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Looking to Buy or Sell?

Please find below information re buying or selling through Gordon Day Auctions.

To request an entry form please use the contact page or email:

Selling items

1.  Commission on the sale of all items is charged at 15% of the amount realised and in the event of goods failing to reach the reserve price, 5% of the reserve price is charged.  Commission will be subject to VAT.

2.  The commission includes a share of the Auction Sale Expenses which include insurance of items in store prior to sale, advertising, preparation of catalogues and pre-sale circulars, postages, porters, clerks and other incidental expenses.

3.  All goods entered for sale will be inspected by the Auctioneers’ representatives and included in the next auction considered appropriate be it antique, general, miscellaneous effects, etc in the monthly programme of auctions held.  The Auctioneers reserve the right to reject any item so entered.

4.  Items for sale are accepted on the strict understanding that they will not be withdrawn subsequently.  In the event of withdrawal prior to sale the Auctioneers reserve the right to charge a fee representing 5% of the value of the item(s) entered, such a value to be assessed by the Auctioneers acting as experts.  The decision of the Auctioneers in such an event shall be deemed final.

5.  Vendors must ensure that all items entered for sale are delivered to the salerooms at the times arranged by the Auctioneers together with a completed entry form.  All goods entered for sale will be sold without reserves unless written notification to the contrary is given at the time of delivery.

6.  The Auctioneers will be pleased to arrange transport of goods to and from the saleroom, upon request, charges apply.

7.  All unsold lots must be cleared on the Sunday or Monday immediately following the sale (between 9am and 12noon). The Auctioneers reserve the right to make a charge of £1 per day per item on uncollected lots to defray storage and additional porterage costs.  If such storage remains unpaid for 1 month, the Auctioneer may, at any time, dispose of the goods either by selling without reserve to defray these charges or by scrapping.

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Buying Items

1.  The highest bidder shall be the purchaser.  If any dispute arises between the bidders or any mistake be made, the lot to be put up again at the bidding immediately preceding the dispute, or the Auctioneer may declare the purchaser.

2.  The advance in the bidding to be regulated by the Auctioneer, who is to be the sole arbiter to the matter of dispute or mistake.  He also reserves to himself the right to refuse any bidding, to bid on behalf of the vendor in the case of lots (if any) upon which there is a reserve, to withdraw, consolidate or divide any lot or lots or to submit the lots in any order, without regard to the position of the same in catalogue, as may be deemed advisable.

3.  Each and every lot shall at the fall of the hammer be considered as delivered, and no lot or lots can be removed until the whole amount of the purchaser's account shall be paid in full, and payment is to be made to the personal appointed to deliver.  No warranty is given, or to be implied by the description in the catalogue and no guarantee is given with any picture, print or drawing, the lots having been on view are sold with all faults, imperfections and errors of description.

4.  All lots must be paid for and cleared away from the premises at the purchaser's expense and risk, not later than 4.00 pm on the day of the sale, unless prior arrangements have been made, in default of which the auctioneers will not hold themselves in any way responsible, if the lots be lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed and they will remain at the sole risk of the purchaser.

5.  Any damage caused by removal or otherwise must be made good by the person committing the same, principals being considered responsible for the acts of their servants, such damage to be assessed by the Auctioneers.

6.  The Auctioneers reserve the right of making an allowance for the whole or any portion of a lot not delivered from any cause whatever at the same rate at which such lot was purchased; and inasmuch as the Auctioneers act only as agents for the vendor, they shall not be considered personally responsible for any default on the part of either the vendor or purchasers.

7.  Any lots uncleared by the appointed time, agreeably with the conditions, will be forfeited, and may be re-sold or warehoused at the expense of the purchaser; any deficiency arising from re-sale, together with warehouse charges, and all attendant expenses, shall be made good by the purchasers.

8.  Cheques will only be accepted from customers known to and already registered with the Auctioneers. Debit cards will be accepted in payment at no extra charge. Cash is acceptable up to £5,000 at any one time.

9.  VAT will be charged on lots marked with an asterisk (*).

10.  The acceptance of all the above conditions as terms of the contract of sale is and is to be a term of and/or a condition precedent to bidding for any of the lots and receiving delivery of the said goods so auctioned and/or sold.

11.  Commission/Telephone Bids: Any person unable to attend the auction may make a written commission bid up to the start of the section in which the lot comes up for sale (i.e. furniture/cabinet/pictures/china & glass) or request to bid on a specific lot by telephone. Telephone bidding is very popular and because of this we ask that you enquire at the office regarding the estimate for the relevant lot and be willing to bid up to the low estimate. On lots with a low estimate of less than £100 we may not be able to accept telephone bids - commission bids will however be accepted. The Auctioneers cannot accept responsibility for any neglect or default in executing or failing to execute telephone bids.

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