Terms of Business for Buyers

1. The highest bidder accepted will be the buyer of the lot at the hammer price and any dispute will be resolved at the auctioneer’s absolute discretion. We reserve the right to reject any bid. Every bidder will be deemed to be acting as principal unless Sovereign Rarities Limited (SRL) provides advance written acknowledgement that the buyer is acting as agent on behalf of a named third party. Bidders must show proof of identification and be registered before the auction. SRL may require a reference or guarantee.

2. Minimum increment
The auctioneer has the right to refuse any bid, which is not at least 5% higher than the previous bid or any other proportion at the sole discretion of the auctioneer. SRL reserve the right not to accept bids at below 80% of the low estimate.

3. Buyer’s premium
A buyer’s premium of 20 per cent excluding Value Added Tax (VAT) will be added to the hammer price, and the buyer will pay this to SRL as part of the total amount due. The buyer agrees that SRL may also receive vendor’s commission in accordance with Condition 15.

4. Taxation
The buyer’s premium is subject to VAT at the prevailing rate for EU residents. Lots marked with an ‘x’ are also subject to import duty of 5 per cent on the hammer price unless re-exported outside the EU. Any lots marked with a ‘G’ are classified as Investment Gold, so a VAT-registered trader can submit a claim to HMRC to recover the VAT.

5. Payment
On the fall of the hammer the contract between the vendor and the buyer is concluded. The buyer is obliged to make immediate payment to SRL for the total amount due (unless credit terms have been agreed with SRL in advance). Please note that we do not accept cash payments in excess of £8,000 in settlement for purchases in any one auction.

6. SRL may, at its absolute discretion, agree terms with the buyer in advance whereby the buyer may take possession of lots up to a predetermined value ahead of full payment at a predetermined future date. No title passes to the buyer until full payment of the total amount due in Pounds Sterling is received by SRL.

7. All payments to SRL made by a buyer, may be applied to any outstanding amounts owed by the buyer, regardless of the express or implied instructions of the buyer or his/her agent.

8. Collection of Purchases
The buyer will at his/her own expense collect the lots purchased within 5 working days of the date of the auction, once payment in full has been made, unless prior credit terms have been agreed.

9. The buyer will be responsible for any removal, storage and insurance charges five working days after the auction.
SRL, as a courtesy to clients, may pack and handle purchased lots but in the case of fragile goods only at SRL’s discretion. Under no circumstances will SRL be liable for damage howsoever caused after the auction.

10. The buyer is responsible for loss or damage to the purchased lots from time of collection, or five working days after the auction, whichever is sooner. SRL, its employees and representatives are not responsible for any loss or damage, whatever the cause, while lots are in its custody after this point.

11. Remedies for late or non-payment for lots.
If the buyer fails to pay in full and collect the purchases, or fails to fulfil his obligations in any way, SRL acting as the vendor or vendor’s agent may, in addition to and without prejudice regarding other legal remedies, exercise one or more of the following remedies

12. Liability of SRL and the Vendors

Terms of Business for Vendors and Consignors

13. Warranty of title and availability The vendor warrants to SRL and to the buyer that they are the true owner of the lot, or they are fully authorised by the owner to sell the lot on their behalf. The vendor must be able to effect the transfer of good and marketable title to the buyer free from any third party claims. The vendor will indemnify SRL, its employees and representatives and the buyer against any loss or damage suffered as a result of any breach on the part of the vendor.

14. Reserves Prior to the auction the vendor is entitled to place a reserve on any lot with a minimum value of £100, being the minimum value at which the lot may be sold. Any reserve must be reasonable and SRL reserve the right to decline to offer a lot with an unreasonable reserve. Once a reserve has been placed it cannot be changed without SRL’s consent. SRL has the right to sell a lot at a ‘hammer price’ below the reserve, but in such cases the sale proceeds to which the vendor is entitled will be the same as if the lot had sold at its reserve price. Where a reserve price has been placed, only the auctioneer has the right to bid on the vendor’s behalf, and only up to the level of the reserve.

15. Authority to deduct commission and expenses SRL has the right to deduct commission at the agreed rate from the ‘hammer price’, VAT where applicable and ‘expenses’ and the vendor acknowledges the right of SRL to retain the buyer’s premium.

16. Rescission of contract If the buyer makes a claim to rescind the contract for good cause before the sales proceeds have been remitted to the vendor, SRL is authorised to rescind the sale and refund the buyer in full.

17. Payment of sale proceeds SRL will remit the ‘sale proceeds’ to the vendor within 45 days of the auction, but if SRL has not yet received the ‘total amount due” from the buyer, SRL will remit the money within 5 business days of receipt of the funds. If SRL has agreed credit terms with the buyer, SRL will remit the proceeds within 45 days of the auction unless otherwise agreed by the vendor.

18. If the buyer fails to pay SRL within 28 days of the auction, SRL will seek to inform the vendor and take their instructions regarding the appropriate course of action. So far as is practicable SRL will assist the vendor to recover the ‘total amount due’ from the buyer. If SRL is unable to contact the vendor due to unforeseen circumstances, the vendor authorises SRL, at the vendor’s expense, to agree special terms for payment of the ‘total amount due’, to remove, store and insure the sold lot, to act on the vendor’s behalf against the buyer on such terms as SRL deems fit, and take necessary steps to collect the ‘total amount due’.

19. If the buyer fails to pay SRL the ‘total amount due’ within 28 days of the auction SRL may, at its sole discretion, remit the ‘sale proceeds’ to the vendor at which point title of the goods passes to SRL.

20. Withdrawn lot. Where a vendor withdraws a lot from the sale after being catalogued, SRL reserves the right to charge a fee of 15 per cent commission based on the middle of SRL’s estimate of the auction price. This commission is subject to VAT if the vendor is an EU resident. There may also be charges for expenses incurred.

21. Rights to photographs. The vendor gives SRL the right to photograph any lot and to use such photographs or photographs provided by the vendor at any time and at its absolute discretion.

22. Unsold lots. Where any lot is unsold SRL will notify the vendor accordingly. The vendor will make arrangements to collect the lot or re-offer the lot for sale. SRL reserves the right to negotiate the sale of the lot by private treaty at or above the reserve price by close of business, two working days after the day of the auction. In the event of such a sale the vendor is liable to pay the same charges as if the lot had been sold at auction, and the same terms and conditions apply.

23. SRL reserves the right to charge commission at up to half the ‘stated rates’ based on the ‘bought in price’, and also to charge ‘expenses’ in relation to unsold lots. VAT will be applied where appropriate.

General Terms and Conditions

24. SRL acts as agent for the vendor and as such is not responsible for any default by vendor or buyer. SRL may also act as the principal of auction lots.

25. Any representation or statement by SRL, in any catalogue as to authorship, attribution, authenticity origin, date, age, provenance, condition or estimated selling price is a statement of opinion only. Any prospective buyer should exercise and rely on his or her own judgement as to such matters and neither SRL nor its employees or representatives bears liability for the correctness of such opinions.

26. Whilst the interests of prospective buyers are best served by attendance at the auction, SRL will, if so instructed, execute bids on their behalf. Neither SRL nor its employees or representatives are responsible for any neglect or default in doing so or for failing to do so.

27. SRL has the right, at its discretion, to refuse admission to its premises or attendance at its auctions by any person.

28. SRL has absolute discretion, without giving any cause, to refuse any bid, to divide any lot, to combine any two or more lots, to withdraw any lot from the auction and in case of dispute to re-auction any lot.

29. a. Any indemnity under these Conditions extends to all actions, proceedings, costs, expenses, claims and demands howsoever incurred or suffered by the person entitled to the benefit of the indemnity. b. SRL declares itself to be a trustee for its relevant employees and representatives of the benefit of every indemnity under these Conditions to the extent that such indemnity is expressed to be for the benefit of its employees and representatives.

30. Any notice by SRL to a vendor, consignor, prospective bidder or buyer may be sent by first class mail or airmail and if so given shall be deemed to have been duly received by the addressee 48 hours after posting. They may alternatively be sent by email and shall be deemed to have been received 24 hours after sending.

31. These Conditions will be governed by and construed in accordance with English law. All transactions to which these Conditions apply and all matters connected therewith shall also be governed by English law. SRL hereby submits to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts and all other parties concerned hereby submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

32. In these conditions:

33. Vendors’ commission on sales A commission of 15 per cent is payable by the vendor on the hammer price on lots sold.

34. VAT Commission, buyer’s premium, storage, shipping, illustrations, insurance and advertising are subject to VAT if the vendor or buyer is a European Union resident.

35. Data protection. SRL will use information supplied by the bidders or otherwise obtained lawfully by SRL for the provision of auction related services, client administration, marketing and otherwise required by law.

36. By agreeing to these conditions of business, the bidder agrees to the processing of their personal information and to the disclosure to 3rd parties world-wide for the purposes outlined in conditions 35 and to vendors, to disclose the buyer’s details to enable legal proceedings for non-payment.

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