SHIPPING. Please note shipping is more expensive in the UK than in USA and buyers should be aware that it may not be economic to purchase low value lots for shipping abroad. The auctioneers do not ship direct themselves. You should contact the shippers in advance of the sale and not leave it until you have purchased your lot(s). UK VAT tax is payable by purchasers on buyers premium regardless of bidder location.Read more
INFORMATION FOR BUYERS AT AUCTIONS
1. Introduction. The following notes are intended to assist bidders and buyers, particularly
those that are inexperienced or new to our salerooms. All of our auctions are governed by
our Conditions of Business incorporating the Terms of Consignment (primarily applicable
to sellers), the Terms of Sale (primarily applicable to bidders and buyers) and any notices
that are displayed in our salerooms or announced by the auctioneer at the auction. Our
Conditions of Business are available for inspection at our salerooms and the Terms of
Sale are printed in the back of our auction catalogues and on our web-site. Our staff will be happy to help you if there is anything in our Conditions of Business that you do not fully understand.
Please make sure that you read our Terms of Sale set out in this catalogue or on
our website carefully before bidding in the auction. If your bid is successful, you
will be obliged to comply with our Terms of Sale.
2. Agency. As auctioneers we usually act on behalf of the seller whose identity, for reasons
of confidentiality, is not normally disclosed. If you buy at auction your contract for the
goods is with the seller, not with us as auctioneer.
3. Estimates. Estimates are designed to help you gauge what sort of sum might be
involved for the purchase of a particular lot. Estimates may change and should not be
thought of as the sale price. The lower estimate may represent the reserve price (the
minimum price for which a lot may be sold) and will not be below the reserve price.
Estimates do not include the buyer’s premium or VAT (where chargeable). Estimates are
prepared some time before the auction and may be altered by a saleroom notice or
announcement by the auctioneer before the auction of the lot. They are not definitive.
4. Buyer's Premium. The Terms of Sale oblige you to pay a buyer's premium at 22.5% on the hammer price of each lot purchased. In addition, VAT will be added to this premium (see below).
5. VAT. Items in our catalogue may be marked in the following ways:
a. (†) indicates that VAT is payable by the buyer on the hammer price as well as being
an element in the buyer's premium. VAT will be chargeable at the standard rate
(presently 20%). This imposition of VAT is likely to be because the seller is registered
for VAT within the European Union and is not operating the Dealers Margin Scheme
or because VAT is due at 20% on importation into the UK.
b. (**) indicates that the lot has been imported from outside the European Union.
[These lots are liable to a reduced rate of VAT (5%) on the hammer price and buyer's
c. Lots which do not have either of the above symbols have no VAT payable on the
hammer price. This is because such lots are sold using the Auctioneers' Margin
Scheme. The VAT included within the premium is not recoverable as input tax.
6. Inspection of goods by the buyer. As we act on behalf of the seller, we are dependent
on information provided by the seller about their goods. We may inspect lots and will act
reasonably in taking a general view about them. However, we are normally unable to
carry out detailed examinations of lots to check their condition in the way a buyer would
do. You will have ample opportunity to inspect the goods. You must inspect and
investigate lots that you might wish to bid for. Please note carefully the exclusion of
liability for the condition of lots set out in the Terms of Sale at clause 12.4.
7. Electrical goods. These are sold as “antiques” only. If you buy electrical goods for use
you must ask a qualified electrician to check them for compliance with safety regulations
before you use them.
8. Export of goods. If you intend to export goods you must find out:
a. whether an export licence is needed; and
b. if there is a prohibition on importing goods of that character e.g. because the goods
contain prohibited materials such as ivory.
9. Bidding. Bidders will be required to register with us before the auction starts. We
reserve the right to impose a deadline prior to the auction by which you must register or
by which we must receive a commission bid. If you wish to bid on high value lots this
deadline may be several days before the auction in order to allow us sufficient time to
carry out the necessary checks. Lots will be invoiced to the name and address on the
registration form. You will need to provide us with proof of your identity in a form
acceptable to us and such other information as we may require. Please enquire in
advance about our arrangements for telephone or online bidding. Please note that we
may refuse to register you if you do not provide us with all the information and
documentation that we ask for or at our discretion. Phone bidders must be prepared to guarantee a starting bid of at least £500 if they wish to bid by telephone.
10. Commission bidding. You may leave commission bids (absentee bids) with us indicating the maximum amount to be bid against a lot (excluding the buyers' premium and/or any applicable
VAT). We will execute commission bids as cheaply as possible having regard to the
reserve (if any) and competing bids. If two buyers submit identical commission bids we
may prefer the first bid received (where this can be reasonably ascertained). Please
enquire in advance about our arrangements for the leaving of commission bids by
telephone or email or via our website or online bidding platform.
11. Methods of Payment. Usually any cheques will need to be cleared before you can take
the goods away. Please discuss with our office in advance of the sale if you plan to use
other methods of payment (except cash, for which there is an upper limit of 15,000 euros
equivalent). There is an additional charge of 2.5% plus VAT on credit card payments with no additional charge on debit card payments (either made securely online or in person via a chip and pin machine).
12. Collection and storage. Please note what the Terms of Sale say about collection and
storage. It is important that you pay for and collect goods promptly and within 7 days of the end of a sale. Any delay may involve you having to pay storage charges which are currently set at £5 plus VAT per lot per day.
The forename(s) and surname of the artist: In our opinion a work by the artist.
The initials of the forename(s) and the surname of the artist: In our opinion a work of the period of the artist which may be wholly, or in part his work.
The surname only of the artist: In our opinion a work of the school or by one of the followers of the artist or in his style and of uncertain date.
'English School' , 'Italian School ': etc: In our opinion a work executed at a later date that the style may suggest.
'Signed ': Has a signature which in our opinion is a recognised signature.
'Dated' : Is so dated and in our opinion was executed at that date.
The term 'bears' a signature and/or date and/or an inscription: Means that in our opinion the artist's name and/or date and/or inscription have been added by another hand.
Measurements: Height precedes width.
Autographs – We check all autographs when they are valued and believe to the best of our knowledge they are authentic. Many autographs come from private sellers and are sold without any history or COA. We urge buyers to satisfy themselves BEFORE bidding. If you strongly feel an item has been mis-described please contact us within one calendar month after the auction. If you are an overseas buyer it is your prerogative to arrange shipping in good time to avoid the one month cut off period. If a concern is raised before the end of the timescale we will place the item on hold for another calendar month. During this time a letter of rejection must be obtained from PSA/DNA and NO ONE else. Details can be found here http://www.psacard.com/Services/AutographAuthentication
If a letter of rejection is provided by PSA/DNA we will offer a full refund, not inclusive of shipping or authentication. This is why we urge buyers to satisfy themselves BEFORE bidding.
TERMS OF SALE
Both the sale of goods at our auctions and your relationship with us are
governed by the Terms of Consignment (primarily applicable to sellers) the
Terms of Sale (primarily applicable to bidders and buyers) and any notices
displayed in the saleroom or announced by us at the auction (collectively, the
“Conditions of Business”). The Terms of Consignment and Terms of Sale are
available at our saleroom on request.
Please read these Terms of Sale carefully. Please note that if you register to
bid and/or bid at auction this signifies that you agree to and will comply with
these Terms of Sale.
Please note that these Terms of Sale relate to auctions held at our premises
1 Definitions and interpretation
1.1 To make these Terms of Sale easier to read, we have given the following words a
“Auctioneer” means Ewbank’s, a partnership registered in England and Wales whose registered office is located at Burnt Common Auction Rooms, London Road, Send, Woking, Surrey GU23 7LN
or its authorised auctioneer, as appropriate;
“Bidder” means a person participating in bidding at the auction;
“Buyer” means the person who makes the highest bid for a Lot
accepted by the Auctioneer;
“Deliberate Forgery” means: (a) an imitation made with the intention of deceiving
as to authorship, origin, date, age, period, culture or source;
(b) which is described in the catalogue as being the work of
a particular creator without qualification; and (c) which at the
date of the auction had a value materially less than it would
have had if it had been as described;
“Hammer Price” means the level of the highest bid for a Lot accepted by the
Auctioneer by the fall of the hammer;
“Lot(s)” means the goods that we offer for sale at our auctions;
“Premium” means the premium that we will charge you on your
purchase of a Lot to be calculated as set out in Clause 4;
“Reserve” means the minimum hammer price at which a Lot may be
“Sale Proceeds” means the net amount due to the Seller;
“Seller” means the persons who consign Lots for sale at our
“Terms of Consignment”
means the terms on which we agree to offer Lots for sale in
our auctions as agent on behalf of Sellers;
“Terms of Sale” means these terms of sale, as amended or updated from
time to time;
“Total Amount Due” means the Hammer Price for a Lot, the Premium, any
applicable artist’s resale right royalty, any VAT due and any
additional charges payable by a defaulting buyer under
these Terms of Sale;
“Trader” means a Seller who is acting for purposes relating to that
Seller’s trade, business, craft or profession, whether acting
personally or through another person acting in the trader’s
name or on the trader’s behalf;
“VAT” means Value Added Tax or any equivalent sales tax; and
“Website” means our website available at www.ewbankauctions.co.uk .
In these Terms of Sale the words 'you', 'yours', etc. refer to you as the Buyer. The
words “we”, “us”, etc. refer to the Auctioneer. Any reference to a ‘Clause’ is to a
clause of these Terms of Sale unless stated otherwise.
2 Information that we are required to give to Consumers
2.1 A description of the main characteristics of each Lot as contained in the auction
2.2 Our name, address and contact details as set out herein, in our auction catalogues
and/or on our Website.
2.3 The price of the Goods and arrangements for payment as described in Clauses 4, 5,
7 and 8.
2.4 The arrangements for collection of the Goods as set out in Clauses 8 and 9.
2.5 Your right to return a Lot and receive a refund if the Lot is a Deliberate Forgery as set
out in Clause 13.
2.6 We and Trader Sellers have a legal duty to supply any Lots to you in accordance with
these Terms of Sale.
2.7 If you have any complaints, please send them to us directly at the address set out on
3 Bidding procedures and the Buyer
3.1 You must register your details with us before bidding and provide us with any
requested proof of identity and billing information, in a form acceptable to us. You
must also satisfy any security arrangements we have in place before entering the
auction room to view or bid.
3.2 We strongly recommend that you attend the auction in person. You are responsible
for your decision to bid for a particular Lot. If you bid on a Lot, including by telephone
and online bidding, or by placing a commission bid, we assume that you have
carefully inspected the Lot and satisfied yourself regarding its condition.
3.3 If you instruct us in writing, we may execute commission bids on your behalf. Neither
we nor our employees or agents will be responsible for any failure to execute your
commission bid, unless our failure to do so is unreasonable. Where two or more
commission bids at the same level are recorded we have the right to prefer the first
bid made (where this can be reasonably ascertained).
3.4 The Bidder placing the highest bid for a Lot accepted by the Auctioneer will be the
Buyer at the Hammer Price. Any dispute about a bid will be settled at our discretion.
We may reoffer the Lot during the auction or may settle the dispute in another way.
We will act reasonably when deciding how to settle the dispute.
3.5 Bidders will be deemed to act as principals, even if the Bidder is acting as an agent
for a third party.
3.6 We may bid on Lots on behalf of the Seller up to one bid below the Reserve.
3.7 We may refuse to accept any bid if it is reasonable for us to do so.
3.8 Bidding increments will be at our sole discretion (but will be in line with standard
4 The purchase price
As Buyer, you will pay:
a. the Hammer Price;
b. a premium of 22.5% plus VAT of the Hammer Price;
c. any artist’s resale right royalty payable on the sale of the Lot; and
d. any VAT due.
e. plus either 3% plus VAT for some online bidding platforms (3% for Bidquare, 5% for Live Auctioneers and Invaluable).
5.1 You shall be liable for the payment of any VAT applicable on the Hammer Price and
premium due for a Lot. Please see the symbols used in the auction catalogue for that
Lot and the “Information for Buyers” in our auction catalogue for further information.
5.2 We will charge VAT at the current rate at the date of the auction.
6 The contract between you and the Seller
6.1 The contract for the purchase of the Lot between you and the Seller will be formed
when the hammer falls accepting the highest bid for the Lot at the auction.
6.2 You may directly enforce any terms in the Terms of Consignment against a Seller to
the extent that you suffer damages and/or loss as a result of the Seller’s breach of the
Terms of Consignment.
6.3 If you breach these Terms of Sale, you may be responsible for damages and/or
losses suffered by a Seller or us. If we are contacted by a Seller who wishes to bring
a claim against you, we may in our discretion provide the Seller with information or
assistance in relation to that claim.
6.4 We normally act as an agent only and will not have any responsibility for default by
you or the Seller (unless we are the Seller of the Lot).
7.1 Immediately following your successful bid on a Lot you will:
7.1.1 give to us, if not already provided to our satisfaction, proof of identity in a
form acceptable to us (and any other information that we require in order
to comply with our anti-money laundering obligations); and
7.1.2 pay to us the Total Amount Due in cash (for which there is an upper limit
of 15,000 euros equivalent) or in any other way that we agree to accept
7.2 If you owe us any money, we may use any payment made by you to repay these
8 Title and collection of purchases
8.1 Once you have paid us in full the Total Amount Due for any Lot, ownership of that Lot
will transfer to you. You may not claim or collect a Lot until you have paid for it.
8.2 You will (at your own expense) collect any Lots that you have purchased and paid for
8.2.1 not later than five business days following the day of the auction; or
8.2.2 not later than five business days following the date that we have
received payment of the Total Amount Due in cleared funds, if later.
8.3 If you do not collect the Lot within this time period, you will be responsible for any
reasonable removal, storage and insurance charges in relation to that Lot.
8.4 Risk of loss or damage to the Lot will pass to you when you (or your agents) take
physical possession of the Lot.
8.5 If you do not collect the Lot that you have paid for within ninety days after the
auction, we may sell the Lot. We will pay the proceeds of any such sale to you, but
will deduct any storage charges or other sums that we have incurred in the storage
and sale of the Lot. We reserve the right to charge you a selling commission at our
standard rates on any such resale of the Lot.
9 Remedies for non-payment or failure to collect purchases
9.1 Please do not bid on a Lot if you do not intend to buy it. If your bid is successful,
these Terms of Sale will apply to you. This means that you will have to carry out your
obligations set out in these Terms of Sale. If you do not comply with these Terms of
Sale we may (acting on behalf of the Seller and ourselves) pursue one or more of the
9.1.1 take action against you for damages for breach of contract;
9.1.2 reverse the sale of the Lot to you and/or any other Lots sold by us to you;
9.1.3 resell the Lot by auction or private treaty (in which case you will have to
pay any difference between the price you should have paid for the Lot and
the price we sell it for as well as the charges outlined in Clause 8.5).
Please note that if we sell the Lot for a higher amount than your winning
bid, the extra money will belong to the Seller;
9.1.4 remove, store and insure the Lot at your expense;
9.1.5 if you do not pay us within five business days of your successful bid, we
may charge interest at a rate not exceeding 1.5% per month on the total
9.1.6 keep that Lot or any other Lot sold to you until you pay the Total Amount
9.1.7 reject or ignore bids from you or your agent at future auctions or impose
conditions before we accept bids from you; and/or
9.1.8 if we sell any Lots for you, use the money made on these Lots to repay
any amount you owe us.
9.2 We will act reasonably when exercising our rights under Clause 9.1. We will contact
you before exercising these rights and try to work with you to correct any noncompliance
by you with these Terms of Sale.
10 Health and safety
Although we take reasonable precautions regarding health and safety, you are on our
premises at your own risk. Please note the lay-out of the premises and security
arrangements. Neither we nor our employees or agents are responsible for the safety
of you or your property when you visit our premises, unless you suffer any injury to
your person or damage to your property as a result of our, our employees’ or our
11.1 The Seller warrants to us and to you that:
11.1.1 the Seller is the true owner of the Lot for sale or is authorised by the true
owner to offer and sell the lot at auction;
11.1.2 the Seller is able to transfer good and marketable title to the Lot to you
free from any third party rights or claims; and
11.1.3 as far as the Seller is aware, the main characteristics of the Lot set out in
the auction catalogue (as amended by any notice displayed in the
saleroom or announced by the Auctioneer at the auction) are correct.
11.2 If, after you have placed a successful bid and paid for a Lot, any of the warranties
above are found not to be true, please notify us in writing. Neither we nor the Seller
will be liable to pay you any sums over and above the Total Amount Due and we will
not be responsible for any inaccuracies in the information provided by the Seller
except as set out below.
11.3 Please note that many of the Lots that you may bid on at our auction are secondhand.
11.4 If a Lot is not second-hand and you purchase the Lot as a Consumer from a Seller
that is a Trader, a number of additional terms may be implied by law in addition to the
Seller’s warranties set out at Clause 11.1 (in particular under the Consumer Rights
Act 2015). These Terms of Sale do not seek to exclude your rights under law as they
relate to the sale of these Lots.
11.5 Save as expressly set out above, all other warranties, conditions or other terms which
might have effect between the Seller and you, or us and you, or be implied or
incorporated by statue, common law or otherwise are excluded.
12 Descriptions and condition
12.1 Our descriptions of the Lot will be based on: (a) information provided to us by the
Seller of the Lot (for which we are not liable); and (ii) our opinion (although it is likely
that we will not be able to carry out a detailed inspection of each Lot).
12.2 We will give you a number of opportunities to view and inspect the Lots before the
auction. You (and any independent consultants acting on your behalf) must satisfy
yourself about the accuracy of any description of a Lot. We shall not be responsible
for any failure by you or your consultants to properly inspect a Lot.
12.3 Representations or statements by us as to authorship, genuineness, origin, date, age,
provenance, condition or estimated selling price involve matters of opinion. We
undertake that any such opinion will be honestly and reasonably held and accept
liability for opinions given negligently or fraudulently.
12.4 Please note that Lots (in particular second-hand Lots) are unlikely to be in perfect
condition. Lots are sold “as is” (i.e. as you see them at the time of the auction).
Neither we nor the Seller accept any liability for the condition of second-hand Lots or
for any condition issues affecting a Lot if such issues are included in the description
of a Lot in the auction catalogue (or in any saleroom notice) and/ or which the
inspection of a Lot by the Buyer ought to have revealed.
13 Deliberate Forgeries
13.1 You may return any Lot which is found to be a Deliberate Forgery to us within one month of the auction provided that you return the Lot to us in the same condition as
when it was released to you, accompanied by a written statement identifying the Lot
from the relevant catalogue description and a written statement of defects.
13.2 If we are reasonably satisfied that the Lot is a Deliberate Forgery we will refund the
money paid by you for the Lot (including any Premium and applicable VAT) provided
13.2.1 the catalogue description reflected the accepted view of experts as at the
date of the auction; or
13.2.2 you personally are not able to transfer good and marketable title in the Lot
to us, you will have no right to a refund under this Clause 13.2.
13.3 If you have sold the Lot to another person, we will only be liable to refund the price
that you paid for the Lot. We will not be responsible for repaying any additional
money you may have made from selling the Lot.
13.4 Your right to return a Lot that is a Deliberate Forgery does not affect your legal rights
and is in addition to any other right or remedy provided by law or by these Terms of
14 Our liability to you
14.1 We will not be liable for any loss of opportunity or disappointment suffered as a result
of participating in our auction.
14.2 In addition to the above, neither we nor the Seller shall be responsible to you and you
shall not be responsible to the Seller or us for any other loss or damage that any of us
suffer that is not a foreseeable result of any of us not complying with the Conditions of
Business. Loss or damage is foreseeable if it is obvious that it will happen or if at the
time of the sale of the Lot, we, you and the Seller knew it might happen.
14.3 Subject to Clause 14.4, if we are found to be liable to you for any reason (including,
amongst others, if we are found to be negligent, in breach of contract or to have
made a misrepresentation), our liability will be limited to the total purchase price paid
by you to us for any Lot.
14.4 Notwithstanding the above, nothing in these Terms of Sale shall limit our liability (or
that of our employees or agents) for:
14.4.1 death or personal injury resulting from negligence (as defined in the Unfair
Contract Terms Act 1977);
14.4.2 fraudulent misrepresentation; or
14.4.3 any liability which cannot be excluded by law.
15.1 All notices between you and us regarding these Terms of Sale must be in writing and
signed by or on behalf of the party giving it.
15.2 Any notice referred in Clause 15.1 may be given:
15.2.1 by delivering it by hand;
15.2.2 by first class pre-paid post or Recorded Delivery; or
15.2.3 by email, provided that a copy is also sent by pre-paid post or Recorded
15.3 Notices must be sent:
15.3.1 by hand or registered post:
a. to us, at our address set out in these Terms of Sale or at our registered
office address appearing on our Website; and
b. to you, at the last postal address that you have given to us as your contact
address in writing; or
15.3.2 by email:
a. to us, by sending the notice to both the following email addresses:
firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
b. to you, by sending the notice to any email address that you have given to
us as your contact email address in writing.
15.4 Notices will be deemed to have been received:
15.4.1 if delivered by hand, on the day of delivery;
15.4.2 if sent by first class pre-paid post or Recorded Delivery, two business days
after posting, exclusive of the day of posting; or
15.4.3 if sent by email, at the time of transmission unless sent after 17.00 in the
place of receipt in which case they will be deemed to have been received
on the next business day in the place of receipt (provided that a copy has
also been sent by pre-paid post or Recorded Delivery as set out in Clause
15.5 Any notice or communication given under these Terms of Sale will not be validly given
if sent by fax, email, any form of messaging via social media or text message.
16 Data Protection
We will hold and process any personal data in relation to you in accordance with our
17.1 We may, acting reasonably, refuse admission to our premises or attendance at our
auctions by any person.
17.2 We act as an agent for our Sellers. The rights we have to claim against you for
breach of these Terms of Sale may be used by either us, our employees or agents, or
the Seller, its employees or agents, as appropriate. Other than as set out in this
Clause, these Terms of Sale are between you and us and no other person will have
any rights to enforce any of these Terms of Sale.
17.3 We may use special terms in the catalogue descriptions of particular Lots. You must
read these terms carefully along with any glossary provided in our auction catalogues.
17.4 Each of the clauses of these Terms of Sale operates separately. If any court or
relevant authority decides that any of them are unlawful, the remaining clauses will
remain in full force and effect.
17.5 We may change these Terms of Sale from time to time, without notice to you. Please
read these Terms of Sale carefully, as they may be different from the last time you
17.6 Except as otherwise stated in these Terms of Sale, each of our rights and remedies
are: (a) are in addition to and not exclusive of any other rights or remedies under
these Terms of Sale or general law; and (b) may be waived only in writing and
specifically. Delay in exercising or non-exercise of any right under these Terms of
Sale is not a waiver of that or any other right. Partial exercise of any right under these
Terms of Sale will not preclude any further or other exercise of that right or any other
right under these Terms of Sale. Waiver of a breach of any term of these Terms of
Sale will not operate as a waiver of breach of any other term or any subsequent
breach of that term.
17.7 These Terms of Sale and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with
them (including any non-contractual claims or disputes) shall be governed by and
construed in accordance with the laws of England and the parties irrevocably submit
to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
These conditions of business are based upon recommended terms of sale by SOFAA (http://www.sofaa.org/)