First Time Buyers: If you have not bought with us before, we suggest you carefully read the following guide to buying at O'Donovan & Associates. Our Conditions of Sale may be accessed at any point, which should be read in conjunction with this brief guide. Any queries you may have can be addressed to our customer service team, who are more than pleased to assist you in any way they can, alternatively you can e-mail us directly to email@example.com
Registration: We operate a paddle bidding system. To bid at auction you will need a paddle number. To register for a paddle you must fill in and sign a Bidder Registration Form. You may be asked to supply identification upon registration, particularly for first time bidders, by way of passport, driving licence together with a credit card. Always allow plenty of time to register. Should you need to clarify anything you are unsure about, please feel free to call our office on (069) 62713 / (069) 61851 or e-mail us firstname.lastname@example.org
The Auction: Lots are offered for sale in numerical order as they appear in your catalogue. We offer for sale an estimated 80-120 lots per hour, depending on the particular category of sale. We strongly recommend that you arrive in plenty of time before the lot you are wishing to bid on is up for sale. Bids are increased at the Auctioneers discretion by approximately 10% of the bid price. To bid, raise you paddle clearly and promptly, allowing sufficient time for the Auctioneer to note your number upon the success of your bid. It is important to note your paddle number, as this will be your reference for later payment.
Written Bids: If you cannot attend an auction in person, O'Donovan & Associates can bid on your behalf, acting upon your instructions to secure an item for you at the lowest possible price This is a free service which enables you to fill out an Absentee Bidding Form, detailing your bids, giving your price limit for any specific lot, requesting us without legal obligation of any kind, to bid on your behalf. Purchasers premium incl. VAT will be payable on the hammer price in the event of a successful bid. All bids must be received within 24 hours before the sale in order to ensure their execution.
Telephone Bids: An alternative to written bids is telephone bidding. This may be arranged on lots with a minimum estimate of €50. As the number of telephone lines is limited, early booking is recommended. (We also recommend that you leave an “emergency cover” bid in case we are unable to reach you by telephone.)
Buyers Premium: The buyer shall pay the Auctioneer a commission at the rate of 15% on the Hammer Price excl. of VAT @23% on all individual lots.
Payment: All purchases must be paid for within two calendar days of the sale. Our payment terms are cash, bankers draft or cheque* drawn on an Irish Bank. Cheques should be vouched to the satisfaction of the Auctioneers prior to sale. Goods will only be released upon clearance through the bank of all monies due. *Cheques take a minimum of five working days to clear the bank.
Collection: Collection of purchases is at the responsibility of the buyer. We are happy to assist the buyer in recommending a carrier, however goods remain at the buyers risk from the fall of the hammer. Goods remaining uncollected two days after the auction date will be subject to storage & handling charges, therefore it is important that you make collection within the designated time, as detailed in the important information for purchasers in your sale catalogue. If you are unable to remove your item immediately you will need to arrange storage and shipping. This is a guide only to buying at O'Donovan's & Associates, should you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact our customer service team. Thank you choosing O'Donovan & Associates, we look forward to seeing you at auction.