For more in depth terms of sale please visit 'Buying' & 'Selling' on our website.
1.Buyers Commission - 18% of the hammer price + VAT
2.Buyers must be certain as to what they are purchasing before sale. Once items have sold, and the hammer has been brought down, we do not offer cancellations or refunds.
3.Credit Card Payments - No charge.
4.Bids must be left with the Auctioneer no later than 4pm the Friday before the sale. Telephone and Commission bids are made at the senders risk and should be confirmed in writing.
5.Commission bids are carried out free of charge and lots will be bought for you as cheaply as is allowed by competing bids or reserves already on our books.
6.Bids are subject to the Standard Conditions of Sale which are on display within the catalogue, website and available upon request.
7.Lot descriptions are subject to change after the catalogue has been printed. Please refer to the 'additional lots & amendments' sheet for current accurate descriptions.
8.Bidders must register at our office prior to the commencement of the sale to receive their individual paddle number. Please signal to the auctioneer that you are bidding by clearly raising your hand, catalogue or paddle.
9.Payment and collection MUST be made within 7 working days of the sale, thereafter a charge of £10 per lot per day (+ VAT) shall be payable to Shapes.
10.If items have not been collected within the specified time period, they may be sold by Shapes to defray storage costs.
11.Payment in person only can be made by cash, card or cheque. There is no charge for paying by credit card. Visa, Mastercard, Debit Cards, Connect & Switch are accepted. If you are NOT PRESENT payment can only be made via bank transfer, bankers draft or cheque.
12.The dagger symbol † after any lot indicates that VAT is payable on the hammer price.
13.Estimates and Descriptions - The condition of items is not given in the catalogue. Buyers must satisfy themselves as to the condition of lots. We attempt to mention major restorations and alterations. The estimated selling price is a guide for the buyer, but it is not to be taken as definitive. Purchasers are advised to ask for condition reports and take their own measurements to guard against any unseen catalogue errors.
14.Electrical Goods - Any Lot with an electrical fitting must be checked by a qualified electrician before connection to the mains electrical supply. Shapes cannot accept responsibility for any contravention of this condition. (Electrical lots are sold disabled, as far as is reasonable, to discourage any unchecked use.)
15.Cataloguing Conventions - We recommend that Buyers ask our specialists for further and better particulars of any Lot if required.
1.Sellers Commission - 18% of the hammer price + VAT (subject to a minimum of £2.00 per lot)
2.Insurance - 1.18% of the hammer price + VAT (subject to a minimum of £2.00 per lot)
3.Unsold Charge - £5 + VAT per lot
4.Illustrations & photography - Free of charge
5.Internet Listing - Free of charge
6.Advertising - All normal costs are borne by Shapes, except in certain cases where an individual marketing plan will be devised and costed with the client.
7.Withdrawal Fees - To a maximum of 15% of the reserve price or lower estimate, at the valuer’s discretion.
8.Carriage Charge - Carriage can be undertaken by our own staff and removals vehicles. Requirements are discussed with the client and charges to cover haulage costs are fixed prior to collection.
9.All descriptions, reserves and estimates must be agreed before sale.
10.Reserves must not exceed the lower estimate.
11.All unsold lots which are not being re-offered must be collected by the specified date. Thereafter, storage charges will apply at the rate of £10 per lot, per day. Unsold and uncollected items left on our premises for longer than one month may be sold by Shapes to defray storage costs.