Should a client be interested in a single or multiple lots, and is unable to bid at the auction, we will accept written commission bids, provided they comply with our conditions of sale, which will be published in the catalogue and on display in the saleroom during the viewing. Commission bid forms will be available on request at the sale during the times of viewing, or on our website. Alternatively, bids may be emailed or telephoned in by 9am on the day of sale. We reserve the right not to accept telephoned in commission bids if they are not confirmed by email or in writing. Bidders unknown to us and not on our client database may be requested to agree payment terms prior to the bid being accepted by the Auctioneer. This may apply especially to overseas buyers who are not on our database. All commission bidders will be expected to give full address and contact details, including mobile telephone and email details, and will be contacted approximately one hour after the end of the sale, should they be successful with their bids on the day. All commission bids should be with us by 9am on the day of sale. Any bids sent in later than that time may not be approved and therefore are not guaranteed to be accepted and acted upon. Any bids that fall outside of our published increments will be rounded down to the nearest amount. Bids 'TO BUY' will not be accepted. Please leave us your maximum bid, and we try and buy for less if we can. Lots will be purchased as cheaply as possible against bidding in the room or by the Auctioneer or any other agent bidding on behalf of another client. In the rare case of two identical commission bids being received on the same lot by us, the earliest received bid will take precedence. If you wish to leave a slight increase on a written bid, should the bid fall on the wrong increment, please indicate you instruction by adding +1. All successful bids will be subject to the published buyers premium being added to the hammer price. All clients who leave commission bids will be bound by and should comply with our terms and conditions of sale, especially regarding payment and clearance of any purchased lots.
Payments and Clearance
We do not permit payments and clearance of purchased lots whilst the sale is in progress. After the sale has finished, please present your or paddle/bidders number to the cashiers, who will prepare your invoices as soon as is possible. All purchased lots to be subject to the buyers premium rate which will be printed in the catalogue and on display in the room during the viewing. All lots to be paid for within 72 hours of the auction. Overseas bidders who wish to have items stored and later shipped should speak to Norman Wilkinson to arrange this. If you can not get through by telephone, simply send us an email with your instructions or ask for a quote and we will endeavour to find the safest and most cost effective way of getting your purchase to you. Guernsey is well served by a number of reputable removal and courier companies, and we will put you in touch with our recommended couriers, or arrange packing and postage if appropriate. There will be a charge for such services, however we will keep these charges to a minimum. Please check the catalogues and saleroom notices, as to what times we will close the venue and what times we will be in attendance during the following day. Items not collected within the published times will go into a secure storage facility of our choice and charges may be applied for such a service, as is the case with salerooms worldwide. Payments can be made by sterling cash or cheque with a supported card for bidders unknown to us. We do not accept American Express cards. We also accept payments by Visa Debit & bank transfers. Bank details are available on request - please include Invoice and client numbers as a reference. Buyers Premium is 17.5%.
Guernsey is well served by a number of reputable removal and courier companies, and we will put you in touch with our recommended couriers, or arrange packing and postage if appropriate to non UK Buyers. There will be a charge for such services, however we will keep these charges to a minimum. Banknotes can be posted out by us worldwide using Royal Mail.
Postage using Guernsey Post to UK would incur a 20% Import Vat rate.
However items over 100 years old sent by sea carrier attract a 5% Import Vat rate.
Therefore successful Buyers from the UK will normally pay 20% on the hammer price, which includes the Premium of 15% and the 5% Import VAT.