As much care as is practicably possible is given to descriptions. Many items are of an age/ nature precluding their being in pristine condition. We give serious consideration to concerns brought to our attention but reserve the right to disagree. Any additional information is generally mentioned before bidding but it is often not possible to contact absentee bidders at this point. BBR are always happy to answer questions before a sale but it is your responsibility to re-assure yourself before purchase. Generally we will indicate our judgement of lots quality & condition, giving due consideration to age & rarity. For guidance purposes only the following terms are used to give a feel of this judgement:
Cleaned / Restored: An object has been subjected to some restoration. Typically with glass items surface may appear tumbled or dipped, to remove unsightly patina or chips, or restored with resin. A ceramic item may have had portions replaced or re-glued. We recommend you examine an item or telephone for AB’s assessment of the extent of such. Cat. descriptions may make reference to damage or restoration but omission of such does NOT imply a lot is free from defects, nor does a reference to a defect imply absence of others.
Good: We judge it to be a good example, displays well, minus overtly unsightly damage. An item that is not pristine with signs of use & age - might include scratches, tears, surface faults. Very Good: An item displays minor wear, apparent on close inspection - may include inconsequential chips or flaws, some corrosion to metal parts, minor damage in unseen area (ie base or rear).
Excellent/ A1: An item as near to possible pristine, taking into account age. A bottle might for instance have base wear but full body sheen & strong embossing, no chips or cracks. Any time of manufacture flaws or patina of age in this instance deemed either part of the character, or not detracting.
Many items are of an age/ nature precluding their being in pristine condition. Some catalogue descriptions may refer to damage/ & or restoration. Omission of such does not imply a lot is free from defects, nor does any reference to a particular defect imply any absence of others.
No statement in this catalogue shall be deemed a warranty, representation or assumption of liability in respect of date, size, condition, quality, importance or provenance. Ultimate judge, & onus, falls with the buyer.
The highest bidder is deemed the purchaser. Advances on each lot determined by the Auctioneer.
BIDDING FOR SOMEONE ELSE?
If you intend to purchase items for another person it is necessary to obtain a SEPARATE bidding number. POSTAL BIDDING
Performed on behalf of absent buyers to buy items as cheaply as possible competing with other bids. No charge for this. Not applicable to timed auctions.
POSTAL BID SHEETS
Tied bids - first to arrive secures. It is in your best interest to return forms soon as possible.
If you tel or fax bids through you MUST ALSO post off the bidding form, even though it may arrive after the sale. Not applicable to timed auctions.
Estimates are purely a guide - taking into account condition, rarity, & current market interests. Particular rarities, highly desirable, or unusual items can, & often do, exceed estimates. TELEPHONE BIDDING
ONLY tel bids STARTING at £200+ accepted due to staffing logistics. Not applicable to timed auctions.
‘NR’ indicates items NO RESERVE. Other lots may carry reserves, but not always.
Tel/ postal/ & floor bids are a legally binding contract. Purchases to be paid before taken away. Cheques to BBR Auctions. Overdue accounts charged 3% after 21 days.
CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS
BBR takes: Visa, MasterCard, Visa Delta & Switch. Bank charges now just a 3% levy for this.
You must complete your credit card information on postal bid sheet, inc. EXPIRY DATE, ISSUE No. & Switch issue date.
Postal purchasers MUST advise how they wish items sending. Full p & p costs borne by purchaser. Following a sale we pack, weigh, & invoice for total amount, inc. p & p.
Packing & weighing can take one working week to complete - please remain patient.
Generally our costs are much less than half competitors - such as Mailbox etc. We try to keep costs low: packing time & materials used. We have extensive experience with all manner of shapes, sizes, & fragility, which may require special boxes! Very bulky or heavy items we suggest carriers rather than Parcel Force. If you have a preferential carrier please advise when forwarding bids
BBR can insure goods in transit IF REQUESTED. UK PO rates: Extra insurance up to £1,000 goods value, £3.00 up to £2,500 value. NOT done unless specifically requested at time of bidding. Please familiarise yourself with P.O. terms & conditions of insurance.
Insuring goods requires declaration of FULL value. You decide disadvantages/ advantages regarding customs - & advise (on bidding sheet).
AGENTS In all cases BBR act only as agents between Vendor & Purchaser.
COMMISSION 15% buyers premium on hammer + vat.
LIVE BIDDING. Provided by easyLiveAuction.com. If registering using the 'Free Registration' option we will apply a 3% internet surcharge to your invoice.
UP TO £50 rising in bids of £2, £5, £7, £10 etc. After £50 bids rise in £5 steps. After £100 bids rise by £10.
After £200 bids rise by £20, £50, £70. After £500 bids rise in £50 steps. After £1,000 bids rise in £100 steps & toward conclusion at the auctioneers discretion.
Post & Packing from BBR Auctions
BBR offers an in-house post & packing service for clients unable to attend or collect in person. We assess overseas parcels individually. Depending on the object BBR may recommend using a courier of your choice. We reserve the right not to post items if we deem unfit, or think it will break.
BBR are not professional packers or shippers but do our utmost to pack items to ensure goods arrive safely. However, BBR will not be held responsible for making any claim. We may be able to make claims with Royal Mail or Parcelforce but cannot guarantee this - see their T’s & C’s.
Some items, due to nature, size, weight, cannot be posted - in which case you may suggest a courier or arrange pick up from our saleroom. Couriers can generally insure items which we cannot.
Items sent in the UK
Depending on value/ size/ weight, items will be sent by DPD Courier next day, or Parcelforce 48hrs.
Clients can be quoted after the sale once packed, weighed and measured. BBR do not insure unless specifically requested to do so.
If we feel items are too fragile/ likely to break we recommend using your chosen courier to pack and insure properly.
We thank you for your understanding with this, and of course do try to assist as much as we can. We do this to help minimise breakages, especially on more expensive pieces.
Items sent overseas
We assess items individually depending on worth, item, country being sent to. We will declare a LOW VALUE if you ask to avoid import charges.
ALL OVERSEAS CLIENTS ARE REQUIRED TO EMAIL A DISCLAIMER ACCEPTING RESPONSIBILITY FOR BREAKAGE OR LOSS OF PARCELS. BBR WILL NOT PAY OUT FOR ANY CLAIM AGAINST PARCELS SENT ABROAD - posted entirely at your own risk.
We remind UK clients certain items CANNOT BE INSURED. If your item cannot be insured with our postage, you are welcome to arrange your own courier to collect, or use your chosen courier.
If you send a courier to collect but would like BBR to pack the item for you please contact us and we will take payment for packing only.
Recommended Couriers who can insure all items
Mail Boxes Etc. Nottingham +44 (0)1159 472 779 www.mbe.co.uk/nottingham
IJK Couriers (Contact Ian Kent) 07917500522 www.ijkcouriers.co.uk
Advance Forwarding +44 (0)1332 865 656 www.advanceforwarding.co.uk
Vans 4 Us 0845 2240225 07792 204448