As buyers of art we must all be very careful not to be overcharged. Auction houses are tending to charge the ARR willy-nilly. The fact is they do not care because they merely pass the charge on to their unfortunate buyers.
Recently I made a good buy in a major London Auction House: I bought 6 Salvador Dali prints for the hammer price of £2200-00. When I received the invoice I found I had been WHACKED an additional £88-00 in Artists Resale Right. Needless to say the bill went straight back to the auctioneer for amendment. Each individual piece cost less then €1000 and there should have been no ARR charged.
When I went in to pay for the goods I experienced more problems. I was told that the 6 items were “a set” and therefore counted as an integral whole on which ARR was due to be charged. I explained that there were 12 in “The Set” and I had bought 6. They maintained ARR had to charged. When I refused to pay they called DACS. The person who answered the phone at DAX asked if one of the items was worth substantially more then the others (i.e. more then €1000-00) to which the answer was “NO”. DACS said that this was an unusual case and they would consider it and call back. My auctioneer friend said that enough was enough and he was giving me the item without charging ARR and I paid and left.
This is a warning to Art Dealers. Check your auction bills very carefully and stand up for your rights. It seems that in this climate everyone is keen to charge ARR even when it is not due. Do make sure you are not made to overpay.