Terms & Conditions

Terms and conditions:

A Buyer’s premium of 22% of the hammer price of each lot is payable on all lots at all sales, subject to the addition of VAT at the standard rate.

ONLINE BIDDING CHARGES: An online bidding fee is payable on the hammer price on all lots:

aldridgesofbath.com: 3% online bidding fee + V.A.T. at the standard rate.

the-saleroom.com: 4.95% online bidding fee + V.A.T. at the standard rate.                 

ARTIST'S RE-SALE RIGHT/DROIT DE SUITE: Please be advised that any work of art by a living artist, or an artist that died within the last 70 years, which realises the Sterling equivalent (£/GBP) of €1000 (one thousand Euros) or more will be subject to an additional 'Artist's Re-sale Right' fee of 4% on the hammer price.

COMMISSION & ABSENTEE BIDDING: You can place a commission or absentee bid, and a member of staff will bid on your behalf to obtain the lot as cheaply as other bids allow. These can be left in person, via email, or telephone. Commission and absentee bids are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis (if identical bids are left on the same lot, then the bid left first would take precedence).  

PAYMENT BY DEBIT/CREDIT CARDS will be accepted ONLY from the card details given when you register to bid with - we will not accept payment from any other card.

1. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the description of each lot, but these whether made orally or in the catalogue are expressions of opinion and not representations of fact. No employee of the Auctioneers has any authority to make any representation of fact, and the Auctioneers disclaim on behalf of the Vendor and themselves responsibility for authenticity, age, origin and condition and for accuracy of measurement or weight of any lot or lots. 
Buyers purchase all lots 'as-seen', with all faults, imperfections and errors of description. It is up to the potential bidder to satisfy themselves as to the condition of any lot, before bidding. (If there is any uncertainty about the condition of a lot, please request a condition report).

2. The Auctioneers reserve the right to divide, add to or withdraw any lots and shall determine the advance of each bid. 

3. The highest bidder is to be the purchaser; the Auctioneers reserve the right to accept or refuse any bidding. 

4. At the fall of the hammer the lot shall be at the sole risk of the purchaser, who shall give to the Auctioneers his or her full name and address and such deposit as the Auctioneers may require, any payment so made shall apply to one or more lots bought by the same purchaser. 

5. The Purchase money is to be paid immediately after the sale before any lot or lots are removed from the premises. Payment will not be accepted from any person other than the registered purchaser.

6. All lots must be removed by the purchasers at their own risk and expense before 4.30pm at the end of the week that the sale takes place. After this time, any lots remaining on our premises will be uninsured, and may attract storage charges. The Auctioneers will not be held responsible for any damages/losses incurred after this time.

7. The Auctioneers act as agents only and are not responsible for default by either Vendor or purchaser. They will execute commissions received in writing up to one hours before the sale on condition that the lots have been viewed by the intending purchaser. They will accept no responsibility relating to the commissioning of their staff, other than the Commission’s Clerk, to bid on behalf of the purchasers. 

8. Upon failure of compliance with the above conditions the money deposited in part payment shall be forfeited; the lot(s) remaining uncleared after the time specified shall be resold by public or private sale without notice and the deficiency (if any) together with charges attending such second sale shall be made good by the defaulter or defaulters at the present sale but any surplus that may arise therefrom shall belong exclusively to the Vendor. 

9. The Auctioneers will not be responsible for any loss or damage or injury occasioned to or sustained by any person during the period of public viewing and the auction sale howsoever the same may arise, unless arising from the negligence of any employee of the Auctioneers. 

10. No lots may be transferred, and no lots may be removed during the sale. 
All Sales are subject to the usual conditions of sale either printed in the auction catalogue or on display in the auction galleries. 

ALDRIDGES of Bath Ltd.