Terms and conditions of auction sale
These conditions apply to the BowWow Haus auction event held by Blue Cross and its partners. This is to the exclusion of all other Terms and Conditions and no alteration or modification to these conditions will be binding on Blue Cross unless accepted in writing by them.
In these Terms and Conditions the following words and expressions shall, unless the context otherwise requires, have the following meanings:
Auctioneer means the representative appointed by Blue Cross to conduct the auction by accepting bids and declaring goods sold
Registration means the registration applicable via the_saleroom.com
The Buyer is the successful bidder acknowledged by the auctioneer to conclude the contract for the purchase of a lot
Catalogue includes any advertisement, brochure, estimate, price list or other publication generated or published by or on behalf of Blue Cross in relation to a sale
Contract means the contract formed pursuant to these conditions between the seller and the buyer
Expenses in relation to a lot means the auctioneer’s charges and expenses for illustrations, special advertising, packing, freight, transport, storage and any other charges and expenses of that lot including VAT where applicable. The charges for uplifting an item either sold or unsold into storage are as follows:
(a) Storage charges will be incurred after Thursday 3 May at a rate of £20+VAT per day, per lot
(b) Transport charges as agreed with Mango Logistics
Hammer Price means the price in pound sterling at which a lot is knocked down by the auctioneer to the buyer at the fall of the hammer
Lot means any item or items offered for sale as one item
Reserve means the minimum hammer price (if any) agreed between the auctioneer and the seller at which the lot may be sold
The Sale means the auction sale in respect of which the lot is consigned for sale
Sale Proceeds means the net amount payable to the seller being the hammer price less the sum of the expenses arising from the sale
Seller means the person who offers the lot for sale whether or not he is the true owner
Total amount due means the hammer price in respect of the lot sold, plus any additional charges and expenses due from a defaulting buyer under these conditions
While Blue Cross has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of this catalogue and the description of any lot:
(a) Each lot as set out in the catalogue or as divided or combined with any other lot(s) sold by the seller with all
faults, imperfections and errors of description
(b) Blue Cross do not accept responsibility for the authenticity, attribution, genuineness, origin, authorship, age, period, condition or quality of any lot unless they have been instructed in writing by the seller to so certify, in such case Blue Cross are not themselves responsible for such claims. Before bidding, bidders must ensure that they are satisfied with the condition of the lot.
(c) All statements whether printed in the catalogue, made orally or in writing 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 Blue Cross or Saleroom unless they have been instructed in writing by the seller to so certify
(d) Any claim under any statute must be received in writing by Blue Cross within ten days of the sale
Blue Cross has absolute discretion to divide any lot, to combine any two or more lots or withdraw any lot(s) from the sale, to refuse bids, regulate bidding or cancel the sale without in any case giving any reason or without previous notice. The auctioneer may bid on behalf of the seller for all goods which are being offered subject to the reserve (if any) at the auctioneer’s discretion.
(a) The highest bidder shall be the buyer except in the case of a dispute. The auctioneer may at his sole discretion determine the advance of bidding or refuse a bid. If during the auction the auctioneer considers that a dispute has arisen, he has absolute discretion to settle it or re-offer the lot.
(b) Each lot is put up for sale subject to any reserve price placed by the seller. Where no reserve has been placed (but not otherwise) the seller has the right to bid either personally or by any one person on his behalf (who may be the auctioneer).
(c) All conditions, notices, descriptions, statements and other matters in the catalogue and elsewhere of any lot(s) 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.
Third party liability
Every person present at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel for the BowWow Haus auction shall be deemed to be there at his own risk. He shall have no claim against Blue Cross or the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in respect of any accident which may occur or injury, damage or loss howsoever caused, save in so far as the injury, damage or loss shall be caused by the direct negligence of Blue Cross, its partners or the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel’s employees.
Opportunity is given for inspection and each buyer by making a bid for a lot acknowledges that he has satisfied himself fully before bidding by inspection or otherwise 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. It is the buyer’s responsibility to measure any item to ensure that it can be accommodated in its intended location. All buyers must check their purchases before the lots leave the building. Blue Cross will accept no claims for loss or damage thereafter.
Property and risk
The legal title in a lot shall not pass to the buyer until the lot(s) have been paid for in full and the auctioneer shall be entitled to a lien on any lot sold until the purchase price and all charges as defined below are paid in full, but each lot is at the sole risk of the buyer from the fall of the hammer.
Every bidder shall be deemed to act as principal unless there is in force a written acknowledgement by Blue Cross that he acts as agent on behalf of a named principal.
Removal of goods
All lots shall be paid for and removed at the buyer’s risk and expense by 1pm on Thursday 3 May, failing which Blue Cross shall not be responsible if the same are lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed, and all lots not so removed shall remain at the risk of the buyer and subject to a warehousing charge of £20+VAT per lot per day.
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.
(a) In the event of any failure of the buyer to comply with any of the above conditions the damages recoverable by the seller shall include any loss arising on any re-sale of the lots, together with the charges and expenses in respect of both sales, and together with interest at 2% upon the price of any lot which has not been paid for within one week of the sale, any money deposited in part payment shall be held by Blue Cross on account of any liability of the defaulter to them or to the seller.
The buyer shall pay the hammer price together with any applicable expenses related to the lot
Bidding in person
Firstly, you will need to register online with the_saleroom.com or in exceptional circumstances at the auction reception before you can start bidding. Please note:
(a) It takes approximately 10 minutes to register, so preregistration is essential as auctions get really busy. Please leave enough time to complete the process.
(b) You will be asked for the following information: your name, address, telephone number, email address and a valid credit/debit card
(c) Once registration is complete, you won’t need to do this again (but please let us know if you have any changes to your personal details)
(d) A number will be handed to you. It’s a card printed with a personal buyer number for you to use in the auction
(e) During the auction, when you wish to bid on an item, just raise the number and make the auctioneer aware of your intention
(f) Other bidders will do the same thing and they may bid against you
(g) The auctioneer will continue to accept bids until all but one of the bidders drops out
If you can’t attend the auction in person there are several options available to you. One of them is to leave an ‘absentee or commission bid’.
This enables you to leave a price value that the auctioneer and the salesroom clerk can bid up to, on your behalf, during the auction. They will always try to secure the item for the lowest price possible.
If two bids of equal value are received, preference is given to the bid that arrives first.
Online commission bids
It couldn’t be simpler to leave an online commission bid. Visit the_saleroom.com and click ‘Leave an Absentee/
Commission Bid’ tab against the lot you want to bid on:
(a) If you are already registered, just enter your user name and password, which will allow you to place the commission bid
(b) First time buyers will need to register and provide full contact details before a bid can be placed. You will then receive a confirmation email.
(c) Any changes or cancellations to commission bids needs to be made before 11am on the day of the auction
(d) If you bid successfully you will be contacted by phone to confirm collection and payment. An email will be sent to any bidder we have been unable to reach.
(e) All lots must be paid for and delivery arranged by 1pm on Thursday 3 May
(f) Storage charges will be incurred after this time at a rate of £20+VAT per day, per lot
(g) All online commission bidding closes at 11am on the day of the auction. No bids will be accepted after this time.
Live bidding online
Through our online partner the_saleroom.com you can place ‘absentee bids’ or live bids while the auction is taking place. Follow these steps for a smooth bidding experience:
(a) You will need to register on The Saleroom site
(b) As soon as you’ve received confirmation of your registration you can leave a commission bid or live bid when the lot comes up for auction
(c) Leave plenty of time to register for the auction
(d) Absentee bids are available up to one hour before the start of the auction
(e) Blue Cross standard Terms & Conditions apply
Live telephone bids
Live telephone bids will be accepted on lots with an estimate of £500 upwards. Telephone bids on lots of a lower value may be accepted at our discretion.
(a) A member of staff will call the buyer and relay the bids to the auctioneer during the bidding of the desired lot. Please respond quickly and clearly so our staff member can do the best possible job they can for you. The
auctioneer’s hammer can come down very quickly and once down the sale of that lot is over.
(b) There is a maximum of five live telephone bids on the night of the auction
(c) A member of staff will call the buyer within enough time ahead of the intended lot. Be sure to provide a contact number you can be reached on at all times.
(d) Telephone lines and mobile phone reception aren’t 100% reliable. All telephone bidders are asked to provide two telephone numbers, plus a covering bid. It means that the auction clerk can bid on the buyer’s behalf in the event of a communication failure.
Payment and collection
Lots can be paid for during and after the auction, via Instant Bank Transfer or PayPal.
Account name: Blue Cross
IBAN numbers: GB35 CPBK 0890 3865 4525 54
Bank ID code: CPBK GB22
Account number: 65452554
Branch sort code: 08-90-38
Reference: BWH + surname
Please notify us of any payments by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Lots must be paid for and delivery arranged by 1pm on Thursday 3 May
Our official logistics partner Mango Logistics will have a representative in the room on the day of the auction to arrange onward transportation of your lot. Or they can be contacted by calling + 44(0)20 7713 2000.
If delivery has not been arranged by 1pm on Thursday 3 May a storage charge of £20+VAT per lot per day will incur.
Blue Cross is a charity registered in England and Wales (224392) and in Scotland (SC040154)
VAT Registration Number: GB718 0074 54