THE BUYER. The maker of the highest bid accepted
by the Auctioneer conducting the sale shall be the buyer at the
hammer price. If any dispute arises, the auctioneer shall have
absolute discretion to settle the matter. The auctioneer reserves
the right to refuse any bid. The Auctioneer shall have absolute
discretion to withdraw, alter or combine with any other Lot all
Lots offered for sale, to refuse any bid, to regulate the bidding,
re-offer an item or cancel the sale without in any case giving
any reason or without previous notice. The Auctioneer shall act
reasonably in exercising this discretion. The Auctioneer's right
to bid on the vendor's behalf is expressly reserved up to the
amount of any reserve imposed by the vendor. The bidder in the
room who is successful in purchasing any lot or lots is entirely
responsible for paying for such lot or lots in accordance with
our general conditions of sale. Purchases made on behalf of a
third party are entirely the responsibility of the bidder in the
room. The auctioneer reserves the right to bid on behalf of the
vendors for any lot and to withdraw, consolidate or divide any
lot or lots. Bidding increments shall be at the Auctioneer's sole
discretion. By making a bid, prospective purchasers acknowledge
acceptance of these Conditions.
REGISTRATION. To assist the progress of sale, all prospective
buyers must register their name and address, contact telephone
number at reception and collect a bidding number before the sale
commences. Should there be any doubts as to price or buyer, please
draw the auctioneer's attention to it immediately. We reserve
the the right at our discretion, to refuse admission to our premises
or attendance at our auctions by any person.
BUYER'S COMMISSION A buyer's commission is 22% of the hammer
price. VAT is chargeable on the commission figure only at 23%
(under Auctioneer's Margin scheme).
Example: an item with a hammer price of €100, would have
a commission charge of €22+ Vat of €5.06, total due
An additional fee is charged by our online bidding platform of
3% + VAT @ 23% on the total hammer price on your invoice,
Example: Online bidding fee on a hammer of €100 is €3.69,
when added to commission brings total to €130.75.
AUCTIONEERS MARGIN SCHEME. The Auctioneers Margin Scheme
allows Auctioneer's to sell items without VAT on the hammer price.
Under the margin scheme an amount equivalent to VAT at the current
rate is added to the buyer's commission. In accordance with regulations,
this amount cannot be refunded and the VAT element will not be
shown separately on the buyer's invoice.
PAYMENT. All payments must be made at the conclusion of
the sale by bank transfer, debit/credit card* or by cheque* supported
by a valid guarantee card or bankers reference. Third party cheques
will not be accepted in payment. All purchases must be paid in
full before any lot is removed from the premises. Debit card &
credit card payments are currently free of charge. No goods will
be released to the buyer unknown to the Auctioneer without adequate
reference or before their funds have cleared.
*The Auction house reserves the right to deny certain payment
methods & solely accept bank transfer.
Please note that in completing the bidder registration on live.hegartyantiques.com
and providing your credit card details and unless alternative
arrangements are agreed with Hegarty Antiques & Fine Art Auctions:
1. You authorise Hegarty Antiques & Fine Art Auctions, if
they so wish, to charge the credit card given in part or full
payment, including all fees, for items successfully purchased
on live.hegartyantiques.com, and
2. confirm that you are authorised to provide these credit card
details to 'Hegarty Antiques & Fine Art Auctions' through
live.hegartyantiques.com and agree that Hegarty Antiques &
Fine Art Auctions are entitled to ship the goods to the card holder
name and card holder address provided in fulfilment of the sale.
Timed Auctions: After issue of invoices, we will take payments
via secure payment online via Stripe payment system, using your
debit or credit card details provided when you register for the
auction. The Stripe system is fully secure & no card details
are stored by Hegarty Antiques & Fine art auctions.
Live broadcast auctions: After issue of invoices, we will
call you for payment. If however, we fail to make contact with
you after two attempts, we will take secure payment online via
the Stripe payment system and issue receipt to advise. This is
to ensure that the vendor can be paid for their item(s), as under
PSRA client account regulations the vendor cannot be paid until
the relevant buyer(s) have paid for their items.
COLLECTION OF LOTS. The buyer is required to remove their
lots from the Auction rooms within 14 days, otherwise storage
fees will apply.
SHIPPING:- Postal & Courier deliveries:
All postal & courier deliveries are subject to an additional
charge for handling & packing, plus value added tax on the
total amount, chargeable at the standard rate (currently 23%).
Cost of handling & packing depends on the size of the item(s)
and is calculated on request.
We take items to the post office once a week - so your item may
not be dispatched immediately.
Please note that we do not post out Ceramics or Glassware. We
can suggest a third party courier company if required.
- Packing: Be aware that we are not professional packers;
if we undertake to pack your lots (for a pre-arranged fee) although
we will do our best to pack items carefully we do not take responsibility
for the item arriving to you in one piece. The auctioneer accepts
no responsibility for any damages caused during the postal/shipping
process as we cannot control how a third party courier will handle
the goods and so the responsibility lies with you the buyer and
they the courier.
- Customs/Duty: When receiving goods for delivery overseas
from Hegarty Antiques & Fine Art Auctions you are considered
the importer and must comply with all laws and regulations of
the country in which you are receiving the products & you
may be subject to import duties & taxes.
- Collection: We must receive 24 hours notice of any collection
in order that we may have the item(s) ready for you. If sending
a third party to collect please provide us with their name or
company name before they arrive.
ATTRIBUTION AND CONDITION OF LOTS. Every effort is made
to ensure the accuracy of any statement as to authorship, attribution,
origin, date, age, provenance and condition of any lot whether
or not such statement forms part of the description of any such
lot. Whether any such statement is made orally or in the catalogue
it is an expression of opinion and the Auctioneer accepts no responsibility
for any inaccuracies. Each buyer by making a bid for a lot acknowledges
that he has satisfied himself fully as to the attribution and
condition of the lot. If any damage is done to any lot at the
viewing or before, during or after the sale, such damage shall
be made good by the person committing such damage, principals
being responsible for the acts of their servants, such damage
to be assessed by the Auctioneer. The absence of reference to
the condition of a Lot does not imply that it is in good order
or free from imperfection. All Lots are sold as seen.
ELECTRICAL ITEMS. All electrical items are sold as parts
and should be certified by Qualified Electrician before use.
OWNERSHIP OF PURCHASES. The ownership of the lot(s) purchased
will not pass to the buyer until the buyer has paid the Auctioneer
in full the total amount due or upon the clearance of any cheque
used for payment and the Auctioneer have applied such payment
to the lot. Lots shall be held to be at the buyer's risk from
the fall of the hammer.
TRANSFER OF RISK. Each lot shall be the purchaser's sole risk
from the fall of the hammer and shall be sold with all faults
and imperfections, the auctioneer not being responsible for the
correct description, genuineness or authenticity of any lot and
making no warranty whatsoever. The purchaser is deemed to have
inspected the lots and satisfied himself as to their condition.
BIDS. The auctioneer may, subject to the conditions of sale of
the Auction house, bid on behalf of the vendor up to the agreed
COMMISSION BIDS & INTERNET BIDS. If instructed, the
Auctioneer will execute bids and advise prospective purchasers.
This service is free. Lots will always be purchased as cheaply
as is allowed by such other bids and reserves as are on the auctioneer's
books. In the event of identical bids, the earliest will take
precedence. There must always be a maximum limit indicated, i.e.
the amount to which you would bid if you were attending the auction
yourself. Commission bids placed by telephone are accepted at
the client's risk. All commission bids must reach the auctioneer
within one hour of the close of the view day. Where two or more
Commission bids at the same level are recorded we reserve the
right in our absolute discretion to prefer the first bid so made.
While we make every effort to execute bids on your behalf neither
the Auctioneer nor our employees shall be responsible for any
failure to do so.
TELEPHONE BIDS. Requests for telephone bidding must be
registered with the Auctioneer within one hour of the close of
the view day. It may not be possible to accept requests on sale
days. Telephone bids will only be accepted on Lots received before
the commencement of the sale. Whilst every effort will be made
to execute telephone bidding, the Auctioneer cannot be held responsible
for any default or neglect in connection with this service.
PRE SALE ESTIMATES. Given by the Auctioneer or a member
of staff are their opinion as to what they consider any particular
lot is likely to realise. However any lot may sell at a figure
less than the lower estimate and for more than the higher estimated
THIRD PARTY LIABILITY. Every person on the Auctioneer'
premises before, during or after a sale or at any other time,
shall be deemed to be there at their own risk and shall have no
claim against the auctioneer in respect of any injury they may
sustain or any accident which may occur.
NOTICES. Any notices that may be displayed from time to
time by the Auctioneer in the sale ground or salerooms shall be
deemed to form part of and be included within the general conditions
Hegarty Antiques & Fine Art is second generation family-run
auction rooms in beautiful West Cork (Ireland).
We hold regular auctions of antiques & fine art. Our catalogues
are carefully compiled, with detailed descriptions and quality
Our auctions are broadcast live with both audio and video feeds,
allowing our bidders to watch and bid from the comfort of their
own homes anywhere in the world.
We also provide private sale services, furniture restoration and
have recently launched our Antiques & Fine Art Appreciation