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Buying & Selling

Buying & Selling at Unique Auctions

SELLING AT AUCTION IS SIMPLE

If you have items that you wish to sell at auction the process is simple.  If the items are small you can bring them to the auction rooms from Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm and one of our experts will appraise the item and advise you as to what they are likely to make at auction.

If you have larger items or perhaps a complete house to clear one of our auctioneer’s will visit you at the premises and give and appraisal and a quote for the clearance free of charge.  If you decide to use our services then a charge will be made for the collection and clearance of the property at cost depending on the time taken.  We charge £4 per lot entry fee and 15% commission + V.A.T. on the hammer price.  There are not any other hidden charges.

If you have a complete collection that you wish to dispose of such as stamps, coins, medals, pottery, furniture, fine art etc, our auctioneer will offer a valuation for the whole collection rather than individual items.  The collection will then be entered in the next available specialist sale.

BUYING AT AUCTION FOR THE FIRST TIME

On your first visit to the auction room you will need to register for a ‘BIDDING NUMBER’ before you can bid.

Buyers Premium is charged at 17.5% + VAT of the hammer price.

Please ensure that you view all items that you are interested in properly as once the hammer has fallen you have made a contract to purchase.

If you are unable to attend the auction you are welcome to leave a ‘COMMISSION BID’ and one of our team will be happy to bid on your behalf.  We obtain the item for you at the lowest price offered at the auction, for example, if you left a £40 commission bid on a lot the auctioneer will not start the bidding at your commission bid unless it is the lower of several bids. Hence you may buy the item for less than the bid you left.   Our staff will be happy to advise you and give estimates on any items you may be thinking of bidding on.

We operate a full telephone bidding service which can be booked via our office the day prior to the auction. Approximately 10 lots before the item you wish to bid on comes up for auction, one of our staff will ring you and advise you of the bids being offered in the saleroom and you can instruct us on the phone to bid. There is no charge for this service.

BIDDERS (section 5 from our Terms and Conditions)
5.1 Bidders may be required to register their particulars. Bidders attending in person may be required to satisfy
Unique Auctions’ security arrangements before entering any part of the premises to view or bid.

5.2 Once a bid has been made by a Bidder, the bid cannot be withdrawn.

5.3 Subject to clause 4.3, the highest Bidder at the Hammer Price shall be the Buyer. Any dispute about a bid shall be settled at the Auctioneer’s absolute discretion.

5.4 Bidders are deemed to act as principals unless there is a written prior acknowledgement by Unique Auctions
that a Bidder is acting as an agent for a named principal.

5.5 Bidders are strongly encouraged to attend the Auction in person. Bidders shall be responsible for any decision to bid for a particular Lot and shall be deemed to have carefully inspected and satisfied themselves as to its condition. Neither Unique Auctions nor its employees or agents shall be responsible for any neglect or default in doing or failing to do so.

5.6 Bidders are given ample opportunities to view and inspect before any sale or to request a written condition report, and prospective Buyers must satisfy themselves as to all such matters. Neither Unique Auctions or its employees or agents nor the Vendor accept liability for the correctness of such opinions and all conditions and warranties, express, implied or statutory are hereby excluded.

Online Bidding
If you bid online please refer to our full Terms and Conditions and in particular section 5.
Part of the section is below

5.5 Bidders are strongly encouraged to attend the Auction in person. Bidders shall be responsible for any decision to bid for a particular Lot and shall be deemed to have carefully inspected and satisfied themselves as to its condition. Neither Unique Auctions nor its employees or agents shall be responsible for any neglect or default in doing or failing to do so.

5.6 Bidders are given ample opportunities to view and inspect before any sale or to request a written condition report, and prospective Buyers must satisfy themselves as to all such matters. Neither Unique Auctions or its employees or agents nor the Vendor accept liability for the correctness of such opinions and all conditions and warranties, express, implied or statutory are hereby excluded.

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