Updated May 2013

The information below will help you enjoy participating in our auctions.



Our sale catalogue contains a brief description of each item. This description is for guidance only - some items are of an age or nature that means they may not be in perfect condition. Prospective Buyers should take the opportunity where possible to attend our viewing to examine items in person or to contact us prior to the sale with any questions about an item.

Barnes Auctions does not take any responsibility for the authenticity, origin or estimated price of any item. All items are offered for sale as viewed and without any warranty or claim as to its suitability or fitness for its apparent purpose, so prospective Buyers should use their own judgement. All items are sold as seen. All electrical items are sold on the express condition that the Buyer ensures they are examined by a competent electrician before connecting them to any source of electricity.

Once registered to bid, you are allocated a unique bidding number for the sale. To place an absentee commission bid or to book a telephone bid, please contact Barnes Auctions by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 8pm on the day before the sale. Barnes Auctions require debit / credit card details in order to place an absentee or telephone bid, and may in some cases require a deposit of £50.

The Auctioneer has absolute discretion as to the increments/amounts by which bidding increases.

The highest bidder as determined by the Auctioneer is the Buyer. The Auctioneer has absolute discretion to settle any disputes that may arise and to refuse bids or to advance the bidding as seen fit. His decision is final.

The Buyer's Premium is the commission paid to the auctioneer by the Buyer over and above the final sale price, (the hammer price), of each item. Our Buyer's Premium is 15% of the final sale price for bids and settlement made in person in the sale room on the day of sale where the item is collected on the same day, and 18% for all commission, telephone and online bids, or where the item is not collected on the day of the sale (the 3% surcharge covers the additional handling and administrative costs incurred).

Buyers can pay by major debit or credit card, American Express charge card, by cash in UK Sterling (in person) or by UK cheque accompanied by a cheque guarantee card sufficient to cover the total cost of purchase. Barnes Auctions may require proof of identity / address when paying by card or cheque. Barnes Auctions may hold an item settled by cheque until the cheque clears.

Our preferred method of settlement for absentee bids is by bank transfer. We reserve the right to refuse payment by debit or credit card for absentee settlement.

Please note that Barnes Auctions levies a 3% card surcharge for payment by credit card / American Express, to cover third party costs. There is no card surcharge for debit card payment.

Please note – once the Auctioneer has determined your bid to be the successful bid, a legal contract is created and you are obliged to pay for the item.

As the Buyer, you only take ownership of the item once full payment is made. (In the case of cheque payment, this is not until the cheque has cleared even if you have already collected the item). We reserve the right to hold on to items paid for by cheque until the cheque has cleared.

Full payment for items bought must be received by Barnes Auctions within seven days of the close of the auction. If a Buyer fails to pay for an item within seven days of the sale, the Auctioneer reserves the right to cancel the sale and re-sell the item(s) won. The Auctioneer can also proceed against the Buyer for breach of contract.

All sales are final and no refunds are given.

Unless by prior arrangement with Barnes Auctions, Buyers must collect items within seven days of the close of the auction. It is the Buyer's responsibility to arrange for collection of any item(s) purchased. Please note – collection is by appointment only. Buyers must contact Barnes Auctions in advance of collecting items as the address for collection after the day of the sale is not the same as the venue address of the auction.

Barnes Auctions recommends independent shipper Pack & Send for shipping. You can contact them on 0208 392 6990 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an advance shipping quote. The cost of shipping will be at the Buyer's expense.

Any items not collected within seven days will incur a storage charge of £1 per day. Items not collected within six months of the sale date, unless by prior arrangement in writing, will be deemed to have been abandoned and may be disposed of by Barnes Auctions without any liability to the Buyer.

If a Seller enters an item for sale without a reserve price, our commission is 20% of the selling price or £10, whichever is the greater. The Seller then receives the balance by cheque or bank transfer, normally within 21 days of the auction. Please note that Barnes Auctions requires settlement in full from the Buyer before settling with the Seller. If the Seller requests a reserve price, we charge a £10. If the Seller's item sells, the Seller then receives the balance as above plus the deposit is returned. Barnes Auctions retains the deposit if the item does not sell.

If an item doesn't sell, the Seller must collect the item from Barnes Auctions within seven days of notification from Barnes Auctions that the item has not sold. Unless by prior agreement, (for example we may offer to sell the item(s) at a future sale), items not collected within this time will be disposed of and Barnes Auctions will retain all proceeds. Please note that goods entered into our sales are done so at the Seller's own risk and that the seller accepts that Barnes Auctions are not liable for any damage or loss to items while in our possession.

Barnes Auctions reserves the right to levy a £10 fee for the collection and transportation of any item of furniture to our auction room. If applied, the Seller will be advised of this on entering your items for sale.


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