Millon Belgique’s auctions

 

Millon Belgique, formerly known as Banque Dessinée, has been organising auctions since 2005.

With its dynamic team, it is an ideal intermediary for anyone wishing to sell and for collectors of all kinds who wish to buy.

She is active in the 9th art, paintings, design, jewelry and art in general.

 

Catalogued auctions

 

Millon Belgique organises four or five catalogued auctions a year.

Our catalogued auctions are auctions which physically take place in our auction house at Avenue des Casernes in Etterbeek. They are preceded by a two-day exhibition, during which all of the lots are available to be viewed, enabling potential buyers to examine them more closely.

Our catalogued auctions usually proceed at a pace of around 60 to 100 lots an hour. The presiding auctioneer is assisted by a legal supervisor, who ensures that everything runs smoothly.

Printed catalogues are automatically sent to those who have made purchases at previous auctions, and can also be ordered. In addition, a pdf version of the catalogue is available to be downloaded from our website.

 

Online Auction

 

Our web auctions take place exclusively on our website. 

Web auctions last one week : they start on the Saturday, and continue until the Sunday evening. The lots are visible on our website as soon as the auction opens (10 am on the Monday0).

As with the catalogued auctions, the lots are exhibited on the Friday of the week of the auction (from 2 pm till 18h), so that they can be inspected by anyone interested.

More detailed information about how these auctions operate can be found in our guidance documents.

Registering, taking part and the newsletter

 

Before taking part in one of our auctions, you will need to open an account with Millon Belgique and have it validated. This will enable you to organise your bids and submit your bidding instructions independently.

 

- If you have already taken part in one of our auctions, or made a purchase, you do not need to create another account. Contact us to request your login details.

- If you have never taken part in any of Banque Dessinée’s auctions, be they catalogued auctions or web auctions, you will need to complete a registration form. It is also possible to register in the auction room during the exhibition or on the day of the auction.

 

Please note that to submit bidding instructions online during our catalogued auctions and/or to take part in our web auctions, when you register you will need to tick the following box: “I accept the Terms & Conditions”.

To validate your account, we ask you to provide proof of your identity by supplying a copy of an identity document when you register. As soon as your account has been validated you will be able to bid in all our auctions, be they catalogued auctions or web auctions.

 

We request a copy of your identity document (identity card or passport) so that we can check that you are indeed bidding on your own behalf. As soon as the validation of your account is complete, we delete the documents from our server. This exercise is done with the greatest discretion and none of your data is transferred, sold or given to anyone else.

 

To close your account, simply send an e-mail to info@millon-belgique.com asking us to do so.

 

To change your account details, simply log in and select "My Profile" from the menu across the top of the screen. You can edit your account information there.

 

There are two possible ways of subscribing to our newsletter and receiving information about our auctions.

The first is to sign up by selecting the “Newsletter” option from the menu right at the top of the screen on all the pages of our website. All you have to do is enter your e-mail address and then confirm it when you receive an e-mail from Banque Dessinée to that address.

The second is to tick the “Newsletter” box when you register on our site. 

 

To unsubscribe from our newsletter, simply untick the “Newsletter” box in your account information, which you can access via the « Mon Profil » option at the top of the screen.

Another option is to click on the “unsubscribe” link in the newsletters that you receive.

Buying from Millon Belgique

 

All our catalogues, for both our catalogued and our web auctions, are available on our website.

Only the catalogues for the catalogued auctions are available on paper and as a pdf. We do not produce printed or pdf versions of our catalogues for our web auctions.

Anyone who makes a purchase will automatically receive the catalogues for the subsequent three catalogued auctions.

In addition, it is always possible to order copies of our printed catalogues (depending on availability).

 

You can request additional information about all the lots on sale by clicking on the button marked “+ info”, which you will find under the description of the lot.

 

There are several ways in which you can take part in this type of auction :

- If you come to the auction room to take part in one of our catalogued auctions, you can register at reception, either during the exhibition preceding the auction or during the auction itself. You will then be allocated a bid paddle so that you can bid.

- You can submit bidding instructions either online (by setting a maximum bid) or by telephone (provided that the estimate for the lot concerned is at least €500), either during the exhibition days or via your client account on our website. For more details, please see the guidance documentation.

- You can take part via Drouot Live, which enables you to follow the auction and bid live via the Internet.

 

The only way to bid in web auctions is via your client interface on our website. You therefore need to have a validated account (see above).

You can increase your bids manually or submit bidding instructions.

Consult our guide to web auctions. .

 

No. Your bidding number is different in each auction, in order to conceal your identity from the other bidders.

 

You will receive an automatic e-mail confirming each bidding instruction that you submit via your user account.

If you submit bidding instructions when you visit an exhibition prior to a catalogued auction, the instructions will be entered into the system manually by Millon Belgique. You will receive an e-mail confirming that fact.

If that confirmation message doesn’t reach you, please contact us.

 

Bidding instructions are definitive and binding. Bidding instructions cannot be modified by the user via their user account.

 

The preliminary results of your bidding instructions are sent to the e-mail address registered in your user account as soon as the auction has finished on the Sunday. The items in bold and marked with an “X” are the ones that you have won.

A definitive purchase statement is sent to you by e-mail in the week following the auction.

If you have already collected your purchases on the day of the auction you can ignore that e-mail.

 

Bids made in catalogued auctions do not include either charges (25%) or the administrative fee of 2 euros per lot won.

The charges due in web auctions are 20%.

 

The e-mail containing your purchase statement will ask you to state :

- Whether you wish to collect your items from Millon Belgique, in which case you will need to make an appointment during our opening hours (Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, except on the Monday just after the auction when we are open from 2 pm to 6 pm).

- Whether you would prefer the items to be sent to you, in which case we will need to calculate the delivery cost (which depends on the number of parcels, their weight and volume, and the delivery address). We offer delivery either by the Belgian postal service or by UPS (no Kiala, Mondial Relay or UPS Access Point). The parcel/s is/are sent as soon as your delivery payment has arrived in our bank account (see below).

There are several ways that you can pay for items purchased at our auctions.

 

At our office :

 

  • Debit card
  • Credit card (only in person)
  • Cash for amounts up to €3,000 (including charges)
  • Cheques drawn on French bank accounts are not accepted

 

By post :

 

  • By bank transfer
  • By PayPal (subject to certain conditions)

 

It is possible to pay for purchases made at catalogued auctions during the auction itself. It is not necessary to wait until the end of the auction.

For web auctions payments can only be made once the auction has finished.

For the time being, the computer remains the best medium to follow both our catalogued auctions (via DrouotLive) and our web auctions.

Selling via Millon Belgique

 

We offer free appraisals during our opening hours, from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm. Appraisals are available exclusively by appointment and are carried out by our colleagues, who are experts in their fields.

Under certain circumstances we can also offer appraisals elsewhere.

A consignment contract is drawn up for each lot, and all lots are insured.

For more information, please refer to our Terms & Conditions.

 

At the latest one week after the auction you will receive a full statement of the items you entered for sale.

The proceeds from the sale of your items will be paid during the month following the auction.

 

All the hammer prices are available on our website under the tab of the auction in question.

You can also search for specific lots which we have already auctioned.

Solving problems

 

If you have forgotten your password you can receive a reminder by simply clicking on « Forgotten your password ? » and entering the e-mail address registered in your account.

You can also send us an e-mail asking us to remind you of your login details.

 

Check that you confirmed your registration via the confirmation e-mail, which we sent to the e-mail address that you provided when you registered.

Check that you supplied a copy of your identity document to validate your account.

Check that you haven’t inserted any special characters in your username or password.

If it still doesn’t work please contact us.

 

If you have already made a purchase or taken part in one of our catalogued auctions, send us an e-mail.

 

If you have already made a purchase or taken part in one of our catalogued auctions you will already have an account with Millon Belgique. However, that account may not necessarily have been validated for bidding via our website. If that is the case (if you have already taken part in an auction on our premises) all you have to do is send us e-mail and we will activate your account by e-mailing you the login details for your user space.

Online Appraisal

1. Contact details

2. Item détails

3. Finalize your request

We will come back to you as quickly as possible with an estimate for your object