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Prior to the auction, we will recommend auction estimates for your property. A low and high estimate, eg £500-700, will be printed in the catalogue as a guide price for prospective bidders. In addition we always recommend protecting your property with a reserve price, this being the minimum figure we would accept as a selling bid at the auction. The reserve price is confidential information between the auctioneer and the seller. A reserve price can never be set higher than the low auction estimate printed in the catalogue.
We hold a minimum of two live Fine Modern & Vintage Sporting Guns sales a year at Sotheby’s London salerooms (See Calendar for latest details) as well as the annual auction at the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland. Please be aware that all entries must be delivered to us at least six weeks in advance of the auction date, this being the catalogue production deadline. If you are unable to deliver your property in person, please contact us for help and advice. If necessary, transport by a third party carrier can be arranged, however charges will apply.
We produce a lavishly illustrated sale catalogue that is mailed to our clients and subscribers worldwide, including private collectors, museums and sporting organisations. All consignors to our auctions receive a complimentary catalogue. Consignors will also receive a pre-sale advice letter confirming the lot number(s) of the property.
The auction catalogue is also available on-line at our website about a month before the sale. For additional worldwide exposure the catalogue is also hosted on-line by the premier art and antiques newspaper, The Antiques Trade Gazette at www.the-saleroom/gavingardiner and on the art and on the antiques collectors website: www.invaluable.com.
Your property will be on exhibition at Sotheby’s London for a minimum period of two days prior to the auction, allowing prospective bidders to view and make any necessary enquiries with our staff.
It is a public auction and you are more than welcome to attend if you wish to witness the excitement of your lots coming under the hammer. In addition to the audience in the room, there will be absentee bidders who have left instructions with the auctioneer, and others bidding live by telephone with our staff. Written confirmation of the sale results will be mailed to all consignors on the first working day after the sale.
Settlement is normally made by sterling cheque 35 days after the auction, always subject to receipt of payment from the purchaser.
Commission is charged at 10% of the hammer price on all sold lots above £2,000, and 15% for lots selling below this level. We are always prepared to discuss commission terms for the sale of collections and other valuable consignments. There is a minimum commission charge for each lot of £50.
Whilst on our premises, your property is automaticaly covered for risk of loss and liability. There is a charge of 1.5% of the hammer price for this on all lots sold.
We often recommend that lots should be illustrated in the catalogue. The image also appears on the internet. Illustration fees are £30 per lot, although we may recommend larger size illustrations for important lots which attract a higher fee accordingly. Charges apply to sold and unsold lots.
Unsold property may be reconsigned in the next available sale with a revised estimate and reserve. If it is not reconsigned, then a reduced commission of 50% of the sellers commission may be payable calculated as if the proprty sold for it's reserve price (where applicable) plus relevant expenses.
Our commission and fees are subject to VAT where applicable. There are no other hidden auctioneer’s fees, such a lotting up fees, unsold commission, unsold insurance, etc
Collection of Purchases and Unsold Property
Lots will be available for collection at Sotheby’s London saleroom until 12 noon on the day following the auction. All uncollected lots will then be packed and returned to Gavin Gardiner Limited’s secure storage in West Sussex. Lots will be available for collection in West Sussex by prior appointment from 9am on the following working day (two days after the auction).
Lots may be collected either from Sotheby’s office at Summer’s Place, Billingshurst, West Sussex or from Sotheby’s London salerooms by prior arrangement with Gavin Gardiner Limited. Purchased lots may also be collected from Gavin Gardiner Limited’s administration office. In all instances, a prior appointment will need to have been made. Buyers are urged to arrange collection of purchases within 10 working days of the auction and are reminded that risk of loss passes to the buyer after this date.
We can arrange for lots to be packed and dispatched by courier and delivered to nominated Registered Firearms Dealers within the UK. This will be arranged at the buyers risk and Gavin Gardiner Limited reserves the right to charge for it’s time and packing materials. Buyers are reminded that they are responsible for arranging their own insurance cover while the goods are in transit.
Sporting guns and Firearms will be released by appointment only