BUYING & SELLING AT 25 BLYTHE ROAD
25 Blythe Road offers free valuations by
email or at our West London premises. We welcome all lots
at all levels, subject to approval by each specialist.
All specialists are frequently
at Blythe Road. To ensure the relevant specialist is
available please ring or email beforehand to make an
appointment. Please see Contact Us for the details of each
Information about buying
in live sales is available on the relevant sites.
The following information
is intended to assist Bidders and Buyers. All 25 Blythe
Road auctions are conducted according to our
Conditions of Sale
which can be viewed in the 25 Blythe Road
Terms & Conditions.
We will be delighted to guide you
through the basics of buying at auction with us. Please
contact us if you have any questions that are not answered
by the following:
Live Auctions & Online
There are two types of
auctions at 25 Blythe Road: Live Auctions and Online
Thomas Del Mar (Antique Arms, Armour & Militaria), Charles
Miller (Maritime Art and Scientific Instruments) and Matthew
Barton (Decorative Works of Art) host live auctions. You
may attend the auction to bid in person or bid over the
telephone. The preview will be at 25 Blythe Road in the
days preceding the day of sale.
How can I find out what is for sale?
1. Our catalogues are available
weeks prior to the sale for Thomas Del Mar Ltd, Matthew Barton
Ltd and Charles Miller Ltd and are viewable ton the relevant
websites. Our timed auction catalogues are available 1-2
weeks pre the sale and can be viewed via our Home Page.
2. Our preview exhibitions are open to
the public. See the
Home Page for more specific details on dates.
How do I register to bid?
Register in Person
You can register to bid in person at 25
Blythe Road. If you have not bid with
us before, you will need to provide a government-issued
proof of identity such as an identification card, driver's
licence or passport with proof of address.
To register to bid online
via our Timed auction please visit the home
page where you can find out more. If you are a first time buyer
you will be required to provide identification such as an
identification card, driver's licence or password with proof of
address. This can be scanned and emailed to us at
How does Online
Each lot has an individual
auction end time as stated on the bidding platform. Any
bid placed within the last minute of a lot's auction end time
will extend the lot's period of bidding up to 2 minutes to allow
time for counter bids.
The Successful Bid in any
Auction will be the first highest bid as registered by the
website that equals or exceeds the reserve price at the point of
a lot's auction end time.
You can submit bids
incrementally as per the next possible bid as indicated on the
You can also submit a
maximum bid. This bid is similar to an absentee bid, is
strictly confidential and can only be viewed by you. A
maximum bid allows you to place a bid for the maximum level that
you are willing to bid and the site will then bid on your behalf
up to your maximum amount. Your bid will always be at the
lowest possible level subject to the reserve price and any other
bids placed on the lot. If no other bids are placed on a
lot then your bid will be no more than the reserve price for
that lot. If other bids are placed on the lot your bid
will only be one increment higher than the highest other bid, up
to your maximum. If there are two or more equal bids
submitted on a lot then the bid submitted first will take
precedence. You may increase your maximum bid at any time
without any possibility of bidding against yourself.
How do I submit an
We are accepting Absentee
Bids if you are unable to submit a bid directly through online
bidding. You can request to submit an Absentee Bid by
completing and signing an
Form and returning it to 25 Blythe Road via email or post.
Alternatively we can accept absentee bids over the telephone.
All bids received will be confirmed. If you have not
received confirmation before the day of the sale, please contact
25 Blythe Road.
Absentee Bid Form
What are the Bid
What other charges
can be incurred?
A Buyer's Premium of 20%
plus VAT is payable on the hammer price
An online timed auction
fee of 3% plus VAT is payable on the hammer price for timed
online auctions only.
Artist Resale Right
On certain Lots marked
'•' in the Catalogue that are sold for a Hammer Price of
€1,000 or greater (converted into
GBP using the European Central Bank Reference rate prevailing on
the Auction End date) an additional premium will be payable by
the Buyer to cover the payment of royalties under the Artist
Resale Right Regulations 2006. The additional premium will
be a percentage of the amount of the hammer price calculated in
accordance with the table below, and shall not exceed the
equivalent of €12,500.
Hammer Price Percentage
€0 to €50,000 4%
€50,000.01 to €200,000 3%
€200,000.01 to €350,000 1%
€350,000.01 to €500,000 0.5%
As standard not VAT is
charged on the hammer price, but VAT at the prevailing rate,
currently 20% will be added to the buyer's premium.
The following symbols are
used to denote that VAT is due on the hammer price and the
* VAT at 20% on hammer
price and buyer's premium
Ω VAT on imported
items at 20% on hammer price and buyer's premium
† VAT on imported
items at reduced rate of 5% on hammer price and 20% on buyer's
A work catalogues with the
name(s) or recognised designation of an artist, without any
qualification, is, in our opinion, a work by the artist.
In other cases, the following expressions with the following
meanings are used:
"Attributed to ...." In our
opinion probably a work by the artist in whole or in part.
...." "Workshop of ...." In our opinion a work executed in
the studio or workshop of the artist, possibly under his
"Circle of ...." In our opinion a
work of the period of the artist and showing his influence.
"Follower of ...." In our opinion a
work executed in the artist's style but not necessarily by a
"Manner of ...." In our opinion a
work executed in the artist's style but of a later date.
"After ...." In our opinion a copy
(of any date) of a work of the artist.
"Signed ....", "Dated ....", "Inscribed
...." In our opinion the work has been
signed/dated/inscribed by the artist. The addition of a
question mark (?) adds an element of doubt.
"Bears signature ....", "Bears data
....", "Bears inscription ...." In our opinion the
signature/date/inscription/stamp is by a hand other than that of
Lots marked with the symbol
are "Premium Lots" you
must complete the required Premium Lot preregistration
application and deliver to BR such necessary financial
references, guarantees, deposits and/or such other security as
BR may in its absolute discretion require, as security for your
bid. BR's decision whether to accept any pre-registration
application shall be final. We recommend you contact BR at
least 3 working days prior to the relevant sale in order to
process the pre-registration, and please bear in mind that we
are unable to obtain financial references over weekends of
public holidays. Online bidding services are not available
for premium lots.
How do I pay for my purchase?
Payments can be made in
person at 25 Blythe Road, or over the telephone at +44 (0) 20
Immediately following the sale your invoice
will be available. If you have chosen to correspond with
us via email, it will be emailed to you. Postal
are sent the day following the sale. The final amount due
will include the hammer price, the buyers premium, any applicable
taxes and other charges such as shipping if requested.
You can pay for your lots by bank transfer,
cheque or cash (subject to certain restrictions and legal
limited). We can also accept debit cards and credit cards,
a 3% surcharge is charged on credit card payments and
international debit card transactions. Card payments may
be taken by phone (mail-order payment) but with a strict limit
of £2,000. Payment must be sent from the invoiced party
and not from a third party. Payment is due immediately
after the sale. Please see our
Terms and Conditions for more information.
To Pay By Bank Transfer
Sort Code - 401904
Account Number - 22033119
Swift Code - MIDLGB22
IBAN Code -
How are my items shipped?
Shipping can be arranged by contacting us
prior to or immediately after the sale. We have a range
of preferred shippers and we are happy to send you a competitive
and comprehensive quote.
We will be more than happy to assist you
through the entire auction process. Once we have
determined that your property is appropriate for sale at
auction, we will take care of every detail, from setting
estimates to cataloguing your property and marketing it to
How do I find out what my property is worth?
We offer free auction valuations. The
first step to getting property valued is to
contact us by email, telephone or by appointment.
Please see our
Contact Us section for specific details.
The most efficient way to have a picture or
object valued is to email us. Please attach photographs
and include information such as provenance and any other
pertinent details you may know about your item.
If you have a larger collection, it is
possible for one of our experts to visit you. Please
contact us for further details on how this can be arranged.
How do I arrange shipping?
We can assist with shipping and collection
arrangements if necessary.
Contact Us for further details and charges.
What does my Sale Agreement cover?
The Sale Agreement is a contract between the
auctioneer and the vendor. It sets out the individual
estimates, reserves and charges that will be applied. It
must be signed and returned to us in order for the items to be
entered for sale.
When can I expect payment?
For sold lots, we will send payment within 35
days from the day of the sale, provided we are in receipt of the
buyer's payment. You will be paid out by your chosen
payment method. A Preferred payment form will be included
with your Sale Agreement.
What happens if my item does not sell?
In the unlikely event that any property
should fail to sell we will contact you, suggesting one of the
following; an item could be re-offered in a subsequent
sale, almost certainly with lower estimates and reserves, that
we refer the item to another saleroom, subject to your approval,
or that the goods are waiting for your collection.