Buying at Auction
Please ensure you have read our Terms & Conditions of Sale of Chattels below, bids are only accepted in agreement with these Terms.
Ways of Bidding at Auction
Buying at Sheffield Auction Gallery couldn’t be easier, with a number of different ways for you to do so;
Bid in the room
Whether you are visiting us for the first time or are a seasoned attendee it’s a really simple process. Register at the Saleroom office in reception on auction day, with your name, address, telephone and email and you will be issued with a unique bidding number, make sure the auctioneer sees you making your bid and the lot will be yours!
Where indicated on our website, live online bidding facilities are available with the-saleroom.com (excluding our Saturday Household auctions) where you can register to bid from the comfort of your own location. A commission bid facility is also available. (Please remember the-saleroom.com makes a 4.95% plus VAT charge for this service on top of the hammer total.)
We also offer a commission bid service free of charge. You can submit our Commission Bid form or by emailing the office directly. We will require your full name, address, telephone and email address. Your bids will be executed as low as is permitted by any other bids and applicable reserves. When bids are received we will send an acknowledgement so you can be sure we have received them.
We are happy to offer telephone bidding facilities on any lots with a lower estimate of £200 and above and you must be prepared to pay the lower estimate of the lot on which you would like to bid. Again, this is a free of charge service.
If you are successful in making a purchase our Terms of Settlement of Account are 2 working days from the auction date. Please see our payments page for further details.
Terms & Conditions of Buying at Auction
Sheffield Auction Gallery are referred to as the Auctioneers throughout these Conditions of Sale.
The highest bidder shall be the Buyer and if any dispute arises between the bidders regarding any Lot offered at Auction or any other matter in relation to the same the Lot in dispute shall, at the Auctioneers discretion, either be immediately put up again and re-sold or the Auctioneers most senior member of staff in attendance at the time reserves the right to decide the dispute and their decision shall be final and binding on all parties concerned.
The Vendor reserves the right to bid by himself, or by his agent, to alter, vary or withdraw any Lot or Lots before or during the Sale.
ALL Lots are sold subject to a Buyers Premium of 22.2% inclusive of non-recoverable VAT on the Hammer price. (18.5% excluding.)
In order to be registered and approved by the Auctioneers to take part in and bid in any auction the bidders must have registered their name and address with the Auctioneers prior to the start of the auction and have had their identity checked; approval is wholly at the discretion of the Auctioneers. Absentee bidding will require credit or debit card details for security, these details will be destroyed after the auction.
The Auctioneers may, without giving any reason, refuse to accept the bidding of any person or persons. The minimum bid accepted by the Auctioneers on any Lot is £5, where the reserve price and any commission bids allows.
It is the complete responsibility of registered bidders wishing to leave commission bids with the Auctioneers to ensure that completed commission bid forms are handed to and received by the Auctioneer or Saleroom staff only and that the forms are correctly described; bids or bidding forms handed to any persons not employed by the Auctioneers will not be accepted. Full and correct descriptions are available from the Auctioneer at the bidders request. The Auctioneers accept no responsibility or liability for incorrect purchases resulting from incorrect Lot descriptions, wrongly noted Lot numbers or unclear/illegible bid amounts. Commission bids will only be accepted by the Auctioneers if accompanied by the required name and address identification.
Payments. Accounts must be settled in full within 2 working days of the auction. Our accepted methods of payment are cash, debit cards, credit card, bank transfer or cheque. Debit & credit cards are only accepted by person in the saleroom using chip & pin. Payments by card are NOT accepted from overseas buyers. UK buyers are limited to £250. If settling an account by bank transfer all applicable bank charges or fees (at either the point of sending or receiving) must be met by the buyer. Cheques received must be fully cleared prior to collection of Lots(s) and this can take up to 10 working days after we receive the cheque. All Lots bought over the internet during Live Internet Bidding or via commission bids submitted to the Auctioneers through the internet facility (on applicable Auctions) are sold subject to a 3% plus VAT (3.6% inclusive of VAT) 3% plus VAT (from 1st November 2018 this increases to 4.95% plus VAT (5.94% inclusive of VAT).) surcharge on top of the Buyers Premium. This is solely to cover charges incurred in offering bidders this facility. All purchases must be paid for in full before any Lot is removed from our premises. Lots which have been paid for may only be removed during the sale at the discretion of the Auctioneers. Any accounts/buyers remaining outstanding after 4 weeks of the auction will be automatically considered to have defaulted, the sale(s) cancelled, the Lot(s) reoffered in auction or returned to the Vendor(s) and the buyer banned from making future bids with the Auctioneers, the-saleroom.com and any other applicable bidding platforms, the Auctioneers reserve the right to inform other Auctioneers of the details surrounding the non-payment/default as appropriate.
Purchasers must settle the whole amount of their accounts for all Lots before they can be removed from the saleroom and the whole amount due must be paid in full within three working days after the day of the auction. If not paid within such time any money deposited in part payment shall be absolutely forfeited and the Auctioneers shall be at liberty to resell the Lot(s) or part thereof that remain un-removed, by public auction or private sale, without giving notice thereof to the Purchaser and any deficiency which arises on such re-sale, together with all expenses arising from such action shall be made good by the Purchaser. Neither the Vendor nor the Auctioneers shall be responsible for any Lot after the fall of the hammer, as from which time all Lots purchases are wholly at the risk of the Purchaser.
All Lots must be removed from the Saleroom at the Purchasers own expense not later than three working days after the date of the Auction. Storage is charged at £1 per lot, per day from the date of the auction. In the event of any Lot or Lots remaining un-removed at the expiration of such period the Auctioneers shall be at liberty to re-offer such Lots by public or private sale without giving prior notice to the Purchaser. The Auctioneers shall retain out of the hammer price realised the cost of storage deducted from sale proceeds and any other expenses of such re-sale and the balance (if any) shall be paid to the Purchaser. Should the hammer price realized on such re-sale be insufficient to defray the expenses the Purchasers shall immediately pay such deficiency. In the alternative the Auctioneers may remove and store on or off-site any Lots remaining un-removed as above and the Purchaser shall repay all expenses of such removal and warehousing.
Damages, Attribution & Condition of Lots; All Lots are sold, as seen, with all faults and errors of description, if any. Buyers must have fully satisfied themselves regarding authentication and condition of ALL items prior to removing items from the Saleroom. Items cannot be returned after removal from the Saleroom premises. Items purchased un-viewed with third party delivery requested will be deemed to have been viewed; and no returns will be accepted. if he buys without previous physical inspection he is deemed to have done so entirely at his own risk. No allowance can, in any case, be made, nor shall the Vendor or Auctioneers be answerable for any deficiency in quantities, weight or measurement claimed for after the Purchaser, his agent, carrier or any person employed by him, has removed his Lot or Lots from the premises.
Sheffield Auction Gallery make every effort to ensure accuracy of any statement concerning attribution and age. However it is essential that prospective bidders carefully examine the Lots they are interested in, in person, to satisfy themselves fully as to the attribution and condition of any lot, Auction House staff are happy to discuss and assist with this. Sheffield Auction Gallery do not make any guarantees regarding the condition of any Lot(s). All Lots are sold AF (as found) unless specifically stated otherwise in the description. For your guidance we make effort to record all significant damage, repair and restoration however, descriptions of damage are naturally subjective and in providing condition reports we do not guarantee or imply that there are no other defects present, which have not been mentioned. Vintage Wines & Spirits Section; there is always a risk of cork failure with old wines (especially during or after transit) and due allowance must be made for this. Electrical Items – electrical items are PAT (portable appliance test) tested for safety by a qualified electrician prior to auction. We cannot give any warranty or guarantee that an item is in working condition. Any untested items are marked "Sold for parts only".
Sheffield Auction Gallery do not make any guarantees regarding the condition of any Lot(s). All Lots are sold AF (as found) unless specifically stated otherwise in the description. For your guidance in this catalogue we have recorded all significant damage, repair and restoration. Descriptions of damage are naturally subjective and in providing condition reports we do not guarantee or imply that there are no other defects present, which have not been mentioned. Vintage Wines & Spirits Section; there is always a risk of cork failure with old wines (especially during or after transit) and due allowance must be made for this. Electrical Items – electrical items are PAT (portable appliance test) tested for safety by a qualified electrician prior to auction. We cannot give any warranty or guarantee that an item is in working condition. Any untested items are marked "Sold for parts only".
The 'Title of Goods' passes only to the purchaser after payment in full has been made to the Auctioneers and funds have cleared; The 'Title of Goods' covers only those items actually specified in the catalogue description of the Lot in question and does not cover any other items, whatsoever, passed to the Purchaser, by any means, which remain the property of the Vendor and held by the Auctioneers. If any such items are brought to the attention of the purchaser, or are discovered by him, the items must be returned immediately to the Auctioneers.
Neither the Auctioneers nor the Vendors shall be responsible for any accident or damage to life or limb which may occur to any person(s) during the viewing, auction or removal of the Lot or Lots.
All statements contained in the catalogues and Saleroom notices as to any Lot are made without responsibility on the part of the Vendors or Auctioneers. Intending Purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise to all such matters and as to the physical description of any Lot.
Neither the Vendors nor the Auctioneers make or give nor has any person in the employment of the Auctioneers any authority to make or give any representation or Warranty in relation to any Lot.
Bidders registering with the Auctioneers, via any format, to take part in any Auctions agree to these Conditions of Sale.
Sheffield Auction Gallery reserves the right to amend these Conditions Of Sale at any time and without prior written notice.
Terms & Conditions of Buying Motor Vehicles at Auction (in addition to the Terms & Conditions above)
Persons wanting to bid on any vehicle must fully satisfy themselves about the vehicle(s) offered prior to registering and bidding. We recommend that an HPI Check is carried out in advance of bidding.
All lots are sold on an 'as seen' basis. You may wish to bring a competent mechanic with you to inspect any Motor Vehicles on your behalf. The catalogue will contain a basic description. Intending purchasers MUST satisfy themselves regarding condition, age, and integrity of any lot prior to bidding as no warranties whatsoever are given in relation to any lot.
On the fall of the hammer a Contract is made and you are legally obliged to complete the purchase. Again; it is therefore vital that you are satisfied with the condition of the lot you intend to bid upon before doing so.
Bidders registering with the Auctioneers, via any format, to take part in any Auctions are agreeing to these Conditions of Sale.
Payment for Vehicles
The successful bidder must leave a £200 deposit (per vehicle) on the day of the auction unless payment is settled in full, (any purchaser not fully completing their transaction will forfeit the £200 deposit and it will be retained by Sheffield Auction Gallery). Any lot purchased will only be released when full settlement (inclusive of all charges) is made. Before bidding, you should ensure that you have the necessary funds available and are able to pay according to one of the methods set out in the Terms and Conditions. Payment can only be accepted in GBP. For security reasons, payments by debit or credit card (Visa/Mastercard) will only be accepted where the cardholder is present. Cash is accepted up to the current money laundering limit of €15,000 (or equivalent GBP exchange rate).
Vehicle Storage Fees
We can store the vehicle in our secure car park for a maximum of 5 days only after the auction, after this time a storage fee of £15 per day plus VAT will be charged.
Removal of Vehicles
It is the successful purchasers sole responsibility to tax and insure the vehicle(s). If a vehicle is sold without a current MoT, the buyer is also responsible for removing the vehicle by a legal method. Sheffield Auction Gallery will not accept any responsibility for any vehicles once removed from our premises.
The DVLA will be notified by Sheffield Auction Gallery of the change of keeper within 5 working days following reciept of payment, using the details from the invoice unless otherwise stated.
Sheffield Auction Gallery reserves the right to amend these Conditions Of Sale at any time and without prior written notice.