Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on Amending the Auction Law of the People's Republic of China 全国人民代表大会常务委员会关于修改《中华人民共和国拍卖法》的决定 附：修正本
（Adopted at the 11th Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Tenth National People's Congress on August 28， 2004 ）
颁布日期：20040828 实施日期：20040828 颁布单位：全国人大常委会
Order of the President of the People's Republic of China
The Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on Amending the Auction Law of the People's Republic of China， adopted at the 11th Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Tenth National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China on August 28， 2004， is hereby promulgated and shall go into effect as of the date of its promulgation.
President of the People's Republic of China
August 28， 2004
At its 11th Meeting， the Standing Committee of the Tenth National People's Congress decides to make the following amendments to the Auction Law of the People's Republic of China：
1. The third paragraph of Article 5 is deleted.
2. Subparagraph （5） of Article 12 is deleted.
This Decision shall go into effect as of the date of its promulgation.
The Auction Law of the People's Republic of China shall be promulgated anew after it is revised according to this Decision.
Auction Law of the People's Republic of China
（Adopted at the 20th Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Eighth National People's Congress on July 5， 1996， amended according to the Decision of the Standing Committee of the Tenth National People's Congress on Amending the Auction Law of the People's Republic of China adopted at its 11th Meeting on August 28， 2004）
Chapter Ⅰ General Provisions
Chapter Ⅱ Objects of Auction
Chapter Ⅲ Parties to Auction
Section 1 Auctioneer
Section 2 Client
Section 3 Bidder
Section 4 Vendee
ChapterⅣ Auction Procedures
Section 1 Authorization of Auction
Section 2 Announcement of Auction and Display of Objects of Auction
Section 3 Execution of Auction
Section 4 Commission
Chapter Ⅴ Legal Responsibility
ChapterⅥ Supplementary Provisions
Article 1 This Law is enacted for the purpose of standardizing acts of auction， maintaining order of auction and protecting the lawful rights and interests of all the parties in activities of auction.
Article 2 This Law shall be applicable to auction activities conducted by auction enterprises within the territory of the People's Republic of China.
Article 3 Auction refers to the means of selling and buying by which specific articles or goods or property rights are transferred through public bidding to the bidder that offers the highest price.
Article 4 The parties in activities of auction shall abide by the relevant laws and administrative regulations and adhere to the principles of openness， fairness， justice and good faith.
Article 5 The department in charge of administration of the auction trade under the State Council shall exercise supervision over and administration of the auction trade throughout the country.
The departments in charge of administration of the auction trade under the people's governments of provinces， autonomous regions， municipalities directly under the Central Government， or cities divided into districts shall exercise supervision over and administration of the auction trade in their respective administrative regions.
Objects of Auction
Article 6 Objects of auction shall be the articles or goods or property rights which are owned by the client or which the client may dispose of according to law.
Article 7 Articles or goods or property rights prohibited for sale by laws or administrative regulations shall not be made objects of auction.
Article 8 With respect to the articles or goods or property rights whose transference is subject to examination and approval as provided for by laws or the regulations of the State Council， the parties concerned shall， prior to their auction， go through the formalities for the examination and approval according the law.
With respect to the cultural relics under authorization for auction， they shall， prior to their auction， be subject to appraisal and permission given according to law by the administrative department for cultural relics in the place where the auctioneer's residence is located.
Article 9 With respect to articles or goods confiscated or used to offset tax money or fines by the administrative organs of the State in accordance with law and other articles or goods， all of which should be auctioned through authorization as prescribed by the regulations of the State Council， the auction shall be conducted by auctioneers designated by the people's governments of the provinces， autonomous regions， or municipalities directly under the Central Government or of the cities divided into districts， where such property is located.
Auction of articles or goods confiscated or used to offset tax money or fines by the People's Counts in accordance with law and other articles or goods that are retrieved but cannot be returned to their owners shall be governed by the provisions of the preceding paragraph.
Parties to Auction
Article 10 An auctioneer refers to an enterprise legal person that is established in accordance with this Law and the Company Law of the People's Republic of China and engaged in activities of auction.
Article 11 Auction enterprises may be established in cities divided into districts. Establishment of an auction enterprise shall be subject to examination， verification and permission by the department in charge of the auction trade under the people's government of the province， autonomous region， or municipality directly under the Central Government in the place where the enterprise is to be established and shall be registered with the administrative department for industry and commerce for obtaining of a business license.
Article 12 To establish an auction enterprise， the following conditions shall be satisfied：
（1）having a registered capital of RMB one million Yuan or more；
（2）having its own name， organizational structure， premises and articles of association；
（3）having auction masters and other employees commensurate to the trade；
（4）having rules for the auction trade that conform to the provisions of this Law and other relevant laws；
（5）complying with the regulations of the State Council regarding development of the auction trade； and
（6）other conditions as provided for by laws or administrative regulations.
Article 13 An auction enterprise engaged in the auction of cultural relics shall have a registered capital of 10 million Yuan or more and employees equipped with the professional knowledge about auction of cultural relics.
Article 14 Auction activities shall be preside over by auction masters.
Article 15 An auction master shall satisfy the following requirements：
（1）having acquired a 3-Year college education or a higher education and professional knowledge about auction；
（2）having worked two years at least in an auction enterprise； and
（3）being a person of good conduct.
If a person has been discharged from public employment or his qualification certificate of auction master rescinded for less than five years or has been subjected to criminal punishment for intentional offense， the shall not be employed as an auction master.
Article 16 Examination for qualification of auction masters shall be arranged exclusively by the Auction Trade Association. Persons who pass the examination shall be issued qualification certificates for auction masters by the said association.
Article 17 The Auction Trade Association is a public organization legal person established in accordance with law and a self-disciplined organization for the trade of auction. The Auction Trade Association shall， in accordance with this Law and its own articles of association， exercise supervision over auction enterprises and masters.
Article 18 An auctioneer shall have the right to request his clients to make clear the origins and defects of the objects of auction.
An auctioneer shall make defects of the objects of auction known to bidders.
Article 19 An auctioneer shall have the obligation of taking care of the articles or goods delivered by his clients to him for auction sale.
Article 20 After accepting authorization， the auctioneer may not authorize another auctioneer to perform the auction without prior consent of his client.
Article 21 An auctioneer shall keep the identity of his client or vendee confidential if so requested.
Article 22 An auctioneer and his employees may not get involved as bidders in the auction sale which is arranged by themselves and may not authorize another to act as a bidder on their behalf.
Article 23 An auctioneer may not put his own articles or goods or property rights on an auction sale which is arranged by himself.
Article 24 When an auction transaction is concluded， the auctioneer shall deliver the money paid for the objects of auction to the clients as agreed and transfer the objects of auction to the vendees as agreed.
Article 25 A client refers to a citizen， legal person or other organization that authorizes an auctioneer to auction his or its articles， goods or property rights.
Article 26 A client may go through the formalities for authorization of auction by himself or through his agent.
Article 27 A client shall make clear the origins and defects of the objects of auction to the auctioneer.
Article 28 A client shall have the right to determine the reservation price for the objects of auction and require the auctioneer to keep it confidential.
With respect to auction of State assets， assessment of which is required by laws or the regulations of the State Council， assessment shall be made by the appraisal institution established according to law， and reservation prices for the objects of auction shall be determined on the basis of the assessment made.
Article 29 A client may withdraw the objects of auction before the auction sale commences. In such a case， the client shall pay to the auctioneer the expenses as agreed； in the absence of such an agreement， the client shall pay to the auctioneer a reasonable amount of expenses.
Article 30 A client may not participate in bidding and may not authorize another to bid on his behalf.
Article 31 Where it is agreed that the objects of auction shall be transferred by the client， after the auction transaction is concluded， the client shall transfer the objects of auction to the vendees.
Article 32 A bidder refers to a citizen legal person or other organization that participates in the bidding for objects of auction.
Article 33 Where requirements for selling and buying of objects of auction are prescribed in laws or administrative regulations， a bidder shall meet those requirements.
Article 34 A bidder may take part in bidding by himself or authorize his agent to participate in it.
Article 35 A bidder shall have the right to informed of defects of the objects of auction and the right to inspect them and to have access to information pertaining to them.
Article 36 Once a bidder bids for a price， it shall be irrevocable， and it shall lose its binding force as soon as another bidder offers a higher price.
Article 37 Bidders or bidders and auctioneers may not collude with each other out of ill intention to harm the interests of another.
Article 38 A vendee refers to a bidder who purchases an object of auction at the highest price offered by him.
Article 39 A vendee shall pay for the object of auction at the price agreed， failing that， he shall bear liabilities for default or， with the consent of the client， the auctioneer may put the object of auction up at auction again.
Where the object of auction is auctioned again， the former vendee shall pay the commission he himself and the client should pay for the first auction sale. Where the price for the second auction sale is lower than that for the first one， the former vendee shall make up the difference.
Article 40 Where a vendee fails to obtain the object of auction as agreed， he shall have the right to request the auctioneer or client to bear liabilities for default.
Where a vendee fails to collect the object of auction as agreed， he shall pay the storage charge incurred thereby.
Article 41 When a client authorizes auction of articles or goods or property rights， he shall provide his identity certificate and， as required by the auctioneer， the ownership certificate for the objects of auction， or certificates and any other materials testifying that he may dispose of the objects of auction according to law.
Article 42 The auctioneer shall verify the relevant certificates and materials provided by the client. When an auctioneer accepts authorization， he shall sign a contract for authorization of auction with the client.
Article 43 The auctioneer may have the objects of auction evaluate ， if he deems it necessary.
Where the conclusion of the expert evaluation does not conform to the descriptions of the auction as specified in the contract for authorization of auction， the auctioneer shall have the right to demand modification or cancellation of the contract.
Article 44 In a contract for authorization of auction， the following particulars shall be specified：
（1）name of title and address of the client and auctioneer；
（2）title， specifications， quantity and quality of the object of auction；
（3）reservation price offered by the client；
（4）time and place of the auction；
（5）time and manner of delivery or transference of the object of auction；
（6）commission， manner and time limit for its payment；
（7）manner and time limit for payment of the purchase；
（8）liabilities for default； and
（9）other matters as agreed upon between both parties.
Announcement of Auction and Display of Objects of Auction
Article 45 The auctioneer shall announce the opening of an auction seven days prior to the date of auction.
Article 46 In the announcement of auction， the following particulars shall be specified：
（1）time and place of auction；
（2）objects of auction；
（3）time and place for display of the objects of auction；
（4）formalities to go through for participating in bidding； and
（5）other matters that need be announced.
Article 47 Announcement of an auction shall be released through newspapers or other media.
Article 48 The auctioneer shall display the object of auction prior to the auction sale and provide relevant information and conditions for bidders to check the objects of auction.
The duration of display shall be not less than two days.
Execution of Auction
Article 49 The auction master shall announce the auction rules and points for attention before the auction takes place.
Article 50 Where there is no reservation price for an object of auction， the auction master shall maker it clear before the auction sale.
Where there is a reservation price for an object of auction and the highest price offered by a bidder does not reach the reservation price， the offer shall be non-binding and the suction master shall suspend the auction sale of the said object.
Article 51 When the highest offer is confirmed by the auction master by knocking the gavel or any other way of public confirmation， the auction transaction is concluded.
Article 52 After a transaction is concluded， the vendee and the auctioneer shall execute a written confirmation.
Article 53 When an auction sale is under way， minutes of auction shall be made and signed by the auction master and the recorder， as well as the vendee if a transaction is concluded.
Article 54 The auctioneer shall properly keep the complete set of account books relating to business operation， the auction minutes and any other relevant materials.
The period for maintaining the account books， auction minutes and other relevant materials as specified in the preceding paragraph shall be not less than five years， counting from the date of expiration of the contract for authorization of auction.
Article 55 Where it is necessary to make changes in certificates or licenses or to transfer ownership of property rights， in accordance with law， with regard to objects of auction， the client and vendee shall go through the formalities with the relevant administrative organ by producing the transaction certificate prepared by the auctioneer and relevant materials.
Article 56 The client and vendee may reach an agreement with the auctioneer on the proportion of commission.
Where a transaction is concluded in the absence of such an agreement， the auctioneer may charge a commission of not more than five percent of the transaction price from the client and the vendee respectively. The proportion of commission to be charged shall be determined according to the principle that it is in inverse proportion to the transaction price.
Where no transaction in concluded， the auctioneer may charge the client the expenses as agreed. In the absence of an agreement， the auctioneer may charge the client a reasonable amount for the expenses of auction
Article 57 For the auction of articles of goods specified in Article 9 of this Law， where a transaction is concluded， the auctioneer may charge the vendee a commission of not more than five percent of the transaction price. The proportion of commission to be charged shall be determined according to the principle that it is in inverse proportion to the transaction price.
In case no transaction is concluded， the provisions of the third paragraph of Article 56 of this Law shall apply.
Article 58 Where a client， in violation of the provision of Article 6 of this Law， authorizes auction of articles or goods or property rights that he does not own or he has no right to dispose of according to law， he shall bear liability according to law. Where the auctioneer knowingly auctions articles or goods or property rights that the client does not own or has no rights to dispose of according to law， he shall bear joint and several liability.
Article 59 Where a State organ， in violation of the provisions of Article 9 of this Law and without permission， disposes of articles or goods for the auction of which it should authorize the auctioneer the auctioneer designated by the people's government of the province， autonomous region， municipality directly under the Central Government or of the city divided into districts where such property is located， the persons who are directly in charge and other persons who are directly responsible for the offense shall be given administrative sanctions according to law， where losses have been caused to the State， they shall be liable for compensation.
Article 60 If anyone， in violation of the provisions of Article 11 of this Law， establishes an auction enterprise without permission and registration， the enterprise shall be banned by administrative department for industry and commerce， the illegal gains shall be confiscated and he may also be fined not less than one time but not more than five times the amount of the illegal gains.
Article 61 Where an auctioneer or client， in violation of the provisions of the second paragraph of Article 18， or Article 27 of this Law， fails to make clear defects of the objects of auction and thus causes losses to the vendee， the vendee shall have the right to claim compensation from the auctioneer； where the client is responsible for the loss， the auctioneer shall have the right of recourse against the client.
Where an auctioneer and client declare， prior to the auction sale， that they cannot guarantee the genuineness or quality of an object of auction， they shall not be liable for the guaranty of the object.
In the absence of such declaration， the period for limitation of action for claim of compensation shall be one year， counted from the day the party concerned comes to know or should have known that his rights were encroached upon.
The period for limitation of action for claim of compensation for personal damage or property losses occasioned by defects in an object of auction shall be governed by the relevant provisions of the Law of the people's Republic of China on Product Quality and other laws.
Article 62 Where an auctioneer of any of his employees， in violation of the provisions of Article 22 of this Law， participates in bidding or authorizes another to bid on his behalf， the administrative department for industry and commerce shall give the auctioneer a disciplinary warning， and may impose on him a fine of not less than one time but not more than five times the amount of the commission for auction. If the violation is serious， his business license shall be revoked.
Article 63 Where， in violation of the provisions of Article 23 of this Law， an auctioneer puts his own articles or goods or property rights up at auction that is arranged by himself， the administrative department for industry and commerce shall confiscate his earnings from the auction sale.
Article 64 Where， in violation of the provisions of Articles 30 of this Law， a client participates in bidding or authorizes another to bid on his behalf， the administrative department for industry and commerce may impose on him a fine of not more than 30% of the transaction price.
Article 65 Where， in violation of the provisions of Article 37 of this Law， bidders or bidders and auctioneers collude with each out of ill intention and thus cause losses to another， the auction shall be invalid and they shall be liable for compensation according to law. The administrative department for industry and commerce shall impose on the bidders that participate in such collusion a fine of not less than 10% but not more than 30% of the highest price offered； it shall impose on the auctioneers that participate in such collusion a fine of not less than 10% but not more than 50% of the highest price offered.
Article 66 Where an auctioneer collects commission in violation of the provisions in Section 4 of Chapter Ⅳ of this Law regarding the proportion of commission， he shall return the part that exceeds the prescribed proportion to the client and vendee. The price control authority may impose on the auctioneer a fine of not less than one time but not more than five times the amount of the commission for auction.
Article 67 This Law shall be applicable to foreign nationals， foreign enterprises and organizations that authorize auction or participate in bidding within the territory of the People's Republic of China.
Article 68 Auction enterprises， established prior to the implementation of this Law， that do not meet the conditions provided for in this Law shall， within the prescribed time limit， meet such conditions； with regard to those that fail to meet the said conditions within the time limit， the administrative department fir industry and commerce shall cancel their registration and rescind their business licenses. Specific measures in this regard shall be formulated separately by the State Council.
Article 69 This Law shall go into effect as of January 1， 1997.
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