Buying

At Philip Serrell, we aim to make buying at auction an easy and pleasurable experience.  We are currently holding sales bi-weekly, alternating between an Interiors sale and a Fine Art and Antiques sale, both of which are available for on-line bidding at www.easyliveauction.com and www.the-saleroom.com.

All auction sales are held on a Thursday commencing at 10.00am 

Our Interiors sales are an eclectic mix of household itmes and antiques and include Victorian, Edwardian and contemporary furniture and effects, including paintings and watercolours, ceramics and glassware, collectables, garden furniture and tools and other household effects. No printed catalogue is available for this sale, but a PDF catalogue can be downloaded from our website when the lots go on-line, usually the end of the week before the sale.  Condition reports and additional photography can be requested, but enquiries about lots with an estimate of over £50 will be given priority.

NB Payments for lots using a Credit or Debit card will not be taken over the telephone unless previous arrangements have been made with Philip Serrell.

Philip Serrell Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd is a member of Propertymark's Client Money Protection (CMP) Scheme.  The Conduct and Membership Rules can be read here.

We are currently holding sales bi-weekly, alternating between an Interiors sale and a Fine Art and Antiques sale. All auction sales are held on a Thursday commencing at 10.00am  Our Interiors sales are an eclectic mix of household itmes and antiques and include Victorian, Edwardian and contemporary furniture and effects, including paintings and watercolours, ceramics and glassware, collectables, garden furniture and tools and other household effects. No printed catalogue is available for this sale, but a PDF catalogue can be downloaded from our website when the lots go on-line, usually the end of the week before the sale.  Condition reports and additional photography can be requested, but enquiries about lots with an estimate of over £50 will be given priority.

Our Fine Art and Antiques auctions typically feature in the region of 800 lots to include 17th, 18th and 19th Century furniture, paintings and watercolours, porcelain and Royal Worcester porcelain, objets d’art, jewellery, glassware, silver, silver plate and other metal ware. We have specialists sections within our sales which often include wine, books and Asian Art.

Bidding for all sales is on-line at www.thesaleroom.com and www.easyliveauctions.com.  Post Coronavirus lockdown, saleroom bidding in person has had been restricted.  Please contact us for more information prior to sales if required, as restrictions may change as Government guidelines are updated.

Viewing is held by appointment only, the Tuesday and Wednesday before each sale from 9am to 6pm.  Sessions are limited to 30 minutes per person.  Please telephone us if you would like a viewing appointment.

No printed catalogues are produced for our sales.  Illustrated colour catalogues are available on-line at our website the week prior to a sale. The online catalogue can be searched by lot number, category or keyword, and a PDF version is available to download and print at home.  Catalogues are also available to view on our bidding platform providers, www.the-saleroom.com and www.easyliveauction.com.

IN PERSON

If you wish to attend the auction you will need to register for a bidding number in advance by filling out a bidding registration form in our office. When registering in person for the first time we require photo ID, passport or driving licence will suffice.  Following Coronavirus lockdown, please note that bidding in person is currently restricted to a limited number - please contact the saleroom direct if you wish to bid in person.

ABSENTEE BIDDING

Philip Serrell Auctioneers will bid on your behalf up to pre-submitted maximum bid as though you were present in the room. We will attempt to purchase the lot for you for the lowest price taking into consideration reserves, other commission bids and bidding in the room. Absentee bids can be left in person at the saleroom, e-mailed to auctions@serrell.co.uk or left online. Absentee bids must be left by 6.00pm on the day prior to the auction. When two commission bids are left for the same amount on the same lot, the first bid received will take preference. Absentee Bids do not include Buyers Premium

TELEPHONE BIDDING

Telephone bids must be booked in advance up to 6.00pm the day prior to the auction.  Please contact us to discuss a telephone bid for a lot at an Interiors sale.  For Fine Art and Antiquest sales, we offer telephone bids for lots with a pre-sale estimate of £300 or above. Contact details for registration should include name, address, email address, land line and mobile telephone numbers.We will contact you during the sale and a saleroom representative will bid live with you over the telephone. Bid amounts do not include buyer’s premium

LIVE BIDDING

You can register to bid ‘live’ for our sales by registering at www.the-saleroom.com or www.easyliveauction.com.  A valid credit/debit card will be needed to complete registration together with all personal contact details. Registration for online bidding closes at 9.30am on the morning of the sale.Commission bids can also be left via this method. These can be left during the sale if the buyer has already completed registration.Please note that if you’re a successful online bidder, we are permitted to debit the card you registered with. It is the buyer’s responsibility to deal with collection of lots.  Please check the additional charges due with the relevant platform when bidding on-line.

 

If you are unable to view the sale prior to bidding, it is highly recommended that potential bidders gather as much information as possible about the lot. Additional images for each lot are available on our website and www.the-saleroom.com and additional images and detailed condition reports can be requested at auctions@serrell.co.uk or through the-saleroom.com.  Please note when requesting condition reports and photographs for Interiors sales, that priority will be given to lots with an estimate above £50.

We receive a large volume of condition reports prior to our fine art auctions and whilst we endeavour to complete these in a timely fashion some reports may not be available until two days prior to the auction. Your patience on these occasions is greatly appreciated.  Requests for condition reports and photographs may be submitted up to 24 hours prior to the auction.

Condition reports and images of lots may be requested up to 24 hours prior to the auction, either through our website or by emailing auctions@serrell.co.uk.

BUYER’S PREMIUM & THE FINAL INVOICE PRICE

All lots purchased are subject to a buyer’s premium of 20% plus VAT @ 20%. For every successful bid the final price will be the hammer price plus 24% (inclusive) buyers premium.  Minimum buyer's premium £2.00 plus VAT per lot

ARTIST RESALE RIGHT- Droit de Suite

Artist’s Resale Right was introduced by a European Directive in 2006 and applies to living artists and to those who have died within the last 70 years. Lots marked with a (D) indicates that the law dictates that the purchaser pays a royalty on top of the hammer price if the sale reaches or exceeds 1000 euros. The amount charged is variable depending on the final hammer price. 4% of the sale price is paid on lots up to 50,000 euros and this reduces to 0.25% of the hammer price for lots which sell in excess of 500,000 euros. Royalties are capped so that the total amount of the royalty paid for any single sale of a work cannot exceed 12,500 euros. For more information about the administration of artists’ rights you can visit the DACS website at www.dacs.org.uk

 

 

 

METHODS OF PAYMENT

We currently are only accepting the following payments:

  • BACS
  • Debit Card (in person)
  • Credit Card (in person)

NB Payments using a Credit or Debit card will not be taken over the telephone unless previous arrangements have been made with Philip Serrell.


Goods will not be released until the purchaser’s account has bee paid in full.

 

POSTAGE AND PACKING

Unfortunately we are not professional shippers and are therefore unable to post or pack items purchased from our saleroom. We can recommend Mailboxes of Worcester who can be contacted on 01905 732830

Next Auction

10 December 2020 Fine Art & Antiques Sale
10 December 2020 Fine Art & Antiques Sale

Thursday, 10th December 2020 10:00

 


 

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