Buying at Auction

We want to make bidding for items at Clevedon Salerooms a simple and enjoyable experience.  Our friendly and experienced staff are here to help with any query you may have.

Below are some frequently asked questions that will help you understand the process of buying at auction.

Buying FAQs

Buyer's Premium

All purchases are subject to a Buyer's Premium of 22% plus VAT (except books where VAT is not applicable). The price you pay will be the hammer price announced by the auctioneer just before the fall of the gavel, plus the buyer’s premium. 

Example - an item with a hammer price of £100

With buyer’s premium of 22% plus VAT totals £126.40 (a book would cost £122.00)

Live Bidding charges

If you bid our live bidding service or a third-party online platform (e.g. the-saleroom.com) there is an additional % on the hammer price. You will be advised of this before bidding.

 

the-saleroom.com charge an additional 4.95% plus VAT. You can save money by bidding using our own live bidding service, the charge is 3% plus VAT.

Artist's Resale Right

For some items, Artist's Resale Right may apply - see the next question for more information 

Introduced as a European Union directive in 2006 to ensure artists receive a royalty on the sale of qualifying works, payable to living artists and also to those and deceased within the last seventy years. Qualifying works are marked in the catalogue, and in the event that they sell for between Euro 1,000 -  Euro 50,000 are then subject to an additional charge of 4% on the hammer price. (Descending scale thereafter).  This amount is added to the purchaser's invoice, and forwarded to a collecting agency acting for the artist or their estate.

Click here to read our Conditions of Sale for Buyers. Buying at auction offers consumers a different level of protection than purchasing items on the high street and consumers do not have the same rights as in the normal retail environment.   It is our aim to have bidders that are happy with all of their purchases and whilst we strive to achieve this, bidders have to play their part - and make all their enquiries about an item BEFORE bidding. Refunds are only made in limited circumstances in accordance with our Conditions of Sale, professional association guidelines and ultimately UK auction law.

Our Conditions of Sale are the contractual basis for the relationship between Vendor, Auctioneer and Buyer and all parties agree to be bound by the terms contained therein.

We publish all of our sale dates in our annual Sale Calendar

You can use our free 'Lot Alerts' service to get notified about upcoming items of interest.

By signing up to the Lot Alerts service you will receive an email alert each time we upload the fully illustrated on-line sale catalogue.  (Essentially one email per sale).  We do not share your email details with any third party and you can unsubscribe at any time.

For each auction we have viewing days. These days provide bidders the opportunity to examine the lots in person and satisfy themselves regarding the condition of those lots.  Viewing times for each sale are shown in the catalogue for each sale and the Sale Calendar.  Our friendly and experienced viewing staff are on hand to answer any questions. 

At Clevedon Salerooms we want all bidders to be happy with their purchases.  Every lot sold by Clevedon Salerooms is by definition second-hand and therefore may be subject to varying degrees of wear and tear. 

We strongly recommend potential bidders gather as much information about a lot prior to bidding for it.

In the days leading up  to our regular Antique & Interiors sales we have members of staff dedicated to preparing condition reports and sending additional images as requested by potential bidders.  Bidders are invited to request this information so they can be certain they are making an informed decision when it comes to bidding.  There is no charge for this service so please take advantage of it.  The online version of the Quarterly Specialist Sale Catalogue has pre-prepared condition reports and additional images of each lot available at least ten days prior to the sale.

You can bid in person, by leaving an absentee (commission bid) - either with us or through our website, you can do live internet bidding (via our own website or a partner site), or (for our Quarterly Sales only) you can bid by telephone. Further details about each method of bidding is found on our online catalogues.

Results are uploaded to our website during the sale, enabling you  to see if you are successful. All successful purchasers are emailed an invoice at the end of the sale. In the event of two identical absentee bid amounts being left the first bid received will be the successful buyer.

Still have a question?

If you've still got a question, drop us a line or call us on 01934 830111.