Buying

Batemans holds regular Antiques, Collectables, Jewellery, Watches, Silver and Gold, Fine Art and Specialist Auctions throughout the year. 
For a list of upcoming sale dates visit our Auction Calendar page.

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Fine Art, Antiques & Specialist Collectors Sales

    Held on the first Saturday of every month, with regular sections of Ceramics, Asian Art, Clocks, Objects d'Art, Bronzes, Collectables, Fine Art, Period and Fine Furniture, together with specialist sections of Militaria, Toys and Models, Ethnographic Interest, Musical Instruments, Stamps, Postcards, Books and Printed Ephemera, Scientific Instruments, and Vintage Wine & Spirits.

Fully illustrated online catalogues are made available on our website approximately one week prior to sale.

Printed catalogues are available to purchase on viewing days.

Viewing prior to sale:

- Thursday: 10am - 5pm
- Friday: 10am - 6pm
- from 9am on Saturday Sale Day.

Selling commences from Lot 1 at 10am on Saturday Sale Day.

The Saleroom and Office close approximately 1 hour after the End of Sale.

 


Jewellery & Watches, Silver & Gold Sales

    Held every three months as a Friday afternoon sale, with regular sections of antique and modern jewellery, collectable and vintage watches, costume jewellery, antique and modern silver and gold, objects of vertu, coins and tokens.

Fully illustrated online catalogues are made available on our website approximately one week prior to sale.

 Viewing prior to sale:

- Thursday: 10am - 5pm 
- Friday Sale Day: 10am - 4pm

Selling commences from Lot 1 at 4pm on Friday Sale Day.

The Saleroom and Office close approximately 1 hour after the End of Sale.

 

 


Auction Information

Buyer's Premium

All lots purchased are subject to a Buyer's Premium of 20% of the hammer price of each lot (16.67% plus VAT), subject to a minimum commission charge per lot of £5.00 (£4.16 plus VAT). 

All lots purchased online, using our live bidding service via www.the-saleroom.com, are subject to a Buyer's Premium of 25.95% of the hammer price of each lot (21.62% plus VAT), subject to a minimum charge per lot of £5.00 (£4.16 plus VAT). 
All lots purchased online, using our live bidding service via www.easyliveauction.com, are subject to a Buyer's Premium of 23.6% of the hammer price of each lot (19.67% plus VAT), subject to a minimum charge per lot of £5.00 (£4.16 plus VAT), alternatively bidders can choose to pay ELA directly a £3.00 flat fee for unlimited bidding in that sale.

Important Note: For some categories of items sold, most often second hand books, VAT is not required to be charged on the Buyer's Premium. The Buyer's Premium on these lots will therefore be reduced.

 

Lot Descriptions and Condition

There is no reference in our catalogues to the physical condition of any lot. All items are sold 'as seen' and Batemans will not accept items returned to us due to the condition of a lot not being as a buyer expected. Prospective buyers are therefore strongly advised to examine personally any goods in which they are interested before the auction takes place. Buyers are responsible for satisfying themselves concerning the condition of the goods and matters referred to in the catalogue description. 
If you are unsure of a lot or it's condition, do not bid on the lot. If you do, be aware that you are taking a risk and all responsibility rests with you!

 

Condition Reports

For bidders unable to attend our saleroom to inspect personally any goods in which they are interested, we can offer to provide a condition report. Our catalogue descriptions do not include any reference to condition and all items are sold on an 'as seen' basis. Condition reports are a statement of our Valuers' opinion, and not to be taken as fact. Batemans will not be held responsible for any omissions or mistakes made in a condition report. If you want to be certain, you must come to view any items you are interested in.

To request a condition report please contact us on 01780 766466 or email us at info@batemans.com

We will take your request and contact details in order to provide you with further information via email. Our valuers aim to complete condition reports as soon as possible but please bear in mind that there will often be a delay, even several days, as they deal with many similar requests. They will always aim to complete all condition reports before the Sale Day.

We cannot provide condition reports on the day of the sale.

 

Estimates

Pre sale estimates are intended only as a guide for intending purchasers and are given in good faith.

 

Payments

Payments can be made in person at our office by debit or credit card; there is no surcharge for payment by UK debit or credit card however we would prefer payment by debit card if possible.
Please be advised that payments by any foreign debit or credit cards incur a 3% surcharge.
We do not accept American Express or Diners Club cards.

Payments can also conveniently be made by clicking on the link within the invoice email we send to successful bidders. Buyers can ‘Click here to view and pay this invoice.’ to show their invoice for item(s) purchased and to give secure payment and enquiry options - there is an invoice payment limit of £500 using this method (see below).

Payment will also be accepted by cash (up to approximately £7,500) and by our preferred method of bank transfer, details of our client funds account will be on the invoice for any successful purchasers.

We do not accept payment over the telephone by credit or debit card for transactions over £500. Payment of these invoices must be made in person or by bank transfer.

 

Collection

All items must be paid for and collected within five working days following the end of the sale - i.e. Friday of the following week. Storage charges will apply following this date. 

 

Packing and Shipping

Batemans only offers an in house service for smaller jewellery items, watches, medals, coins and vertu, the minimum charge is £15. Please contact our office via email or by telephone on 01780 766466 for a quote if you believe we can help in this respect. 
This service however is undertaken entirely at the buyer's risk. Whilst we endeavour to pack items as well as we can, we will NOT be held responsible for any damage or loss to items sent. By paying for our in house packing and shipping service the buyer agrees that any items sent are entirely at the buyer's risk and that NO compensation can be offered for any loss or damage.

Batemans is not able to offer an in house packing and shipping service for most larger items and buyers are therefore advised to contact one of the following firms to arrange collection, packing and shipping on their behalf. Otherwise we look forward to receiving successful bidders in the week after sale (except Wednesday) for collection in person.

Mailboxes Etc (Nottingham)
Telephone: 01159 472779
 
ACDS (Auction Collection & Delivery Service):
Telephone: 07951 779447 / 07487 554881
 
Budget Pick 'n' Pack
Telephone: 0330 123 4461 / 07944 404483
Email: Budget Pick 'n' Pack: budgetpicknpack@outlook.com  

 

Artist's Resale Right

Artist's Resale Right was introduced by a European Directive in 2006 to ensure that artists receive a royalty when their work is resold by an auction house or gallery. 
This Right applies to living artists and to those who have died within the last 70 years. 
This royalty is paid by the purchaser on top of the hammer price if the sale price reaches or exceeds 1000 euros. 
The amount payable is on a sliding scale - e.g. up to 50,000 euros, the royalty rate is 4% of the sale price. The maximum royalty a work can earn is capped at 12,500 euros.

 


Opening Hours

Batemans Saleroom and Office are open on the week after each Auction for payments and collections as follows:


Monday: 9:30am to 5pm
Tuesday: 9:30am to 5pm
Wednesday: By Appointment
Thursday: 9:30am to 5pm
Friday: 9:30am to 5pm
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

 

 


How to Bid

Examination of Goods

Prospective buyers are strongly advised to examine personally any goods in which they are interested, before the auction takes place. Buyers are responsible for satisfying themselves concerning the condition of the goods and matters referred to in the catalogue description. Catalogue Descriptions.

 

Catalogue Description

While every care has been taken by Batemans in the preparation of our catalogue, any statement as to authorship, attribution, origin, date, age, size, medium, weight, provenance, condition or estimated selling price is a statement of opinion and is not to be taken as a statement or representation of fact.

 

Registration

Attending our sales is the best way to bid and to experience the excitement of sale day. Every prospective buyer is required to complete and sign a registration form before making a bid, this is carried out at our Saleroom Office. Identification may be required, we accept Photocard driving licences and Passports; please bring one of these with you when registering.

You will be given a bidding paddle which you should hold up for the auctioneer to see if you are bidding.

 

Absentee / Commission Bids

If you cannot attend the sale you can complete an absentee bidding form which instructs Batemans to bid for a lot on your behalf. This will be executed on your behalf by the auctioneer, who will purchase the lot as cheaply as possible, allowing for any reserve prices and other bids. You can also set up an account to place and track absentee bids through our website - see the 'Place a Bid' button next to each lot on the sale catalogue pages. 
Bids can also be arranged by telephoning our Saleroom Office or via email. This service is undertaken as a free service to bidders, however we cannot accept liability for failure to make a commission bid. Prospective buyers should therefore always attend personally if they wish to be certain of bidding. 
PLEASE NOTE: It is the responsibility of the bidder to contact Batemans after the completion of the sale to establish whether their bid was successful and to arrange collection and payment within the allotted five days following the sale.

We cannot accept commission bid requests on the day of the sale - these must be arranged in the days preceding the sale day.

Important Note: Bidders unknown to Batemans will be required to submit further identification, e.g. Photo-card driving licence or Passport, bids will not be processed without bidders passing our security check.

Absentee / Autobids can be setup via our two online bidding platforms the-saleroom.com and easyliveauction.com which are carried out by those websites rather than Batemans. Please remember that additional fees are charged (see Buyer's Premium above) for using these services.

 

Telephone Bids

For lots estimated over £100 Batemans can arrange to contact bidders to enable them to participate in the bidding by telephone. This can be arranged by telephoning our Saleroom Office or via email. This service is undertaken as a free service to bidders, however we cannot accept liability for failure to make a telephone bid. Prospective buyers should therefore always attend personally if they wish to be certain of bidding. 

We cannot accept telephone bid requests on the day of the sale - these must be arranged in the days preceding the sale day.

Important Note: Bidders unknown to Batemans will be required to submit further identification, e.g. Photo-card driving licence or Passport, bids will not be processed without bidders passing our security check.

 

Online Bids

Live bidding is available for each sale at the-saleroom.com, pre-registration is required. You can register for live bidding and other forms of bidding at the same time should you wish.

Live bidding is also available for each sale at easyliveauction.com, pre-registration is required. You can register for live bidding and other forms of bidding at the same time should you wish.

Important Note: Batemans' results issued by our office are definitive. Results shown on an online bidders 'Winning Bids' page may not indicate a true auction result. Should the operator (of the-saleroom.com or easyliveauction.com sale management console) make an error in recording sale results this would lead to an online bidder incorrectly 'winning' or 'not winning' a lot. Should any confusion arise please contact our Saleroom Office on 01780 766466.

Important Note: The online bidding platforms (via the-saleroom.com or easyliveauction.com) can very occasionally experience unexpected freezing and outage, often depending on the quality and speed of a bidders' internet connection. Whilst Batemans strives to minimise any problems please be patient should any errors ever occur. Prospective buyers should therefore always attend personally if they wish to be certain of bidding.


For further detail and information please refer to our full Terms & Conditions