Buying

Catalogues

Our specialist sales catalogues are available online about two weeks before the sale.

Viewing

All our auctions are on view at least two days prior to the sale and details can be found on our website or on www.the-saleroom.com.

Condition Reports

The relevant department will be pleased to give condition reports on any lot, where practical. All weights and measures given in the catalogue should be regarded as approximate.

The colours printed in the catalogue are not necessarily true.

Bidding at our auctions:

Registering with us

All first time buyers need to register with us.

To register, you will need to provide one forms of identification:

1. a passport or photographic driving licence

2. a utility bill or document showing your name and address

You can register in person or by contacting the office on 01449 673088 or emailing enquiries@bm-auctions.co.uk. You will be asked to show your documents, or fax or email copies.

PLEASE NOTE: Registering with www.the-saleroom.com or through our website does not automatically register you with us.

Bidding in the Saleroom

You will need to have registered with us and obtained a paddle number, as described above.

Commission Bidding

If you are unable to attend the sale you can leave a commission bid. This will be executed on your behalf by the auctioneer who will purchase the lot as cheaply as possible bearing in mind any reserve price and other bids.

We are happy to take commission bids by email, fax or telephone

We do suggest telephoning the office prior to the sale to confirm that your bids have been received.

Telephone Bidding

It is usually possible to bid on the telephone by prior arrangement with the office. Registration is required as above.

Live Online Bidding

Live online bidding is now available for all of our auctions via www.the-saleroom.com, enabling you to take part in the bidding from anywhere in the world, live as it happens. To bid online you need to register at www.the-saleroom.com , subject to approval.

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

  1. authorise Bishop & Miller 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 www.the-saleroom.com, and
  2. confirm that you are authorised to provide these credit card details to Bishop & Miller Auctions Ltd through www.the-saleroom.com and agree that Bishop & Miller Auctions Ltd are entitled to permit the shipping of the goods to the card holder name and card holder address provided in fulfilment of the sale.

Buyer’s Premium

Each lot is subject to a Buyer’s Premium of 18% + VAT on the first £500,000 of the hammer price and 12% + VAT thereafter.

VAT

Lots marked with an asterisk (*) are subject to VAT on the hammer price. Lots marked with an omega (Ω) have been temporarily imported from outside the EU and are subject to VAT at 5.0% on the hammer price and the buyer’s premium. In online catalogues, the Sales Tax % column indicates the rate of VAT on hammer price.

Payment and clearance

If you are a first-time buyer we will need your name, address, full contact details and bank details and will require funds to be cleared before purchases can be released.

For those attending the sale we ask that all lots are paid for in full on the day of the Auction.

Commission and Internet bidders should check the success of their bids as soon as possible and forward payment within five working days of the Auction.

Payment methods

For UK Buyers

The following methods of payment may be made:
   
  • Payment in cash up to a limit of £10,000.
  • Personal cheques, but these must clear before the removal of goods and this may take up to 8 working days.
  • Debit Cards free of charge for UK buyers.
  • Credit Cards (Visa or Mastercard) for which there is a surcharge of 2.5% plus VAT
  • Bank Transfers can be made via: 
          - Barclays 
          - Account number 03598675
          - Sort code 20-26-34 
          - IBAN no GB35BARC20263403598675 
          - BIC code BARCGB22

For Overseas Buyers

The following methods of payment may be made:   

  • Personal cheques in pound sterling, but these must clear before the removal of goods and this may take up to 8 working days or longer in some cases.
  • Overseas Debit Cards up to a value of £300​​ for which there is a surcharge of 1% plus VAT.
  • Credit Cards (Visa or Mastercard) up to a value of £300 for which there is a surcharge of 2.5% plus VAT
  • Bank Transfers can be made as outlined above. 

​Collection & Postage

Collection

Where practical, payment can be made and purchases collected during the auction.

Once full payment is received, collection may be made from the  saleroom between 9.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday (closed bank holidays).

Postage

Bishop and Miller are able to provide an in-house postage and packing service for items up to 2kg. Costs for this service will vary depending on size, weight and location.  As a guide:

For UK Postage

​Prices start at £15.00.

​For Overseas Postage

​Prices start at £35.00.

If you would like a quotation for postage, or guidance on what we can or cannot post, please contact bmauctions-shipping@outlook.com

Storage

Storage charges will be levied on all lots not collected within 30 calendar days of the sale. This will include a handling fee of £20 (+ VAT) per consignment and a storage charge of £2 (+ VAT) per lot per day. No goods will be allowed to be collected until these charges have been paid.

Artist’s Resale Right/Droit De Suite

Droit de Suite is a royalty payable to a qualifying artist or the artist’s heirs each time a work is resold during the artist’s lifetime and up to a period of 70 years after the artist’s death.

Royalties are calculated on a sliding percentage scale based on the hammer price excluding the buyer’s premium. The royalty does not apply to lots selling below the sterling equivalent of €1,000 and the maximum royalty payable on any single lot is the sterling equivalent of €12,500.

Droit de Suite, which is not subject to VAT, will be added to the buyer’s purchase price and then passed on to the relevant collecting agency.

Please enquire for the accepted exchange rate on the day of the sale.

Royalties for Droit de Suite are as follows:

4% Up to €50,000
3% €50,000.01 – 200,000
1% €200,000.01 – 350,000
0.5% €350,000.01 – 500,000
0.25% In excess of €500,000
Up to a maximum levy of €12,500

Sale Results

These will be posted on our website shortly after the sale.