Terms & Conditions
1. All bids are per lot as numbered in our sale. Lot numbers for items being sold in a timed live-auction format will end with the letters “-LA”
2. By participating in the auction the bidder understands and agrees that he authorizes the auctioneer, Mr. Alex Ben-Arieh, to enter his bids in the auction, and to secure his desired lots at the lowest possible price relative to those bids. The auctioneer has absolute discretion; among other privileges, he reserves the right to reject any bid or bidder.
3. All prices in our auction are in US Dollars ($).
4. Information provided about lots in the auction, including opening prices, descriptions of items and any other information concerning the items, is solely for the purpose of providing information to potential buyers, and is in no way to be construed as binding, guaranteed information. Photographs and accompanying illustrations are for guidance only: images are not to scale and should not be relied upon to determine tone or colour, or reveal imperfections.
5. Items can be seen in person by appointment, or displayed by live-camera to interested parties; additional images may be requested for free.
6. All lots are genuine as described. It is the responsibility of the purchaser to prove that a lot is not genuine or wrongly described. Historama is committed to deal strictly and only with authentic and genuine merchandise (original pieces dating to the period they belong to, manufactured by the sources that are known to have produced them, etc.); we do not deal with or present articles which we know or suspect to be reproductions, fakes, altered or otherwise 'problematic' pieces. In the rare event that we present a piece which we know or suspect to inauthentic, we will state so directly in the item description: in the absence of such a comment, the item we describe is being presented as a piece we believe to be genuine.
7. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. If you are not pleased with any item, you may return it to us within 14 days of your receipt of the order for a full refund (minus the postage and deposit charges). The item must be returned in the same condition as it was sold (in its original holder/packaging and condition); any tampering with the item may invalidate the refund. Please note that collections or lots containing 5 or more items are not returnable.
8. This auction is both a mail and timed live sale: bids may be submitted verbally or in writing (within the auction platform or without), but all bids must ultimately be confirmed in writing (text messaging is accepted). In case of tie winning bids, the earliest bid received wins the lot.
9. To bid online, you must register (for free). Our program will suggest that you bid the maximum amount that you are willing to pay for a lot, as it will then bid automatically on your behalf until it reaches your limit (if needed): it will place the lowest bid necessary, as per the bid increments shown below, to establish your position as highest bidder. Your maximum bid reflects the maximum amount you are willing to pay for a lot - but you could pay much less. In any case, you may bid on your own as often as you like or raise your maximum bid. Bids submitted outside of the automated system will be handled by Mr. Ben-Arieh in the same manner as the automatic process. In light of various bidding options available to participants, winning bids may be reduced and bidders who appear to have lost out on a lot may actually be awarded it in light of the winner's bid requests (please see our bid sheet for more details). On lots where only 1 bid was received, the decision to sell the lot at the lesser of the winning bid and the opening bid level - or any reserve price below the opening bid level - is at the auctioneer's discretion.
10. At the end of the auction all participants will be informed by email whether or not they won the lots they bid on. A commission of 15%, postage and relevant payment processing fees are added to the winning bid price. Israeli residents are charged VAT on the sale.
11. Lots are sent by registered air mail; large or heavy lots are sent by EMS express mail - unless other shipping arrangements have been made. Insurance is only available for EMS, and this is an extra charge.
12. Payment should be made within 7 days of receipt of invoice, and orders will be shipped after clearance of payment. Payment may be made in US Dollars, Israeli Shekels or Euros as per the exchange rate on the day of payment. Invoices more than 30 days overdue are liable to interest and possible collection costs; the sale may be cancelled and lot awarded to runner-up.
13. Accepted methods of payment are cash, money order (of the 'international' type for overseas bidders), Western Union and bank transfer (without any additional fees imposed; bidders are responsible for bank charges); bank draft or check (if from overseas a 1.5% commission is applied); PayPal (a 5% commission is applied).
14. All matters arising on account of this Sale shall be decided under the laws of the State of Israel. The exclusive jurisdiction of the Jerusalem Courts is agreed upon.
15. In any case of doubt the English version of these Terms will be the binding document.
For participation in live auctions on our Bidspirit site, please be aware that your ability to bid may be affected by the quality of your internet connection: if your connection is weak you may experience slowness, choppiness, sudden changes in the bid levels or sudden conclusions of the bidding. We are not responsible for these issues and can only suggest that you use a better connection or submit absentee bids in writing before or during the sale.
17. Bid increments: these are the minimum bidding increments:
Bid Level: Increment:
up to $49 ---------- $2
$50-$99 ---------- $3
$100-199 ---------- $5
$200-399 ---------- $10
$400-699 ---------- $20
$700-999 ---------- $25
$1000-1999 ---------- $50
$2000-3999 ---------- $100
$4000-6999 ---------- $200
$7000-9999 ---------- $250
$10000+ ---------- $500
In light of limitations with the Bidspirit live auction platform, these are the bid increments when placing bids on lots offered for sale at a live auction over the Bidspirit platform:
Bid Level: Increment:
up to $49 ---------- $5
$50-$199 ---------- $10
$200-499 ---------- $20
$500-999 ---------- $50
$1000-1999 ---------- $100
$2000-4999 ---------- $200
$5000+ ---------- $500