Bids, Payment & Shipping
You can leave an absentee bid for an item by email, telephone, fax or post. It is also possible to arrange live telephonebidding. If instructed we will execute bids and advise intending purchasers. This service is free. Lots will always be bought as cheaply as is allowed by other bids and such reserves as are on our books. Bids are made subject to the Terms and Conditions of sale. If your bid is successful a premium of 24% for London sales and 22% for Godalming Bibliophile sales (on the first £150,000 of a single lot and 12% thereafter) will be added to the hammer price.
Purchases must be paid for before they can be released. Payments can be made in cash, by cheque in sterling drawn on a UK bank, by direct wire transfer in sterling, by credit card (Visa and Mastercard only), for which there is a 3% surcharge added to the invoice total, and by UK debit card or Maestro,for which there is no surcharge. For first time buyers cheques must be cleared before purchases can be released.
VAT (Value Added Tax)
Zero-rated items such as books, unframed maps and albums are not subject to VAT on the buyer's premium. Eligible items such as manuscripts, prints, photographs, drawings, framed maps, paintings, pens and other objects are subject to VAT on the buyer's premium as part of the auctioneers margin scheme at a rate of 17.5%. This will be invoiced at a rate inclusive of premium and VAT. Seller's commission will also be invoiced at a VAT inclusive rate in the case of the sale of eligible items. Lots which are daggered (†) in the catalogue are subject to VAT on the hammer price as well as the buyer’s premium. Lots marked with an asterisk (*) have been imported from outside the EU to be sold at auction under temporary importation, and therefore the buyer must pay the import VAT at a rate of 5% on both the hammer price and buyer's premium.
We may remove glass and/or frames from framed lots unless instructed
otherwise. We may recommend specialist art handlers for certain valuable or
extremely heavy lots.
Items that are shipped outside of the United Kingdom may be opened by overseas customs and resealed without repacking.
Dispatch will be via our nominated couriers unless otherwise specified. P.O. Box addresses are not accepted by couriers for international shipment.
We an in-house packing and shipping service for books only.
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7 495 9494
Codrina Toderita is available Monday to Friday for any questions regarding Payments that you may have. Please note that she may not be able to take calls to her direct line on Sale Days.
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7495 9494