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Important information for Bidders & Buyers

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Conditions of Business
All lots are offered subject to Graham Budd Auctions Ltd's Conditions of Business which you can view here.

Estimates and Reserves
Estimates are published as a guide only and are subject to review. The actual hammer price of a lot may be higher or lower than the range of figures given and there are no predetermined starting prices. Estimates can be subject to revision in which case a saleroom notice will be posted. The estimates printed in the auction catalogue are exclusive of buyer’s premium and VAT.

All lots are subject to reserves. The reserve price is never set higher than the low pre-sale estimate.

Buyer’s Premium & VAT
A buyer’s premium of 17.5% is applicable to all lots in our sales.

The buyer’s premium is subject to VAT at the standard rate (currently 20%). Lots are normally offered for sale under the auctioneer’s margin scheme and VAT on the Buyer’s Premium is payable by all buyers. The exception is where lot are marked with a † VAT symbol. These items will be sold under the normal UK VAT rules and VAT will be charged at 20% (the current rate) on both the hammer price and the buyer’s premium.

Pre-Sale Exhibition
All our auctions are on public view prior to the sale. See Calendar for details.

Condition Reports
All prospective bidders are encouraged to attend the pre-sale exhibition and view lots in person. If this is not possible, however, we will be pleased to provide condition reports on lots where practical. All condition reports are provided in good faith. Buyers are reminded that it is their responsibility to satisfy themselves over the condition of lots (refer to Conditions of Business paragraphs 3 a & b).

Artist's Resale Rights
Some lots may be subject to artist's resale rights and will have a special symbol printed in the catalogue. Purchase of these lots will be subject to the payment of an Artist's Resale Right, at a percentage of the hammer price calculated as follow:
Portion of the hammer price (in Euros) Royalty Rate
Under 1,000 Nil
1,000-50,000 4%
50,000-200,000 3%
For further information on Artist's Resale Rights see Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) website www.dacs.org.uk

Bidding in Person
To bid with us you must register to obtain a bidding number. Before the auction, fill in the form at the registration desk, provide proof of identity and you will be given a paddle number. All lots sold will be invoiced to the name and address in which the paddle has been registered and may not be transferred to other names and addresses. If you instruct an agent to bid on your behalf you will need to provide a letter of authority and they will also need to provide proof of identity. Graham Budd Auctions reserves the right to refuse. Please hand back the paddle after use.

Absentee bids
Graham Budd Auctions Ltd will be pleased to execute bids on behalf of those clients unable to attend the sale in person. All bids must be submitted in writing in good time and lots will always be purchased as inexpensively as possible (depending on any other bids received, reserves & competition in the saleroom). It will be possible to arrange auction room telephone bidding, but subject always to the availability of lines & staffing. These services are offered free of charge and are subject to our Conditions of Business.

Click here for a printable bidding slip.

If you intend to fax your completed bidding slip to us please note that during the exhibition and on sale day the correct fax number to use is 020 7293 5777. At all other times please send to our regular office fax number of 020 8363 5016.

Online Bidding

Graham Budd Auctions Ltd offer an online bidding service via the-saleroom.com for bidders who cannot attend the sale.

In completing the bidder registration on www.the-saleroom.com and providing your credit card details and unless alternative arrangements are agreed with Graham Budd Auctions Ltd you:

  • authorise Graham Budd Auctions Ltd, if they so wish, to charge the credit card given in part or full payment, including all fees, for items successfully purchased in the auction via the-saleroom.com, and
  • confirm that you are authorised to provide these credit card details to Graham Budd Auctions Ltd through www.the-saleroom.com and agree that Graham Budd Auctions Ltd are entitled to ship the goods to the card holder name and card holder address provided in fulfilment of the sale.

Please note that any lots purchased via the-saleroom.com live auction service will be subject to an additional 3% commission charge + VAT (currently 20%) at the rate imposed on the hammer price


Payment is due in sterling immediately after the sale and before purchases can be released. Payments in person can be made in the saleroom on the day of the auction, after this payments must be made by post, card transactions by telephone or electronic transfer to our bank. Graham Budd Auctions Ltd welcome the following Methods of Payment:

Credit/Debit Card
We are pleased to accept major credit cards (regrettably we are unable to accept American Express card payments), for which a surcharge will be made of 3% of the transaction total. This is to cover the charge made to us by our bank. There is no charge for payments made by debit card.

Sterling Bankers Draft or Building Society Cheque
Drawn on a recognised UK bank or building society.

Sterling Cheque or Cash
Please note that we require seven days to clear sterling cheques where the amount exceeds the cheque card guarantee limit, unless special arrangements have been made with the auctioneer in advance of the sale, normally the presentation of a letter of guarantee from your bank. We always reserve the right to hold goods until a cheque is cleared. Cash payments will not be accepted above £6,000.




On receipt of cleared funds, lots can be collected from the Sotheby’s saleroom during the auction or immediately after its completion. Thereafter, all purchase lots will be transferred to Graham Budd Auctions' storage facility in Enfield, north London. Please contact the auctioneer for full details. All collections are strictly by pre-arranged appoitment. Alternatively, we can organise packing for postage and shipping on a worldwide basis. Please contact us for a quote.

Buyers are reminded that it is their responsibility to comply with UK export regulations and with any local import requirements.

















































Important information for Bidders & Buyers

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