Information for Buyers

The following notes are intended to assist buyers at our auctions, but our staff will always be happy to help if there is anything that you do not fully understand.

1. Our Role

All sales are conducted according to our Conditions of Sale which are readily available for inspec-tion and printed at the back of the catalogue. As auctioneers we usually act as agents for the seller and the contract for the sale of the property is, therefore, made with the seller.

2. Catalogue

We produce an illustrated catalogue approximately 2 weeks prior to each auction. If you would like to receive our catalogues please e-mail, fax or post your details to us and we will be delighted to arrange this for you or you may use our contact form.

Our catalogue can also be viewed on our website under the Forthcoming Catalogue tab.

3. Symbols used in the catalogue

†      : See VAT
††   : See VAT
††† : See VAT
Ω     : See Cites
*      : See Droit de Suite

4. Condition of Lots and Condition Reports.

We will be happy to provide you with further information concerning any lot in the sale, such as a condition report which provides more detailed information on a lot than given in the catalogue description. This report can be accompanied by further digital images if required.

The nature of the lots sold in our auctions is such that they will rarely be in perfect condition and are likely, due to their nature and age, to show signs of wear and tear, damage, other imperfec-tions, restoration or repair. Any reference to a condition in a catalogue entry will not amount to a full description as to condition. In describing lots, our staff will assess the condition in a manner appropriate to the estimated value of the item and the nature of the auction in which it is included. Any statement as to the physical nature or condition of a lot, in a catalogue, condition report or otherwise is given honestly and with appropriate care. However, CEFA staff are not professional restorers or trained conservators and, accordingly, any such statement will not be exhaustive. We, therefore, recommend that you always view property personally, and particularly in case of any items of significant value, that you instruct your own restorer or other professional adviser to re-port to you in advance of bidding.

5. Estimates

Estimates are published as a guide only and as they are prepared some time before the sale may subsequently be altered by announcement. Any reserve will not be above the lower estimate and the estimates do not include the buyer’s premium or VAT (where chargeable). The eventual ham-mer price of a lot may well be higher or lower than the range of estimate figures that have been given.

6. Buyer's Premium

A Buyer’s Premium of 20% is applicable to all lots and this is subject to VAT at the standard rate (currently 20%). We do offer an online ‘live bidding’ service and buyers using this facility will also be subject to an additional 3% premium plus VAT.

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