Taking part in an auction at Parker Fine Art Auctions has never been easier, whether you want to bid in person in the saleroom, leave a bid or bid online.
We want to make buying at auction as transparent, accessible and straightforward as possible.
Please refer to Conditions of Sale for full Terms and Conditions.
- All purchases are subject to a buyer’s premium, which is charged per lot at 25% of the hammer price (+ VAT)
VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the buyer’s premium of all lots (with the exception of books and unframed maps). In some cases, although unusual, VAT may be applied to the hammer price of certain lots. These will be clearly marked in the online and printed catalogue.
All our auctions are listed in our auction calendar. Illustrated catalogues are available on the days leading up to the sale on Easylive and the-saleroom.com, and you can request to receive email alerts to be notified when catalogues go live online.
All our sales are open for public viewing at Hawthorn House in Farnham. Viewing times vary for each sale, so please check sale listings or the online catalogue for each sale. You will find the viewing dates here.
Printed catalogues can be purchased in our Saleroom whilst the sale is on view.
Please enquire for the prices of sending catalogues within Europe and the rest of the world.
Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the condition of each lot. A Condition Report is an honest expression of our opinion and not a statement of fact and is provided as a service to the Seller. Requests for condition reports must be submitted 24 hours before the start of the sale.
Request for Images
Requests for additional images of items in the sale can be made up to 24 hours before the start of the sale.
Please note the colours portrayed in the catalogue, and in additional images, are the best attempt at a likeness but cannot be confirmed as identical to the true colours.
How to Bid
To bid in one of our sales at Parker Fine Art Auctions Ltd for the first time you will need to provide:
- Your name
- Your address
- Photo identification (driving licence/passport)
- Valid debit or credit card
Attending the Auction
If intending to buy you are required to register your name and details at our reception desk on the day of the auction. You will then be allocated a bidding number, which you use when bidding for an item.
You can place an absentee bid, and the auctioneer will bid on your behalf to obtain the lot as cheaply as possible as allowed by other bids and reserves. To make an absentee bid you can complete a bidding form at reception, telephone us, or send us your bid by email. You should give us the maximum hammer price you are prepared to pay, remembering to take into account the buyer’s premium and any taxes and charges payable on top of the hammer price.
Absentee bids must be submitted by close of business on the day before the sale. If identical bids are submitted, the person who bid first will take precedence.
You can take part in the sale by bidding over the telephone. Telephone lines must be booked by close of business on the day before the sale, and are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
Bidding can be done through Easylive Auctions or the-saleroom.com. Bidding on these sites is directly through the relevant platforms and will incur extra commission charges. Please refer to the individual bidding websites for their individual terms and conditions.
Payment will be accepted, if you are a successful bidder, by bank transfer direct into our bank account, by debit card issued in the name of the Buyer by a UK bank and registered to a UK billing address, by all major UK issued credit cards issued in the name of the Buyer and registered to a UK billing address (up to £1000), or in cash up to £8,000 (subject to relevant money laundering regulations). The name of the bank account holder should match the name of the buyer. Payment may also be made by sterling personal cheques drawn on a UK bank account and made payable to ‘Parker Fine Art Auctions Ltd’, however Lots paid for by this method cannot be collected until your cheque has cleared. Payment can be made and purchases collected during the auction. All accounts must be settled within 14 days of the sale. Accounts not paid within 14 days will automatically be subject to an interest charge (not exceeding 1.5% per month on the total amount due). Wire transfers should be sent to:
Monies from wire transfers and cheques must be cleared into our account for 24 hours before items may be collected.
If the buyer has failed to collect within a period of two months (from sale date), Parker Fine Art Auctions reserve the right to re-enter the uncollected items through auction, to recover the cost of storage and associated costs. At this time the buyer relinquishes all claims to ownership and any right to financial compensation. For full details please see our terms and conditions.
Before being able to collect your purchases you are required to pay the hammer price, plus the applicable charges, and obtain a receipt acknowledging payment.
Once payment for lots has been received collection or transportation of purchased lots must be made within 14 days of the sale to avoid storage charges.
We are open for collections Monday – Friday between 9am and 5pm, or by arrangement.
Storage charges will be levied on all lots not collected within 14 days of the sale of £5 plus VAT per lot per day.
If you are arranging your own professional collection and delivery, please ensure the lot has been paid for and the transport company has full details of the items to be collected, and we have received an authorisation note.
In some circumstances some very small items may be posted, but this will be at the Auctioneer’s discretion and will be subject to your own Insurance and Liability.
Please contact us if you would like details of local shipping companies.
It is your responsibility to obtain the correct import/export licenses for items which you are buying. Parker Fine Art Auctions Ltd take no responsibility for the export of goods which you have bought.
Terms of Description
The forename(s) (or asterisks where not known) and surname of the artist indicates, in our opinion, an original work by the artist named. The initials of the forename(s) and the surname of the artist indicates in our option a work of the period of the artist which may be wholly or in part his/her work.
‘Attributed to…’ In our opinion probably a work by the artist, but with less certainty as to authorship in whole or part.
‘Studio of …’ In our opinion a work by an unknown artist in the studio of the artist, possibly under the artist’s direction.
‘Circle of …’ In our opinion a work of the period, by an unknown artist with the artist’s influence.
‘Style of …’ In our opinion a work at a later date, by an unknown artist following the artist’s style.
‘Follower of …’ In our opinion a work at a much later date, by an unknown artist following the artist’s style.
‘Manner of …’ In our opinion a work at an unknown date, by an unknown artist following the artist’s style.
‘After …’ In our opinion a work at a later date, by an unknown artist copying a work of the artist.
‘Signed, Dated & Inscribed’ In our opinion the signature, date and inscription are from the hand of the artist.
‘Highlighted Signature’ In our opinion the signature is/are from the hand of the artist, in whole or part, that may have been restored.
‘Bears a Signature’ In our opinion the signature is not by the artist and has been added by another hand at a later date.
‘Oil Painting’ In our opinion is painted in oils or acrylic.
‘Mixed Media’ In our opinion a mixture or combination of part, some or all of the following – Oil, Watercolour, Gouache, Pencil, Ink or Print.
All references to signature, inscriptions and dates refer to the present state of the work.
Dimensions are given in height before width and do not include the frame (unless stated).
Pictures, unless stated, are framed. Pictures will not have been removed from their frames unless specifically mentioned in the condition report.
We act as agents for the Seller, whose details remain confidential. If you buy at auction your contract is with the Seller, not us.
The principle of caveat emptor applies to the sale of all good sold at auction by us.