Information for Buyers

Buyer’s premium is all inclusive @ 25% on the hammer price + internet surcharges can apply 

  • Buyers are required to register their name and contact details with us and gain a paddle number before bidding. We reserve the right to deny any person a bidding number if they do not provide the information requested of them on the registration form
  • Bidding can be done in person or by leaving absentee commission bids with the auctioneer. These will be executed as cheaply as other bids and any reserve will allow.
  • Payment can be made by cash up to £10,000,  or bank transfer  
  • All goods purchased must be paid for and cleared by 2 pm on the Thursday following the sale as we are unable to provide on site storage
  • Please note we are not responsible for purchased goods after the auction, and strongly recommend that they are paid for and collected as soon as possible. Failure to do this could result with additional charges
  • All goods are sold as seen on a ‘caveat emptor’ (buyer beware) basis. Buyers and prospective buyers are deemed to have satisfied themselves before bidding, by inspection or otherwise, as to the condition and the description in the catalogue
  • Any mechanical or electrical goods are sold as untested and for spares only
  • Minimum bids  £20.00


  • We are sorry to inform you but due to ever rising costs after 10 years 
  • we will be increasing our Buyer premium from 1 st September 2022 
  • from 20% to 25 % + any internet commission fees 


1. Introduction:

The following informative notes are intended to assist Buyers, particularly those inexperienced or new to our salerooms. All sales are conducted on our printed ‘Conditions of sale’ which are readily available for inspection and normally accompany catalogues. Our staff will be happy to help you if there is anything you do not fully understand.

2. Agency:

As auctioneers we usually contract as agents for the seller whose identity, for reasons of confidentiality, is not normally disclosed. Accordingly, if you buy your primary contract is with the seller.

3. Estimates:

Estimates are designed to help buyers gauge what sort of sum might be involved for the purchase of a particular lot. The lower estimate may represent the reserve price and certainly will not be below it. Estimates do not include the buyer’s premium or VAT (where chargeable). Estimates are prepared some time before the sale and may be altered by announcement before the sale. They are in no sense definitive.

4. Buyers premium:

The ‘Conditions of sale’ oblige buyers to pay a buyer’s premium at 25% on the hammer price of each lot purchased.+ any internet listing fees 

5. VAT we do not charge VAT 

6. Condition and description of lots.

We are primarily, agents for the seller. We are dependent on information provided by the seller and whilst we may inspect lots and act reasonably in taking a general view about them we are normally unable to carry out a detailed or any examination of lots in order to ascertain their condition in the way in which it would be wise for a buyer to do. Intending buyers have ample opportunity for inspection of goods and, therefore, accept responsibility for inspecting and investigating lots in which they may be interested. Please note carefully the exclusion of liability for the condition of lots contained in the ‘Conditions of sale’. Neither the seller nor we, as the auctioneers, accept any responsibility for their condition. In particular, mechanical objects of any age are not guaranteed to be in working order.

However, in so far as we have examined the goods and make a representation about their condition, we shall be liable for any defect which that examination ought to have revealed to the auctioneer but which would not have been revealed to the buyer had the buyer examined the goods. 

Additionally, in specified circumstances lots mis-described because they are ‘deliberate forgeries’ may be returned and repayment made. There is a 14 day time limit from the date of sale, not date of collection or receipt. (The expression ‘deliberate forgery’ is defined in our ‘Conditions of sale’).

7. Electrical goods:

All electrical and mechanical goods are sold as untested and for spares only. We do not sell any such item as safe or in working order and stress to any buyer of such as item that they will have to make their own alterations to the lot in order for it to be used.

8. Export of goods:

Buyers intending to export goods should ascertain (a) whether an export licence is required and (b) whether there is any specific prohibition on importing goods of that character because, e.g. they may contain prohibited materials such as ivory. Ask us if you need help.

9. Bidding in person: Some form of identification with proof of address may be required if you are unknown to us. Bidders may be required to register before the sale commences and lots will be invoiced to the name and address on the registration form. Account transfers will not be recognized or facilitated under any circumstances.

10. Absentee bidding: Commission bids may be left with the auctioneers indicating the maximum amount to be bid excluding buyers’ premium. They will be executed as cheaply as possible having regard to the reserve (if any) and competing bids. If two buyers submit identical commission bids, the auctioneers may prefer the first bid received. 

12. Methods of payment: Accounts are due for settlement within five days of the auction. The following methods of payment are acceptable. To avoid undue embarrassment for yourself or our staff, please do not ask for preferential treatment.

(i) Cash. Single payments up to £10,000 only.

(ii)We accept most Debit Card.(iii) Credit Card when the customer is present . ( not during covid )

Our preferred payment method  is via Bank transfer   HSBC 

we DO not accept any card payment by phone due to on line and internet fraud 

)Sorry but WE NO LONGER ACCEPT  payment by Bank Cheques .Bank Drafts & Building Society Cheques.


13. Collection and storage:

Goods can be collected as soon as they are paid for. If goods remain with us Paid or UN-paid and we have no contrary written advice of your intentions the items may be moved to storage and reasonable labour charges levied and storage at the rate of £3 per lot per day thereafter for small items and £10 per lot per day for furniture and large items.