Antique and Interiors Sale

by Boldon Auction Galleries

09 Dec 2015 10:00 GMT Live Webcast Auction

Important Information


Terms & Conditions


  1. The highest bidder shall be the purchaser, subject to the restriction that the auctioneer reserves the right to refuse any bid, to regulate the amount of bids, and has the absolute discretion in all disputes between bidders.

  2. The Auctioneer reserves the right to fix a reserve and be bid up to such a reserve on behalf of the vendor.

  3. The Auctioneer reserves the right to consolidate, withdraw or alter any lots. 

  4. The lots will be sold as they stand at the time of the sale with all their qualities and defects – irrespective of their description in the catalogue. 

  5. All lots after the fall of the hammer will be held at the Purchaser’s risk.

  6. The Purchasers to give their names and addresses and, if required, to pay a deposit in part payment.

  7. All lots purchased by any one person will be considered and taken as being in one contract.

  8. No goods to be delivered until paid for, or to be removed during the sale.

  9. The Purchasers of each lot shall pay to the Auctioneer THE SUM OF 17.5% LOT MONEY in addition to the sum to be paid in the lot. (VAT is payable on the 17.5%)

  10. All lots to be removed at the Purchaser’s expense immediately after the sale, or a charge for warehousing may be made by the Auctioneer.

  11. Any damage to the premises caused by the removal of goods shall, be paid for by the purchaser.

  12. All lots sold without reserve are sold at the auctioneers’ discretion.

  13. In accordance with ‘Artists Resale Rights Regulations’ or Droit De Suite enforced on 14th February 2006 all lots marked with a D are subject to a resale royalty charge payable by the buyer.  This will apply only to lots prefixed with a D selling for 1000 euros or more and will be charged at the rate of 4% of the total hammer price (exclusive of buyer’s premium).  The resale royalty right payment is not subject to VAT and is payable in sterling.   The amount due is calculated on the day of the sale at the prevailing rate of exchange.  Payment is passed directly to the Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS), 33 Great Sutton Street, London, EC10 0DX.  For further information please contact DACS 0845 410 3410 or 


Here we have outlined all the information you will require to understand how to buy at auction.  If however you have any further queries please e-mail or telephone us.

Our viewing times are Saturday (before the Wednesday Auction) 10am-1pm, Tuesday (before the Wednesday Auction) 2pm-6pm and morning of auction from 9am.  Our members of staff are on hand during viewing in the saleroom to help with enquiries about the sale and specific lots.  Please note that when handling any item at the view you do so at your own risk.

Printed Catalogue and Condition Reports
All lots carry a description and pre-sale estimate of price.  Estimates suggest the price that the lot may reach.  Vendor's (or Seller's) reserves may be set, they are confidential.  Estimates do not carry buyer's premium.  Lots may carry abbreviations such as a/f (as found - considerable damage).  We make every effort to note damage and restoration however the absence of such a note does not imply that the lot is without defect.  All clients should satisfy themselves of both condition and descriptions.  Any measurements and weights may be approximate. 

Any changes to the catalogue after production will be displayed in the Saleroom in a Saleroom notice and will be announced prior to the lot being sold. 

Requests for condition reports are accepted by telephone or e-mail and must be received at the latest 24 hours before the sale otherwise we cannot guarantee we will be able to respond in time.  All lots are illustrated where possible for our specialist sales on-line at 

On-Line Catalogues
Our catalogues can be viewed and down loaded for FREE from our web site  We aim to illustrate every lot in our Specialist sales on-line.  We also display our catalogues with the Antiques Trade Gazette at and ukauctioneers at  These services are available seven days prior to the auction.  Our General Sale catalogues are on-line the Friday before the sale. 

Droit de Suite
Any lots where Droit de Suite may be payable are indicated with a D preceding the lot number.  For further information please see above our Terms and Conditions of Sale.

Registering to Bid At Auction

Anyone wishing to bid in person should register at the office and will receive a paddle number before the start of the sale.  This number should be held up when bidding and paying and should be returned to the office by the end of the sale day.  Registration for bidding in person is carried out on the day of the sale only.

Auctioning the lots

Generally we will cover approximately 140 - 180 lots per hour.  The speed of the auction will vary between auctioneers.  Bidding stops after the hammer has fallen and the auctioneer’s decision is final.

Buyers Premium
Buyer's Premium is 17.5% (plus VAT).  This is a commission that is paid in addition to the hammer price.

Commission bidding

If you are unable to attend the sale but wish to bid on a lot, we can do this on your behalf.  You will need to fill out a commission bidding form, which is found at the back of the printed catalogue, in the saleroom or on-line via our web site.  You should complete the contact details, list the lot and the maximum price you wish to pay, excluding the buyer’s premium. You can then either e-mail us directly from the website or submit the bid by telephone.  The bid will be carried out by us and is completely confidential.  Successful buyers will be contacted by telephone or email or will receive a postal invoice after the sale. 

Telephone bidding

We can only offer a limited number of telephone bidding lines on sale day.  This facility is available on lots where the bottom estimate is over £500.00.  Requests for telephone bids must be made at least 24 hours prior to the sale and are allocated on a first come first served basis.  We require two contact telephone numbers and full address details at time of registration to bid by telephone.  Boldon Auction Galleries do not take any responsibility if they are unable to make contact with the bidder. 

Online Bidding
Boldon Auction Galleries offer an online bidding service for our quarterly Antique & Fine Art Sales via for bidders who cannot attend the sale.

In completing the bidder registration on and providing your credit card details and unless alternative arrangements are agreed with Boldon Auction Galleries you:
1. authorise Boldon Auction Galleries, if they so wish (within 24 hours after the sale), to charge the credit or debit card given in part or full payment, including all fees, for items successfully purchased in the auction via, and
2. confirm that you are authorised to provide these credit or debit card details to Boldon Auction Galleries through and agree that Boldon Auction Galleries are entitled to ship the goods to the card holder name and card holder address provided in fulfilment of the sale.

Please note that any lots purchased via live auction service will be subject to an additional 3% commission charge + VAT at the rate imposed on the hammer price.

Any commission bids left via must be left by 4pm the day before the sale.


Payment can be made during or immediately after the sale.  We ask that all items are paid and removed from the saleroom by 5pm on the Friday after the sale.  The successful buyer should take the paddle number to the office for processing.

Boldon Auction Galleries accept payment by:-


Debit Card

Credit Card - there is a 2% surcharge on credit card transactions on the total invoice 

(Please note that ‘person not present’ payments by credit or debit card are subject to a maximum limit of £500 any sum over this amount will need to be paid for by Bank Transfer) 

Cheque - made payable to Boldon Auction Galleries Limited with a valid cheque guarantee card

Bank Transfer – Barclays Bank Plc, 1 King Street, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, NE33 1DA

Account:         13300714

Sort Code        20-80-47

IBAN               GB18 BARC 2080 4713 3007 14


Once payment has been made, goods may be cleared and the purchaser will receive their invoice from one of our porters with their goods.

Package and Shipping
We are neither professional packers or shippers; however should you require small items to be packed and posted we will try to accomodate your requirements, after payment for the lots.  Demand is high for this service and although we aim to have the items packed and ready to send within a week, we cannot guarantee this.  We would like to remind all our customers that whilst we make every effort to pack suitably we can in no way take responsibility for the safe arrival of goods and take no liability for damage in transit. 

If you bid via, please note that due to increased security measures, we will only dispatch parcels to the registered cardholders address.  Any request for parcels to be sent to an alternative address will be at the discretion of the Auctioneer.

We also recommend using Mailboxes Etc Newcastle upon Tyne 0191 222 0018 or delivery service +44 (0)203 725 5555.

Catalogue Subscription

If you would like to receive catalogues by post we offer a subscription service.  For further information please call us on 0191 5372630 or email

Professional Services

We provide a full range of professional valuation services for insurance, probate or family division purposes.  These can be arranged by appointment at either your home or in the saleroom and in each case are tailored to suit the individual client’s needs.  Valuations for probate purposes can be provided for executors and trustees.  We can also clear the property if required.  Valuations for insurance may vary from a single item to an entire collection.  Full illustrations can be prepared with illustrations if needed.  Verbal valuations for sale purposes are provided free of charge by our specialists.  Regular Valuation sessions are held on Fridays and Saturdays.  Please visit our website for details at