I hired an auctioneer to auction some property of mine. As per the contract the auctioneer was responsible for marketing, advertising, and getting bidders interested in the property to be auctioned off on a certain date. I paid the auctioneer thousands of dollars for this marketing, advertising, etc. of the auction, and the property to be aucitoned.
When I first consulted with this auctioneer, he guaranteed he would sell my property at auction verbally. His marketing and advertising materials, and his website states that sales, and successful auctions are guaranteed. When this auctioneer showed up on auction day, he told me verbally that he had several phone calls from bidders who were interested in the auction. He also stated
that he has not had an unsuccessful auction with no sales in nearly 10 years, and that I would be satisfied with the auction results. On this auction day no bidders showed up to participate in the auction. No auction had occurred despite all of the marketing, advertising,(Which I paid him for.)
I never heard back from the auctioneer after this. Four weeks later after this I was served with a lawsuit from this auctioneer against me for $10,000 for auction services even though no actual auction had occured despite the auctioneer's oral promises, and assurances.
The written contract states that the auctioneer does not warrant a specific result or sale, but he made several oral promises/assurances, and also his written advertising and marketing materials, and his website guarantee a sale, and successful auction. Would these things become a part of the contract and/void the written contract?