Terms & Conditions
Terms & Conditions of Bidding
Apollo Art Auctions LTD
1. Terms of Sale
1.1 Apollo Art Auctions Ltd, a company registered in England with registered number 11450370 and with a registered office at 10-12 Mulberry Green, Old Harlow, Essex CM17 0ET (“Apollo Art Auctions“. “we” or “us“), carries on business with Bidders, Buyers and Sellers (as defined below) on the following Auction Terms and Conditions, the Terms of Consignment for Sellers, and on such other terms, conditions and notices as may be referred to herein or that may be amended by way of notices posted in the saleroom or by way of announcements made by us.
1.2 Bidders should carefully read the Auction Terms and Conditions (the “Terms and Conditions“) and Terms of Consignment for Sellers prior to bidding at auction, as Bidders and Buyers will be deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions once a bid has been placed.
1.3 We act as agent for the Seller whose identity, for reasons of confidentiality, is not normally disclosed to the Buyer. If a Buyer is the successful Bidder on the fall of the hammer, the contract of sale is made directly between the Buyer and the Seller.
2.1 In these Terms and Conditions, the following words have the following meanings:
Bid: an amount offered by a Bidder to purchase a Lot.
Bidder: the person considering, making or attempting to make a Bid on a Lot, in person or by any other means, including the Buyer.
Buyer: the Bidder who makes the highest Bid accepted by us.
Buyer’s Premium: the amount payable by the Buyer in addition to the Hammer Price on each Lot purchased, calculated as a percentage of the Hammer Price – 20% (not including any online charges).
Date of Sale: the date on which we accept the Buyer’s Bid for the Lot.
Deliberate Forgery: an imitation made with the intention of deceiving as to authorship, origin, date, age, period, culture or source but which is unequivocally described in the catalogue as being the work of a particular author, origin, date, age period, culture or source, and which at the date of the sale had a materially lesser value than it would have had if it had been in accordance with the catalogue description.
Hammer Price: the highest Bid reached (at or above any reserve) and accepted by us when we bring down the hammer and the sale of the Lot is final.
Lot: the item consigned by the Seller for sale at auction by us.
Purchase Price: the Hammer Price in respect of the Lot sold, together with any Buyer’s Premium, Value Added Tax chargeable and any additional charges payable by a Buyer in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.
Seller: the legal owner of the Lot offered for sale, including their agents (other than Apollo Art), executors or personal representatives.
Website: the website where auction takes place – www.apolloauctions.com
3.1 Apollo Art Auctions’ knowledge in relation to any Lot is dependent on information provided by the Seller of the Lot. We are not able to and do not carry out exhaustive due diligence on each Lot. Bidders acknowledge this fact and accept responsibility for carrying out inspections and investigations to satisfy themselves as to the Lots on which they bid.
3.2 Lots are offered as seen and are available for inspection prior to auction at our premises. It is the responsibility of Bidders to make any enquiries before the auction date and satisfy themselves as to the accuracy and authenticity of any Lot and in relation to the description of any Lot, including but not limited to a Lot’s condition, quality, provenance, authenticity, background, style, period, age, origin, value and estimated selling price. We have no obligation to examine, investigate or carry out any tests to establish the accuracy or otherwise of any description whether on the Website or in any printed material. If any Lot is provided with a TL test it means that the Lot was examined using an advanced scientific Thermoluminescence dating method which is used to evaluate the authenticity of the lot but it doesn’t exclude the possibility of restoration and repairs.
3.3 Sale catalogues, catalogue illustrations, condition reports and any descriptive certificates are for information purposes only and do not necessarily convey the full information regarding any Lot. Information provided to Bidders or their advisors prior to the sale in respect of any Lot, whether written or oral and including any information in the sale catalogue or condition or other report, is a statement of opinion honestly held by Apollo Art Auctions and is not a statement of fact. Our description of any Lot, including details of the age, value, authenticity, ownership, history, use and condition, reflect our opinion only and we therefore do not warrant any information provided to Bidders in relation to the Lot.
3.4 The nature of the Lots sold at auction by Apollo Art Auctions is such that they are likely, due to their nature and their age, to show signs of wear and tear, damage, or other imperfections, restoration or repair. Any reference to condition by Apollo Art Auctions will not amount to a full description of condition. Photographs included in Apollo Art Auctions’ sale catalogues are not representative of the condition of any Lot.
3.5 We may describe the Lots using the following descriptions:
Restored: the Lot may have been repaired or otherwise reinstated and some parts may have been replaced;
Fair Condition: the Lot may be fragmentary or have some obvious damaged;
Fine Condition: the Lot is likely to be generally complete but may have minor damage or evidence of restoration or repair;
Very Fine Condition: the Lot is usually complete and in good condition, but may have some minor damage, restoration or repair.
Possibly later: the term refers to an item that can be from any given period.
3.6 We will provide a report on the physical condition of any Lot on request. The content of a report is information only and should not be relied upon as advice. For coins that have been authenticated, graded and encapsulated (‘slabbed’) by an independent grading company, no guarantee of any kind is offered by us. Buyers should note that removal or attempted removal from any slab will immediately void any independent guarantee that might have been offered by that grading company.
3.7 All dimensions of Lots are approximate and are for general guidance only. A single dimension given is normally the greatest dimension for the Lot.
3.8 Subject to the conditions set out in this clause 3, Apollo Art Auctions exercises reasonable care when making statements of opinion consistent with its role as a regional auction house, based on information provided by the Seller, available scholarship, and the generally accepted opinions of relevant experts (at the time any such expert expressly states such opinion). We are in no way required to seek the opinion of any expert outside Apollo Art Auctions.
3.9 It is the Bidder’s sole responsibility to identify and obtain any necessary licences for a Lot, including but not limited to export, import, or endangered species. Apollo Art Auctions and the Seller make no representations or warranties as to whether any Lot is or is not subject to export or import restrictions. The denial of any licence or permit shall not entitle the Buyer to cancel the sale contract or delay payment of the Lot.
3.10 We reserve the absolute right to withdraw any Lot from sale for any reason.
4. Fees and Payments
4.1 Pre-sale estimates for Lots are intended as a guide to help Bidder’s gauge approximate prices for the purchase of a particular Lot. The actual Hammer Price realised at auction may be higher or lower than the pre-sale estimate. The lower estimate may represent a reserve price which we have agreed with the Seller. Pre-sale estimates do not include the Buyer’s Premium or VAT.
4.2 VAT is charged and invoiced on an inclusive basis, under Apollo Art Auctions’ Margin Scheme on all Buyers’ Premiums and other charges.
4.3 The Purchase Price is due and payable when the Lot is sold, unless otherwise agreed in writing by us. An invoice will be sent to the Buyer by email or post, and Buyers may be telephoned or otherwise contacted when payment is not received promptly or where there are queries in any respect.
4.4 The full Purchase Price must be paid in Pounds Sterling and can be made by bank transfer; by cash up to the value of £8,000, by cheque from a UK bank (subject to clearance) or by bank debit card or credit card (up to a maximum of £500).
5.2 If this is your first-time bidding at Apollo Art Auctions or you are a returning Bidder who has not bought anything from us within the last two years you must register at least 48 hours before an auction to give us enough time to process and approve your registration. We may, at our option, decline to permit you to register as a Bidder. You will be asked for the following:
for individuals: Photo identification (driving licence, national identity card or passport) and, if not shown on the ID document, proof of your current address (for example, a current utility bill or bank statement).
for corporate clients: Your Certificate of Incorporation or equivalent document(s) showing your name and registered address together with documentary proof of directors and beneficial owners; and
for trusts, partnerships, offshore companies and other business structures, please contact us in advance to discuss our requirements.
5.3 The Bidder with the highest bid accepted by us shall be the Buyer at the Hammer Price. Bids may be made by way of the Website, live telephone bidding, written Bid, or bidding in person at the live sale.
5.4 Bidders shall be deemed to act as principals and require Apollo Art Auctions’ written consent at the time of Bidder registration to bid as agent for another party. Bidders are personally liable for their Bid and jointly and severally liable with their principal if bidding as agent (whether or not Apollo Art Auctions has consented to the Bidder acting as agent).
5.5 Lots will only be invoiced to the name and address of the Bidder on the bid registration form and cannot be transferred to another name and address. Apollo Art Auctions can only accept payment for the Lot from the registered Bidder.
5.6 Apollo Art Auctions expressly reserves the right to bid on behalf of the Seller up to the amount of any reserve. We may at our sole discretion refuse any Bid from any Bidder, and to withdraw or re-offer any Lot if we believe there has been an error or dispute. Any disput