Sunday 18 August 2013

Information for Bidders and Buyers

From the FAQ page -

How do I get into the auction?
Entrance to the auction is by catalogue. This is your ticket in. Catalogues are free and can be picked up from The Beatles Shop once they are available. Also there is usually someone in the Adephi Hotel foyer handing them out on the Friday before the sale and the Saturday morning before we begin. A downloadable version of the catalogue will also be available on this site.

How do I bid?
If you are attending the auction and may be looking to bid on any item(s) you must register at the desk before the sale begins. You will need to provide us with contact details and we will give you a bidding paddle with a number on it. You need to be sure the auctioneer has written this number down if you are a successful bidder.

How do I make an absentee bid?
You can use the bidding form on this site, but please contact us if you do not receive an acknowledgement via email that we have received your bid. You can also fax your bid to us on 0113 2779750, or from the USA 0144113 2779750. Or you can email bids to, again please get in touch if an emailed bid is not acknowledged.

Do you accept Overseas Bids?
We certainly do. See above for the contact details for absentee bidders. All bids must be made in Pounds Sterling, not local currency. Overseas bidders will be asked for credit card details to secure their bids, however this does not have to be the method of payment if your bid is successful. Should you be the winning bidder you will be contacted so that payment can be arranged.

What methods of payment can I use?
We accept cash, credit card (subject to a 3% administration charge) and personal cheques (drawn on a UK bank, with bankers guarantee cards within the limit.) Please see Buyers Notes for more details. Also please note that a buyer’s premium of 17% of the hammer price is payable by the buyer’s of all lots, this premium includes VAT

Important Information from the Buyer's Notes page

Absentee Bids
If instructed we will execute bids and advise intending purchasers. This service is free. Lots will always be bought as cheaply as is allowed by such other bids and reserves that are on our books. In the event of identical bids the earliest will take precedence. Always indicate a "top limit" - the amount to which you would bid if you attended the auction yourself. "Buy" or unlimited bids will not be accepted. Orders, when placed by telephone are accepted but only at the sender’s risk, and must be confirmed before the sale by letter or fax. Fax number for bids only: 0113 2779750, or from the USA 0144113 2779750. Or you can email bids to (please note if you email is not acknowledged after two or three days please resend.

Paddle Bidding
To assist the progress of the sale, all intending buyers are asked to collect a bidding paddle before the commencement of selling. All intended purchasers who are not known to the auctioneers should bring with them some means of identification. The numbered paddle may be used to indicate your bids to the auctioneer during the sale. Should you be the successful buyer of any lot, please ensure that your bid paddle can be seen the auctioneer, and that your number is called out. Should there be any doubts as to price or buyer, please draw the auctioneer’s attention to it immediately. All lots sold will be invoiced to the name and address given against the issue of the numbered bid paddle and cannot be transferred to other names and addresses. Please do not mislay your paddle. In the event of loss inform the sales clerk. At the end of the sale please return your paddle to the registration desk. This system does not apply to order bidders.

Buyer’s Premium
A buyer’s premium of 17% of the hammer price is payable by the buyer’s of all lots, this includes VAT.

Pre-Sale Estimates
The pre-sale estimates are intended as a guide for the prospective purchaser. Any bid between the listed figures would, in our opinion, offer a fair chance of success. However all lots, depending on the degree of competition, can realise prices above and below the listed estimates. It is always advisable to consult us nearer the time of sales as estimates can be subject to revision.

Storage Charges
Items not collected within five working days (Saturdays included) of the sale will be liable to storage charges.

Methods of Payment
Payment would be preferred by cash or banker’s draft. Buyers are advised that property will not be released until funds have cleared. We are able to accept payment via Mastercard, Visa and Amex subject to the discretion of the auctioneers and authorisation. The service charge of 3% made by these credit companies will be passed on to the user. Payment via debit card occur no extra charge. Purchases may be collected or dispatched upon full payment for the goods. Should shipping be required by the purchaser, costs will be incurred at their expense. All cheques and banker's drafts will be accepted subject to clearance..

Methods of Dispatch
To be arranged with the auctioneers. All carriage charges to be paid prior to shipping.
Clearance and Insurance
Purchasers are requested to arrange clearance of lots as early as possible and are reminded that purchases are only insured for five days.

Important Notice
Buyers are reminded that all lots are sold as shown, and it is their responsibility to inspect the lot for sale. The absence of reference to condition in the catalogue does not imply that the lot is free from faults or imperfections, unless the lot carries a condition description.  Also, unless stated in the description items do not come with letters of authenticity or provenance, nor can such documents be obtained from vendors after the sale.  Please note that the auctioneers are not able to provide documentation regarding items sold, unless it has been provided by the vendor when the item was placed into the auction.


The estimated prices printed below the catalogue descriptions are approximate . They are not definite. They are prepared well in advance of the sale and are subject to revision.