Each auction is prepared in advance and is on public view at Sotheby’s London salerooms before the sale. No passes or appointments are required.
Conditions of Business
All lots are offered subject to Gavin Gardiner Limited’s Conditions of Business.
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Estimates and Reserves
Estimates are published as a guide only and are subject to review. The actual hammer price of a lot may be higher or lower than the range of figures given and there are no predetermined starting prices. Estimates may be subject to revision. Published estimates are exclusive of buyer’s premium and VAT.
All lots are subject to reserves. The reserve price is never higher than the low pre-sale estimate.
Buyers Premium and VAT
A buyers premium of 25% is applicable to all the lots in this sale.
The buyer’s premium is subject to VAT at the current standard rate. Lots are normally offered for sale under the auctioneers margin scheme and VAT is payable of the buyers premium by all buyers. Lots marked with a dagger symbol (†) will be offered under normal UK VAT rules and VAT will be charged on both the hammer price and the buyers premium.
All auctions are on public view for at least two days prior to the sale.
All prospective bidders are encouraged to attend the pre-sale exhibition and view the lots in person. If this is not possible, we will be pleased to provide a condition report where practical. All condition reports are provided in good faith. Buyers are reminded that it is their responsibility to satisfy themselves over the condition of lots. Please refer to Conditions of Business for further information.
Bidding in Person
To bid with us you must register to obtain a bidding number. You will be asked to provide proof of identity. All lots sold will be invoiced to the name and address in which the paddle has been registered and will not be transferred to other names or addresses. If you instruct an agent to bid on your behalf, you will need to provide a letter of authority to this effect.
Gavin Gardiner Limited is pleased to execute bids on behalf of clients unable to attend the sale in person. All bids should be submitted in writing and in good time, at least 24 hours prior to the auction. Lots will be purchased as cheaply as possible (subject to other bids received, reserves and competition in the saleroom). It will be possible to arrange auction room telephone bidding, but subject always to the availability of lines and staffing. These services are offered free of charge and are subject to our Condition of Business.
A bidding form is available for download from the front page of this website when a sale is upcoming. Please forward your bids to us via e-mail.
We no longer accept bids by Fax.
Payment is due in sterling immediately after the sale and before purchases can be released. Payments in person can be made in the saleroom on the day of the auction. After this payments must be made by post, card transactions in person or electronic transfer to our bank. Gavin Gardiner Ltd welcome the following methods of payment:
We are pleased to accept major credit cards and debit cards for payments in person (regrettably we are unable to accept American Express card payments), however because of fraud issues we are unable to accept a credit card for a payment exceeding £500. There is no limit for payments made by debit card. Remote payments will no longer be accepted and we ask that a bank transer is made.
Sterling Banker’s Draft or Building Society Cheque and Electronic or Wire Transfer
Drawn on a recognised UK bank or building society. Wire Transfers can be made directly to our Bank, details of which are published in the buyers guide of our printed auction catalogue. Please contact us for further details.
Sterling Cheque or Cash
Please not that we require seven days to clear sterling cheques where the amount exceeds the cheque card guarantee limit, unless special arrangements have been made with the auctioneer in advance of the sale (normally the presentation of a letter of guarantee from your bank). We always reserve the right to hold goods until a cheque is cleared. Cash payments will not be accepted above £6.000.
Storage, Collection & Shipping Logistics
On receipt of cleared funds, lots can be collected from the Sotheby’s saleroom during the auction, or immediately after its completion. Thereafter, all purchased lots will be transferred to Gavin Gardiner Ltd’s premises in West Sussex from where they may be collected by appointment.
Important Notices for Buyers
Sporting Guns, Rifles and Ammunition will not be released without the appropriate Firearm or Shotgun certificate. Overseas certificates are not valid in the U.K. firearms will be released by appointment only.
Firearms Act 1968
Lots marked with a . or S1 will not be delivered to purchasers without production of a valid United Kingdom Firearms Certificate or R.F.D. Permit.
Lots marked with a * or S2 will not be delivered to purchasers without production of a valid United Kingdom Shotgun Certificate or R.F.D. Permit.
Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997
Lots marked with a .. or S5 will not be delivered without the Authority of the Secretary of State under Section 5 to purchase or acquire prohibited weapons to which section 5(1)(aba) of the act applies.
Special Notice to Overseas Buyers
Firearms under 100 years of age, in addition to any other Export Licence requirements, need a DTI strategic licence in order to leave the U.K. Gavin Gardiner Limited will upon request, arrange through his nominated shipper and the appropriate Government agencies for the relevant Export Licence application. Shipping Instructions should include the nature of the consignees business, and the ultimate intended use for each firearm. In most cases an Import Licence or General Undertaking will be required before an Export Licence is granted. Gavin Gardiner Limited recommend that any queries concerning the shipment and Export of Firearms be addressed to our firearms shipping agent, P.D.Q. Freight Ltd.
P.D.Q. Freight Ltd.
Unit 4 Courtyard 1
Tel 01784 243695
Fax 01784 242237
To enable PDQ to apply for the Export Licence after the sale, they will require:
1 Import consent from the country of destination
2 Intended use and purchasers business
3 Non EEC buyers will require to supply an End User General Undertaking.
Article 11(4) of Directive 91/477/E.E.C.
European buyers are reminded of the regulations concerning the transfer of Firearms within the E.E.C. Overseas certificates are not valid in the U.K..
Prior Import Consent is required from the consignee (obtained from the issuing authorities in that member state) before a U.K. Export Licence will be granted. Trade Buyers within the E.E.C. are reminded that Gavin Gardiner Limited hold an open Dealer to Dealer licence, the Import consent requirements remain the same.
Proof, Condition and Certification
The buyer of any firearm must hold the appropriate Certificate (or other valid authority) to acquire the firearm.
Proof of Firearms
The term ‘proof exemption certificate’ indicates that a firearm has been examined at a Proof House but not proved, as either (a) it was deemed of interest and not intended for use, or (b) ammunition was not available. In either case, the firearm must be regarded as unsafe to fire unless subsequently proved. Firearms proved for Black Powder should not be used with modern smokeless ammunition.
The term ‘Certificate of Unprovability’ indicates that a firearm has been examined at a Proof House and is deemed both unsuitable for proof and use. Reproof is required before any such firearm is to be used.
Guns Sold as Parts
Barrels of guns sold as parts will only be made available for sleeving and measurement once rendered unserviceable, according to the Gun Barrel Proof Act of 1968 to 1978 and the Rules of Proof.
Condition of Firearms
Comment in this catalogue is restricted in general to exceptional condition and to those defects that might affect the immediate safety of a firearm in normal use. An intending buyer unable to make technical examinations and assessments is recommended to seek advice from a gunmaker or from the specialist in charge. All prospective buyers are advised to consult the lists of bore and wall-thickness measurements posted in the saleroom. Potential buyers should note that guns are stripped only where there is a strong indication of a mechanical malfunction. Stripping is not otherwise undertaken. Guns intended for use should be stripped and cleaned beforehand. Hammer guns should have their rebound mechanisms checked before use. The safety mechanisms of all guns must be tested before use.
Gavin Gardiner Ltd holds a Section 5 authority for certain prohibited weapons. Those handguns that fall outside this authority and which may be acquired as ‘antique’, or under Section 7, will be highlighted on the view.
Taxidermy & Related Items
As a seller of these articles, Gavin Gardiner Ltd undertakes to comply fully with CITES regulations and DEFRA. Buyers are advised to inform themselves of all such regulations and should expect the exportation of items to take some time to arrange.