Buying at Auction
If you are new to buying at auction and require more information, please call our office for assistance.
Prior to each auction, all the objects in the sale are exhibited in our salesroom. The preview is open to the public and is free of charge. Prospective buyers are encouraged to examine the objects personally or by a specialists of their own choosing. If you are unable to attend the preview, condition reports are available upon request. Viewing hours can be found on our website and in the front of the printed catalogue.
Estimates represent our opinion of the price range in which the lots might sell at auction. All estimates are based on examination of the items and compared to recent auction records of comparable items. A hammer price can exceed the estimate.
ON THE AUCTION DAY
On the day of the auction, clients intending to bid in person must provide their name and address, as well as proof of identification such as a passport or driving licence. First-time bidders must also provide credit information (including bank name, bank contact, account number and phone number). Once your registration is completed you will be given a paddle with your personal number for bidding during the auction. Once the sale begins, the auctioneer will announce each lot in numerical order as listed in the catalogue and then open the bidding. A live auction will always feature photos and current pricing of each lot projected onto a large screen or television during bidding. To place a bid, simply raise your paddle for the auctioneer to recognize your bid. If you become the only bidder remaining, the auctioneer will state that the item is sold then announce the hammer price and your paddle number. The usual speed of our auctioneers is approx. 50 to 80 lots per hour, but this may vary depending on the type of goods being sold.
AFTER THE AUCTION
Successful bidders can pay immediately after buying on the day of the auction. Otherwise, we will send you an invoice to your address and to your email address according to your registration information. The final amount due will include the hammer price, the buyer’s premium, and any local taxes (if applicable). Payment is due within seven (7) days after the auction. Credit cards are accepted for payment of auction purchases.
After you have made your payment, please contact our shipping company to assist you with any and all shipping needs you may have.
The contact details can be found on your invoice. You are responsible for all the charges such as insurance, packing and shipping fees.
The invoice will include the successful Hammer price of your purchase(s) and the Buyer's premium. Cost of the buyers premium can be found in the terms and conditions of business.
OUR TERMS AFTER THE SALE
From the moment the auctioneer says "sold" at the end of the bidding of each lot, the title transfers to the new owner. All sales are final and subject to the Conditions of Sale printed in each catalogue and available on our website. All property is offered in "as is" condition, and prices are not reduced due to pre-existing flaws. If the identification of your object is found to be substantially incorrect based on a fair reading of the catalogue, the sale of said item may be cancelled and the hammer price plus a buyer's premium be refunded, up to 21 days after the sale.
LIVE ONLINE BIDDING
Live online bidding is now available for all our auctions. To bid online you need to register
Please complete the bidder registration form and provide us with a photograph copy of a valid Passport or Driver’s license, additionally we require a proof of address (copy of a phone bill or electric bill in your name). Please note that an additional 2% will be added on top of the buyers premium for the use of the system.
Clients who are using a third-party auction platform and who have successfully purchased an item, will be charged an extra 5% on top of the buyers premium for the use of the platform.
For clients unable to participate in the saleroom or on the telephone, we offer you the option of leaving Absentee Bids. Our auctioneer will bid on your behalf alternately against other bidders until the bidding ends. In the event that the other bidders stop bidding before reaching your maximum bid, you will purchase the lot at the next increment. The completed and signed bid forms must be received by 12 hours before the start of the auction.
For clients unable to attend the sale, we offer a telephone bidding service. Please note that telephone bidding is typically reserved for those lots with a minimum estimate of at least 200 euro’s. Overseas bidders may be asked to leave a safety bid which will function as an absentee bid in case the telephone should not be connected. The completed and signed bid forms must be received 12 hours before the start of the auction
These will be posted on our website shortly after the sale.
Our catalogues are available online about two weeks before the sale.