Important Information



Any payments over £1000 must be BACs or Bankers Draft. Credit Cards will not be accepted

Buyer's Premium 17.5% + VAT

Lots purchased online with will attract an additional charge for this service in the sum of 4.95% of the hammer price plus VAT at the rate imposed


Michael Bowman employ an independent packer and so can arrange shipping of reasonably portable items within UK and overseas. It is possible for the buyer to settle their auction account with the shipping costs included. Larger furniture items would need individual consideration.

Preffered Shippers:
Patrick Read of AP Services, tel 01626-362756 or 07736-544362 email

Terms & Conditions

LIVE INTERNET BIDDING incurs an extra 4.95% plus VAT buyers' premium

TELEPHONE BIDDING is undertaken in good faith, but is entirely at the bidder's own risk. Neither the auctioneer nor his staff accept any legal or other responsibility for failure to execute the bid due to human error or technical fault.

RESERVE PRICES may be agreed between auctioneer and vendor. Alternatively, the vendor or his agents may bid – but the vendor may not also bid if it has been agreed that the auctioneer will be effecting reserves

The auctioneer will regulate the bidding and may refuse any bid.

All lots to be at the buyer's risk from fall of the hammer.

No lots to be removed during the auction.

All lots purchased by one person will be taken as being in one contract

Any damage caused to goods or property by a bidder or other third party to be made good by that party.

BUYERS' PREMIUM – 17.5% plus VAT (20.5% plus VAT for live internet bidders)

VENDORS'S COMMISSION – 15% plus VAT (total 18% inclusive of VAT)

UNSOLD CHARGES – 5% plus VAT applied at the auctioneer's discretion, for instance in cases where the agreed reserves have not been adhered to by the vendor.

TREATMENT OF GEMSTONES – It has become common commercial practice to treat diamonds and coloured precious gems in order to improve their colours. As long as the effects achieved are permanent, such treatments are considered entirely legitimate. In view of this, unless stated to the contrary, buyers should assume such treatments may possibly have been used.