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Amersham Auction Rooms
Station Road
Amersham-on-the-Hill, Buckinghamshire
United Kingdom
01494 729292



Founded in 1877 as Pretty & Ellis, specialists in the Valuation and Sale by Auction of Fine Art and Furniture, Amersham Auction Rooms continues to provide ever evolving professional advice to both Owners and Buyers

Auctioneers specialising in:
Antique, Quality Reproduction, Decorative & Designer Furniture
British, Continental & Oriental Ceramics & Glass.
Silver, Silver Plate, Bronzes & Other Metalwares
Jewellery, Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments
Pens & Associated Writing Equipment
Postage Stamps, Coins & Toys
Sporting & Related Items
Early Toys, Model Railways & Games
Books & Manuscripts
Cars, Motorcycles & Models
Oil Paintings, Watercolours & Prints
Militaria & Related Items
General Household Furnishings & Domestic Objects
An Almost Unending Variety of Collectable Items
Auctions are held each Thursday, commencing at 10.30am and encompass a wide range of goods, appropriately allocated to General and Specialist Auction

The company has the facilities, expertise and experience to handle an almost unending variety of goods. No job is considered either too small or impossibly large, whether a single item or a substantial consignment and all goods are handled with equal care and attention.

Among their clients and fellow professionals, Amersham Auction Rooms have a reputation for providing an efficient, business like and personal service, with Buyers, Sellers, or even those with only a general enquiry, all being treated with the same friendly respect.

Terms & Conditions of Sale
1. Every Auction and these Conditions of Sale, together with the foregoing Glossary of certain Terms & Conditions, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English Law and shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the English Courts
2. The Company acts as Agent only in respect of goods delivered for the purpose of sale by Auction
3. The arrangement and display of goods is often such that special care should be taken both by visitors and those in their charge: and while the Auctioneers do their best to minimise risks, people attending on the premises under the conduct of the Auctioneers – whether at their Auction Rooms or elsewhere – shall be deemed to be on the land and premises at their own risk. They shall have no claim whatsoever against the Auctioneers, their principals or contractors, in respect of the cancellation/postponement of an Auction or any loss, accident or injury, however occasioned, save insofar as the same is proven to be caused by the direct negligence of the Company or one of its contractors
4. People handling lots do so at their own risk and shall make good all loss or damage, however sustained. Estimates of costs will be assessed by the Auctioneers, whose decision shall be final
5. The Auctioneers make every reasonable effort to ensure the accuracy of advertisements, catalogue descriptions, website information and other publicity; but except where specifically instructed so to certify by a Seller, declare that all statements, oral or in writing, are those of opinion only, made innocently, without responsibility and shall not give rise to any action in law by a Buyer, against any Seller, the Auctioneers or their contractors, for damages, compensation or rescission of a transaction
6. No lots are offered ‘as new’ and are often of an age or nature which preclude these being in pristine condition. As such, prospective Buyers are reminded that the Sale of Goods Acts 1979 (as amended) does not apply
Some catalogued descriptions may make reference to damage and/or restoration; however, omission of such a reference does not imply a lot is free from defects nor does reference to a particular defect imply the absence of others
7. Prospective Buyers should satisfy themselves by physical inspection of lots, before bidding, as to the origin, authenticity, quality, age, weight, size and general descriptions, as lots are sold as seen with all faults, imperfections or errors of description
This condition shall particularly apply to absentee prospective Buyers who should not rely upon third party reports, be they made by the Auctioneers or others; as mis-descriptions and/or failure to discern the condition of lots shall not allow entitlement to compensation or rescission of a transaction
8. Electrical and mechanical goods are offered subject to the strict conditions set down in the foregoing Glossary of certain Terms & Conditions
Prospective Buyers are reminded that when inspecting/attempting to test such lots, they do so at their absolute risk and without any responsibility whatsoever, on the part of the Seller, the Auctioneers or their contractors
9. The sale of second-hand upholstered furnishing are strictly regulated by Fire Safety regulations and offered subject to the conditions set down in the foregoing Glossary of certain Terms & Conditions
10. In making bids, Buyers acknowledge their attention has been drawn to and accept these Terms & Conditions of Sale and the foregoing Glossary of certain Terms & Conditions and are satisfied as to the description and condition of lots
11. Lots are sold subject to any announcement, declaration, alteration of description or other matters, made by the Auctioneers prior to the invitation of bids
12. Once made, no bid shall be withdrawn and at the fall of the hammer, the highest bid acknowledged by the Auctioneers shall constitute a legally binding contract and any subsequent dispute shall be settled by the Auctioneers whose decision shall be final
13. No lots shall be transferred and unless previously agreed with the Auctioneers and confirmed by the latter in writing, where a bidder purports to act as an agent for a Buyer, that representative shall be deemed to be acting as principal and shall be responsible for any payment and every subsequent default
14. The Auctioneers may divide, combine, add to or withdraw lots and make any catalogue alterations without notice or reason; they shall regulate the advance of bidding, accept or reject any bid (at their absolute discretion and without justification) and bid on behalf of the Seller, where there is a reserve price or at their authorised discretion
15. The Buyer shall give his/her name and contact details (and permanent place of abode, if requested) and upon failure to do so, the Auctioneers may immediately cancel the transaction and offer the lot again, at their sole discretion
16. As Agents only, the Auctioneers shall not be responsible for default on the part of Sellers or Buyers. Any resultant deficiency, together with interest, costs and expenses, shall be made good by the defaulter, recoverable as and for liquidated damages. This condition is, however, without prejudice to the right of the Auctioneers, in appropriate circumstances, to enforce the sale contract if they think fit
17. The Contract of Sale is made with the Auctioneers, as Agents for the Seller and payment shall only be made to them. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Auctioneers shall retain a lien on all goods which shall not pass to the Buyer until full payment has been received
18. All payments shall be made in Pounds Sterling only, by one of the following methods:
(a) BY CREDIT or DEBIT CARD but only by the cardholder, in person, at the Auction Rooms.
The Auctioneers will not accept remote payment by telephone or e-mail
(b) by BACS, CHAPS or DIRECT BANK TRANSFER but subject to the Buyer being responsible for the prior payment of all incidental charges
The Auctioneers will provide recipient bank details upon request
19. At the fall of the hammer, all lots shall be and remain, in every respect, at the absolute risk of the Buyer, including those of fire, burglary, theft etc., and damage occasioned to lots by the removal of other goods
20. Buyers shall pay for and remove lots at their own risk and expense immediately following the Auction or at the latest by 11.30 am on the Saturday following the Auction; after such time they shall be subject to a daily charge if £3 per lot, plus VAT, and where applicable, interest on outstanding accounts will be levied at 5% above TSB Minimum Lending Rate. Such additional charges being subject to the foregoing conditions regulating payment and no lots shall be released to a Buyer until any excess charges have been paid. In any event, the Auctioneers reserve the right to resell uncollected lots by Auction or Private Treaty and at their absolute discretion, they may warehouse goods at a Buyer’s expense. In all cases, the Auctioneers may act without notice and any incidental expenses incurred will become the responsibility of the defaulter
21. Notwithstanding any other terms in these Conditions of Sale and the foregoing Glossary of certain Terms & Conditions, if within seven days of an Auction, a Buyer gives notice in writing to the Auctioneers, that in his/her opinion a particular lot (this shall not apply to books and other printed material, militaria & Associated items and philatelic lots) is a deliberate forgery, as defined below and within fourteen days after such written notice, returns the lot to the Auctioneers, in the same condition as it was at the time of the Auction – and by producing evidence, the burden of proof to be upon the Buyer (as are any incidental costs incurred providing such proof, together with any packing, carriage and associated expenses) satisfies the Auctioneers that the lot is a deliberate forgery, then the Auctioneers are authorised to and will rescind the transaction and refund purchase monies received by them. This benefit is not assignable
In the context of this guarantee, a ‘deliberate forgery’ means a lot made with an intention to deceive, when considered in the light of the catalogue entry and at the date of the Auction had a value substantially less than it would have had, had it been in accordance with the description. However, there will be no right where the description in the catalogue at the time of the Auction was in accordance with the then general opinion of experts or it fairly indicated there to be a conflict of opinion. The Auctioneers reserve the right in forming their opinion to consult and rely upon any expert or authority considered by them to be reliable
22. The Auctioneers are prepared to accept absentee commission bids on behalf of intending Buyers, unable to attend at the time of the Auction (minimum bid £20) providing requests are made in writing and are received and acknowledged by the Auctioneers, not later than half an hour before the commencement of an Auction. This service is undertaken free of charge but without responsibility on the part of the Auctioneers, who shall not be liable for any losses or expenses incurred as a result of failure to execute absentee bids, for whatever cause
The Auctioneers extend this same disclaimer of responsibility in respect of telephone bids and live, online bidding, howsoever circumstances arise whereby the communication between them and a prospective bidder fails
23. A Buyers Premium of 17.5% on each and every lot, plus VAT thereon at the prevailing rate
24. Certain but by no means all 20thC and later works of art may attract a royalty, when sold at or above the prevailing threshold, as defined in Artist’s Resale Right (droite de suite) regulations. When due, this is payable to living artists or the descendants of deceased artists.
It shall be the sole responsibility of a prospective Buyer to make their own enquiries with the Auctioneers or elsewhere, as the Buyer sees fit, before making a bid, to establish the possibility or otherwise, that a royalty might fall due to be paid on a particular lot. Any royalty will be paid by the buyer and form part of the total purchase price – and the Auctioneers undertake to the Buyer that any such royalty shall be passed on, without deduction, to the artist’s appointed collection agents For further details, refer to
25. The export of certain items may require a licence and it shall be the sole responsibility of a prospective Buyer, in the case of such lots, to make their own enquiries prior to making a bid; as failure to establish the same shall not give rise to compensation or rescission of the transaction

We offer an online bidding service via for bidders who cannot attend the sale.
Please note that any lots purchased via live auction service will be subject to an additional 3% commission charge + VAT at the rate imposed on the hammer price or no commission for the internet bidding if the ‘Flat Fee’ has been chosen at registration.
Immediately after an Auction, it is unlikely that Auction Room staff will be available to help Buyers to load their vehicles. Buyers should therefore ensure that they provide the necessary manpower and vehicles.

The Auctioneers do not have the facilities to despatch goods to purchasers, however small or indestructible the item

When requested, packing, transport and despatch will be provided by our nominated carriers, Clarks of Amersham (; who will do all that is necessary to dispatch goods safely to any location. Clarks have considerable experience in packing and handling everything from routine household goods to valuable antiques, gained during years of operating throughout the UK and mainland Europe - a service the Auction Rooms commend.

When in the care of Clarks of Amersham, all goods are fully insured 24/7.
Contacting Clarks of Amersham:
01494 774 186