(Please note: These apply to our sales here at York Auction Centre and may vary for sales at Malton and Pickering)


      Buyer’s are required to register before the sale commences and obtain a paddle number to use when bidding.  Some form of identification will be required if you are unknown to us.

2.   VIEWING: 

      Tuesday (day prior to sale day) 2pm to 7pm and on morning of sale from 9 am.


      The sale room will be open for the collection of lots as follows:-

             Day of Sale:            upto  5.30pm

             Thursday & Friday:  9am to 1.00pm


      On the fall of the hammer, all lots remain on the sale premises entirely at the purchaser’s risk.  No liability is accepted for loss or damage whatsoever.


      The buyer’s premium for sales is 12.5% plus VAT on the hammer price of each lot purchased.

6.   VAT:

      (a)     Any lot marked by an asterix (*) in the catalogue, or otherwise announced at the time of the sale, will be subject to VAT at the standard rate on the hammer price.

      (b)     All other lots are not subject to VAT on the hammer price as they are sold under the auctioneer’s margin scheme and, as such, it should be noted that the VAT included within the buyer’s premium is not recoverable as input tax.


      All electrical goods will have a current electrician’s safety certificate, unless they are sold as “antiques” only.


      If you are unable to attend the sale, we offer a service to bid on your behalf, subject to the following:-

      (a)     Commission bids must be made in writing prior to the commencement of the sale on the prescribed form available at the sale room.  These will be executed as cheaply as possible, having regard to the reserve (if any) and competing bids.  If two buyers submit identical commission bids, the auctioneers may prefer the first bid received.

      (b)     Arrangements can also be made to receive bids over the telephone, or otherwise, subject to prior registration.

      (c)     Any instructions accepted shall be at the risk of the prospective buyer, who will be deemed to have viewed the lot.  No liability is accepted in relation to telecommunications facilities and connections.


All lots must BE PAID FOR ON THE DAY OF THE SALE and before removal from the saleground.  Payment can be made by cash, cheque or card subject to the following:-

9.1     Cheque payments from purchasers who are unknown to the Auctioneers must make one of the following arrangements BEFORE THE DAY OF THE SALE:

(a)     Provide a letter from your Bank addressed to Boulton & Cooper confirming the amount up to which cheques can be accepted.  The letter should include your account name and number and an authorised bank signature.  This letter should be given to our cashiers at the time of payment.

(b)     Whether there is any specific prohibition on importing goods of that character because, for example, they contain prohibited materials, such as ivory.

(c)     Inform your own Bank that you wish to pay by cheque, stating the maximum amount you are likely to spend and ask for them to instruct our bankers by fax that it will be in order to accept your cheque.  Our bankers are Lloyds TSB, 2 Pavement, York YO1 9LB.  Fax: 01904 612335.

(d)     Arrange with your Bank Manager for the issue of a guaranteed cheque or bankers draft to be brought with you.

      9.2     Credit Card and Debit Card payments can be made by VISA, DELTA and SWITCH only.  A

               SURCHARGE OF 2% plus VAT is payable on the total purchase price on all Credit Card transactions.

      9.3     Cash Payments: In order to comply with the Money Laundering Regulations 2003, we are no longer able to accept cash payments for sums in excess of £7,500.  This includes single payments and multiple payments amounting to this sum.

      9.4     Overseas Payments should be made by Inter Bank transfer to Lloyds TSB, 2 Pavement, York YO1 9LB. For details contact the office.


      Estimates are designed to help buyers gauge what sum might be involved for the purchase of a particular lot.  The lower estimate may represent the reserve price and certainly will not be below it.  Estimates do not include buyer’s premium or VAT, they are in not definitive and may also be altered by announcement before the sale.


      As a courtesy to our clients, we are happy to provide postage and packing quotes for individual, small, lightweight items only up to 5kg, to be sent via Royal Mail Special Delivery, Standard Parcel or Parcelforce 48 where appropriate, all costs to be met by the Buyer.

      International buyers must check, prior to the purchase of any item, the possibility of shipping.

      Postage is charged at cost, but will attract a packing fee of around £10 per parcel to cover materials and time.  These costs can be established prior to settlement of the account, to make on easy overall payment.

      We are unable to assist in the shipping of lots deemed too large/heavy; too delicate (including ceramic/glass or glazed items); or requiring extensive packing or special export permission, etc.  We are also not able to pack or post any edged weapons or firearms OF ANY TYPE.

      Please ensure if you intend to bid on this type of item that you are able to arrange collection.


      Buyers intending to export goods should ascertain:-

(a)           Whether an export licence is required, and

(b)           Whether there is any specific prohibition on importing goods of that character because, for example, they may contain prohibitive materials, such as ivory.

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