A.N.C.A., The National Association of Italian auction houses was established in January 30, 1995.
A.N.C.A. is a member of the Italian Confederation of Commerce and the Federation of the auction houses of the European Community (European Federation of Auctioneers) based in Bruxelles, that collects the representatives of the European Countries Auction Houses.
The aims of the Association, apolitical and non-profit, are to protect the image and development of the category, to develop closer ties of cooperation between members, to harmonize and adapt them to the international situation, of settle their disputes out of court settlements and giving priority to be an authoritative interlocutor against the authorities, especially regarding the exportation and taxation, today strongly penalized for the category. During its years of existence, the Association has developed an intense activity, both in Italy and in the headquarters of the European Union, addressing major issues related to the category, such as, for example, the thorny issue of notification by the State or the "Droit de Suite". Furthermore, it was precious to the internal rules of the various auction houses, all invited to activity transparent and fair so as to give buyers all the guarantees necessary to a purchase.
The partners are committed to ensuring reliability, competence and transparency both those who believe their works of art and to those who buys them.
At the time of the acquisition of works of art to be included in the auction members are committed to make all the research and studies necessary for a proper understanding and appreciation of these works.
Members undertake to communicate to principals with the utmost clarity the conditions of sale, in particular the total amount of all fees and expenses that may suffer.
Members undertake to treat with the utmost precision trade catalogs, adding to the items in this catalog with complete descriptions and for lots more important, with clear reproductions. Members undertake to publish their own conditions of sale of all catalogs.
Members undertake to communicate to prospective buyers all the information needed to better judge and assess their possible purchase and undertake to provide any assistance possible after purchase. The members shall, at the request of the purchaser, a certificate of photography of the purchased lots. Members agree that the data contained in the invoice correspond exactly to what is stated in the catalog of sale, except to correct any typos or errors in the catalog. Members agree to make public the lists of sales.
The partners are committed to working with public institutions for the preservation of Italian cultural heritage, the protection of works of art theft and forgery.
Members are committed to fair competition in compliance with the law and professional ethics. Will be considered unworthy to be part of the Association member who deliberately spread slander on the work of colleagues. Each member, while working in their own interest and in accordance with its methods of work is committed to safeguarding the general interests of the class and to defend the honor and respectability.
The violation of the provisions of this Regulation will bring to members the application of penalties laid down in Article. 20 of the Statute ANCA.