Fine, Esoteric and Collectable - Two-Day Auction

by Laidlaw Auctioneers & Valuers

24 May 2024 10:00 BST (2 day sale) Live Webcast Auction

Important Information


Please note we will email invoices, inclusive of P&P where appropriate, following the close of the sale on Saturday. We politely request payment by transfer.


Please note, our car park is for collections and drop-offs only. There is on road parking (disc managed) in the vicinity of the auction rooms. Convenient Pay-and-Display parking is available just 200 metres from our auction rooms at Vasey's, 2 Lancaster St, Carlisle CA1 1TF. There is also a large ASDA car park opposite our premises, if one makes any purchase at the superstore, that provides two hours of free parking and is especially convenient. On Saturdays the County Council "Cumbria House" car park (accessed off Tait Street, CA1 1RU), just a short walk from the auction rooms, offers unlimited Pay and Display parking.


Invoicing and Payments

The auction commences at 10 am on Friday and Saturday. We will email invoices, inclusive of P&P where approproate, following day three of the auction. Please make payent by bank transfer. We will not be taking payments in cash. 

Condition Reports

Condition reports received after 17.00 hours on the day prior to the action may not be responded to.    

In-house Packing and posting

We provide an in-house packing and posting service for most lots and automatically invoice by email inclusive of of P&P (where appropriate) following the auction. All lots are sent at the buyers' risk; should you require goods in transit insurance, please make your own arrngements or email us for a revised quote (please note some items cannot be insured in transit). We strive to keep our postage costs low, and while all items are sent via a recorded service (usually Royal Mail / Parcelforce), due to the large volume we handle we are unfortunately unable to provide individual / personal tracking data. Should you require tracking updates or in-transit insurance, we recommend Mailboxes Newcastle, who can be contacted on 0191 222 0018. For assistance with very large, especially valuable or fragile items, we recommend Chris Watson Auction Courier Services; his contact details are / 07793240435


Payment for lots should be received within 2 working days following the auction. Five working days after the auction, non-paying bidders may be considered defaulters, risk being reported as such and rescission of the sale contract. Should this occur, defaulting bidders will be blocked from using in future. Lots purchased but not collected within a fortnight of the auction may be subject to storage charges.

Lots purchased online via will attract an additional charge for this service in the sum of 5% of the hammer price plus VAT at the rate imposed.


Terms & Conditions


1. Definition

In these terms of business:

Laidlaw Auctioneers & Valuers is referred to as ‘Laidlaw’.

The Laidlaw representative conducting the auction is referred to as the ‘auctioneer’.

2. Attribution and Condition of Lots

We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of any statement as to authorship, attribution, origin, date, age, provenance and condition of any lot, whether or not such a statement forms part of the description of any such lot.

Any statement made orally or in the catalogue is an opinion given after careful consideration and research.

It should be noted that pictures have not been removed from their frames unless this is specifically mentioned in the condition report.

When bidding, you acknowledge that you are fully satisfied as to the attribution and condition of the lot. Imperfections are not stated. 

If any damage is done to any lot at the viewing or before, during or after the sale, it shall be made good by:

• the person who caused the damage; or

• the person for whom they are acting.

Laidlaw will assess the extent of the damage to be repaired.

3. Attribution of Pictures

(a) If the forename(s) (or asterisks where not known) and surname of the artist are given, this indicates that in the opinion of Laidlaw the picture is a work by the named artist.

(b) If the initials of the forename(s) and the surname of the artist are given, this indicates that in the opinion of Laidlaw the picture is a work of the period of the named artist and may be wholly or in part his work.

(c) If the surname of the artist is given, this indicates that in the opinion of Laidlaw the picture is a work of the same school of the named artist, or by one of his followers, or in his style and of uncertain date.

(d) The term ‘Bears signature’ indicates that in the opinion of Laidlaw this is not the signature of the artist.

(e) All other terms are self-explanatory.

4. Third Party Liability

Every person on the LAIDLAW premises before, during or after a sale shall be deemed to be there at their own risk and shall have no claim against LAIDLAW in respect of any injury they may sustain or any accident which may occur.

5. Disputes

Any dispute not covered in these terms of business will be settled at the sole discretion of Laidlaw.

6. The Buyer

The highest bidder acknowledged as such by the auctioneer will be the buyer. If any dispute arises, the auctioneer has absolute discretion to settle the matter. The auctioneer rules the bidding, and bids cannot be retracted. The auctioneer reserves the right to refuse any bid.

The successful bidder, whether bidding for himself or for a third party, is entirely responsible for paying for the lots they have bought in accordance with the Laidlaw terms of business.

The auctioneer reserves the right to bid on behalf of the vendors for any lot and to withdraw, consolidate or divide any lot or lots.

7. Registration

Prospective buyers need to register with us, giving their full name, address, contact telephone number(s) and email address. First time buyers will be required to provide proof of identity (i.e. driving licence/passport), a valid debit or credit card and a copy of a utility bill or a document showing their name and address. Upon receipt of the above a paddle will be issued. This card may be used to indicate your bids to the Auctioneer during the sale. If successful, the bidder must ensure that their number can be seen by the Auctioneer and that it is their number that is called out. Should there be any doubts as to price or buyer, please draw the Auctioneer’s attention to it immediately.

8. Buyer’s Premium

Commission Charges

You will pay a premium of 20 per cent plus VAT of the hammer price of your purchase on each lot. A further 5 per cent plus VAT will be levied on purchases made using platform.

9. Value Added Tax

Lots on which the buyer may have to pay VAT on the ‘hammer price’ are indicated in the catalogue with a symbol. The buyer must pay this VAT at the rates that apply on the day of the auction.

10. Auctioneers Margin Scheme

This scheme allows auctioneers to sell items without VAT on the hammer price. The buyer then pays an amount equivalent to VAT. This amount cannot be refunded and is not shown separately on the invoice.

11. Payment

Buyers must pay in full before their purchases can be released to them.

Otherwise, an invoice will be sent the day after the sale. Buyers must pay their invoice within 48 hours and let us know when they will be collecting their purchase.

Invoices which are not paid within seven days may incur interest at 5 per cent above the base rate, charged from the date of the sale.

If buyers are unknown to us, we cannot hand over purchases unless we have adequate references or payment is cleared.

12. Internet Bidding

Live online auctions are held from time to time in conjunction with

Full details are given at the time of the live sale. A charge of 5 per cent of the hammer price (plus VAT) is made for internet bidding.

13. Ownership of Purchases

Ownership of lot(s) purchased will not pass to the buyer until they have paid Laidlaw in full and Laidlaw has applied the payment to the lot.

14. Transfer of Risk

Each lot is the buyer’s sole responsibility from the fall of the hammer and is sold with all faults and imperfections.

Laidlaw is not responsible for the correct description, genuineness or authenticity of any lot and makes no warranty whatsoever. The buyer is deemed to have inspected each lot and satisfied himself as to its condition.

15. Commission Bids

If instructed, Laidlaw will execute bids and advise prospective buyers. This service is free.

Buyers who cannot come to a sale may leave their bid with our reception staff after viewing, or make their bid in advance by email. Such bids are placed at the buyer’s own risk.

Bids must be made at least one hour before the sale starts, and we advise buyers to make bids within one hour of the close of the view day.

When making bids, buyers must provide:

• Their full name

• Address

• Contact telephone numbers

• The number of the lot they wish to buy

• Their maximum bid amount – excluding commission which will be added to the invoice afterwards.

Buyers must state what their maximum bid would be. We cannot accept an instruction to ‘buy’ or unlimited bids.

We will ensure that lots are bought as cheaply as possible depending on the bids made and other reserves. If identical bids are placed, the person who bid first will take precedence.

16. Telephone Bids

Requests for telephone bidding must be registered one hour prior to the close of the view day. We will not accept requests on sale days. Lines are booked on a first come first served basis and are only granted if the buyer is willing to open the bidding at £1000. Full name, address and telephone numbers will be required together with proof of identity and address. Bank and credit/debit card details are also necessary to secure the line.

17. Absentee Bidding

Whilst every effort is made to execute absentee bidding, Laidlaw cannot be held responsible for any default or neglect in connection with this service. All such arrangements are made entirely at the prospective buyer’s risk.

18. Storage and Collection

Please note furniture, carpets, clocks and larger works of art lots will normally remain in the salerooms for fourteen working days following each sale, after which they will be removed to store and arrangements for collection must be made in advance.

Storage charges may be levied on all lots not collected within seven days of the sale. This will include an admin fee of £5 plus VAT per consignment as well as a storage charge of £2 plus VAT per lot per day. No goods may be collected until these charges have been paid. Goods may be sold to recover such charges.

19. Postage and Packing

Laidlaw offers an in-house postage and packing service. We reserve the right to charge appropriately for time and materials in addition to actual postage costs. Items posted can not be insured for loss or damage, and Laidlaw accepts no liability for items lost or damaged in transit.

20. Droit de Suite Royalty Charges

A work of art by a living artist, or those who have died within the last 70 years, which costs more than the UK sterling equivalent of €1,000 will incur a royalty charge. We pass this payment onto the Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS), and do not charge a handling fee. Buyers can calculate royalty charges on the DACS website.

Items marked with the v symbol in the catalogue will potentially incur royalty payments.

We use the euro to UK sterling exchange rate which applies on the day of the sale. It is the buyer’s responsibility to check the relevant exchange rate.

The actual qualifying threshold is calculated by the Artist’s Resale Right Service Hub based on the European Central Bank reference rate published at 2.15pm on the day of the sale, and can be found on the DACS website.

The royalty charge for pictures which achieve a hammer price of more than the UK sterling equivalent of €1,000, but less that the UK sterling equivalent of €50,000 is four per cent. On works of art that achieve a hammer price of more than the UK sterling equivalent of €50,000 a sliding scale of royalty charges applies. For a complete list of the royalty charges and threshold levels please download further details from the DACS website.

The royalty charge is added to invoices, and must be paid before purchases are removed. VAT is not paid on royalty charges.

21.CITES License

Important Notice Relating to Sporting and Natural History

Clients intending to import/export any item derived from natural history specimens into/from a non-European country should first check for any Import/Export and possession restrictions prior to bidding/selling.

Certain species * are also subject to CITES regulations when exporting/importing these items out the EU CITES regulations are given on Or may be obtained from Animal Health, Wildlife Licensing and Registration Service, Zone 1/17, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol BS1 6EB. Those species that are covered by the US Endangered Species Act (USESA) or The Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA): potential US bidders should check with USF&W (US Fish and Wildlife Services) for trade/possession restrictions in the US prior to bidding.

While every effort has been made to attribute the correct Latin name for each specimen, the auctioneers will not be held responsible for any errors that may occur concerning Latin nomenclature.

For Health and Safety reasons, large heads, full mounts, and any particularly heavy or awkward lots cannot be removed whilst the auction is in progress.

22. The Sale of Good Act does not apply.

23. Third Reich Items and military insignia

The Third Reich items in this auction have been vetted by an independent specialist. As with all items we handle, we are satisfied of their originality. However, due to the increasing sophistication of forgeries in this field, we can offer no warranty and must stress the importance of potential buyers satisfying themselves as to the nature of such lots.

24. Autographs

Due to the increasing sophistication of forgeries in this field, we can offer no warranty and must stress the importance of potential buyers satisfying themselves as to the nature of such lots.

25. Items desribed as 'yellow metal' or 'white metal' have been tested as gold and silver respectively, but do not bear UK assay marks.

26. Items described as a/f are sold as found, with faults. The abscence of this term does not imply an object is free of faults.