Terms and conditions.
This document contains important information regarding your rights and obligations, please
read it carefully.
We hold auctions on the last and middle Sunday of the month, there may be some exceptions.
We are open for you to drop items off every weekday, please feel free to come by between 10
am and 4 pm. You can book a free valuation with our valuer Nigel Blagburn, this booking will
need to be made at least a day in advance to avoid disappointment.
Any monies owing to vendors can be collected 30 days after the sale, payment can be made to
you in cash, by bank transfer or by cheque, depending on your preferred method.
Sellers commission is set at 20% of the hammer price, there are no hidden charges or VAT. By
entering an item into the sale, you agree for the auction house to deduct commission costs
from the sale price.
We can add reserves to items. All reserves must be authorised by the auctioneer only and will
be agreed upon in writing before the sale. If the item has not met the reserve, it will
automatically be placed into the next sale and the same criteria will be followed until the
successful sale of the item.
If an item is not sold, we will try to resell it for you in the following auction. If it is unsold again
you can either collect it or we can donate it to a chosen charity.
Under no circumstances can items be removed from any auction on the day of the sale.
All bidders are required to be registered with the auction house before bids are made, a paddle
number will be allocated to you and this number will be noted by the auctioneer as the
hammer goes down.
The buyer's commission is set 20% of the hammer price, no VAT.
We offer an in-house postage service; items can be packed and posted to you at cost. There
may be some exceptions as to what we can pack so please confer with us before buying. I.e.
Batteries, bladed articles, delicate items. If you would prefer to send your own courier, we will
happily package items ready for their collection. Items can also be collected from our premises,
we are always open Monday-Friday, 10 am-4 pm.
Glass, ceramics or anything breakable cannot be insured, we wrap everything extremely well, we hold no responsibility anything damaged in
We offer a phone line bidding service for our items, there is a maximum of three phone lines
available per lot, this works on a first-come-first-served basis. You will not be able to book a
phone line once the auction has started.
We offer bidding with easyliveAuction.com.
Lots can be viewed on any computer connected to the internet and bids can be placed online live as the auction is running.
easyliveAuction.com charges 3% on the hammer price, Alternatively, you can opt to pay a £3 Flat Fee charge per auction.
Our auctions are always held on a Sunday, our catalogue can be viewed up to two days before
the sale date.
Everything in our auction is sold as seen. We only give a brief description; however, more
details and pictures can be sent on request.
No item is the property of the buyer until payment has been made in full nor shall it be
removed from the auction house until the item has been presented to the buyer by one of the
porters on duty.
If the buyer is unsure of the authenticity of an item, they have 10 days to return the item/s to us. After this time, we cannot be held responsible.
The auctioneer can refuse to take a bid off anyone if he has good reason to believe the person
will not follow the terms and conditions set above or if the bidder is a former non-payer. This
will be executed without prejudice and the auctioneer's decision is final.
Staff members will face off to the cardholder at all points of interaction.
All payments will be dealt with solely by Alnwick Auctions staff members, no card details will be stored.
Once an item has been posted, you will be able to contact us in order to get a tracking number.
We will manage all complaints and disputes and take responsibility for chargebacks.
We will account for full ticket price and pay appropriate sales tax on the transaction value as applicable.