How the current Coronavirus Covid-19 situation is affecting Downham Market Auction Rooms
In light of the current situation, all auctions are going ahead as scheduled but for the time being will be online with remote bidding only.
All art and antique businesses across England must close their premises to the public but we can conduct business remotely there can be no viewing in person.
We are more than happy to accommodate you with condition reports and additional images if required. You can bid remotely through www.the-saleroom.com, leave a commission bid via email or book a telephone bid (for lots over £50)
We can continue to operate click & collect as we were previously but full payment must be made in advance of collection. We will not be accepting payment in person and it will not be possible to pay by cash or cheque. Payment must be received by bank transfer or by card over the phone only. (Please note that our phones lines may be very busy)
Collections in person are strictly by appointment only We also offer an in house postage service for smaller unbreakable items alternatively you can contact Ray Sherring via email or call him on 07900001277 alternatively, you can arrange a courier by appointment.
In terms of consigning lots for future sales, please email us with images of the items or contact us to discuss your requirements.
We are still carrying out professional written valuations for Probate, Insurance & Family division.
We very much hope that you are keeping well and safe, and that we will be able to welcome you back into the Auction Rooms later this year.
If you have any questions please contact our offices on 01366387180 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for any enquiries for this auction.
Good luck and keep safe
Marcus J Hawkins B.Sc (Hons) MRICS
THIS SALE IS ONLINE ONLY. THE SALEROOM IS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. YOU CAN BID LIVE VIA THE SALEROOM OR EMAIL A COMMISSION BID. COLLECTION BY APPOINTMENT ONLY SMALLER ITEMS CAN BE POSTED AT COST. This sale will include the usual Antique Furniture, Good Quality Retro & Modern Furniture, Wines & Spirits, Watercolours, Oils, Prints, China, Glass, Clocks & Watches, Silver, Jewellery, Objets de Vertus, Rugs, Wines & Spirits, Textiles, Toys, Sporting Goods, Taxidermy, Fishing, Garden Statues, Architectural, Bronzes, Metalware, Books, Lighting, etc
Care is taken to ensure that any statements as to authorship, attribution, origin, date, age, provenance and condition are reliable and accurate, but all such statements are statements of opinion and are not to be taken as statements or representations of fact. Barry L Hawkins reserve the right, in forming their opinion, to consult and rely upon any expert or authority reasonably considered by them to be reliable. All clients are advised they are entering into a contract with Barry L Hawkins Independent Auctioneers and Valuers under English Law and Jurisdiction.
1. The Buyer
The highest bidder to be the buyer. If any dispute arises, the auctioneer shall have absolute discretion to settle it and to put any disputed lot up again for sale.
2. Buyer Identification
Buyers are requested to register in advance of the sale in order to avoid delay in clearing purchases. Goods will not be cleared until full payments have been received or cheques cleared. Barry L Hawkins will not accept commission bids for any unregistered buyers.
3. Buyer’s Premium
The buyer shall pay the hammer price together with a buyer’s premium at the rate of 15% plus VAT. Internet bidding incurs an additional 7% plus VAT charge.
VAT is charged on Barry L Hawkins’ services NOT on the goods and is payable at the standard rate set by the UK government.
Immediately on the fall of the hammer, all lots shall be at the sole risk and expense of the respective purchasers.
All Bidders need to pay and arrange collection of smalls within 5 working days of the auction. Furniture buyers need to pay and collect within 3 working days of its sale day.
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 at future Barry L Hawkins auctions.
5. Methods of Payment
Cash, debit card, credit card or direct bank payment.
UK Debit cards incur no extra charge. All credit and international debit cards incur an additional 3% charge.
Personal cheques will only be accepted at the discretion of Barry L Hawkins and on the understanding that NO goods will be released until bank clearance of the cheque has completed.
6. Collection / Shipment of Goods
If you are successful in winning a lot, you have 5 working days after the auction sale to pay and collect your lots. However, if you live out of the area and require shipment or postage then our in-house packers Jentel Packing will be happy to provide you with a quote for your lots.
Jentel Packing can be contacted by phone on 01268 776777 or via email email@example.com for further information please see their website www.jentelpacking.co.uk
7. Loss or Damages
All buyers / couriers must check their purchases prior to departure from the auction. Barry L Hawkins will accept no claims for loss or damage thereafter.
8. Third Party Liability
Every person at Barry L Hawkins Auctions shall be deemed to be there at his own risk. They shall have no claim against Barry L Hawkins in respect to any accident which may occur or injury, damage or loss howsoever caused.
9. Rights of Admission
The right is reserved to refuse admission to the auction premises and may be used by Barry L Hawkins without giving a reason.
10. Selling Rate
Lots are sold at approximately 100 lots per hour