Important Information for Buyers
All lots are offered subject to 25 Blythe Road Ltd.’s Conditions of Business and to reserves. The Conditions of Business for Buyers are also published in this catalogue.
Estimates are published as a guide only and are subject to review. The actual hammer price of a lot may well be higher or lower than the range of figures given and there are no fixed “starting prices”.
A Buyer’s Premium of 24% is applicable to all lots in this sale. The Buyer’s Premium is subject to VAT at the standard rate (currently 20%). Unless otherwise indicated, lots are offered for sale under the auctioneer's margin scheme and VAT on the Buyer’s Premium is payable by all buyers.
A webcast fee of 3% + plus VAT is payable on the hammer price for items bought online.
A work catalogued with the name(s) or recognised designation of an artist, without any qualification, is, in our opinion, a work by the artist. In other cases, the following expressions with the following meanings are used:
“Attributed to……” In our opinion probably a work by the artist in whole or in part.
“Studio of….” “Workshop of….” In our opinion a work executed in the studio or workshop of the artist, possibly under his supervision.
“Circle of….” In our opinion a work of the period of the artist and showing his influence.
“Follower of…” In our opinion a work executed in the artist’s style but not necessarily by a pupil.
“Manner of….” In our opinion a work executed in the artist’s style but of a later date.
“After….” In our opinion a copy (of any date) of a work of the artist.
“Signed….”, “Dated….”, “Inscribed….” In our opinion the work has been signed/dated/inscribed by the artist. The addition of a question mark (?) adds an element of doubt.
“Bears signature…”, “Bears date….”, “Bears inscription….” In our opinion the signature/date/inscription/stamp is by a hand other than that of the artist.
Lots marked with the symbol ‘*’ mean normal VAT rules apply and the standard VAT will be charged on both hammer price and premium.
‡ (occasionally marked as †) VAT on imported items at reduced rate of 5% on hammer price and 20% on buyer's premium. Lots marked with the ‡ have been imported from outside the European Union (EU) to be sold at auction under Temporary Import rules. VAT on imported items at a reduced rate of 5% on hammer price 20% on buyer's premium.
Lots marked with the symbol ‘ø’are “Premium Lots” you must complete the required Premium Lot preregistration application and deliver to BR such necessary financial references, guarantees, deposits and/or such other security as BR may in its absolute discretion require, as security for your bid. BR’s decision whether to accept any pre-registration application shall be final. We recommend you contact BR at least 3 working days prior to the relevant sale in order to process the pre-registration, and please bear in mind that we are unable to obtain financial references over weekends or public holidays. Online bidding services are not available for premium lots.
Artist Resale Right
On certain Lots marked '•' in the catalogue that are sold for a Hammer Price of €1,000 or greater (converted into GBP using the European Central Bank Reference rate prevailing on the Auction End date) an additional premium will be payable by the Buyer to cover the payment of royalties under the Artist Resale Right Regulations 2006. The additional premium will be a percentage of the amount of the hammer price calculated in accordance with the table below, and shall not exceed the equivalent of €12,500.
Hammer Price Percentage Amount
From €0 to €50,000 4%
From €50,000.01 to €200,000 3%
From €200,000.01 to €350,000 1%
From €350,000.01 to €500,000 0.5%
Exceeding €500,000 0.25%
25 Blythe Road Ltd will be pleased to execute bids on behalf of those clients unable to attend the sale in person, subject to our Conditions of Business. All bids must be submitted in writing in good time and lots will always be purchased as cheaply as possible (depending on any other bids received, reserves and competition). This service is offered free of charge.
25 Blythe Road Ltd can supply quotations for shipping of purchases, including transit insurance and VAT refund administration fees, and will assist in the application for any export licences which may be required. Buyers are reminded that it is their responsibility to comply with UK export regulations and with any local import requirements.
Payment is due in sterling at the conclusion of the sale and before purchases can be released. Please note that we require seven days to clear sterling cheques unless special arrangements have been made in advance of the sale. We are pleased to accept major Debit cards but not Credit cards. Cash and Debit card payments, made on the premises, above £6,000 will not be accepted without prior arrangement and remote Debit card payments can only be made up to the value of £2,000. Bank transfers should be made direct from the purchaser, not via a third party.
Electronic transfers may be sent directly to our Bank:
HSBC Bank Plc
38 High Street
IBAN No.: GB39HBUK40190422033119
Swift Code: HBUKGB4128K
Sort Code: 401904
Account Number: 22033119
Account Name: 25 Blythe Road Ltd
VAT No. 144 1816 27
How do I register to bid?
Register in Person
You can register to bid in person at 25 Blythe Road. If you have not bid with us before, you will need to provide a government-issued proof of identity such as an identification card, driver's licence or passport with proof of address.
To register to bid online please visit the home page where you can find out more. If you are a first time buyer you will be required to provide identification such as an identification card, driver's licence or password with proof of address. This can be scanned and emailed to us at email@example.com
(a) The contractual relationship of 25 Blythe Road Ltd and Sellers with prospective Buyers is governed by:-
(i) these Conditions of Business for Buyers;
(ii) the Conditions of Business for Sellers displayed in the saleroom and available from 25 Blythe Road Ltd;
(iii) 25 Blythe Road Ltd’s Authenticity Guarantee;
(iv) any additional notices and terms printed in the sale catalogue, in each case as amended by any saleroom notice or auctioneer's announcement.
(b) As auctioneer, 25 Blythe Road Ltd acts as agent for the Seller. Occasionally, 25 Blythe Road Ltd may own or have a financial interest in a lot.
"Bidder" is any person making, attempting or considering making a bid, including Buyers;
"Buyer" is the person who makes the highest bid or offer accepted by the auctioneer, including a Buyer’s principal when bidding as agent;
"Seller" is the person offering a lot for sale, including their agent, or executors;
“BR” means 25 Blythe Road Ltd, Auctioneers, 25 Blythe Road, London, W14 0PD, company number 7982062.
"Buyer’s Expenses" are any costs or expenses due to 25 Blythe Road Ltd from the Buyer;
"Buyer’s Premium" is the commission payable by the Buyer on the Hammer Price at the rates set out in the Guide for Prospective Buyers;
"Hammer Price" is the highest bid for the Property accepted by the auctioneer at the auction or the post auction sale price;
"Purchase Price" is the Hammer Price plus applicable Buyer’s Premium and Buyer’s Expenses;
"Reserve Price" (where applicable) is the minimum Hammer Price at which the Seller has agreed to sell a lot.
The Buyer’s Premium, Buyer’s Expenses and Hammer Price are subject to VAT, where applicable.
3. Examination of Lots
(a) BR’s knowledge of lots is partly dependent on information provided by the Seller and BR is unable to exercise exhaustive due diligence on each lot. Each lot is available for examination before sale. Bidders are responsible for carrying out examinations and research before sale to satisfy themselves over the condition of lots and accuracy of descriptions.
(b) All oral and/or written information provided to Bidders relating to lots, including descriptions in the catalogue, condition reports or elsewhere are statements of BR’s opinion and not representations of fact. Estimates may not be relied on as a prediction of the selling price or value of the lot and may be revised from time to time at BR’s absolute discretion.
4. Exclusions and limitations of liability to Buyers
(a) BR shall refund the Purchase Price to
the Buyer in circumstances where it deems that the lot is a Counterfeit, subject to the terms of BR’s Authenticity Guarantee.
(b) Subject to Condition 4(a), neither BR nor the Seller:-
(i) is liable for any errors or omissions in any oral or written information provided to Bidders by BR, whether negligent or otherwise;
(ii) gives any guarantee or warranty to Bidders and any implied warranties and conditions are excluded (save in so far as such obligations cannot be excluded by English law), other than the express warranties given by the Seller to the Buyer (for which the Seller is solely responsible) under the Conditions of Business for Sellers;
(iii) accepts responsibility to Bidders for acts or omissions (whether negligent or otherwise) by BR in connection with the conduct of auctions or for any matter relating to the sale of any lot.
(c) Without prejudice to Condition 4(b), any claim against BR and/or the Seller by a Bidder is limited to the Purchase Price for the relevant lot. Neither BR nor the Seller shall be liable for any indirect or consequential losses.
(d) Nothing in Condition 4 shall exclude or limit the liability of BR or the Seller for death or personal injury caused by the negligent acts or omissions of BR or the Seller.
5. Bidding at Auction
(a) BR has absolute discretion to refuse admission to the auction. Before sale, Bidders must complete a Registration Form and supply such information and references as BR requires. Bidders are personally liable for their bid and are jointly and severally liable with their principal, if bidding as agent (in which case BR’s prior and express consent must be obtained).
(b) BR advises Bidders to attend the auction, but BR will endeavour to execute absentee written bids provided that they are, in BR’s opinion, received in sufficient time and in legible form.
(c) When available, written and telephone bidding is offered as a free service at the Bidder’s risk and subject to BR’s other commitments; BR is therefore not liable for failure to execute such bids. Telephone bidding may be recorded.
6. Import, Export and Copyright Restrictions
BR and the Seller make no representations or warranties as to whether any lot is subject to import, export or copyright restrictions. It is the Buyer's sole responsibility to obtain any copyright clearance or any necessary import, export or other licence required by law, including licences required under the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). ~ Lots marked with the symbol ‘~’ have been identified at the time of cataloguing as containing organic material which may be subject to restrictions regarding import and export.
7. Conduct of the Auction
(a) The auctioneer has discretion to refuse bids, withdraw or re-offer lots for sale (including after the fall of the hammer) if (s)he believes that there may be an error or dispute, and may also take such other action as (s)he reasonably deems necessary.
(b) The auctioneer will commence and advance the bidding in such increments as (s)he considers appropriate and is entitled to place bids on the Seller’s behalf up to the Reserve Price for the lot, where applicable.
(c) Subject to Condition 7(a), the contract between the Buyer and the Seller is concluded on the striking of the auctioneer's hammer.
(d) Any post-auction sale of lots shall incorporate these Conditions of Business.
8. Payment and Collection
(a) Unless otherwise agreed in advance, payment of the Purchase Price is due in pounds sterling immediately after the auction (the "Payment Date").
(b) Title in a lot will not pass to the Buyer until BR has received the Purchase Price in cleared funds. BR will generally not release a lot to a Buyer before payment. Earlier release shall not affect passing of title or the Buyer's obligation to pay the Purchase Price, as above.
(c) The refusal of any licence or permit required by law, as outlined in Condition 6, shall not affect the Buyer’s obligation to pay for the lot, as per Condition 8(a).
(d) The Buyer must arrange collection of lots within 10 working days of the auction. Purchased lots are at the Buyer's risk from the earlier of (i) collection or (ii) 10 working days after the auction. Until risk passes, BR will compensate the Buyer for any loss or damage to the lot up to a maximum of the Purchase Price actually paid by the Buyer. BR’s assumption of risk is subject to the exclusions detailed in Condition 5(d) of the Conditions of Business for Sellers.
(e) All packing and handling of lots is at the Buyer's risk. BR will not be liable for any acts or omissions of third party packers or shippers.
9. Remedies for non-payment
Without prejudice to any rights that the Seller may have, if the Buyer without prior agreement fails to make payment for the lot within 5 working days of the auction, BR may in its sole discretion exercise 1 or more of the following remedies:-
(a) store the lot at its premises or elsewhere at the Buyer’s sole risk and expense;
(b) cancel the sale of the lot;
(c) set off any amounts owed to the Buyer by BR against any amounts owed to BR by the Buyer for the lot;
(d) reject future bids from the Buyer;
(e) charge interest at 4% per annum above HSBC Bank plc Base Rate from the Payment Date to the date that the Purchase Price is received in cleared funds;
(f) re-sell the lot by auction or privately, with estimates and reserves at BR’s discretion, in which case the Buyer will be liable for any shortfall between the original Purchase Price and the amount achieved on re-sale, including all costs incurred in such re-sale;
(g) Exercise a lien over any Buyer’s Property in BR’s possession, applying the sale proceeds to any amounts owed by the Buyer to BR. BR shall give the Buyer 14 days' written notice before exercising such lien;
(h) commence legal proceedings to recover the Purchase Price for the lot, plus interest and legal costs;
(i) disclose the Buyer’s details to the Seller to enable the Seller to commence legal proceedings
10. Failure to collect purchases
(a) If the Buyer pays the Purchase Price but does not collect the lot within 20 working days of the auction, the lot will be stored at the Buyer's expense and risk at BR’s premises or in independent storage
(b) If a lot is paid for but uncollected within 6 months of the auction, following 60 days written notice to the Buyer, BR will re-sell the lot by auction or privately, with estimates and reserves at BR’s discretion. The sale proceeds, less all BR’s costs, will be forfeited unless collected by the Buyer within 2 years of the original auction.
11. Data Protection
(a) BR will use information supplied by Bidders or otherwise obtained lawfully by BR for the provision of auction related services, client administration, marketing and as otherwise required by law.
(b) By agreeing to these Conditions of Business, the Bidder agrees to the processing of their personal information and to the disclosure of such information to third parties world-wide for the purposes outlined in Condition 11(a) and to Sellers as per Condition 9(i).
(a) All images of lots, catalogue descriptions and all other materials produced by BR are the copyright of BR.
(b) These Conditions of Business are not assignable by any Buyer without BR’s prior written consent, but are binding on Bidders' successors, assigns and representatives.
(c) The materials listed in Condition 1(a) set out the entire agreement between the parties.
(d) If any part of these Conditions of Business be held unenforceable, the remaining parts shall remain in full force and effect.
(e) These Conditions of Business shall be interpreted in accordance with English Law, under the exclusive jurisdiction of the English Courts, in favour of BR.