Here at Brettells we hold an Auction every week. We welcome buyers to join us in the room on Auction day on Tuesdays. We open at 9am for sale day.
For those who are unable to attend in person we have live bidding online on either of our two platforms. ( EasyliveAuction & The Saleroom)
Prior viewing for the sale is held on Mondays from 10-4pm.
Please arrange collection of your items with us within one week of the sale. We book appointments for collections from 9-5pm Monday to Friday.
Our Terms and Conditions
1 – General
1.1 All buyers and Sellers are deemed to have accepted all Terms and Conditions
1.2 The sale of each lot shall be governed by English Law.
1.3 For all purposes of the sale the Auctioneers shall be deemed to be Agents of both the Buyer and Seller and shall not be held responsible for any default by either the buyer or seller.
1.4 We reserve the right to copyright all Images and written documentation such as information in the Catalogue. Data and Images are the property of Brettells, no person may use or copy the same without consent of Brettells.
1.5 Brettells will try to ensure that the Catalogue and Images and Written Descriptions of each Lot are correct. Brettells will not be responsible for the correctness of the description or measurement or weight or genuineness or authenticity of any article. Whilst believed to be correct descriptions are made as an expression of opinion only and all Lots are sold subject to all faults and errors in description. Neither the Auctioneers nor the Sellers make any warranty to buyers in respect of the law and any implied conditions or warranties are excluded except in the case of the Seller those implied in S.12 of The Sale of Goods Act 1973 as amended By The Supply of Goods (implied terms) Act 1973.
4 - Buyers
4.1 Buyers and prospective Buyers are accountable for being satisfied with Items before bidding by either personal inspection, Requesting Condition Reports or the description in the Catalogue. The buyer is deemed to have accepted Conditions of Sale and Notices by the making of any bid.
4.2 Viewing in the room is every Monday from 10am-4pm for General Sales.
4.3 Any contestable decisions as to who is the winning Buyer of any Lot due to matched Bids shall be settled by Brettells.
4.4 Buyers Premium –
When directly bidding through Brettells Auctions
19% + VAT
4.5 Online Live Bidding –
19% + VAT Plus Additional EasyLiveAuction Online Platform Fee of 3%
19% + VAT Plus Additional TheSaleroom Online Platform Fee of 4.95%
4.6 Please note that any lots purchased via EasyLiveAuction.com or Thesaleroom.com live auction services will be subject to an additional % commission charge + VAT to the rate imposed on the hammer price. It is the buyers responsibility to check the Fee’s from their chosen Live Bidding Platform.
Where VAT is payable by the Buyer on the Hammer Price this is indicated in the Catalogue and by the Auctioneer on the Sale Day.
4.8 In completing a registration to an online platform, buyers will need to provide credit card details, unless alternative arrangements are agreed with Brettells Auctioneers & Valuers.
4.9 The highest bidder shall be the buyer at the “Hammer Price” and any dispute shall be settled at the Auctioneers absolute discretion. The Auctioneer shall have the right to determine the advance of the bid. The Auctioneer reserves the right to refuse any bid and of altering, adding to, dividing, consolidating, or withdrawing any Lot or Lots at the sale or bidding on behalf of the Seller. The Auctioneers shall be the sole arbitrators to every matter connected to the sale and their decision on each and every point in question shall be final and binding on all parties.
4.10 Buyers shall give on request, full names and places of residency and/or business addresses and proof of identification or information that the Auctioneers may require.
4.11 Commission Bids will be executed free of charge for those who are unable to attend the sale but only upon receipt of written instructions. All commission bids are accepted only at the senders risk and no refunds or allowances shall be made to the buyers in respect of any error in description, lot number or maximum bid made by the buyer.
4.12 All lots to be at the sole risk and charge of the buyer from the fall of the hammer and such Lots to be taken away with all faults, defects and errors of description of whatsoever nature.
4.13 No buyer shall be entitled to remove any Lot from the premises until payment for the whole of the Lots purchased in full has cleared. If requested to do so the purchaser must supply reasonable means of identification and a receipted account before removing any or all lots.
4.14 Artist’s Resale Right. Purchase of lots marked with the following symbol (+) will be subject to payment of the Artist’s Resale Right, at a percentage of the hammer price calculated as follows:
Portion of the hammer price (in Euros)………………Royalty Rate
From 0 to 50,000…………………………………….….4%
From 50,000.01 to 200,000…………………………….3%
From 200,000.01 to 350,000…………………………...1%
From 350,000.01 to 500,000……………………………0.5%
4.14.1 The Artist’s Resale Right payable will be aggregate of the amounts payable under the above rate bands, subject to a maximum royalty payable of 12,500 Euros for any single work each time it is sold. The maximum royalty payable of 12,500 Euros applies to works sold for 2 million Euros and above. Calculation of the artist’s resale right will be based on the Pounds Sterling/Euro reference exchange rate quoted on the date of the sale by the European Central Bank.
5. Payments and Collection
5.1 All won items should be Paid for in Full and Collected within 7 working days of the Sale Date following the Auction.
5.2 Methods of payment include Online Card Payments, Bank Transfers, Over the Phone, Card or Cash payments in person upon Collection. Cheques shall not be accepted by Brettells unless the purchaser is known to the Company or prior arrangements made at least two days prior to the sale. We will not accept single cash payments exceeding €9999.00 In accordance with Money Laundering Regulations and the Criminal Justice Act of 1993.
5.3 For items such as Silver, Gold and fine Jewellery amounting over £500 we can only accept payment Via Bank Transfer, Cash or Debit Card requiring PIN verification in person.
5.4 All items must be paid for before being taken away from the Premises. The buyer is obligated to pay the Hammer price plus buyers premium (plus online platform fees where applicable) and added VAT.
5.5 If Non-collection of Items has exceeded 7 working days after the date of the sale purchased, the buyer shall be responsible for any removal, storage and insurance charges on any Lot which has failed to be collected.
5.6 If Items are not collected within 7 working days Brettells reserve the right to charge for Storage in the Auction Room of £1.00 + VAT per item per day.
5.7 If items are not paid for or subsequently not collected with failure to comply with previously stated Conditions, the Auctioneers shall be at liberty to re-offer the Lot or Lots in a future sale 21 days after the sale date without further notice, either by Public or Private Sale and the deficiency, if any, arising from such second sale together with all charges and expenses attending the sale shall be recovered as and for liquidated damages.
5.7.1 Furthermore the Auctioneers shall be entitled to exercise one or more of the following rights and remedies:
- Issue legal proceedings against the buyer for breach of contract.
- to rescind the sale of any other Lots to the defaulting purchaser.
- to reject or ignore any bids made by the defaulting purchaser or to obtain a deposit before accepting further bids.
6.1 Every person on Brettells premises at any time shall be deemed to be there at their own risk and shall have no claim against Brettells in respect of any injury he/she may sustain or any accident which may occur. Brettells shall have the right at their discretion to refuse admission to their premises to any person.
6.2 Brettells reserve the right to cancel any sale without prior notice.
6.3 RICS Regulations. Brettells operate a Complaints Handling Procedure for Clients, copy available on request.
7.1 Brettells are not regulated by the FSA for the provision of insurance to their clients. However, for its own protection, Brettells insures property against all risks consigned to it at the mid pre sale estimate at a charge of 1.6%. If the lot has been sold, it is insured at the hammer price against loss as a result of theft, fire, flood or negligence whilst on Brettells premises. If the lot has been sold, it is insured at the hammer price against loss as a result of theft, fire, flood or negligence whilst on Brettells premises.
7.2 Brettells will not be liable for damage caused by the Seller or a Buyer to third parties or their own property while on the premises.
Brettells in-house shipping service - We can post small and unbreakable items such as jewellery, medals etc.
Please note your shipping will need to be discussed with us post sale so we can analyse if eligible for postage service.
Please get in touch for a Quote.
We can also pack slightly larger non-fragile lots ready for a privately arranged courier collection such as Parcelforce etc. Once packaged we will supply weights and dimensions. We charge a minimum of £12 (plus VAT) per box for packing.
WE WILL NOT POST lighters, ceramics, glass, mirrors, pictures, guns, swords etc. We also cannot provide shipping for large items such as wardrobes, white goods etc. You will need to arrange private haulers for these types of items. We do not pay out for damage or lost parcel claims.
Brettells Auctioneers & Valuers will not be held responsible for any claims made due to shipping problems (such as damage in transit). We reserve the right not to post items abroad. We are not professional packers or shippers and reserve the right to decline any packing or shipping request.