If you are unable to attend the auction in person, we will be pleased to execute commission bids on your behalf, without any legal obligation on Duke's part. Lots will be purchased as cheaply as allowed by other bids and reserves. Commission bids must be received at least 24 hours before the auction. All bids are subject to buyer's premium and VAT as applicable and to the conditions of sale printed in the auction catalogue..
If you would like a more detailed image of an illustrated lot, or an image of an item which is not illustrated, we will be delighted to send them by email. Requests must be received 24 hours before the auction.
If you wish to bid on a major lot over the telephone, we will do all we can to assist you. Lines should be booked at least 48 hours before the auction.
Estimates are prepared well in advance of the auction and are subject to revision. Our specialists are always pleased to discuss individual lots with intending purchasers.
An indication of condition is not generally printed in the catalogue but prospective buyers are welcome to request a condition report up to 48 hours before the auction. Please bear in mind that whilst we endeavour to provide an accurate representation, the ultimate responsibility is with the buyer and we strongly recommend you personally view any lots on which you intend to bid.
There is a 3% surcharge on all credit card transactions.
19.5% plus VAT on the hammer price
Artists Resale Right
From mid February 2006, living artists are entitled by law to receive a resale royalty each time their work is resold by or to an art market professional. An art work must be resold for more than 1,000 Euros to qualify for the right. The rates are payable are calculated as a percentage of the hammer price and are set out in a sliding scale from 4% to 0.25%. The charge is exclusive of VAT. The auctioneers reserve the right to pass all of the cost to the person buying the qualifying art work. When the resale right applies, lots are marked by a red triangle against the lot number in the catalogue.
Our offices are open Monday - Friday 9 - 1pm and 2pm-5.30pm. We are pleased to recommend reputable carriers and can advise on air-freight and other forms of despatch. Items of furniture not collected within 5 working days will be transported to storage at the buyers expense.
The Dorchester Fine Art Saleroom
Tel: +44 (0) 1305 265 080
Fax: +44 (0) 1305 260 101