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Commission Bids

The Auctioneers are willing to accept commission bids on behalf of clients unable to attend a sale. Such bids should be made in writing only; either by post, fax or e-mail. Telephone commission bids will not be accepted.

No commission bids will be accepted on the day of the sale. All postal and faxed bids must be received at the office 2 days prior to sale. Bids by e-mail will be accepted until 10.00am on the day prior to sale.

All bids should be made and shall be carried out in accordance with the conditions of sale.

Commission bids will be executed as cheaply as reserves or any other bids allow. A successful commission bid will be one bid higher than that of the underbidder, regardless of commission bid placed. A maximum bid (not including buyer’s premium or VAT) should be stated. Unlimited bids will not be accepted. If identical commission bids are received by the Auctioneers, the earliest will take precedence.

Commission bids will only be accepted when presented with bank account / credit card details.

All commission bids are left entirely at the Purchaser’s risk and neither the Auctioneers nor anyone employed by the Auctioneers shall be responsible for any errors in the execution of bids, howsoever caused.

Successful commission bidders will receive an invoice with details of lots purchased, together with instructions for payment and despatch / collection of lots, within 10 days of the sale.

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Estimates and Reserves

Estimated prices, which are shown excluding buyer’s premium or V.A.T. should be taken as guidelines only. These are the approximate prices expected to be realised and should not be deemed definite.

Reserve prices are stated to show the lowest price at which the Auctioneers are prepared to sell the lot. If no higher commission bids have otherwise been received prior to start of sale, bidding will begin at this price.

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Conditions of Sale

The highest bidder shall be deemed to be the Purchaser. No bids may be retracted. All bidding shall be regulated by the Auctioneers who reserve the right to reject any bid with no given reason.

The Auctioneers reserve the right to fix a reserve price on any or all lots, subject to the right to bid on behalf of the Vendor.

If a bidding dispute should occur, the Auctioneers are empowered to resolve such dispute, to re-sell the lot or if deemed necessary, to withdraw the lot from sale.

The Auctioneers reserve the right to alter any lot(s) or to withdraw them from sale.

Each lot shall be at the sole risk of the Vendor until pronounced sold by the fall of the hammer, whereupon such risk shall pass to the Purchaser, who must give by request, his full name and address to the Auctioneers and agree to pay in full the purchase price of that lot.

The Purchaser shall not be entitled to take possession, by collection or delivery, of any lot(s), until such time as all monies have been collected by the Auctioneers.

If such conditions are not fully adhered to in the opinion of the Auctioneers, the Auctioneers reserve the right to cancel the sale of any lot(s) and either re-sell the lot(s) by public auction or private sale, or return the goods to the Vendor. Any costs incurred arising from same shall be charged to the defaulting Purchaser.

The Auctioneers shall be deemed to be an agent acting on behalf of both the Vendor and the Purchaser and do not accept responsibility for any default by either party.

All descriptions of lots, whether made orally or stated in either the catalogue or advertising material, as to the authenticity, attribution, genuineness, origin, authorship, date, age, period, condition or quality of same, is of opinion only and should not be taken as implying a statement or representation of fact.
Each lot is sold subject to all faults and errors in description and responsibility lies solely with the Purchaser to satisfy themselves, either by inspection or otherwise, of all conditions aforesaid. Purchasers should be aware that the condition and authenticity of any lot or part of lot described as “overmounted” or “framed and glazed” is stated only on the appearance as viewed within the mount or frame by the Auctioneers. No inspection has been made out of the frame.

Neither the Vendor nor the Auctioneers nor any person employed by the Auctioneers has any authority to make or give any representation or warranty in accordance to any lot and no responsibility will be taken for any statement of such howsoever made.

Neither the Auctioneers nor the Vendor shall be responsible for any loss, damage or injury howsoever caused, incurred by any persons in attendance before, during or following the sale.

The Auctioneers reserve the right to refuse entry to the auction room to any person or persons with no given reason.

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Payment

The hammer price of each lot is payable in full together with a buyer’s premium of 13% (exclusive of V.A.T.), before lots will be released to the Purchaser.

Payment for lots may be by cash or cheque on production of guarantee card (amounts exceeding guarantee will require banker’s reference). Lots will not be released upon payment by cheque to Purchasers unknown to the Auctioneers until pronounced cleared by their bank.

Payment is also accepted by switch, visa or any major credit card. A surcharge of 4% will be added to the balance if settled by credit card.

Should Purchasers wish to leave during the sale, prior to the opening of the payment tables, an invoice for any successful lots plus despatch charge, will be issued within 7 days of the sale date.

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Despatch of Lots

Payment in full is required before lots will be released to the Purchaser.
Sporting Past Times provide a packaging and postal despatch service, which will be charged at cost together with a small service charge (minimum of £5).
Upon receipt of payment (allowing for clearance of cheques) lots will be despatched by Special Delivery, Parcel Force Insured or Airmail.




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