GENERAL CONDITIONS OF SALE
(as approved by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors)
This glossary applies to the auction conduct conditions and the sale conditions.
Wherever it makes sense:
• singular words; can be read as plouals, and plurals as singular words;
• a “person” includes a corporate body;
• words of one gender include the other genders;
• references to legislation are to that legislation as it may have been modified or re-enacted by the date of the auction or the contract date (as applicable); and
• where the following words printed bold black type appear in bold blue type they have the specified meanings.
An amendment or addition to the conditions or to the particulars or to both whether contained in a supplement to the catalogue, a written notice from the auctioneers or an oral announcement at the auction.
Approved financial institution
Any bank or building society that has signed up to the Banking Code or Business Banking Code or is otherwise acceptable to the auctioneers.
The auction advertised in the catalogue. Any auction (whether a Live Auction or an Online Auction and whether conducted independently or simultaneously) conducted pursuant to these General Conditions and the Special Conditions
Auction conduct conditions
The conditions so headed, including any extra auction conduct conditions.
The auctioneers at the auction. In these general conditions the expression “the Auctioneer” includes his employees and agents and any person to whom conduct of the Auction is delegated.
An offer to purchase any Lot whether by bidding at Auction or offering to purchase by private treaty or tender.
Any person or commercial entity who offers to purchase any lot whether by bidding at live auction, online sale or offering to purchase by private treaty or tender. Every Bidder shall be deemed to act as principal unless the auctioneer acknowledge in writing that he acts as Agent on behalf of a named principal.
Buyers Premium / commission
A commission payable by the buyer on the completion of a Sale the amount of which is set out in the Special Conditions. The auctioneer, when acting as Agent for the Seller, may also receive commission from the seller.
Any day except (a) a Saturday or a Sunday; (b) a bank holiday in England and Wales; or (c) Good Friday or Christmas Day.
The person who agrees to buy the lot or, if applicable, that person’s personal representatives: if two or more are jointly the buyer their obligations can be enforced against them jointly or against each of them separately.
The catalogue to which the conditions refer including any supplement to it.
One of the auction conduct conditions or sales conditions.
The contract by which the seller agrees to sell and the buyer agrees to buy the lot.
The date of the auction or, if the lot is not sold at the auction:
(a) the date of the sale memorandum signed by both the seller and buyer; or
(b) if contracts are exchanged, the date of exchange. If exchange is not effected in person or by an irrevocable agreement to exchange made by telephone, fax or electronic mail the date of exchange is the date on which both parts have been signed and posted or otherwise placed beyond normal retrieval.
That part of the sale conditions so headed, including any extra general conditions.
If not specified in the special conditions, 4% above the base rate from time to time of Barclays Bank plc. (The interest rate will also apply to judgment debts, if applicable.)
Each separate property described in the catalogue or (as the case may be) the property that the seller has agreed to sell and the buyer to buy (including chattels, if any).
The section of the catalogue that contains descriptions of each lot (as varied by any addendum).
An insolvency practitioner for the purposes of the Insolvency Act 1986 (or, in relation to jurisdictions outside the United Kingdom, any similar official).
Price The price that the buyer agrees to pay for the lot.
The general conditions as varied by any special conditions or addendum.
The form so headed (whether or not set out in the catalogue) in which the terms of the contract for the sale of the lot are recorded.
The person selling the lot. If two or more are jointly the seller their obligations can be enforced against them jointly or against each of them separately.
Those of the sale conditions so headed that relate to the lot.
Transfer includes a conveyance or assignment (and “to transfer” includes “to convey” or “to assign”).
VAT Value Added Tax or other tax of a similar nature.
We (and us and our) The auctioneers.
You (and your) Someone who has a copy of the catalogue or who attends or bids at the auction, whether or not a buyer.
Auction Conduct Conditions
A1.1 Please ensure that you are familiar with the meanings as defined in the Glossary.
A1.2 The catalogue is issued only on the basis that you accept these auction conduct conditions. They govern our relationship with you and cannot be disapplied or varied by the sale conditions (even by a condition purporting to replace the whole of the Common Auction Conditions). They can be varied only if we agree.
A2 Our role
A2.1 As agents for each seller we have authority to:
(a) prepare the catalogue from information supplied by or on behalf of each seller;
(b) offer each lot for sale;
(c) sell each lot;
(d) receive and hold deposits;
(e) issue and collect proceeds against an invoice.
A2.2 Our decision on the conduct of the auction is final.
A2.3 We may cancel the auction, or alter the order in which lots are offered for sale. We may also combine or divide lots. A lot may be sold or withdrawn from sale prior to the auction.
A2.4 You acknowledge that to the extent permitted by law we owe you no duty of care and you have no claim against us for any loss.
A3 Bidding and reserve prices
A3.1 All bids are to be made in pounds sterling exclusive of any buyers premium, administration charges or VAT.
A3.2 We may refuse to accept a bid. We do not have to explain why.
A3.3 If there is a dispute over bidding we are entitled to resolve it, and our decision is final.
A3.4 Unless stated otherwise each lot is subject to a reserve price (which may be fixed just before the lot is offered for sale). If no bid equals or exceeds that reserve price the lot will be withdrawn from the auction.
A3.5 Where there is a reserve price the seller may bid (or ask us or another agent to bid on the seller’s behalf) up to the reserve price but may not make a bid equal to or exceeding the reserve price. You accept that it is possible that all bids up to the reserve price are bids made by or on behalf of the seller.
A3.6 Where a guide price (or range of prices) is given that guide is the minimum price at which, or range of prices within which, the seller might be prepared to sell at the date of the guide price. But guide prices may change. The last published guide price will normally be at or above any reserve price, but not always – as the seller may fix the final reserve price just before bidding commences.
A4 The particulars and other information
A4.1 We have taken reasonable care to prepare particulars that correctly describe each lot. The particulars are based on information supplied by or on behalf of the seller. You need to check that the information in the particulars is correct.
A4.2 The particulars and the sale conditions may change prior to the auction and it is your responsibility to check that you have the correct versions.
A4.3 If we provide information, or a copy of a document, provided by others we do so only on the basis that we are not responsible for the accuracy of that information or document.
A5 The contract
A5.1 A successful bid is one we accept as such (normally on the fall of the hammer). This condition A5 applies to you if you make the successful bid for a lot.
A5.2 You are obliged to buy the lot on the terms of the sale at the price you bid plus the buyers premium any applicable administration charges plus VAT.
A5.3 You must before leaving the auction:
(a) provide all information we reasonably need from you to enable us to
complete the sale invoice (including proof of your identity if required by us);
(b) pay the deposit.
A5.4 The deposit:
(a) is to be held as stakeholder where VAT would be chargeable on the deposit were it to be held as agent for the seller, but otherwise is to be held as stated in the sale conditions; and
(b) must be paid in pounds sterling by cheque or by bankers’ draft made payable to us on an approved financial institution. The extra auction conduct conditions may state if we accept any other form of payment.
A5.5 If the buyer does not comply with its obligations under the contract then:
(a) you are personally liable to buy the lot even if you are acting as an agent; and
(b) you must indemnify the seller in respect of any loss the seller incurs as a result of the buyer’s default.
A5.6 Where the buyer is a company you warrant that the buyer is properly constituted and able to buy the lot.
General Terms & Condtions section(s) b/c/d/e/f – relate only to sales physically conducted outside of the European Union and as such do not form part of the general conditions of sale for this auction.
General conditions of sale
Some words have special meanings, which are defined in the Glossary. The general conditions (including any extra general conditions) apply to the contract except to the extent that they are varied by special conditions or by an addendum.
G1. The lot
G1.1 The lot (including any rights to be granted or reserved, and any exclusions from it) is described in the special conditions, or if not so described the lot is that referred to in the sale memorandum.
G1.2 The lot is sold subject to all matters contained or referred to in the documents, but excluding any financial charges: these the seller must discharge on or before completion.
G1.3 The lot is also sold subject to such of the following as may affect it, whether they arise before or after the contract date and whether or not they are disclosed by the seller or are apparent from inspection of the lot.
G1.4 Where anything subject to which the lot is sold would expose the seller to liability the buyer is to comply with it and indemnify the seller against that liability.
G1.5 The lot comprises of the catalogued item all items in, under, over and around any lot in this catalogue are not included with such lot unless specifically stated in the catalogue description.
G1.6 The lot does not include any tenant’s or trade fixtures or fittings.
G1.7 The buyer acknowledges that in agreeing to purchase any Lot he is not relying on any warranties or representations made by the seller or the auctioneer or any of their employee’s agents or representatives. All representations, warranties and conditions, express or implied, statutory or otherwise in respect of all and any of the lots are expressly excluded and without limitation any warranties and conditions as to title, quiet possession, satisfactory quality, fitness for purpose and description are excluded to the fullest extent as permitted by law.
The buyer further acknowledges that:
(a) neither the seller nor the auctioneer shall in any circumstances be liable to or to compensate the buyer nor shall the buyer be entitled to rescind the Sale or reject any Lot for an error omission or misstatement contained in the Catalogue and/or in the Special Conditions.
(b) all the lots are purchased on the basis that risk of good title to all or any of them passing to the buyer is at the buyer risk and without limitation the Lots are sold subject to any claims, liens, distraint and execution and subject to all leasing, hire or hire purchase agreements and reservation of title claims (if any) in respect of them;
(c) if it shall be found that the seller does not have title to all or any of the lot the buyer shall have no right to rescind, avoid or vary this agreement or to claim damages or a reduction in the price paid or payable;
(d) any intellectual property rights or software subsisting in a Lot may be third party property and as such the seller and/or the auctioneer may be unable to effect transfer. The buyer will not be authorised to use intellectual property rights or software and any such use or transfer shall be at the buyer sole risk.
(e) The buyer undertakes that it shall ensure that any vehicle comprised in any Lot is in a roadworthy condition in accordance with the Road Vehicle (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 and any subsequent amendments thereof or such other relevant regulations as shall from time to time be in force before using it on a public road. It is the buyer’s responsibility to remove any logos and lettering from vehicles. Odometer readings are not warranted.
(f) any lot, or item of plant, machinery or equipment contained in the lot (s) may not comply with any statutory requirements or regulations governing the use of that lot, plant, machinery or equipment in their working environment. Neither the seller nor the auctioneer shall incur any liability to the buyer because of any default or defect in all or any of the lots. The buyer is entirely responsible for ensuring that the use of any lot, item of plant, machinery or equipment does not contravene any health and safety and environmental legislation in existence at the time of the Sale.
(g) all upholstered furniture is sold by the auctioneers for the purpose of commercial decorative use only. It is the responsibility of the purchaser to make sure it complies with the fire resistant regulations before it is used or resold for domestic use. The purchaser acknowledges their responsibility to the current regulations contained in the Consumer Protection Act 1987, The Furniture & Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
(h) agrees that the auctioneer is acting only as agent of the seller and it is expressly agreed and declared that no personal liability in connection with the sale of any lot or otherwise shall fall on the auctioneer and the buyer shall indemnify the auctioneer against all and any liabilities arising under or in connection with the Sale of any Lot. Insolvency Practitioner(s), including Administrative Receiver(s), Administrator(s) and Liquidator(s) act as agent(s) for the seller without personal liability and shall incur no personal liability whatsoever in relation to a Sale or pursuant to any document relating thereto.
G1.8 The buyer agrees that the General Conditions and the exclusions which they contain are fair and reasonable bearing in mind that:-
(a) the buyer must rely absolutely on the buyer’s own opinion and/or professional advice concerning the quality, state, condition, performance and functionality of the lot any right, title or interest which is sold under the terms of these General Conditions, their fitness and suitability for any particular or any purpose, the possibility that some or all of them may have defects not apparent on inspection and examination including, without limitation, the presence of contamination and the possibility that the buyer may not acquire title and the fact that the buyer would have no remedy under this Agreement should that happen;
(b) the buyer has available to it skilled professional advice and on that basis agrees to purchase a lot for a consideration calculated to take into account amongst other things the risk to it represented by the fact that the parties believe that all the exclusions and limitations set out in these General Conditions would be recognised as being fully effective by the Courts and the seller making it clear that it would not have agreed to sell any lot on any other basis except for a higher consideration;
(c) the buyer has been given every opportunity which might reasonably be expected to examine and inspect the lot.
(d) The buyer acknowledges that a Sale by Auction is not a consumer sale for the purposes of the Sale of Goods Act 1979 (as amended by the Sale and Supply of Goods Act 1994) and the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 and the buyer shall not seek to rely upon and conditions or warranties implied thereby or by any other legislation.
G2.1 The amount of the deposit is the greater of:
(a) any minimum deposit stated in the auction conduct conditions (or the total price, if this is less than that minimum); and
(b) 25% of the price (exclusive of any VAT on the price).
G2.2 The deposit
(a) Must be paid in pounds sterling by bankers transfer, cash or credit/debt card (or by other means of payment that the auctioneers may accept); and
(b) is to be held as stakeholder unless the auction conduct conditions provide that it is to be held as agent for the seller.
G2.3 Where the auctioneers hold the deposit as stakeholder they are authorised to release it (and interest on it if applicable) to the seller on completion or, if completion does not take place, to the person entitled to it under the sale conditions.
G2.4 If a cheque for all or part of the deposit is not cleared on first presentation the seller may treat the contract as at an end and bring a claim against the buyer for breach of contract, additionally the buyer will be liable for all charges and expenses incurred as a result of a non cleared payment.
G2.5 Interest earned on the deposit belongs to the seller unless the sale conditions provide otherwise.
G4 Identity of Parties
Every buyer is required to give his name and address and provide satisfactory proof of identity and such other information and documentation as is required to the Company before making any Bid and in the case of:
(a) A Live Auction by the completion of a registration form;
(b) An Online Auction by online registration at the Website; and
(c) A private treaty or tender by prior registration or notification of details, as and when requested by the auctioneer.
The Company reserves the right at any time to reject the registration of any persons and refuse access to the Auction at its sole discretion.
The auctioneer Name & Registered Office: Pro Auction Ltd, The Counting House, 13a Church Farm Business Park, Corston, Bath BA2 9AP. Company No. 05059610.
The auctioneer may from time to time act jointly with an associated Auctioneer who will be named in the Catalogue and/or in the Special
The seller the person upon whose instructions the auctioneer is conducting the sale, details of whom are set out in the Special Conditions of Sale.
G5 Conduct of Auctions
G5.1 Any lot may be subject to a minimum bid or reserve price. The auctioneer or the seller is entitled to change these at any time before the conclusion of the Sale.
G5.2 The seller, auctioneer or any representative, agent or person acting on behalf of the seller may Bid for any lot. Persons entitled to Bid pursuant to this condition shall be entitled to place Bids on any lot up to the reserve price including by placing Bids in response to other Bidders.
G5.3 Lot descriptions will be amended as appropriate as and when information becomes available to the auctioneer. Prospective Bidders must read lot descriptions before making a Bid so that they are fully aware of any amendments to the description appearing in the Special Conditions and/or on the Website or in the Catalogue in relation to a particular lot.
G5.4 The auctioneer may at any time before the conclusion of the Sale withdraw or divide any lot or combine any lot or sell any lot by private treaty or tender before, during or after the Auction.
G5.5 The auctioneer may reject any Bid at his sole discretion and without being required to give a reason.
G5.6 No Bid shall be retracted without the consent of the auctioneer.
G5.7 The auctioneer may where there is a dispute between buyer, summarily determine the dispute or immediately again offer the Lot for sale, in each case without being required to give a reason.
G5.8 The auctioneer shall in every other respect decide how the Auction is to be conducted and without being required to give a reason.
G5.8 A Sale is concluded (constituting acceptance of the Bidder’s offer, subject to General Condition when:
(a) in the case of a Live Auction, on the fall of the auctioneers hammer and/or,
(b) in the case of an Online Auction, at the close of the timed Online Auction Sale as specified on the Website and as defined by General Condition
(c) in the case of a private treaty or tender, when the Bidders Bid is accepted by the auctioneer, such acceptance to be communicated to the Bidder in writing by way of receipt of the auctioneers invoice.
G5.9 The buyer shall be the person who made the highest Bid before the conclusion of the Sale pursuant to General Condition G5.8 above subject to approval and acceptance by the auctioneer and the Seller or such other Bidder as the auctioneer may declare to be the buyer without being required to give a reason. The auctioneer and/ or the seller is not bound to accept the highest Bid or any other Bid placed in the course of the auction.
G5.10 In the case of an Online Auction the buyer, as determined under General Condition above, shall within a reasonable time after the conclusion of the Sale receive by email an invoice in respect of the monies due for the Lot(s) purchased.
G5.11 In the event that the reserve price is not met, the auctioneer may consider the Bids received below the reserve price with the seller who at its sole discretion may accept, reject or place a counteroffer.
G5.12 On conclusion of the Sale and acceptance of the Bidders Bid pursuant to General Conditions, the buyer acknowledges and agrees that he has entered into a contract with the seller to buy the Lot and the Buyer must complete the transaction to purchase the Lot.
G5.13 The buyer may not remove any Lot he has bought until after the end of the Auction.
G5.14 In relation to an Online Auction:
(a) the auctioneer cannot guarantee that the internet services will operate continuously or without interruptions and this could affect the conduct of the Online Auction and the Bidders ability to Bid online. The Company shall not be liable in any respect in the event of any dispute due to errors, omissions or disruptions to internet services or power failures or any other unforeseen circumstances which may occur during the Online Auction;
(b) the auctioneer may at any time, without notice, postpone or cancel an Online Auction or extend an Online Auction beyond the published closing time (including extension of the timed Online Auction in accordance with General Condition below);
(c) the timed Online Auction Sale is auto bid extension enabled meaning that where a Bid is placed within ten minutes of the original scheduled close of the timed Online Auction the scheduled close of the timed Online Auction will automatically be extended by an additional ten minutes. This continues with a new scheduled close time each time a Bid is placed until no-one places a Bid before the last scheduled close of the timed Online Auction. Such time shall then be deemed to be the close of the timed Online Auction.
G5.15 In the event that the auctioneer unknowingly sells a Lot that was not eligible for Sale (i.e. there is a third party interest that comes to light) then the auctioneer shall be entitled to immediately rescind that Sale without any further liability to the auctioneer or the seller.
G5.16 Copies of the Auctions (Bidding Agreements) Act 1927 and 1969 are held at the auctioneers principal place of business.
G6 Sale and Payment
G6.1 The buyer shall pay the following sums to the auctioneer in full and without set off:-
(a) immediately upon the Sale of any Lot the Deposit, if requested by the auctioneer and
(b) the balance of the price of the Lot purchased, together with the Buyer’s Premium, lift out charges and VAT.
(c) any other payment or amount due to the seller and/or the auctioneer pursuant to these General Conditions or the Special Conditions on demand.
G6.2 The time for complying with clause G6.1 above shall be the time specified in the Auction catalogue or if no time is specified there, 4pm on the next working day and in every case time shall be of the essence.
G6.3 In view of Money Laundering Regulations the auctioneer reserves the right to refuse payment in cash. Payments in cash of more than £7,500 will not in any circumstances be accepted.
G6.4 The auctioneer is entitled to charge in full or in part the amount due including all fees, from debit or credit card details registered by bidders participating in auction events
G6.4 If the buyer fails to make any payment on the due date for payment then, without limiting any other right or remedy available to the seller, the buyer shall pay to the auctioneer interest (both before and after any judgment) on the amount unpaid at the rate of 4% above the base rate from time to time of Barclays Bank plc. (The interest rate will also apply to judgment debts, if applicable) per month or any part thereof until payment in full is made.
G6.5 Until the buyer has fully complied with its obligations under the General Conditions
(a) title to any Lot bought shall not pass to the buyer;
(b) the seller or the auctioneer shall have a lien over any Lot bought by the buyer in the Auction;
(c) if the buyer effects or purports to effect a resale or any other disposition of all or part of the Lot, the buyer shall hold the proceeds of resale or other disposition on trust for the seller.
G6.6 All sums payable under these General Conditions and the Special Conditions are exclusive of any applicable VAT for which the buyer shall be additionally liable to pay to the auctioneer. On written request by the buyer the auctioneer will provide a VAT invoice.
G7 Removal of Lots
G7.1 The ownership of the Lot purchased shall not pass to the Buyer until he has made payment in full to the auctioneer of ‘the total amount due’, but each Lot is at the sole risk of the Buyer from the fall of the hammer .
G7.2 The removal of Lots from the Location shall be undertaken by the Buyer entirely at its own risk and without any liability whatsoever to the seller or auctioneer.
G7.3 Buyers are responsible for any and all costs and expenses incurred in relation to the removal of Lots and any other applicable charges, taxes and insurance costs.
G7.4 The Buyer may not remove any Lot until the Buyer has:-
(a) paid by cleared funds all amounts payable pursuant to the conditions of sale
(b) if requested by the auctioneer and /or the seller produced satisfactory evidence to the Auctioneer that the Buyer has adequate public liability insurance in respect of the indemnity set out in General Condition below and/or deposited with the auctioneer, by way of security, for the costs of making good any damage likely to occur, such sum as the Auctioneer may stipulate.
G7.5 The Buyer must remove each Lot purchased by the Clearance Date and Time for which time shall be of the essence. Lots may only be removed during normal working hours or such hours as are specified in the Special Conditions.
G7.6 Buyers should co-operate regarding order of removal of Lots in order to comply with the Clearance Date and Time. If it transpires that a Buyer makes no effort to commence dismantling and the particular Lot is preventing other buyers from removing purchased Lots, then the Auctioneer reserves the right to insist that removal take place immediately notwithstanding the specified Clearance Date and Time. In the event the Buyer does not comply with its obligations under this General Condition G7.7, then the Auctioneer reserves the right to arrange for the removal and/or storage of the Lot and charge any attendant costs to the Buyer.
G7.7 If any Lot is unsold and has to be dismantled & lowered to allow the removal of any other lot, then such dismantling & lowering shall be the responsibility of the Buyer of the relevant Lot(s).
G7.8 Title to computer software sold pursuant to the Sale of a Lot is not transferred under any Sale to the Buyer and use is subject to any licence or copyright restrictions and user conditions. The auctioneer or the seller reserve the right to erase any private or sensitive information prior to the Sale or at any later date.
G7.9 The Buyer and/or his removal contractor must liaise with the Company’s site representative prior to commencing dismantling/removal of a Lot from the Location and must at all timescomply with its obligations under clause G7.11 below.
G7.10 When removing any Lot from the Location the Buyer shall, or shall procure that its removal contractors shall:
(a) carry out a full assessment of Lot, the Location and the land or buildings to which the Lot is fixed to assess the risks associated with detaching/removing the Lot and shall fully satisfy themselves that they can detach/remove the Lot in compliance with the Buyers obligations under this
(b) obtain all relevant planning permissions (where required) in relation to the removal of building structures and plant housings;
(c) buyers of Lots will be required to make good holes or voids exposed by the removal of Lots. Cladding taken off buildings for removal of plant & equipment will have to be replaced, unless otherwise specified by the Company;
(d) when detaching any Lot fixed to land or buildings, do so safely and lawfully and must not use flame cutters, explosives or any other dangerous equipment or process without first obtaining written consent of the Company;
(e) remove the Lot in compliance with all relevant legislation, regulations, codes of practice, guidance, orders, rules and other requirements of any relevant government or governmental agency or authority whether Parliamentary, statutory, parochial or local including (without limitation) in compliance with the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, the Environmental Protection Act 1990, The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007, Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH), and the Road Vehicle (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 and any subsequent amendments thereof and all other health and safety and environmental legislation in existence at the time of the Sale.
(f) To the extent that such regulations are advisory rather than mandatory, the standard of compliance to be achieved by the Buyer shall be to the best industry practice; In all cases arising under this General Condition 7.11 the costs of compliance shall be borne by the Buyer and the Buyer hereby indemnifies the Auctioneer and the Seller against all losses, costs, expenses, damages, liabilities, demands, claims, actions and proceedings which the Auctioneer and/or the Seller may incur arising directly or indirectly out of any breach by the Buyer to the provisions of these conditions and the Buyer shall make good any damage caused to (without limitation) other lots, the Location or to any property belonging to third parties, in removing any Lot.
(g) The auctioneer shall be entitled to halt the clearance of any Lot if in its absolute discretion the removal of a Lot is being carried out in an unsatisfactory manner. Where the clearance is halted by the auctioneer, the Buyer must liaise with the auctioneer site representative as to how the Lot should be removed from the Location provided that the Buyer shall at all times ensure that it complies with its obligations under General Condition 7.11 above and the seller nor the auctioneer shall have any liability in this regard.
(h) The Buyer shall provide evidence as and when requested by the auctioneer of the Buyer’s insurance policies in respect of the following insurances and at a minimum level of: Public Liability Cover - limit Two Million Pounds (£ 2,000,000); and Employers Liability Cover - limit Ten Million Pounds (£10,000,000);the auctioneer reserves the right to vary the level of insurance cover stated above at any time, as and when required.
(i) The Buyer shall provide to the auctioneer a Risk Assessment & Method Statement complying with The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007, COSHH or with any subsequent amendments thereof or such other legislation as shall from time to time be in force.
(j) Electric, gas, water, steam and waste disconnections are the responsibility of the Buyer and MUST be carried out by an approved contractor following consultation with the site representative.
(k) It is expressly brought to the Buyer’s attention that certain Lots could contain blue or white asbestos, dangerous chemicals etc. which if not handled correctly during their removal could result in breach of Health & Safety at Work legislation and/or Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations or other statutory requirements.
(l) Any fluids, gases and/ or waste remaining in plant and machinery are the responsibility of the Buyer and MUST be removed from the Location strictly in accordance with any applicable statutory requirements.
(m) The Buyer must use safe and lawful means of removing the Lot, must comply with all current statutory requirements and regulations including those relating to the disposal and removal if waste, and if required, satisfy the auctioneer in relation to their removal procedures; in particular, the removal of waste materials must be undertaken by an approved and licensed contractor to an approved waste management site.
G7.11 The Buyer shall indemnify the auctioneer and the Seller against any loss, damages, expenses, claims or liabilities arising directly or indirectly from the possession or use of the Lot after title to the Lot has passed to the Buyer but before it is removed from the Location.
G7.12 All Lots are sold on the understanding that the Seller does not represent them as being in a condition which makes them suitable for domestic use. If any Lots are intended for domestic use the Buyer must ensure that they comply with the requirements of the Furniture & Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 and any subsequent amendments thereof or such other relevant statutory requirements or regulations as shall from time to time be in force.
G7.13 The Buyer undertakes to comply with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 in processing data held by them in connection with any Lot.
G8.1 If at any time the Buyer has failed either to pay the sums specified above in full, by the expiry of the time specified in clause above (or any extension granted), or to remove any Lot by the time specified the auctioneer and or the seller
(a) may rescind the Sale of that Lot, in which case any deposit shall be forfeit, and that Lot may be resold by auction or privately;
(b) may remove the Lot from the Location and leave it outside at the Buyer’s risk in all respects;
(c) may charge the Buyer for the reasonable costs of transporting the lot, storage and administration charges;
(d) may charge the Buyer rent, taxes, men’s wages and expenses incurred as a result of the Lot(s) remaining at the Location
G8.2 If the Auctioneer has rescinded the sale but the Buyer has removed the Lot bought, the Auctioneer shall be entitled without previous notice to enter upon any premises where he believes the Lot to be and remove it.
G8.3 If the Auctioneer has rescinded the sale and the Lot has been resold, the Buyer shall make good any deficiency, namely:-
(a) the sale price less the resale price;
(b) the costs of and incidental to resale.
G8.4 If because the Buyer has failed to remove any Lot by the time specified above (or any extension granted), and the Seller is unable to give vacant possession on disposing of or relinquishing any interest in the premises from which the Lot should have been removed, the Buyer shall compensate the Seller for any loss resulting and shall indemnify the Seller against any loss, damages, expenses, claims or liabilities incurred arising from the Buyer’s failure to remove the Lot from the Location.
G9 Acknowledgements and Exclusion of Warranties
G9.1 The Buyer acknowledges that in agreeing to purchase any Lot he is not relying on any warranties or representations made by the Seller or the Auctioneer or any of their employee’s agents or representatives. All representations, warranties and conditions, express or implied, statutory or otherwise in respect of all and any of the Lots are expressly excluded and without limitation any warranties and conditions as to title, quiet possession, satisfactory quality, fitness for purpose and description are excluded to the fullest extent as permitted by law.
G9.2 The Buyer further acknowledges that neither the Sellers nor the Auctioneer shall in any circumstances be liable to or to compensate the Buyer nor shall the Buyer be entitled to rescind the Sale or reject any Lot for an error, omission or misstatement (including photographic images or website entries) contained in the Catalogue and/or in the Special Conditions
G9.3 The Buyer also acknowledges that:-
(a) all the Lots are purchased on the basis that risk of good title to all or any of them passing to the Buyer is at the Buyer’s risk and without limitation the Lots are sold subject to any claims, liens, distraint and execution and subject to all leasing, hire or hire purchase agreements and reservation of title claims (if any) in respect of them;
(b) If it shall be found that the Seller does not have title to all or any of the Lots the Buyer shall have no right to rescind, avoid or vary this agreement or to claim damages or a reduction in the price paid or payable;
(c) anything found in, under, near or in any Lot which is not specifically included in the description of the Lot remains the property of the Seller;
(d) any intellectual property rights or software subsisting in a Lot may be third party property and as such the Seller and/or the Auctioneer may be unable to effect transfer. The Buyer will not be authorised to use intellectual property rights or software and any such use or transfer shall be at the Buyers sole risk.
(e) The Buyer undertakes that it shall ensure that any vehicle comprised in any Lot is in a roadworthy condition in accordance with the Road Vehicle (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 and any subsequent amendments thereof or such other relevant regulations as shall from time to time be in force before using it on a public road. It is the Buyer’s responsibility to remove any logos and lettering from vehicles. Odometer readings are not warranted ;
(f) The Buyer acknowledges that any item of plant, machinery or equipment contained in the Lot(s) may not necessarily comply with any statutory requirements or regulations governing the use of that plant, machinery or equipment in their working environment. Neither the Seller nor the Auctioneer shall incur any liability to the Buyer because of any default or defect in all or any of the Lots. Buyers are entirely responsible for ensuring that the use of any item of plant, machinery or equipment does not contravene any health and safety and environmental legislation in existence at the time of the Sale.
(g) The articles may be inspected at the times and place set out in the Catalogue. Each buyer (whether or not he inspects those articles which he purchases) shall be deemed to buy with notice of all defects in them.
(h) The Buyer acknowledges and agrees that the Auctioneer is acting`only as agent of the Seller and it is expressly agreed and declared`that no personal liability in connection with the Sale of any Lot or`otherwise shall fall on the Auctioneer and the Buyer shall indemnify the Auctioneer against all and any liabilities arising under or in connection with the Sale of any Lot.
G10 Liabilities and Indemnities
G10.1 The Auctioneer warrants that he believes that the Seller of each Lot is able to pass good title, and if the Seller is not able to do so, the Auctioneer shall use his reasonable endeavours to assist the Buyer in obtaining good title and in pursuing any remedies the Buyer might have against the Seller, but the Auctioneer shall not be bound to initiate litigation and shall not be under any other obligation to the Buyer.
G10.2 Every Lot is sold as seen and where lying. no Lot is sold as compromising or including any new goods.
G10.3 The Auctioneer neither has nor professes any expert or other knowledge of any Lot sold and is hereby excluded any liability the Auctioneer might otherwise incur and any right or immunity the Buyer might otherwise possess in respect of any conditions warranties or representations relating to the condition of any Lot sold or the merchantable quality of the Lot or its fitness for the particular or any purpose for which it is or may be required whether such conditions warranties or representations are expressed or implied in the Auction Catalogue or are the subject of oral or written statements made by or on behalf of the Auctioneer or any other person before or in the course of the Auction.
G10.4 No liability shall attach to the Auctioneer either in contract or in tort for loss, injury or damage legal or other expenses sustained by the Seller, any Bidder, the Buyer or any other person by reason of:-
(a) any defect in any Lot sold, whether or not such defect be latent or apparent on examination;
(b) any defect or danger of the premises where the Auction is held;
(c) any alleged failure of the Auctioneer to properly advertise the Auction or to seek or obtain expert legal advice with regard to any Lot offered for sale or its reserve price;
(d) any act or omission of the Auctioneer in the conduct of the Auction or after the Auction;
(e) any act or omission of any person other than the Auctioneer.
G10.5 The Seller shall indemnify the Auctioneer in respect of any claims made by another or third party for any loss injury damage or legal or other expenses referred to above
G10.6 The Auctioneer shall not be liable to indemnify the Seller or any Bidder or the Buyer in respect of any claims made by another or third party for any loss injury damage or legal or other expenses referred to in clause 10.4 above.
G10.7 In no circumstances shall the Auctioneers be liable for any consequential damage.
G10.8 Waiver No indulgence shown by the Auctioneer shall prevent the Auctioneer or the Seller from subsequently insisting upon their respective rights and remedies.
SPECIAL NOTES & CONDITIONS
(to be read in conjunction with the General Conditions of Sale
as approved by The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors)
The Knightsbridge Sale
Whether you are a first time or seasoned buyer at auction, our aim is to make your buying experience at The Knightsbridge Kitchens sale as simple and enjoyable as possible. Before attending the sale, please make sure you have read and understood the following special arrangements.
The Brompton Room, Millennium Knightsbridge, 17 Sloane Street, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 9NU
VIEWING Virtual tours are available at www.knightsbridgeauction.com
INSPECTION & CONDITION The lots may be inspected at the times and place set out in the Catalogue. Each buyer (whether or not he inspects those lots which he purchases) shall be deemed to buy with notice of all defects in them. No buyer shall have the right to reject for any reason any lot which he may purchase. Every express or implied warranty or condition as to condition or fitness for purpose of any of the articles is excluded.
CONTENTS All items in, under, over and around any lot in this catalogue are not included with such lot unless stated in the catalogue description or by the Auctioneer
DIMENSIONS, DOCUMENTS & SOFTWARE The Vendors/Agents/Auctioneers reserve the right to remove any documents they may require from the lot prior to the sale or at any later date.
Title to computer Software is not transferred and use is subject to any licence or copyright restrictions and user conditions.
The Vendors/Agents/Auctioneers reserve the right to erase any private or sensitive information prior to delivery or at any later date.
Note all capacities, dimensions and dates provided in the catalogue are approximate and potential purchasers should make their own inspection for verification, BEFORE placing a bid.
MANNER OF OFFERING The lots will be offered in strict catalogue order. The auctioneer shall in every other respect decide how the Auction is to be conducted and without being required to give a reason.
We draw bidders attention to the Conduct of Auction sec G5. In the terms and conditions of sale.
The Auctioneer reserves the right to effect conditional sales on certain lots.
Where applicable, Lots will be offered subject to a reserve.
Lots with a quantity greater than 1 shall be offered on an individual basis – the highest bidder shall have the option, at the auctioneers discretion, to bid for 1 or all of the quantity available.
Please ensure that you have obtained a copy of any addendums or amendments to the sale relating to the lot or catalogue.
SITE PROCEDURE The Vendor or Pro Auctions Limited are not liable for, nor accept any responsibility for any injury, loss or damage to persons or property sustained whilst on site.
All persons entering a Pro Auction site may be searched including their vehicles. There are no exemptions to this provision. This statement provides that a Pro Auction team leader or a designated security officer may search:
1. any person who is in, or seeking to enter or leave a Site or building, and
2. any article in the possession of such a person.
The main purpose of searching any individual is to reduce the risk of inappropriate items being brought on to site, to prevent unauthorised access and to reduce the risk of unauthorised removal of property. It also allows a security officer to search any article in that person’s possession. Security officers may also require the removal of a coat, jacket, headgear, gloves or footwear. The Security Officer also has the right to search the vehicle of anyone leaving or arriving on site
CCTV CCTV surveillance is in operation at The Brompton Room, Images are being monitored and recorded for the purposes of crime prevention and public safety.
REGISTRATION Prior to bidding in the sale, you will need to register your details with us. To avoid queuing on the day of the sale, we would strongly encourage you to register with us in advance. This can be done in one of the following ways:
1. On line at www.proauction.com
2. At any Pro Auction saleroom
3. At The Brompton Room on the viewing or auction days
Prospective purchasers must register and obtain a buyer’s number when entering the site on Sale Day in order to participate in the sale. A REQUIREMENT OF SUCH REGISTRATION WILL BE PHOTOGRAPHIC AND PROOF OF ABILITY TO PAY FOR POTENTIAL PURCHASES, (PASSPORT, DRIVING LICENCE).
The Auctioneers reserve the right to refuse admission.
Persons under the age of 16 will not be allowed on site.
Prospective online bidders must register on the bidding platform prior to the sale commencing, providing such information as required by the site to participate in the event.
ABSENT BUYING INSTRUCTIONS If you cannot attend the sale we will execute bids confidentially on your behalf. For absent bids indicate your limit for each lot, Your bids will be executed at the lowest prices allowed by reserves and other bids. A buyers premium plus applicable charges & taxes, is payable on successful bids. Absentee and telephone bids are accepted at your risk, and are subject to the Terms & Conditions of sale and any Special Conditions relating to the auction.
Please submit your bids not later than 4 hours prior to the sale commencing, you will receive confirmation of receipt. 25% deposit required on composite total of bids.
Simply fill out an absentee bidding form (available on the Registration desk at The Brompton Room or at the back of the catalogue or from our download form at www.proauction.com) stating what lot(s) you are interested in, the maximum amount you would pay to secure it (them), excluding the buyer’s premium and VAT
TELEPHONE BIDDING Given the large number of items on offer, telephone bidding will be limited to bidders interested in leaving bids of £1000 and above. You will be required to leave a covering bid – this is a pre-arranged bid amount that the auctioneers staff member may execute on behalf of a telephone bidder in the event that a telephone bidder cannot be contacted in time.
BUYERS PREMIUM Buyer’s Premium of 16.5% plus V.A.T. will be added to purchasers bills. The Buyers Premium will relate to any sales which might take place prior to the auction, during the auction and after the auction and indeed to any Private Treaty Sales of items not included in the auction.
DEPOSITS The Auctioneer reserves the right to take a 25% deposit at Point of Sale. Purchasers are reminded to leave a 25% deposit before leaving site on sale day. Payment in full must be made within 24 hours of the sale.
VAT VAT will be added to the total sale bills at 20% or the current prevailing rate of UK VAT.
Special rules apply for sales for export – request information from the auctioneer.
HOW TO PAY All lots must be paid with cleared funds within 24 hours of the sale ending, unless specific arrangements have been made by exception. The auctioneer is entitled to charge in full or in part the amount due including all fees, from debit or credit card details registered by bidders participating in auction events
Barclays Bank Plc 37 Milsom Street,. BATH,. BA1 1DW.
Account Name: Pro Auction Limited
Account number: 80193151
Sort code: 20-05-12
IBAN: IBAN GB90 BARC 2005 1280 1931 51
SWIFT BIC: BARCGB22
Debit and Credit Cards: There is no charge for UK bank or building society issued debit cards.
There is a 2% surcharge on the total invoice value when using non-UK bank issued debit cards.
We accept only Visa and Mastercard (NOT American Express) and a 2% surcharge on the total invoice value will apply.
Cash & Cheques: We will accept Sterling cheques drawn on a UK branch of a bank or building society, supported by an appropriate Banker’s Letter stating that the Bank will HONOUR your cheque and the limit up to which they are willing to do so, unless otherwise agreed.
We will accept payment in sterling cash or traveller’s cheques up to a maximum amount of £5000 for lots purchased by you in this sale.
HOW TO COLLECT
Removal Dates: Lots are to be removed between 17th July 2015 to 4th August 2015 between 8.30am and 5.30pm on a pre-booked collection basis. Lots are collected from 8 Rutland Gate, London SW7 1AY.
All collections must be pre-booked and confirmed by the auctioneers prior to arrival at site.
Order Of Removal Lots must be paid for before collection can be arranged. When you have made payment, we will issue you with a ‘Buyer Collection’ note, which you will need to present in order to collect any lots purchased.
Lots are at the buyer’s risk from the fall of the hammer. Lots must be insured by the purchaser from the fall of the hammer, no responsibility whatsoever will rest with the Auctioneer or Vendor in the event of any loss suffered.
Buyers shall co-operate regarding order of removal in order to comply with the clearance date. If it transpires that a purchaser makes no effort to commence dismantling and the particular item of plant is preventing other buyers from removing equipment, then the Auctioneer reserves the right to insist that removal take place immediately notwithstanding the final clearance date. If in the event the purchaser does not comply, then the Auctioneer reserves the right to arrange for the removal of the lot or lots and charge any attendant costs to the purchaser.
All lots which are subject to a lift-out charge are detailed on an information sheet available from the Sale’s pay office, where applicable the charges are mandatory.
All sold items will be held available for collection, over the removal date period, thereafter all remaining items will be removed to Crown Worldwide Ltd, and additional charges will apply.
Lots not collected from the premises before the date and time specified will be removed from site and held under lien until all payments are made to Pro Auction and all outstanding storage charges are paid to Crown Worldwide Ltd.
You can buy a printed copy of the sale catalogue for £5.00, at the sale or by telephone and email.
You can also view catalogues online and print a copy free of charge from the website by clicking on the relevant auction.
All sales are binding, no refunds will be permitted under any circumstances – ensure you have viewed the lot before bidding.
It is a criminal offence to form a ring at auction or to induce another to abstain from bidding.