Michael and Lesley Hogben have over 35 years experience in Fine art Auctioneering

and would be happy to offer advice on Buying or Selling, House Contents Sale,

House Clearances, Insurance Claims, Probate or Family Division 

We look forward to seeing you in Auction House

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A Guide to Selling At Michael Hogben Auctions  & Galleries


.    When you bring your lots to be entered into our Auction you will be given a list of your items and a Vendor Number which should be quoted in ALL correspondence with the Auction House

.     Your items will be entered into our next Auction Sale this date will be shown on your Entry Form

.     You will receive a list of your items lot numbers prior to the Auction they are entered into and will be able to see their full catalogue description by going to our website:

.    After the Auction on Sunday you may ring the Auction House quoting your Vendor number we will be able to inform you if your items were sold or un-sold and the prices they sold for

.    Most Un-sold items will be automatically entered into our next Auction 

6.    Payment to clients for sold items will be made 21-30 working days after the sale

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1. Interpretation:

In these terms the words ‘you, ‘yours’, etc. refer to the seller and if the consignment of goods to us is made by an agent we assume that the seller has authorized the consignment and that the consignor has the seller’s authority to contract. Similarly, the words ‘we’, ‘us’, etc. refer to the auctioneers.

2. Commission: standard rate 5 to 15 % ,this can be reduced with a full contents sale 

Is charged to sellers at varying rates depending values entered 

3. Lots  Fee: £5.00 per lot from January 2017 

Is charged at £5.00 per lot entered sold or unsold, lottage fee includes photography,internet listing sites ,Porterage,sorting,lotting and research, sale notifications and admin

4. Loss and Damage Warranty Charge:

 optional 2% of the lower estimate whether sold or unsold

5. Removal costs:

Items for sale must be consigned to the saleroom by any stated deadline and at your expense. We are be able to recommend suitable hauliers but any liability incurred to a carrier for haulage charges is solely your responsibility.

6. Illustrations:

If we consider that the lot should be illustrated on our website we will do so. Illustrations on the internet are free. The copyright in respect of such illustrations shall be the property of us, the auctioneers, as is the text of the catalogue.

7. Minimum bids and our discretion:

All goods are put up for sale without reserve but at the auctioneer’s discretion, unless written instructions as to reserves are received at least 48 hours prior to the commencement of the sale. Reserved goods will normally be offered subject to agreed figures between us before the sale in accordance with clause 8 and unilaterally by ourselves at the time of sale in circumstances the auctioneer feels necessary to protect your interests. We may sell lots below the reserve provided we account to you for the same sale proceeds as you would have received had the reserve been the hammer price. If you specifically give us ‘discretion’ we may accept a bid of up to 10% below the formal fixed reserve.

8.  Estimates:

(a) You are entitled to place prior to the auction a  on any lot consigned, being the minimum hammer price at which that lot may be sold. ,

(b) A reserve once set cannot be changed except with our consent.

(c) Where a reserve has been placed only we may bid on your behalf and only up to the reserve (if any) and you may in no circumstances bid personally.

(d) Estimates are not Reserves. Estimates are given as a guide to buyers.

9. Electrical items:

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. We reserve the right to dispose of any such goods that we deem not saleable without further reference to the vendor. A minimum fee of £5 plus VAT may be incurred for this service.

10. Soft furnishings:

The sale of soft furnishings is strictly regulated by statute law in the interests of fire safety. Goods found to infringe safety regulations will not be offered and must be removed at your expense. We reserve the right to dispose of unsafe goods as refuse, at your expense and without further reference to the vendor. A minimum fee of £10  per item may be incurred for this service.

11. Descriptions:

Please assist us with accurate information as to the provenance etc. of goods where this is relevant. There is strict liability for the accuracy of descriptions under modern consumer legislation and in some circumstances responsibility lies with sellers if inaccuracies occur. Where we are obliged to return the price to the buyer when the lot is a deliberate forgery under Condition 15 of the ‘Conditions of sale’ and we have accounted to you for the proceeds of sale you agree to reimburse us the sale proceeds. The liability to reimburse the sale proceeds shall not arise where you are acting reasonably and honestly and are unaware of the forgery but we are or ought to have been aware of it.

12. Unsold items:

If a  item is unsold you will be advised and it may be re-offered . Where in our opinion an item is un-saleable or we have advised you to collect the item you must arrange to collect the item from the saleroom within 14 days  on being so informed. If goods remain with us and we have no contrary written advice of your reasonable intentions, the items may be moved to storage and reasonable charges levied or disposed of or given to charity.

13. Withdrawn and bought in items:

Once an item has been entered for sale should you choose to withdraw it (pre or post sale) you will be liable to incur a charge of 20%  on being bought in or withdrawn after being cataloged. This will be based on the Mid  estimate.

14. Conditions of sale:

You agree that all goods will be sold on our ‘Conditions of sale’. In particular you undertake that you have the right to sell the goods either as owner or agent for the owner. You undertake to compensate us and any buyer or third party for all losses, liabilities and expenses incurred in respect of and as a result of any breach of this undertaking.

15. Authority to deduct commission and expenses and retain premium and interest:

(a) You authorise us to deduct commission at the stated rate and all expenses incurred for your account from the hammer price and consent to our right to retain beneficially the premium paid by the buyer in accordance with our ‘Conditions of sale’ and any interest earned on the sale proceeds until the date of settlement.

(b) You authorise us in our discretion to negotiate a sale by private treaty in the case of lots unsold at auction while they remain on our premises, in which case the same charges will be payable as if such lots had been sold at auction and so far as appropriate these terms apply.

16. Settlement:

After sale settlement of the net sum due to you normally takes place after maximum of  21-30 working days of the sale (by crossed cheque to the seller) unless the buyer has not paid for the goods. In this case no settlement will then be made but we will take your instructions in the light of our ‘Conditions of sale’.

17. Insurance cover and risk:

Unless otherwise instructed in writing, all goods on our premises and in our custody will be held un-insured against the risks of fire, theft following forcible entry, water damage and accidental breakage or damage ,Or which we will make a loss and damage warranty charge at a premium of 2% of the hammer price . We shall not be responsible for damage to or the loss, theft or destruction of any goods not so insured upon the owner’s written instructions. In respect of any article delivered to us if the vendor has in force a policy or policies of insurance in which is specifically mentioned as being insured, whether or not for any agreed sum or value, the vendor shall notify his insurers of and shall himself note our interest as bailee in such policy or policies.

18. Ownership & Indemnity:

The vendor declares that the goods entered are their unencumbered property and that they are free from any hire purchase or financial agreement. The vendor shall duly indemnify us against any claims in connection with any goods sold by us on the vendor’s behalf.

19. Value Added Tax:

A vendor who sends for sale by auction any chattel(s) which is an asset of business must disclose to us whether or not [s]he has a registered VAT number, and thus the number. This information must be supplied to the Auctioneer on or prior to delivery of goods

20. Clients’ money:

You are advised that all clients’ money is held in the following account.

 Michael Hogben Auctions  & Galleries

(client account) held at H.S.B.C

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