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Clarke & Simpson Auctions Ltd
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Clarke & Simpson Auction Centre

Acquired by Clarke & Simpson in 2013, the auction centre is steeped in history. Originally trading as the Wickham Market Sale Yard from 1922, its location was chosen to be Campsea Ashe because of the ease of delivering livestock by train from the nearby station. Prior to 1922 cattle were sold routinely in the Market Square in the centre of Wickham Market. Although the days of weekly livestock sales have gone the auction centre retains the atmosphere of a traditional rural market.

The centre is conveniently located in East Suffolk within five miles of the heritage coast and only a short walk from Wickham Market station. The site extends to some five acres with four sales rooms and additional yard space. There is parking for more than 300 cars. We hold the traditional weekly sale and fine art sales throughout the year and we believe you can buy almost anything from our auction centre over a period of 12 months! In recent times the site has featured in BBC TV programmes such as Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip.

In addition, we incorporate decorative arts into our weekly sales four times a year.

Our hugely experienced team led by Geoffrey Barfoot will be pleased to help you with your requirements. Buying or selling at auction can be both fun and successful but it can also be daunting to those without experience. We shall be pleased to guide you through the process so don’t be afraid to ask. Please also have a look at our buyer's and seller's guides as these are designed to answer the most frequently asked questions. Come and enjoy a traditional and captivating day out.

Conditions of Sale

Abbotts act only as Agents for the Vendor.

All lots offered whether printed in a catalogue or not are sold by the

Vendor with all faults, imperfections, damage or error of description

and are taken “as found”.

The Auctioneers do not accept responsibility for the authenticity,

attribution, genuineness, origin, author-ship, date, age, period,

condition of quality of any lot unless they have the written authority of

the Vendor certifying such and in all cases the Auctioneers do so as

Agents for the Vendor and are not themselves responsible for such


All statements in the catalogue or made verbally as to any statements

as set out are statements of opinion only and are not to be taken as

being or implying any warranties or representations of fact by the


Any claim made to the Auctioneers as Agents must be received in

writing by the Auctioneer within 10 days of sale.

The Auction. The Auctioneers reserve the right to divide or

consolidate any lot, to combine lots, withdraw lots or to refuse a bid,

regulate the bidding or cancel the sale without giving reason or

previous notice. He may bid on behalf of the Vendor on any goods

subject to reserve or at the Auctioneers discretion.

The highest bidder shall be the buyer except in the case of a dispute

which must be raised immediately and before the offering of the next

lot. If the Auctioneer considers a dispute has arisen he has absolute

discretion to settle the matter as he sees fit or to re-offer the lot.

The Vendor may place a reserve on any or all of his lots and are then

subject to such reserves. Where the Vendor then bids himself this

automatically removes the reserve unless he has notified the

Auctioneers of his intentions. Where there is no reserve price the

seller may bid himself either in person or through the Auctioneer.

The Auctioneer reserves the right from the Rostrum to modify any

matter in the catalogue or previously given oral statements before a lot

is sold.

Rescission in the Event of Forgery. Not withstanding any other terms

of these conditions if within 7 days after the sale the Auctioneers have

received from the buyer of a lot notice in writing that in his view the lot

is a deliberate forgery and within 21 days of the sale, the buyer returns

the lot to the Auctioneers and in the same condition as at the time of

sale together with written evidence from an expert the burden of proof

being upon the buyer that the lot is a deliberate forgery considering

the manner of the catalogue description, then the sale of the lot will be

rescinded and the purchase price of the same refunded by the

Vendor. 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

Institute of Chartered Surveyors. Both the Vendor and Purchaser shall

be bound by this decision.

Default. The Auctioneers disclaim any responsibility for default by

either the Vendor or Buyer and will only pay out to the Vendor when

payment has been received in full from the Buyer. Any instructions

given to the Auctioneers over the telephone by Vendor or Buyer are

accepted at the Vendors or Buyers risk and must in any event be

confirmed in writing.

Every bidder shall be deemed to be acting as the principal bidder

unless the Auctioneers have been informed in writing that he acts as

agents on behalf of the named principal bidder. Except in the latter

circumstance he will be entirely responsible for abiding with all the

Conditions of Sale and purchase.

Removal of Goods. No purchase shall be claimed or removed unless

it has been paid for and the Auctioneer has given authority for it to be

collected. All lots must be paid for on the day of sale and before close

of business. All purchases shall be paid for and removed entirely at

the buyers risk irrespective if handled by anyone in the Auctioneers

employ and if left after the sale day the Auctioneer shall not be

responsible if the same, is lost or damaged or destroyed and may be

subject to a storage charge. If they are not paid for and removed

within 7 days of sale the Auctioneer may re-sell them without notice to

the original purchaser.

Liability. In the event of any liability upon the Auctioneers in respect of

any loss this shall be restricted to a maximum of the price paid by the


Failure of the buyer to comply with any of the conditions of sale then

the damages recoverable by the Vendor or the Auctioneers from the

defaulter shall include any loss advising on any re-sale of a lot together

with the charges and expenses in respect of the first and subsequent

sales, any storage charges and interest at 3% above Lloyds Bank PLC

base rate.

Payment. The Auctioneers accept payment by cash, debit or credit

cards, or by cheque supported by a valid guarantee card. All

purchases must be paid in full on the day of the sale before any lot is

removed from the premises. No goods will be released to buyers

unkown to the auctioneer without adequate references or before their

cheques have cleared, at the sole discretion of the auctioneers.

Purchase Price. The purchaser shall pay the hammer price together

with premium of 14% of the hammer price (adjusted for VAT at the

current rate).

Buyers Conditions

Inspection of Goods. Every buyer by making a bid acknowledge that

they have satisfied themselves before bidding by inspection or

otherwise that they are fully conversant with the Conditions of Sale and

the physical condition of the lot including whether it has been repaired,

altered, damaged or changed in any way.

Registration. All prospective buyers must register their name, address

and telephone number at the auction office and collect a bidding

number before the sale commences. Proof of identification must be


Property and Risk. All lots are sold to intending purchasers on the

following terms, and no person in the employment of or acting

otherwise as agent of the Auctioneers or purporting so to do, has

authority to sell on any other condition or to vary these terms in any

way whatsoever. Previous dealings between the Auctioneers and any

bidder shall vary or replace these terms or be deemed in any

circumstances whatsoever so to do. The making of any bid to the

Auctioneers shall be conclusive evidence before any court or arbitrator

that these terms apply.

a) The intending purchaser acknowledges that immediately before

making any bid to the Auctioneers he has expressly represented

and warranted that he is not insolvent and has not committed any

act of bankruptcy, or if acting for a company, knows of no

circumstances which would entitle any debenture holder or

secured creditor to appoint a receiver, to petition for winding-up of

the company or exercise any other rights over or against the

company’s assets.

b) Lots the subject of any successful bid shall remain the property of

the Vendor until such time as the bidder shall have paid to the

Auctioneers by cash or cleared cheque the full price and

completion of the sale shall be conditional upon such payment but

shall be at the risk of the bidder immediately upon the fall of the

hammer. The bidder acknowledges that he is in possession of the

lot solely as bailee for the Vendor until such time as the full price

thereof is paid to the Auctioneer.

c) The intending purchaser’s right to possession of the goods shall

cease if he, not being a company, commits an available act of

bankruptcy or he if, being a company, does anything or fails to do

anything which would entitle a receiver to take possession of any

assets or which would entitle any persons to present a petition for

winding-up, or in any case of the Auctioneers have good and

sufficient reason to believe the intending purchaser is or will be

unable to pay the price or is in breach of the warranty in subclause

(a) of this clause, or if the intending purchaser shall cease

or threaten to cease to carry on business.

d) The Auctioneers, may for the purpose of recovery of any goods,

enter upon any premises where they are stood or kept or where

they are reasonably thought to be stored or kept and may

repossess the same.

Third Party Liability. Every person on the auctioneers’ premises

before, during or after a sale, shall be deemed to be there at their own

risk and shall have no claim against the auctioneer in respect of any

injury they may sustain or any accident which may occur.