INFORMATION FOR BUYERS AT AUCTIONS
1. Introduction. The following notes are intended to assist bidders and buyers, particularly
those that are inexperienced or new to our salerooms. All of our auctions are governed by
our Conditions of Business incorporating the Terms of Consignment (primarily applicable
to sellers), the Terms of Sale (primarily applicable to bidders and buyers) and any notices
that are displayed in our salerooms or announced by the auctioneer at the auction. Our
Conditions of Business are available for inspection at our salerooms and the Terms of Sale
are printed in our auction catalogues. Our staff will be happy to help you if there is anything
in our Conditions of Business that you do not fully understand.
Please make sure that you read our Terms of Sale set out in this catalogue or on our
website carefully before bidding in the auction. If your bid is successful, you will be
obliged to comply with our Terms of Sale.
2. Agency. As auctioneers we usually act on behalf of the seller whose identity, for reasons
of confidentiality, is not normally disclosed. If you buy at auction your contract for the goods
is with the seller, not with us as auctioneer.
3. Buyer's Premium. The Terms of Sale oblige you to pay a buyer's premium at 16% on the
hammer price of each lot purchased, this is inclusive of VAT.
4. VAT. Items in our catalogue may be marked in the following ways:
a. (*) indicates that VAT is payable by the buyer on the hammer price as well as being
an element in the buyer's premium. VAT will be chargeable at the standard rate
(presently 20%). This imposition of VAT is likely to be because the seller is registered
for VAT within the European Union and is not operating the Dealers Margin Scheme
or because VAT is due at 20% on importation into the UK.
b. (**) indicates that the lot has been imported from outside the European Union. [These
lots are liable to a reduced rate of VAT (5%) on the hammer price and buyer's
c. Lots which do not have either of the above symbols have no VAT payable on the
hammer price. This is because such lots are sold using the Auctioneers' Margin
Scheme. The VAT included within the premium is not recoverable as input tax.
5. Inspection of goods by the buyer. As we act on behalf of the seller, we are dependent
on information provided by the seller about their goods. We may inspect lots and will act
reasonably in taking a general view about them. However, we are normally unable to carry
out detailed examinations of lots to check their condition in the way a buyer would do. You
will have ample opportunity to inspect the goods. You must inspect and investigate lots
that you might wish to bid for. Please note carefully the exclusion of liability for the
condition of lots set out in the Terms of Sale at clause 12.4.
6. Export of goods. If you intend to export goods you must find out:
a. whether an export licence is needed; and
b. if there is a prohibition on importing goods of that character e.g. because the goods
contain prohibited materials such as ivory.
7. Electrical goods.
a. Items marked as PAT tested are subject to a 5 day warranty from date of sale.
b. For all other items, if you buy electrical goods for use you must ask a qualified
electrician to check them for compliance with safety regulations before you use them.
8. Bidding. Bidders will be required to register with us before the auction starts. We reserve
the right to impose a deadline prior to the auction by which you must register or by which
we must receive a commission bid. If you wish to bid on high value lots this deadline may
be several days before the auction in order to allow us sufficient time to carry out the
necessary checks. Lots will be invoiced to the name and address on the registration form.
You will need to provide us with proof of your identity in a form acceptable to us and such
other information as we may require. Please enquire in advance about our arrangements
for telephone or online bidding. Please note that we may refuse to register you if you do
not provide us with all the information and documentation that we ask for or at our
9. Commission bidding. You may leave commission bids with us indicating the maximum
amount to be bid against a lot (excluding the buyers' premium and/or any applicable VAT).
We will execute commission bids as cheaply as possible having regard to the reserve (if
any) and competing bids. If two buyers submit identical commission bids, we may prefer
the first bid received (where this can be reasonably ascertained) by extending this bid by
one increment. Please enquire in advance about our arrangements for the leaving of
commission bids by telephone or fax/email or via our website or online bidding platform.
10. Live Bidding.
a. Live bidders via www.easyliveauction.com will be given the option to pay a fee direct to Easy Live Auction for their services or a commission surcharge of 3.6% inc VAT payable on the hammer price of any winning bids only.
b. Any lots purchased via our Pickering General Salerooms Live auction service will be subject to an additional 2% commission charge plus VAT imposed on the hammer price.
11. Methods of Payment. These are cash (for which there is an upper limit of 15,000 euros
equivalent), debit card, BACS payment or cheque (any
cheques will need to be cleared before you can take the goods away). Please discuss with
our office in advance of the sale if you plan to use other methods of payment.
12. Collection and storage. Lots must be paid for and collected by the Friday following the
sale. Please note what the Terms of Sale say about collection and storage. Any delay may
involve you having to pay reminder fees and storage charges.