• All lots are sold to the highest bidder. Please note all prices shown in the catalogue are fixed reserves, that is, the minimum the item will sell for.
• All lots to be paid for before collection or dispatch by post. At our discretion, we may waive this requirement for well-established customers.
• THERE IS NO BUYERS’ PREMIUM. In the case of bidders using the EasyLive platform, the 3.6% EasyLive fee is added to the hammer price.
• No other additions will be made to the selling price other than the appropriate postage at the Royal Mail rate www.royalmail.com.
• Bidders not satisfied with their lots, should contact the Auctioneer first as we may be able to resolve the problem. If not, they may then return them within 7 days of receipt, stating reason for return. Collections or bulk lots are not returnable. Onus is on purchaser to provide guarantee of authenticity if required, if not already certified.
• Credit/Debit cards (excluding AMEX) accepted as payment without surcharge, along with BACS, cheques, and cash. We can normally accept PayPal for modest amounts from overseas customers.
• County Philatelic Auctions reserves the right to amend any description which is misleading and to amend the Reserve accordingly.
• County Philatelic Auctions are conducted according to the principles of the PHILATELIC AUCTIONEERS’ STANDARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SALE (1985 REVISION). While these do not apply to postal auctions, we adhere to them as closely as possible. In basic terms, we run the auctions in a fair manner and have being doing so for over 25 years.
• We often use abbreviations in our descriptions. Those are explained at https://www.stampauctions.co.uk/abbr.htm.
(a) Each lot is put up subject to any reserve price imposed by the vendor.
(b) Subject to sub-clause (a) of this clause, the highest bidder for each lot shall be the purchaser thereof, at the fall of the hammer.
(c) Any dispute arising as to the highest bidder, the auctioneer shall have absolute discretion to determine the dispute.
(a) The bidding and advances shall be regulated by and at the absolute discretion of the auctioneer, and he shall have the right to refuse any bid or bids.
(a) The auctioneer reserves the right to bid on behalf of clients and vendors.
(a) Each lot shall be at the purchaser’s risk from the fall of the hammer and shall be paid for in full before delivery within 7 days of notification, or such longer time as shall be agreed in writing between the auctioneer and the purchaser.
(b) If any purchaser fails to pay in full for any lot within the time stated in sub-clause (a) of this clause such lot may at any time thereafter at the auctioneer’s discretion be put up for sale by auction again or sold privately; if upon such re-sale a lower price is obtained than was obtained on the first sale the purchaser in default shall make good the difference in price and the expenses of re-sale which shall become a debt due from him.
(c) Interest shall be payable by the purchaser on any overdue account at 1½% per month or part thereof.
(a) Each lot is sold as – (i) GENUINE unless otherwise described in the sale catalogue and (ii) correctly described (see also Clause 5f).
(b) A purchaser shall be at liberty to reject any lot if he – (i) gives the auctioneer written notice of intention to question the genuineness or, as the case may be, the accuracy of description of the lot within 7 days or, in the case of an overseas purchaser, to be in the auctioneer’s hands within 21 days from date of sale; AND (ii) proves that the lot is not genuine or was incorrectly described; AND (iii) returns to the auctioneer within 30 days from the date of sale the lot in the same condition as it was at the time of sale; provided that the auctioneer may, at his absolute discretion, on receiving a request in writing from the purchaser, extend for a reasonable period of time for return of the lot to enable it to be submitted to an agreed expert or expert committee.
NOTE: The onus of proving a lot to be not genuine or incorrectly described is on the purchaser. The inability of a recognised expert or an expert committee to express a definite opinion shall serve to discharge the onus on the purchaser and shall be a ground for rejecting the lot concerned.
(c) Where a lot has been submitted to expert opinion, all costs of such an opinion shall be paid by the person who retains the item or items to which that opinion relates.
(d) Where the purchaser of a lot discharges the onus and acts in accordance with sub-clause (b) of this clause, the auctioneer shall rescind the sale and repay to the purchaser the purchase money paid by him in respect of the lot.
(e) No lot shall be rejected if, subsequent to the sale it has been immersed in water, marked by an expert or expert committee, or treated by any other process unless the auctioneer’s permission to subject the lot to such immersion, marking or treatment has first been obtained in writing. (NOTE: Many Continental experts now mark forged stamps; therefore it is essential for permission to be obtained from auctioneers BEFORE submitting to these experts).
(f) Any lot listed under ‘collections and various’ or stated to comprise or contain a collection, issues or stamps which are undescribed shall be put up for sale not subject to rejection and shall be taken by the purchaser with all (if any) faults, lack of genuineness and errors of description and numbers of stamps in the lot, and the purchaser shall have no right to reject the lot; except that, notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this sub-clause, where before a sale a person intending to bid at the sale gives notice in writing to, and satisfies the auctioneer that any such lot contains any item or items undescribed in the sale catalogue and that person specifically describes that item or those items in this notice, then that item or those items shall, as between the auctioneer and that person be taken to form part of the description of the lot for the purposes of sub-clauses (a), (b) and (d) of this clause.
(g) No lot illustrated in the catalogue shall be rejected on the ground of cancellation, centring, margins perforation or other characteristic clearly apparent from the illustration.
(h) Lots offered ‘as is’ may contain items that are not genuine and, therefore, may not be returned for any reason. Neither can extensions be granted on them.
The respective rights and obligations of the parties shall be governed and interpreted by English law, and the buyer hereby submits to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts.
• Lots are generally sent by Royal Mail and charged at just the Royal Mail prices using the most appropriate service for the items concerned.
• The prices depend on weight, size, destination and value. The current Royal Mail rates are available at www.royalmail.com
• For up to a value of £60, the rates for a 100 grams standard letter are UK 85p, Western Europe £1.70, USA, Australia, Canada, NZ, HK, Japan, Singapore £2.55. Please note for Eastern Europe, Africa, Central & South America, most of Asia, registered mail must be used, even for low value items. A standard letter is usually adequate for items on 2-3 small cards.
• Over £60 the rates are UK and Europe £6.85, Rest of World £7.85. (Exception: UK £60- £100 is £2.25 recorded delivery).
• Items larger than A5-size or packages thicker than 5mm become a ‘large letter’ or ‘small parcel’. Please ask us for a quote or check the Royal Mail handy guide www.royalmail.com/sites/royalmail.com/files/2021-03/royal-mail-our-prices-april- 2021.pdf.
• The buyer is responsible for any import taxes or duties.