Terms & Conditions

Third Party Liability

Every person on The Canterbury Auction Galleries’ premises at any time shall be deemed to be there at his own risk. He shall have no claim against The Canterbury Auction Galleries in respect of any accident which may occur or injury, damage or loss howsoever caused, save insofar as the injury, damage or loss shall be caused by the direct negligence of The Auction Galleries Employees.

Standard Conditions of Sale


In these Conditions The Canterbury Auction Galleries, who act as Auctioneers and agents for the vendor, are called"the Auctioneers", and the representative of The Canterbury Auction Galleries conducting the auction is called "The Auctioneer".


Whilst the Auctioneers make every effort to ensure the accuracy of their catalogue and the description of any lot:

  • Each lot as set out in the catalogue or as divided or combined with any other lot or lots is sold by the vendor with all faults, imperfections and errors of description.
  • The Auctioneers do not accept responsibility for the authenticity, attribution, genuineness, origin, authorship, date, age period, condition or quality of any lot, unless they have been instructed in writing by the vendor so to certify, and in such cases the Auctioneers do so as agents for the vendor and are not themselves responsible for such claims.
  • All statements, whether printed in the catalogue or made orally, as to any of the matters set out in (b) above are statements of opinion only and are not to be taken as being or implying any warranties or representations of fact by the Auctioneers, unless they have been instructed in writing by the vendor so to certify, and in such case the Auctioneers do so as agents of the vendor and are not themselves responsible for such claims.
  • Any claim under any statute must be received in writing by the Auctioneer within seven days of the day of sale.

The Auction

  • The Auctioneer has absolute discretion to divide any lot to combine any two or more lots or to withdraw any lot or lots from the sale, to refuse bids, regulate bidding or cancel the sale without in any case giving any reason or without previous notice. He may bid on behalf of the vendor for all goods which are being offered subject to reserve or at the Auctioneer’s discretion.
  • The highest bidder shall be the buyer except in the case of a dispute. If during the auction the Auctioneer considers that a dispute has arisen he has absolute discretion to settle it or to re-offer the lot. The Auctioneer may at his sole discretion determine the advances of bidding or refuse a bid.
  • Each lot is put up for sale subject to any reserve price placed by the vendor. Where there is no reserve price (but not otherwise) the seller has the right to bid either personally or by any one person (who may be the Auctioneer).
  • All conditions, notices, descriptions, statements and other matters in the catalogue and elsewhere concerning any lot are subject to any statements modifying or affecting the same made by the Auctioneer from the rostrum prior to any bid being accepted for the lot.

Electronic Bid Platform Users 

Clients choosing to bid via Electronic Bid Platforms (either in house or third party sourced) should be aware that in the event of potential time lapse issues caused by individual hardware, choice of Operating System or Internet Service Providers, The Canterbury Auction Galleries cannot be held responsible for late or missed bids, the lot will be sold by the Auctioneer from information gleaned from the bid platforms at the fall of the hammer - bidders should endeavour to bid as quickly as possible to minimise any delay in bid arrival.


Notwithstanding any other terms of these Conditions, if within 14 days after the sale the Auctioneers have received from the buyer of any lot notice in writing that in his view the lot is a deliberate forgery and within 21 days after such notification the buyer returns the same to the Auctioneers in the same condition as the time of sale and by producing evidence, the burden of proof to be upon the buyer, satisfies the Auctioneers that considered in the light of the entry in the catalogue the lot is a deliberate forgery, then the sale of the lot will be rescinded and the purchase price of the same refunded. In the event of a dispute then the matter shall be settled by arbitration, the arbitrator to be nominated by the President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Both the buyer and the vendor agree to be bound by the decision.


The Auctioneers disclaim responsibility for default by either the buyer or the vendor because they act as agents for the vendor only and therefore do not pay out to the vendor until payment is received from the buyer. Instructions given by telephone are accepted at the sender’s risk and must be confirmed in writing forthwith.

In the event of a sale by private treaty both the vendor and the buyer agree to be bound by the Auctioneers Conditions of Sale.

Vendors Conditions


As the Canterbury Auction Galleries are Auctioneers, all goods delivered to their premises will be deemed to be delivered for sale by auction unless otherwise stated in writing and will be catalogued and sold at the Auctioneer’s discretion and accepted by the Auctioneers subject to all the Sale Conditions. By delivering the goods to the Auctioneers for inclusion in their auction sales each vendor acknowledges that he or she has accepted and agreed to be bound by all these Conditions.


The Auctioneers do not themselves usually undertake the collection of goods but will, if required in writing, instruct a contractor on the vendor’s behalf in their capacity as agents. The Auctioneers disclaim all responsibility for loss or damage to goods or for unauthorised removal of goods and for damage to premises caused by the contractor who should be insured for such risks. Unless instructions are received to the contrary the charge for these services will be deducted from the proceeds of sale.

Loss or Damage

The Auctioneers disclaim all responsibility for loss or damage to goods or for unauthorised removal of goods unless caused by the direct negligence of their employees.


The Auctioneers reserve the right to store or arrange for the storage of goods delivered to them for sale either on their own premises or elsewhere at their sole discretion. They exempt themselves from any liability from loss or damage to goods delivered to them without sufficient sale instructions and reserve the right to make a minimum storage charge at 50p per lot per day for such goods (unless the loss or damage is caused by the negligence of their employees).

Right to Sell

Vendors will be charged for goods left on the premises if the vendor has been requested to remove them and if the goods are not removed within seven days of such request the Auctioneers reserve the right to sell the goods to defray costs and storage charges.


  • Unless otherwise instructed in writing, all goods on the Auctioneers premises and in their custody will be held insured against the risks of fire, theft following forcible entry and water damage (but not against accidental breakage or damage) for which insurance is included in the Vendor Commission Rate. The value of the goods so covered shall be gross amount realised, or in the case of unsold lots the best bid, or in the case of goods withdrawn prior to a sale the reserve price or where there is no reserve that which the Auctioneers shall in their absolute discretion estimate to be the auction value of such goods.
  • The Auctioneers shall not be responsible for damage to or the loss, theft or destruction of any goods not so insured upon the owner’s written instructions.
  • The Auctioneers shall not be responsible for accidental breakage, loss or damage howsoever caused unless directly caused by negligence of their employees.
  • In respect of any article delivered to the Auctioneers if the vendor has in force a policy or policies of Insurance in which the article is specifically mentioned as being insured, whether or not for an agreed sum or value, the vendor shall notify his insurers of and shall himself note the Auctioneers interest as bailees in such policy or policies.


  • All goods are put up for sale WITHOUT RESERVE at the Auctioneer’s discretion unless written instructions as to reserves are received by the Auctioneers prior to the commencement of the sale.
  • In the event of any reserve price not being reached at auction the Auctioneers are empowered to sell after the auction by private treaty, at not less than the reserve price, as long as the goods remain on their premises. In the event of such a sale by private treaty the Conditions of Sale applicable to a buyer governing the auction will apply.


The vendor shall duly indemnify the Auctioneers against any claims in connection with any goods sold by them on the vendor’s behalf.

Value Added Tax

A vendor who sends for sale by auction any chattel(s) which is an asset of his business must disclose to the Auctioneers whether or not he is a registered person for Value Added Tax purposes and, if so, his registered number and whether or not he intends to operate the special scheme covering works of art, etc. This information must be supplied to the Auctioneer on or prior to delivery of the goods.

The Vendor authorises the Auctioneers to deduct commission and expenses at the stated rates from the hammer price and acknowledges the Auctioneers right to retain any premium payable by the purchasers.

Rights to Photographs and Illustrations

The vendor gives the Auctioneers full and absolute right to photograph and illustrate any lot placed in its hands for sale and to use such photographs and illustrations and any photographs provided by the vendor at any time at its absolute discretion (whether or not in connection with the auction).

Buyers Conditions


Each buyer, by making a bid for a lot, acknowledges that he has satisfied himself fully before bidding by inspection or otherwise as to all the Sale Conditions, the physical condition of and description of the lot, including but not restricted to whether the lot is damaged or has been repaired or restored.  Prospective buyers are given ample opportunity to view and inspect items over the three days prior to sale day (please check for days and times).

Condition Reports

Descriptions provided in both printed and on-line catalogue formats do not include condition reports.  A condition report is only generated if specifically requested by an interested buyer. The absence of a condition report does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Interested bidders are strongly encouraged to view in person, however if unable to do so, a condition report can be requested on any lots upon which they intend to bid, prior to placing a bid. A condition report will take the form of a written report in the first instance, please specify if you require extra images.  It should be noted such reports are for guidance only and no responsibility is accepted for their accuracy. All transactions are governed by the Canterbury Auction Galleries.  Please ensure condition report requests are submitted before 5pm the day before the sale, any submitted after this time cannot be guaranteed a response. 

Commission Bids

You may also leave commission bids via our website, you will receive an automatic notification from us that the bids have been received.  If you do NOT receive any notification from us this means that the process has not been completed correctly, please ensure you follow ALL the steps when leaving your commission bids via our website (including ticking the Terms & Conditions box). Please note, bids left via our website are NOT autobids, they are processed manually, hence the requirement for the 8.30am deadline.  The onus for ensuring bids have been left in a correct and timely manner, via our website, rests with the bidder.  

E-mailed commission bids can be left with the Auctioneers at any time up until 8.30am on the day of sale. They must state the sender's full address and telephone number and be signed by the intending buyer. The onus of the safe and timely receipt of the E-mail bids rests with the bidder. 

Please note, we no longer accept bids by fax. 


Prospective bidders are also advised to exercise caution if choosing to bid online and also placing commission bids on the same lot. 

Property and Risk

Legal title will not pass to the buyer until the lot(s) has been paid for in full and the Auctioneers shall be entitled to a lien on any lot sold until the purchase price (as defined in 22 below) is paid in full but each lot is at the sole risk of the buyer from the fall of the hammer. Each buyer shall forthwith give his full name and permanent address and if called upon to do so by the Auctioneers shall forthwith pay such proportion of the purchase price as the Auctioneers may require. If the buyer fails to do so, the lot may at the Auctioneer’s sole discretion be put up again and re-sold.

Every bidder shall be deemed to act as principal unless there is in force a written acknowledgement by the Auctioneers that he acts as agent on behalf of a named principal.

Removal of Goods

No purchase shall be claimed or removed until it has been paid for and the sale has been concluded. All purchases shall be paid for and removed at the buyer’s risk and expense within ten days after the sale, failing which the Auctioneer shall not be responsible if the same are lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed.   If they are not paid for and removed within ten days of the sale the Auctioneer may re-sell them by auction or privately without notice to the buyer. Any liability which there may be on the part of the Auctioneer in respect of any loss shall be restricted to a maximum of the price paid by the buyer of the lot.  Please also note any lots left uncollected may also be subject to storage charges. 

In the event of any failure of the buyers to comply with any of the above conditions the damages recoverable by the seller or the Auctioneers from the defaulter shall include any loss arising on an re-sale of the lot, together with the charges and expenses in respect of both sales, and together with interest at 2% above Metro Bank base rate upon the price of any lot which has not been paid for within 48 hours of the sale, and any money deposited in part payment shall be held by the Auctioneers on account of any liability of the defaulter to them or to the seller. The Auctioneers are unable to accept payment from successful bidders other than in cash or by the bidder’s own cheque. Cheques drawn by third parties, whether in the Auctioneers’ favour or requiring endorsement, cannot be accepted.

Post and packing - The Canterbury Auction Galleries offer a limited post and packing service (UK only). Buyers should be aware that all items posted (regardless of carrier) should be considered as uninsured and therefore should make their own insurance arrangements. If we cannot send your purchase ourselves, we can recommend companies we work with who offer this service. PLEASE NOTE WE DO NOT SHIP ABROAD. 

Purchase Price

The purchaser shall pay the hammer price together with a premium of 22.5%, plus V.A.T.  (27% inclusive of VAT) of the hammer price. The premium is payable by all purchasers.

Payment for purchases can also be made in cash or by cheque drawn on a British bank. Cheque payment for purchases in excess of £50 by persons unknown to the Auctioneers can only be made on the understanding that no Lots will be handed over until the cheque has been cleared, except where a satisfactory bankers reference has already been received by us prior to the commencement of the auction. Prospective purchasers not well known to us must supply us at least four days prior to the auction with the address of their bank, their account number, and an indication of the likely total amount of their purchases. Cheques drawn on foreign banks may be subject to a surcharge and delay in clearance.

OVERSEAS BUYERS - Card payments are NOT accepted from overseas buyers. Payments can be made by bank transfer, details of which will be on the invoice when it is sent.

NEW PAYMENT TERMS FROM APRIL 2012 - Due to the recent bout of fraudulent bidding in our sales, we have been forced to impose a new policy regarding payment for purchases over £1500.   We will now only accept payment over this amount by bank transfer or by card or cash payments IN PERSON.  We will NOT accept payments by card over the phone for amounts over £1500. 

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

Artists Resale Rights

If a work of art has 'ARR'  prior to the description, this denotes that Artists Resale Rights are payable by the purchaser at 4% of the hammer price on lots realising or exceeding above the Sterling equivalent of 1000 Euros (where the estimate is already at 1000 Euros or over)

If a work of art has '***' prior to the description, this denotes that Artists Resale Rights are only payable by the purchaser at 4% of the hammer price if the lot realises or exceeds above the Sterling equivalent of 1000 Euros (where the estimate is under 1000 Euros) 

Export Licences

An Export Licence is required for certain items leaving the United Kingdom. The obtaining of a relevant Licence is the responsibility of the buyer.