How to Bid
Buying In Person
All buyers are asked to complete a registration form before the auction and to provide proof of identity at Reception. Rosebery’s cannot accept bids unless registration is completed prior to the auction.
Bidders then receive a ‘paddle’, a card with a buyer number printed on it, which is needed to bid in the auction room.
Buyers Unable to Attend an Auction
All auctions are online in real time at the-saleroom.com. Bidders need to register by 9am on the morning of the auction to be able to buy online. The-saleroom.com charges an additional premium of 3%.
It is possible to tell Rosebery’s the highest amount you are prepared to pay for a lot and for the auctioneer to bid for that lot on your behalf. If he is able to purchase it for you at less than your maximum offer, he will do so.
Absentee Bidder Form (right-click and save as to download)
You can place an absentee bid by downloading the form, completing it and faxing it to us on 020 8761 2524. Alternatively you can scan it and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that absentee bids must be received by 9am on the morning of an auction. Bids submitted after this time will not be processed. Rosebery’s cannot be held responsible for bids sent but not received.
It is sometimes possible to bid on the telephone. This service is only available for lots with a low auction estimate of £100 and above in a Saturday auction, or £200 and above in a Quarterly Fine Art Auction. Please contact Rosebery’s as early as possible before the auction to request this service as a limited number of lines are available.
Prospective buyers are strongly advised to personally examine lots in which they are interested during the viewing period prior to the auction. Rosebery’s can, where practical, provide condition reports on lots. These reports will be undertaken on a first come, first served basis so please request them as early as possible since we may not be able to respond to late requests.
New International Buyers
New international buyers are required to leave a £500 deposit before bidding. Rosebery’s will not place bids until the deposit has been taken.
Successful bidders should contact Rosebery’s after the auction to settle their account, at which point their deposit will be refunded. If bidders are unsuccessful, their deposit will be refunded on the Friday after the auction.
Once a deposit has been taken it will not be necessary to do this for any future auctions.
Please note, Rosebery’s is not liable for any bank charges or fluctuations in exchange rates that may occur.
Each lot purchased is subject to a buyer’s premium of 20% of the hammer price + VAT.
Lots subject to VAT
Certain lots are subject to VAT on the hammer price in addition to the VAT charged on the buyer’s premium. These are marked in the catalogue with an asterisk (*).
Droit de Suite/Artists Resale Rights
Rosebery’s is required to collect a royalty payment for all works of art produced by living artists or those deceased within the last 70 years. This only applies to work sold for the sterling equivalent of 1,000 Euros or above. The payment for work up to the equivalent of 50,000 Euros is 4%. For further details see Rosebery’s terms and conditions. All potentially qualifying items are marked in Rosebery’s catalogues.
Cash: Up to the sterling equivalent of 15,000 Euros on the day of the transaction.
Debit Cards: Switch/Delta/Visa. UK business Visa debit cards and non-UK debit cards are subject to a 2% surcharge.
Most Credit Cards: Credit card payments are subject to a 2% surcharge.
Bank transfer: Please contact Rosebery’s accounts department for details. An administration fee of £25 is payable for international bank transfers.
Please note Roseberys does not accept American Express.
Collection of Goods
Saturday Antiques and Collector’s Auctions
|Type of Lot||Collection Deadline|
|Furniture and Rugs||5pm on the Wednesday after the auction|
|All other items||5pm on the Friday after the auction|
Quarterly Fine Art Auctions
|Type of Lot||Collection Deadline|
|Furniture and Rugs||5pm on the Monday after the auction|
|All other items||5pm on the Wednesday after the auction|
Items not collected by these deadlines will attract storage charges of £2 per lot, per day + VAT.
We have some packing materials which we are happy to give you, free of charge, but these do go quickly so you may also wish to bring your own.