessary documentation required
by the Sales Tax authorities. The final charges will be determined at the close
of the auction and will be sent by email to the winning bidder.
shipments for lots originating in India: For lots originating from India, a
on the Buyer’s Premium is applicable. There may be duties and taxes
levied depending on the delivery destination which typically will be on the total
of the winning bid and shipping and handling values. Depending on the shipping address,
these duties and taxes vary according to customs regulations in the destination
country. Any shipments to EU countries will be charged an additional VAT as applicable.
Please contact StoryLTD for further details.
For imports, the terms of sale are
Delivered Duty Unpaid (DDU). It is the Buyer’s responsibility to pay all international
duties, customs charges, taxes and tariffs to the respective authorities. Normally,
the couriers we contract will pay import duties on behalf of the buyer and get reimbursed
at the time of delivery.
(iii) Shipments and Deliveries for Lots originating outside
India (lots marked with the symbol ) These lots are located outside India. Persons
residing in India can bid on and pay for in USD by complying with the appropriate
foreign exchange regulations for making overseas payments. There are import duties
applicable on artworks shipped into India. Please contact StoryLTD for further details.
In the event that the lot is to be shipped internationally, additional charges for
international shipments mentioned in the above section shall apply.
Lots may require permits for import or be subject to import restrictions to certain
countries. Potential buyers are advised to check import regulations prior to making
a bid decision.
- How do I make payment?
Buyers will be required to complete payment within a period of 7 business days from
the receipt of the invoice via email. If you have not received your invoice within
48 hours of the close of the sale, please contact us.
For Buyers in India Payment
can be made in INR only by the following acceptable modes of payment:
Draft: To be made in favour of Saffron Art Private Limited
ii. RTGS/NEFT: Details
will be included with the invoice and available upon request
iii. Credit card: up
to INR equivalent of USD 5,000
For Buyers outside India Payment can be made in USD
only by the following acceptable modes of payment:
i. Cheque: To be made in favour
of Saffron Art Private Limited
ii. Direct wire transfer: Details will be included
with the invoice and available upon request
iii. Credit card: up to USD 5,000
Payment from an NRE account: The invoice will be raised in USD based on the winning
bid value, and the buyer will have to transfer an equivalent INR amount at the bank
- When will my purchases be delivered/can I collect my purchases?
Purchases shipped out within 10 - 15 business days of the payment being cleared
are insured under the terms of StoryLTD’s insurance policy (please note that frames
are not insured). If there is an expected delay in dispatch, the buyer will be informed
of the delay via email, unless the buyer has indicated an alternative preferred
mode of communication.
Buyers may choose to collect their purchases from the Saffronart
office in Mumbai. In such cases, buyers are requested to make an appointment to
collect purchases within 10 - 15 business days of completion of all payments and
documentation formalities. Buyers who have completed payment formalities and have
not taken delivery of their lots from StoryLTD within 30 days of the completion
of payment formalities will be charged storage and insurance at applicable rates.
- What documentation will I receive with my purchases?
Upon confirmation of delivery or receipt of shipment, we will send you the invoices
for your purchases along with any relevant documentation for the lot that has been
mentioned in the lot details. Please note that StoryLTD does not issue any authenticity
certificates and does not provide artist authenticities either.
- What if my shipment reaches damaged?
All purchases from this sale are final. In the unlikely event of your receiving
a damaged product, please notify StoryLTD directly within five days of receipt of
the lot. Please call or email us at any of our locations mentioned in the Sales
and Enquiries section. If StoryLTD does not receive any notification within 7 business
days of delivery, it shall be assumed that the lot has been received in good condition,
and no claims will be entertained.
- What are some of the symbols used next to the lots on auction?
i. Lots marked with are not situated in India and therefore, may only be bid
for and purchased in USD. Persons residing in India, wishing to bid in USD must
be eligible under the various foreign exchange regulations to make payments overseas.
Please contact StoryLTD for further details.
ii. Lots marked with indicate
that StoryLTD owns the lot in whole or in part or has an economic interest in the
lot equivalent to an ownership interest.
- How do I participate in your next auction?
If you would like to register to bid or consign to any of our upcoming auctions
please contact any of our locations listed in the Sales and Enquiries section. If
you would like to stay informed of StoryLTD’s upcoming events, please register with
us online at storyltd.com