Every person on British Bespoke Ltd premises at any time shall be deemed to be there at his/her own risk.
S/he shall have no claim against British Bespoke Ltd in respect of any accident which may occur or injury, or
damage or loss howsoever caused, save insofar as the injury, damage or loss shall be caused by the direct
negligence of British Bespoke Ltd employees.
General Conditions of Sale
In these Conditions, British Bespoke Ltd , who act only as Auctioneers and Agents for the Vendor, are called
‘the Auctioneers’ and the representative of British Bespoke Ltd conducting the auction is called ‘the Auctioneer’.
The ‘hammer price’ means the price at which a lot is knocked down by the Auctioneer to the Buyer. The ‘total
amount due’ means the hammer price in respect of the lot sold together with any premium and Value Added
Tax chargeable, and additional charges & expenses due from a defaulting buyer under Condition 10 below.
(a) Agency. The Auctioneer sells as Agent for the Seller and as such is not responsible for any default by Seller
or Buyer. The Auctioneers do not guarantee the title of any Lot or Lots sold by them and will not be responsible
for any defects in such title. They accept no responsibility in connection with the commissioning of members
of their staff to bid for Lots on behalf of intending Purchasers.
(b) Description. Every Lot is sold with all faults and errors of description and the Auctioneers disclaim, for
themselves and for the Seller, all responsibility for authenticity, attribution, age, origin, provenance, date,
condition, quality or estimated selling price. All statements on such matters, whether printed in the catalogue
or made orally, are statements of opinion and not representations of fact. Buyers are deemed to have satisfied
themselves on authenticity, condition, etc., before bidding and no-one in the Auctioneer’s employment has
authority to make any representation of fact. All statements in the catalogue as to any such matters are
statements of opinion and are not to be taken as, or as implying, statements or representations of fact.
(c) Bidding. The Auctioneer has absolute discretion to divide any Lot, to combine any two or more Lots, to
withdraw any Lot, to refuse bids, to regulate the bidding or cancel the sale without in any case giving any
reason. S/he may bid on the Seller’s behalf for all goods which are being offered subject to reserve or at the
Auctioneer’s discretion. Where there is no reserve either the Seller or his/her Agent (who may be the Auction-
eer) has the right to bid on the Seller’s goods. All intending purchasers must register their name & address
with the auction staff and obtain a bidding number.
(d) Fall of the Hammer. The highest Bidder shall be the Buyer. If any dispute arises, the Auctioneer has
absolute discretion to settle the dispute or to re-offer the Lot.
(e) Auctioneer’s Statement. All Conditions, Notices, descriptions, statements and other matters in the
catalogue and elsewhere concerning any Lot are subject to any statements modifying or affecting the same
made by the Auctioneer from the rostrum before accepting any bid for the Lot.
(f) Increments. Bidding increments shall be at the Auctioneer’s sole discretion
(g) Entry. We shall have the right at our discretion, to refuse admission to our premises or attendance at our
auctions by any person.
(h) Endangered Species Laws. In accordance with international laws, any item on the Endangered Species List
(eg ivory, rhino horn, etc), of whatever date, requires re-export permits for bidders outside the European Union.
Some countries also require import permits. British Bespoke Ltd cannot be held liable if a purchaser buys a lot
that comes within this field and then import / export licences cannot be arranged. Certain countries, particular-
ly the USA, have their own Endangered Species Act and possession of, or being involved in a commercial
transaction with, any item on this list can be a Criminal Offence for a citizen of such a country. It is the
potential buyer’s responsibility to check Federal, or other, Regulations before bidding on any lot affected by
these or similar regulations. (No licence is required to sell or advertise pre-1947 items within the European
Conditions Mainly Concerning Buyers
The Buyer shall pay to British Bespoke Ltd the hammer price together with a premium (at the rate detailed
below) together with Value Added Tax at the standard rate on the premium, agrees that the Auctioneers, when
acting as Agents for the Seller, may also receive commission from the Seller in accordance with Condition 23
and acknowledges the Auctioneer’s right to retain the premium payable by the Purchaser.
Rates of premium for buyers are: (i) for general sales – 16.5% on the first £250,000 paid for each
lot; 14% on the excess between £250,001 and £500,000; 11.5% on the excess between £500,001
and £1,000,000; 9% on the excess over £1,000,000; (ii) for specialist sales – 17.5% on the first
£250,000 paid for each lot; 15% on the excess between £250,001 and £500,000; 12.5% on the
excess between £500,001 and £1,000,000; 10% on the excess over £1,000,000.
4. Live Internet Bidding
British Bespoke Ltd offer an on-line service via www.the-saleroom.com for bidders who cannot attend the sale.
In completing the bidder registration and providing debit/credit card details, unless alternative arrangements
are agreed with British Bespoke Ltd, the Buyer:
(a) authorizes British Bespoke Ltd to charge the debit/credit card in part or full payment, including all fees, for
items successfully purchased in the Auction via the www.the-Saleroom.com; and
(b) confirms that s/he is authorized to provide these credit/debit card details to British Bespoke Ltd through
(c) agrees that British Bespoke Ltd are untitled to ship the goods to the cardholder name & address provided
in the Fulfilment of Sale particulars.
Please note that any lots purchased via www.the-saleroom.com service will be subject to an add-
itional 3% commission plus VAT at the rate imposed on the hammer price. The Buyer agrees that the
Auctioneers, when acting as Agents for the Seller, may also receive commission from the Seller in accordance,
and acknowledges the Auctioneer’s right to retain the premium payable by the Purchaser.
5. Value Added Tax
Lots marked with ‘*’ belong to registered persons and Value Added Tax will be charged at the standard rate
on the hammer price.
At the fall of the hammer the Buyer shall give to the Auctioneer if required, such proportion of the purchase
price as the Auctioneer may require in default of which the Auctioneer may re-offer and re-sell the Lot or Lots
in question. The total amount due must be paid by the time stipulated in the catalogue, unless prior arrange-
ments have been made with the Auctioneers. In default the Lot or Lots so purchased may be immediately put
up again and re-sold. The balance of the purchase money shall be paid immediately after the sale.
Proof of identity is required from all first-time Bidders, which may include a copy of a current passport.
British Bespoke Ltd accept payments by Cash and Debit Cards without charge. UK Credit Card payments are
accepted up to a maximum of £200.00, subject to a 3% surcharge. Cheques are accepted by prior arrangement
only and will require clearance before goods are taken. We regret that we do not accept Credit Card payments
from abroad nor Paypal transfers.
Each Buyer by making a bid for a Lot acknowledges that s/he has satisfied him/herself fully before bidding by
inspection or otherwise as to all the sale conditions, the physical condition of and description of the Lot including
but not restricted to whether the Lot is damaged or has been repaired or restored.
The ownership of the Lot purchased shall not pass to the Buyer until s/he has made payment in full to the
Auctioneers of the total amount due, but each Lot is at the sole risk of the Buyer from the fall of the hammer.
9. Removal of Purchases
No purchase shall be claimed or removed until the Buyer’s account has been paid in full. All Lots shall be paid
for and removed at the Buyer’s risk & expense by the time stipulated in the catalogue. Failing this the Auction-
eers shall not be responsible if Lots are lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed and all Lots not so removed shall
remain at the risk of the Buyer. The Buyer shall be responsible for any removal, storage and insurance charges
on any Lot not taken away by the time stipulated. All damage done to the premises or to any Lots by the
removal of any of the goods shall be paid for by the Purchaser of the goods. No Lots can on any account be
transferred to another Purchaser.
10. Packaging and Handling
The packing and handling of purchased Lots by the Auctioneer’s staff are undertaken solely as a courtesy to
clients. In no event will the Auctioneers be held responsible for damage incurred by their packing or handling
of sold Lots.
Any Lots not paid for and collected by the time stipulated may be removed for storage, the charge to be
payable by the Buyer. If they are not paid for and collected within seven days of the sale, the Auctioneer may
re-sell them by auction or privately without notice to the Buyer. The deficiency, if any, attending such re-sale
together with warehouse and other charges shall be made good by the defaulter at this sale together with
interest at 2% above Lloyds Bank plc base rate upon the price of any Lot which has not been paid for within
48 hours of the sale. Any money deposited in part-payment shall be held by the Auctioneers on account of any
liability of the defaulter to them or to the Seller.
12. Commission Bids
Commissions given other than in person (eg by telephone) are accepted at the sender’s risk and must be
confirmed either in writing or by telephone. Telephone bidding is a free service, subject to a minimum bid of
£250. British Bespoke Ltd holds no responsibility for wrong bids put on the book either on the side of the Buyer
Every Bidder shall be deemed to act as principal unless the Auctioneers acknowledge in writing that s/he acts
as Agent on behalf of a named principal.
Notwithstanding any other terms of these Conditions, if within fourteen days after the sale, British Bespoke Ltd
receive from the Buyer of any Lot notice in writing that in his view the Lot is a deliberate forgery and within
twenty-one days after such notification the Buyer returns the same to the Auctioneers in the same condition
as at the time of sale and by producing evidence, the burden of proof to be upon the Buyer, satisfies the
Auctioneer that considered in the light of the entry in the catalogue the Lot is a deliberate forgery, then the sale
of the Lot will be rescinded and the purchase price of the same refunded. In the event of a dispute then the
matter shall be settled by arbitration, the Arbitrator to be nominated by the President of the Royal Institution
of Chartered Surveyors. Both the Buyer and the Vendor agree to be bound by the decision. A Buyer’s claim
under this Condition shall be limited to any amount paid in respect of the Lot and shall not extend to any loss
or damage suffered or expense incurred by him/her. The benefit of this Condition shall not be assignable and
shall rest solely and exclusively in the original Buyer.
Conditions Mainly Concerning Sellers
The Seller warrants to the Auctioneers and to the Buyer that s/he is the true owner of the property or is
properly authorized to sell the property by the true owner and is able to transfer good and marketable title to
the property free from any third-party claims. The Seller will indemnify the Auctioneers, their servants &
Agents and the Buyer against any loss or damage suffered by either in the consequence of any breach of this
As British Bespoke Ltd are Auctioneers, all goods delivered to their premises will be deemed to be delivered
for sale by Auction unless otherwise stated in writing and will be catalogued and sold at British Bespoke Ltd’s
discretion and accepted by them subject to all the Sale Conditions. By delivering the goods to British Bespoke
Ltd for inclusion in their auction sale, each Seller acknowledges that s/he has accepted and agreed to be bound
by all these Conditions.
British Bespoke Ltd will, if requested in writing, instruct a contractor on the Seller’s behalf in their capacity as
Agents. The Auctioneers disclaim all responsibility for loss or damage to goods or for unauthorized removal
of goods and for damage to premises caused by the contractor who should be insured for such risks. The
remover’s charge will be deducted from the proceeds of sale.
18. Loss or Damage
The Auctioneers disclaim all responsibility for loss or damage to goods or for unauthorized removal of goods
unless caused by the direct negligence of their employees.
The Auctioneers reserve the right to store or arrange for the storage of goods delivered to them for sale either
on their own premises or elsewhere at their sole discretion. They exempt themselves from any liability for loss
or damage to goods delivered to their salerooms without sufficient sale instructions and reserve the right to
make a storage charge for such goods. There is a charge for goods stored.
20. Right to Sell
Sellers will be charged for goods left on the premises if the Seller has been requested to remove them and if
the goods are not removed within seven days of such request. The Auctioneers reserve the right to sell the
goods to defray costs and storage charges.
The Seller shall be entitled to place prior to the auction a reserve on any Lot, being a minimum hammer price
at which that Lot may be treated as sold. The reserve once placed by the Seller shall not be changed without
consent of the Auctioneers. The Auctioneers may at their discretion accept bids for 90% or more of the reserve.
They may also sell at a hammer price of less than 90% of the reserve, but in any such case the sale proceeds
to which the Seller is entitled shall be the same as they would have been had the sale been at 90% of the
reserve. In the event of any reserve price not being reached at auction, the Auctioneers are empowered to sell
by private treaty after the auction, at 90% or more of the reserve price, as long as the goods remain on their
22. Commission and Expenses
The Seller authorizes the Auctioneers to deduct commission at the stated rate and expenses where applicable
from the hammer price and acknowledges the Auctioneers’ right to retain the premium payable by the Buyer
in accordance with Condition 3.
The Seller’s Commission is set on the hammer price as follows: 15% commission on the first
£3,000 realized by any individual lot and 10% on any amount above that. In addition there is an
Insurance charge of 1.5% on all sales, with a minimum of £1.50 per lot, and a Lotting / Catalogue
fee of £4.00 on all items in General Sales. Value Added Tax is payable on all the above charges.
The Auctioneers will insure property (other than motor vehicles) consigned to them for sale. Such insurance
will be at the expense of the Seller and will be against the risks of fire, theft following forcible entry and water
damage (but not against accidental breakage or damage). The value of the goods so covered shall be the gross
amount realized, or in the case of unsold Lots the best bid, or in the case of goods withdrawn prior to the sale
that which specialized staff of British Bespoke Ltd shall in their absolute discretion estimate to be the auction
value of such goods. British Bespoke Ltd shall not be responsible for damage to or the loss, theft or destruction
of any goods not so insured upon the owner’s written instructions. British Bespoke Ltd shall not be responsible
for accidental breakage, loss or damage howsoever caused unless directly caused by the negligence of their
If before the Auctioneers remit the sale proceeds to the Seller, the Buyer makes a claim to rescind the sale
under Condition 14 if appropriate and the Auctioneers are of the opinion that the claim is justified, they are
authorized to rescind the sale and refund to the Buyer any amount paid to the Auctioneers in respect to the Lot.
25. Payment of Sale Earnings
Payment will normally be sent to the vendor approximately twenty-eight days after the sale by cheque, subject
to the appropriate deductions regarding commission, insurance, expenses & carriage, where necessary. The
Auctioneers shall not be liable for payment to the vendor until they themselves have received full payment from
The Seller shall duly indemnity British Bespoke Ltd against any claims in connection with any goods sold by
British Bespoke Ltd on the Seller’s behalf.
27. Electrical Goods
These can only be sold if inspected beforehand by an electrician and issued with a safety certificate (PAP
Testing). We can arrange this and the cost will be deducted from sale proceeds.
28. Withdrawn Lots
Any lots withdrawn by the vendor prior to auction may be subject to charges at the auctioneers’ discretion.
29. Entries and Quality
The Auctioneer reserves the right to refuse or regulate entries. On no account will British Bespoke Ltd accept
poor quality or unsaleable lots.
30. Upholstered Furniture
Modern upholstered furniture and beds are accepted for sale only if bearing manufacturer’s labels complying
with current regulations.
Please note: in the case of an emergency please make your way out of the building as safely as possible and
do not block the Fire Exits. There is a green fire door clearly marked only to be used in the case of an
emergency: push the bar to open and leave immediately. For your comfort and safety we are a totally non-