Important Information


Before making a bid 

Intending Buyers are expected to have read, understood, accepted and agreed to be bound, in all aspects, by the Auctioneers’ Conditions of Sale and Glossary of Terms, displayed in the Auction Rooms and posted on the wesite 

but in the event of doubt, please contact the office and a Director will assist in clarifying any queries in particular, please note 


1.    All items must be paid for and collected by 11:30am Saturday 8 June

2.    Each lot is subject to the levy of a Buyer’s Premium at the rate of 20% plus VAT thereon 

3.    Cheques are not accepted , and at this time we are unable to accept cash. Settlement can be made in person by the cardholder only, by Credit card, Debit card or Bank Transfer.  For security reasons, payment can not always be accepted by telephone or e-mail 

4.    The Auctioneers do not undertake the dispatch of purchases – but packing, transport and storage facilities are available through Clarks of Amersham 0044 1494 774186 or the local Mailboxes 0044 1494 769427

Both Clarks of Amersham and Mailboxes are established, highly respected, able and fully insured companys', operating locally and throughout the UK and worldwide

Terms & Conditions

 These are also displayed in the Auction Rooms and a printed version is available on request. They have been designed to protect all parties concerned but in the event of any doubt as to their interpretation, please contact one of the Directors who will assist in clarifying any queries or misunderstandings

For the purpose of the following:

  • The Company, Pretty & Ellis (Auctions) Ltd trades as Amersham Auction Rooms and is referred to as the Auctioneer(s)
  • The Seller is the person instructing the Auctioneers to sell goods by Auction
  • The Buyer is the person who has acquired goods at an Auction

Glossary of certain Terms & Conditions

The Auctioneers give notice to intending Buyers that certain terms used in the description of goods contained in catalogues will be interpreted as follows: -

Gold, Silver and other Precious Metals
In conforming to hallmarking legislation: whether British or foreign, articles which do not carry hallmarks are described either as gold or silver coloured metal, yellow or white metal, as considered most appropriate

  • Books and Other Printed Material & Philatelic Items
    These are not sold subject to collation, nor do the Auctioneers offer any guarantees as to genuineness. Intending Buyers should therefore satisfy themselves as to the authenticity, completeness or otherwise of lots, as all are sold as viewed and are not returnable
  • Pictures, Statutary & Other Works of Art
    Except in the case of prints, etchings, lithographs, lino and woodcuts, bronzes, other metalware and reproduced works of art, lots described as signed by and/or catalogued by reference to an individual’s forenames(s) and surname are, in our opinion, the original work of that particular artist. Notwithstanding the foregoing, descriptions or qualifications, including ‘...bears a the manner, or style of...attributed of etc’ are given without any warranties or guarantees and imply that Buyers must act upon their own judgement of such lots
  • Electrical and Mechanical Goods
    These are neither tested, guaranteed nor warranted to be in working order or suitable for purpose. These items may not conform to current Health & Safety regulations and are therefore offered as Works of Art/Antiques or for Display/Historical Purposes only. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if a lot bears a valid PAT label, this is not to be taken on indication that it is in working order (For details refer to
  • Second-hand Upholstered Furnishings
    Items manufactured since 1988 carry appropriate Fire Safety regulation labels and all that do not, are offered for Non-Domestic Use/Display/Research purposes only, as appropriate. Items manufactured before 1950 are exempted from the Fire Safety regulations and are offered as ‘antiques’
  • Clocks, Watches, Barometers & Other Scientific Instruments
    These are not tested and sold ‘as viewed’ and the Auctioneers do not offer any warranties whatsoever as to condition or suitability for purpose and Buyers must therefore act on their own judgement of such lots
  • Style or Reproduction
    Items described as ‘style’ or ‘reproduction’ imply an affinity to an earlier design/age. This does not necessarily mean the items are of that age or period
  • Imperfections
    Imperfections are not stated. (See Terms & Conditions of Sale – Clause 6)
  • Motor Vehicles
    These are offered as seen, neither tried or tested, without warranties as to condition or roadworthiness, together with only such documentation and associated papers as are available at the time of the auction
  • Militaria and associated items
    Notwithstanding any other published Terms & Conditions, however described, items in this category are sold as seen and prospective Buyers must make their own assessments of authenticity, as sometimes these may be copies/replicas, as none are returnable

Terms & Conditions of Sale


  1. Every Auction and these Conditions of Sale, together with the foregoing Glossary of certain Terms & Conditions, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with English Law and shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the English Courts
  2. The Company acts as Agent only in respect of goods delivered for the purpose of sale by Auction
  3. undefined The arrangement and display of goods is often such that special care should be taken both by visitors and those in their charge: and while the Auctioneers do their best to minimise risks, people attending on the premises under the conduct of the Auctioneers – whether at their Auction Rooms or elsewhere – shall be deemed to be on the land and premises at their own risk. They shall have no claim whatsoever against the Auctioneers, their principals or contractors, in respect of the cancellation/postponement of an Auction or any loss, accident or injury, however occasioned, save insofar as the same is proven to be caused by the direct negligence of the Company or one of its contractors
  4. People handling lots do so at their own risk and shall make good all loss or damage, however sustained. Estimates of costs will be assessed by the Auctioneers, whose decision shall be final
  5. The Auctioneers make every reasonable effort to ensure the accuracy of advertisements, catalogue descriptions, website information and other publicity; but except where specifically instructed so to certify by a Seller, declare that all statements, oral or in writing, are those of opinion only, made innocently, without responsibility and shall not give rise to any action in law by a Buyer, against any Seller, the Auctioneers or their contractors, for damages, compensation or rescission of a transaction
  6. Many lots are of an age or nature which preclude these being in pristine condition. Some catalogue descriptions may make reference to damage and/or restoration; however, omission of such a reference does not imply a lot is free from defects nor does any reference to a particular defect imply the absence of others
  7. Prospective Buyers should satisfy themselves by physical inspection of lots, before bidding, as to the origin, authenticity, quality, age, weight, size and general descriptions, as lots are sold as seen with all faults, imperfections or errors of description
    This condition shall particularly apply to absentee prospective Buyers who should not rely upon third party reports, be they made by the Auctioneers or others; as mis-descriptions and/or failure to discern the condition of lots shall not allow entitlement to compensation or rescission of a transaction
  8. Electrical and mechanical goods are offered subject to the strict conditions set down in the foregoing Glossary of certain Terms & Conditions
    Prospective Buyers are reminded that when inspecting/attempting to test such lots, they do so at their absolute risk and without any responsibility whatsoever, on the part of the Seller, the Auctioneers or their contractors
  9. The sale of second-hand upholstered furnishing are strictly regulated by Fire Safety regulations and offered subject to the conditions set down in the foregoing Glossary of certain Terms & Conditions
  10. In making bids, Buyers acknowledge their attention has been drawn to and accept these Terms & Conditions of Sale and the foregoing Glossary of certain Terms & Conditions and are satisfied as to the description and condition of lots
  11. Lots are sold subject to any announcement, declaration, alteration of description or other matters, made by the Auctioneers prior to the invitation of bids
  12. Once made, no bid shall be withdrawn and at the fall of the hammer, the highest bid acknowledged by the Auctioneers shall constitute a legally binding contract and any subsequent dispute shall be settled by the Auctioneers whose decision shall be final
  13. No lots shall be transferred and unless previously agreed with the Auctioneers and confirmed by the latter in writing, where a bidder purports to act as an agent for a Buyer, that representative shall be deemed to be acting as principal and shall be responsible for any payment and every subsequent default
  14. The Auctioneers may divide, combine, add to or withdraw lots and make any catalogue alterations without notice or reason; they shall regulate the advance of bidding, accept or reject any bid (at their absolute discretion and without justification) and bid on behalf of the Seller, where there is a reserve price or at their authorised discretion
  15. The Buyer shall give his/her name and contact details (and permanent place of abode, if requested) and upon failure to do so, the Auctioneers may immediately cancel the transaction and offer the lot again, at their sole discretion
  16. undefinedAs Agents only, the Auctioneers shall not be responsible for default on the part of Sellers or Buyers. Any resultant deficiency, together with interest, costs and expenses, shall be made good by the defaulter, recoverable as and for liquidated damages. This condition is, however, without prejudice to the right of the Auctioneers, in appropriate circumstances, to enforce the sale contract if they think fit
  17. The Contract of Sale is made with the Auctioneers, as Agents for the Seller and payment shall only be made to them. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Auctioneers shall retain a lien on all goods which shall not pass to the Buyer until full payment has been received
  18. Cheques are not accepted , and at this time we are unable to accept cash. Settlement can be made in person by the cardholder only, by Credit card, Debit card or Bank Transfer.  For security reasons, payment can not always be accepted by telephone or e-mail (American Express is not accepted)  Payment can be made by  electronic bank transfer'; subject to the Buyer bearing all charges, if thereby incurred which shall be prepaid in full. 
  19. At the fall of the hammer, all lots shall be and remain, in every respect, at the absolute risk of the Buyer, including those of fire, burglary, theft etc., and damage occasioned to lots by the removal of other goods
  20. Buyers shall pay for and remove lots at their own risk and expense immediately following the Auction or at the latest by 11.30 am on the Saturday following the Auction; after such time they shall be subject to a daily charge if £1 per lot, plus VAT, and where applicable, interest on outstanding accounts will be levied at 5% above Barclays Minimum Lending Rate. Such additional charges being subject to the foregoing conditions regulating payment and no lots shall be released to a Buyer until any excess charges have been paid. In any event, the Auctioneers reserve the right to resell uncollected lots by Auction or Private Treaty and at their absolute discretion, they may warehouse goods at a Buyer’s expense. In all cases, the Auctioneers may act without notice and any incidental expenses incurred will become the responsibility of the defaulter
  21. Notwithstanding any other terms in these Conditions of Sale and the foregoing Glossary of certain Terms & Conditions, if within seven days of an Auction, a Buyer gives notice in writing to the Auctioneers, that in his/her opinion a particular lot (this shall not apply to books and other printed material, militaria and associated items) is a deliberate forgery, as defined below and within fourteen days after such written notice, returns the lot to the Auctioneers, in the same condition as it was at the time of the Auction – and by producing evidence, the burden of proof to be upon the Buyer (as are any incidental costs incurred providing such proof, together with any packing, carriage and associated expenses) satisfies the Auctioneers that the lot is a deliberate forgery, then the Auctioneers are authorised to and will rescind the transaction and refund purchase monies received by them. This benefit is not assignable
    In the context of this guarantee, a ‘deliberate forgery’ means a lot made with an intention to deceive, when considered in the light of the catalogue entry and at the date of the Auction had a value substantially less than it would have had, had it been in accordance with the description. However, there will be no right where the description in the catalogue at the time of the Auction was in accordance with the then general opinion of experts or it fairly indicated there to be a conflict of opinion. The Auctioneers reserve the right in forming their opinion to consult and rely upon any expert or authority considered by them to be reliable
  22. The Auctioneers are prepared to accept absentee commission bids on behalf of intending Buyers, unable to attend at the time of the Auction (minimum bid £20) providing requests are made in writing and are received and acknowledged by the Auctioneers, not later than half an hour before the commencement of an Auction. This service is undertaken free of charge but without responsibility on the part of the Auctioneers, who shall not be liable for any losses or expenses incurred as a result of failure to execute absentee bids, for whatever cause
    The Auctioneers extend this same disclaimer of responsibility in respect of telephone bids and live, online bidding, howsoever circumstances arise whereby the communication between them and a prospective bidder fails
  23. A Buyers Premium of 20% on each and every lot, plus VAT thereon at the prevailing rate
  24. Certain but by no means all 20thC and later works of art may attract a royalty, when sold at or above the prevailing threshold, as defined in Artist’s Resale Right (droite de suite) regulations. When due, this is payable to living artists or the descendants of deceased artists.
    It shall be the sole responsibility of a prospective Buyer to make their own enquiries with the Auctioneers or elsewhere, as the Buyer sees fit, before making a bid, to establish the possibility or otherwise, that a royalty might fall due to be paid on a particular lot.  Any royalty will be paid by the buyer and form part of the total purchase price – and the Auctioneers undertake to the Buyer that any such royalty shall be passed on, without deduction, to the artist’s appointed collection agents For further details, refer to
  25. The export of certain items may require a licence and it shall be the sole responsibility of a prospective Buyer, in the case of such lots, to make their own enquiries prior to making a bid; as failure to establish the same shall not give rise to compensation or rescission of the transaction