The Contemporary & Post War British Art Auction

by Gainsborough House

20 Oct 2017 18:30 BST Live Webcast Auction

Important Information

The Contemporary & Post War British Art Auction will take place on Friday 20 October - doors open at 6.30pm at The Assembly Rooms, Town Hall, Sudbury CO10 1TL. The actual auction is scheduled to commence at approximately 7pm/7.15pm.

The auction features around 130 lots donated from over 125 estates and studios that have pledged their support towards Gainsborough’s House, the Suffolk birthplace and childhood home of Gainsborough (1727 - 1788). The works represent some of Britain’s greatest and most inspiring artists including Edward Bawden, Francis Davison, Anthony Eyton, Antony Gormley, Maggi Hambling, Clive Head, John Hoyland, David Inshaw, Allen Jones, Sarah Lucas, Margaret Mellis, Julian Opie and William Pye

Presale Viewing -

Viewing of key works from *14 – 19 October at Gainsborough’s House, 46 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury CO10 2EU – free entry and late night opening. 

* Gainsborough's House is open Monday through to Saturday 10am until 5pm ; Sunday 11am - 5pm. Late night viewing - Thursday 19th October : 10am until 8pm (NB. THERE IS NO VIEWING AVAILABLE ON FRIDAY 20th OCTOBER)

ONLINE BIDDING: All prospective purchasers wishing to participate in live online bidding must be registered on The Saleroom by 4pm on the day of the sale

TELEPHONE BIDDING: All telephone bids must be requested by 12pm on the day of the sale

ENQUIRIES ON THE EVENING OF SALE : The general enquiries number at Gainsborough's House (01787 372958) will only be manned until 5pm on the day of the auction. Any enquiries after this time can be made on the following number 07759 791339

Shipping -

If you are successful with your bid(s) and require shipping of your purchases to your address, please contact Mailboxes Etc. Colchester for a quote -

Telephone - 01206 368881


Terms & Conditions

         All lots purchased through the will be subject to a 2.5% + VAT surcharge on the hammer price.

Conditions of Sale

  1. Gainsborough House act only as Auctioneers and agents and their representatives is hereafter referred to as ‘The Auctioneer’.
  2. The highest bidder acceptable to the Auctioneer shall be the buyer but if any dispute arises during or immediately after the sale of the lot, the lot may be put up again immediately at the absolute discretion of the Auctioneer.
  3. The Auctioneer has the right at his absolute discretion to refuse any bid and to advance the bidding as he may decide.
  4. The purchase price payable by the buyer shall be the aggregate of the final bid.  The ‘final bid’ means the price at which the lot is knocked down to the buyer.
  5. The buyers to give in their names and addresses (if required).  The contract of sale is to be deemed in all cases as made exclusively with the Auctioneers and the payment is to be made to them or the Clerk only.
  6. Each and every lot shall immediately at the fall of the hammer to be considered as delivered and be and remain in every aspect at the absolute risk of the prospective buyer(s) thereof and shall be taken with all faults and errors of description, whether as to quality, condition, material, date, artist or origin and no allowance shall be made in respect of any error, misdescription or imperfection.  No warranty is given or is to be implied by the description in this catalogue.
  7. Any person attending the Sale Room to be answerable for all damage they may do to any lots or to the premises.
  8. The seller shall be entitled to place a reserve price on any lot and the Auctioneer shall have the right to bid on behalf of the seller.  In the event of any reserve price not being reached at auction.  The Auctioneers are empowered to sell after the auction, by private contract, at not less than the reserve price, subject to a 10% Auctioneers discretion.  The Auctioneers have the right at their discretion to withdraw or divide any lot or to combine any two or more lots.
  9. The property in a lot shall not pass to the buyer until he has paid the purchase price in full.  The Auctioneers shall be entitled to a lien on any lot sold until the purchase price has been paid.  All lots are to be paid and taken away at the buyer’s expense within 3 days from the sale.  Settlement of the net sum normally takes place within 14 days of the sale (by crossed cheque to the seller) unless the buyer has not paid for the goods.  In this case no settlement will then be made but we will take the seller’s instructions in the light of our conditions of sale.
  10. Every person while on the premises before, during or after the sale shall be deemed to be there at his or her own risk and with notice of the condition of the premises and no person shall have or make any claim against the seller or Auctioneers in respect of any injury they may sustain or any accident which may happen.
  11. No cheques taken unless satisfactory references are given.
  12. Upon failure to comply with the above conditions, the money deposited shall be forfeited and the lots uncleared within the time aforesaid shall be re-sold either by public sale or private contract and the deficiency (if any) upon such second sale together with all charges attending same shall be made good by the defaulter of the present sale.  Any surplus that may arise there from shall not be recovered by the defaulter.
  13. The Auctioneers will not hold themselves responsible for any action that may arise acting as agents between buyer and seller and for both equitably.
  14. Should any question arise not provided for in the foregoing conditions, the decision of the Auctioneers shall be final from which there shall be no appeal.
  15. Artist’s Resale Right.  Owing to recent legislation, we have an obligation to collect a Royalty tax on behalf of living artists.  It is based on a percentage of the amount their works sell for at auction above 1,000 Euros (4% from 1,000 – 50,000 Euros).  Buyers will be charged this levy in addition to the usual buyer’s premium.  Further details available on request.  Liable lots will be marked with * in the catalogue.
  16. The seller consents to The Auctioneers promoting the lots in any way they deem fit, including publishing them in the local and national press or via the internet.