Fine Art Sale

Buyers Information


Commission Bids

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 wish to bid in one of our auctions you will need to register and provide proof of identity. For certain auctions you may be required to pay a deposit, which will be refunded within 7 working days (without interest) if you are not successful. For more information and a registration form please contact [email protected]


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.

Telephone Bidding

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.

Online Bidding

Online bidding is available for our sales at All you need is a computer or laptop and an internet connection. Please note that any lots purchased via online bidding will be subject to an additional 4.95% commission charge + VAT at the rate imposed on the hammer price. Clicking the bid button is a commitment to buy. 


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.

Condition Reports

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.

Methods of Payment

Duke's accept a number of payment methods. Bank Transfer, Credit and Debit cards are welcome (excl. Amex, UnionPay and Discover) - Payment by card over the telephone is only available up to a maximum of £500. Cash up to £9,000, Cheques (Cheque must clear before collection, allow for six working days).

Buyers Premium

25% (plus VAT) for all auctions.

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. From 1st January 2012 the right has been extended to include sales of works by artists who have died within the last 70 years (following the existing term of copyright). Royalties will be payable to the families and beneficiaries of these artists. 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.


The Dorchester Fine Art Saleroom is open Monday - Friday 9am - 5.30pm. Unfortunately Duke's are unable to offer a postal or delivery service. 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
Brewery Square
Tel:  +44 (0) 1305 265 080
Fax: +44 (0) 1305 260 101
Email: [email protected]