Prospective purchasers should always thoroughly examine any items they are interested in before placing a bid and before the auction commences – viewing times are advertised prior, and for Timed Auctions, we operate a viewing by appointment service, so do please contact us before the auction commences should you be interested in examining any such lots. For those unable to attend in person, we offer an image and condition report service by telephone and email, however buyers are responsible for satisfying themselves concerning the description and condition of the lots before proceeding to purchase – whilst every care is taken to provide an accurate description in the catalogue, it is based on a statement of opinion and not on fact and items are sold as seen. When you have decided which lot(s) you would like to receive condition reports on, please contact us via [email protected] or 020 018 9300 – we accept enquiries prior to, and throughout, our sales, and we do our utmost to respond to all, however, please ensure you allow enough time for the relevant administration work to be carried out, also bearing in mind that we may not be able to respond to those received on sale day before the lot(s) go under the auctioneers hammer. We also take this opportunity to remind you to refer to our glossary for assistance when considering descriptions, although this is not exhaustive and should you wish any term explained, do please contact our Auction Centre directly – we advise that it is your responsibility to clarify descriptions with a member of our staff before purchasing. Once you are content with your decision, we invite you to attend our auctions to enjoy the drama and theatre of a sale, however we acknowledge this is not always possible, and so we offer the following options:
ABSENTEE BID | You are welcome to leave a bid with us and the auctioneer will bid on your behalf against other bidders. When you have decided which lots you would like to bid on you may leave bids in person at our Auction Centre, via email to [email protected], or by telephone on 0207 018 9300. We accept bids prior to, and throughout, our sales, however please ensure you allow enough time for the relevant administration work to be carried out before the lot comes under the auctioneers hammer. Absentee bidders instructions may be cancelled at any time before the auction takes place, but cancellation cannot be guaranteed once an auction has commenced. No responsibility is accepted for bids not actioned by Hansons for whatever reason; we reserve the right to refuse an application where we feel it appropriate. PLEASE NOTE where you leave a commission bid with Hansons via email, telephone or in person, we will action standard charges for a winning bid, however, where you leave a commission bid with Hansons via either Hansonslive or via www.the-saleroom.com, standard charges together with the appropriate additional online bidding charge, as noted below, will be actioned.
TELEPHONE BID | You are welcome to register to bid by telephone; on the day of the auction, a member of our team will contact you shortly before the lot appears for sale, they will then act on your behalf in the saleroom, bidding on your instruction. We advise that such requests should be placed as far in advance as possible. Please note that this is a first come first served service, and where there are many bidders previously logged we may not always be able to accept registration. No responsibility is accepted for bids not actioned by Hansons for whatever reason; we reserve the right to refuse an application where we feel it appropriate.
LIVE ONLINE BIDDING | To access this service, please visit www.hansonslive.co.uk and 'Create Account' to register to bid. You can browse our catalogues and bid in advance or during a live auction by using the Hansonslive bidding platform.
There is no fee to bid on www.hansonslive.co.uk.
Our sales are also available on www.the-saleroom.com, noting that there is an additional 7% + VAT buyers premium for this service. No responsibility is accepted for bids not actioned by Hansons for whatever reason; we reserve the right to refuse an application where we feel it appropriate.
REGISTRATION | Buyers need to register at each sale before bidding in person. Please complete a registration form at the Auction Centre, and pass this to our reception staff who will then issue you with a bidding number – please note a form of identification will be needed. For those placing commission or telephone bids, we will ask for your name, Address, telephone number (to include a land line) and email address. No responsibility is accepted for bids not actioned by Hansons for whatever reason; we reserve the right to refuse an application where we feel it appropriate.
BUYERS PREMIUM | A buyers premium of 25% + VAT is payable in addition to the hammer price. Please refer to the point titled LIVE ONLINE BIDDING above for details on the additional charges for this service. VAT (charged at the current rate) is payable on the premium only. A minimum lot charge of £5 + VAT applies. We accept all major debit and credit cards, however, cheques are only accepted by prior arrangement and lots purchased in this manner cannot be collected until full bank clearance is completed (at the time of writing, approximately seven working days). Where payment has not been received 15 working days following the sale, Hansons reserves the right to rescind the sale, with ownership reverting to the vendor.
TIMED AUCTIONS | In addition to auction sales, Hansons also hold Timed Auctions, whereby bidding takes place online over a set period of time, generally two weeks. Items are available to view by appointment – bookings can be made via the Operations Team on 0207 018 9300 or at [email protected]
PRIVATE TREATY SALES | In addition to auction sales Hansons negotiate Private Treaty sales between willing buyer and willing seller, or where several parties are interested, we offer a sealed bid Private Treaty sale service, whereby the interested parties will be invited for best and final offer sealed bids, thus ensuring the vendor receives the optimum price. Where items are not offered for sale by auction, but are included in the auction catalogue as Private Treaty Sales, sealed bids are requested to be received by 12 noon on the day the items are offered for sale, with the highest bidder winning the item. In all cases, Private Treaty Sales incur the same charges as if the Lot had been sold at Auction. No responsibility is accepted for bids not actioned by Hansons for whatever reason; we reserve the right to refuse an application where we feel it appropriate.
AFTER SALE OFFERS | Where an item remains unsold on auction day, should a reasonable offer be made during the week following the sale, Hansons reserve the right, in their position as agents, to accept on the vendors behalf. All such sales incur the same charges as if the Lot had been sold at Auction.
CONTINUING CONTACT | Hansons do not pass your details onto third parties but they may forward enquiries to you from third parties and buyers give permission for Hansons to pass to them any enquiries from third parties contacting Hansons regarding items offered to the market through our auctions. Please advise us if you do not want to receive such contact.
POST SALES TERMS | Once the hammer has fallen, Hansons responsibility for insurance for the Lot expires and it is the buyers own responsibility to ensure their items are sufficiently covered whilst in our possession. Hansons will not accept any claims for damage any later than 5 days after the sale.
COLLECTION OF PURCHASED ITEMS OR UNSOLD ITEMS | All Buyers and Couriers must check their purchases prior to departure from the auction house. Hansons will accept no claims for loss or damage thereafter.Timely collection of items is imperative as storage space is limited Furniture Lots must be paid for and collected within 3 working days after the furniture sale, items remaining after this timescale will incur a storage fee of £50+vat per week.General items must be paid for and collected within 5 working days of the end of sale, after that storage charges will apply which will vary between £10-£20+vat per week dependent upon volume of items/space required to store.
Failure to pay for goods within six weeks of the auction will result in the sale being rescinded. The defaulting buyer will also be blocked from bidding for future Hansons auctions.
DELIVERY OF PURCHASED ITEMS | Online buyers can take advantage of our online hosts partnered delivery service, for those purchasing at the sale or via telephone or absentee bids, should you not be collecting in person, please advise our office ahead of time who will be collecting on your behalf as we will not release lots otherwise.
RIGHT TO ADMISSION | Hansons reserves the right to refuse admission to any of its auctions without giving a reason.
In these conditions Hansons means Hansons Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd.
Please note all furniture is sold as a work of art, not for functional use in a domestic setting. Upholstered items which do not comply with fire regulations will be sold for their structural and artistic value only, not for household use in their current state. Fire Safety Regulations do not apply to furniture intended for export and furniture manufactured prior to 1950.
Clients are advised all contracts with Hansons are governed by the laws of England and Wales and the jurisdiction of the English and Welsh courts applies.