Buying at Halls Fine Art

 

At Halls Fine Art we hope to ensure buying at auction to be easy and enjoyable from viewing our colour catalogues online to receiving your lot at home.  Here we explain this process. 

 

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch and we would be happy to help.

 

Before the auction

Viewing Auction Catalogues:

All our auction catalogues are available to view online as interactive listings via our Forthcoming Auctions page.  These are uploaded in advance of each auction.  Each lot is imaged and can be enlarged to get a more detailed view.


For our seasonal auctions we produce a perfect bound, printed catalogue designed in house.  These can be purchased prior to sale for £15 (including postage)

We also convert these catalogues into online ‘page turner’ e-catalogues which can be viewed from our Forthcoming Auctions page.

 

Viewing In Person:

All auctions take place on a Wednesday and are open for viewing prior to the sale day.

Viewing for our Timed Auctions is prior to the auction finishing.

Viewing dates and times can be found on the details for each auction. 

Please call 01743 450 700 or email fineart@hallsgb.com to book your hour viewing slot.

You can ask for further details and extra images about any lots in our sales and this is especially important if you cannot view the lot in person.  We don’t detail condition in our catalogue descriptions and so recommend asking for a condition report and additional images.  Our reports provide a general guide to the condition of a lot but are not a forensic examination and so a physical inspection by you or an appointed agent is ideal.

 

To request a condition report go to the lot of interest and click on the 'Request a condition report' button or email fineart@hallsgb.com.  Condition reports are always given in writing.

All UK auctioneers charge a premium in addition to the hammer price.

Halls’ Buyer’s Premium is 20% plus VAT for the first £500,000 and 12% above £500,000 per lot.

So that you are happy with our conditions of sale please click here to read our full terms and conditions

There are various methods of bidding in our auctions:

 

  • In the room with a paddle number
  • Leave a commission or ‘absentee’ bid
  • Book a telephone - we shall call you during the auction and bid on your behalf
  • Bid live online

In person at our saleroom with a paddle number (this is currently not available)
To bid in any one of our auctions we require all potential buyers to register and provide two forms of identification. This is to comply with existing Anti-Money Laundering Regulations.

All our clients need to provide photo ID and proof of name and address by providing the following:

  • a government issued form of photo identification (plastic card element of a driving licence, or passport)
  • proof of address such as a bank statement or utility bill, dated within the last 3 months

Please send copies via email to fineart@hallsgb.com when arranging your bid.  These documents will be sent to a secure computer and uploaded to your client details.

 

Please allow plenty of time for registration and before 4.30pm the day before the auction.  Bids left after this time cannot be guaranteed and may not be submitted.

All the bidding options below are not available in every auction.  Go to the auction details to confirm what these are prior to booking your bid.

Ensure you have read our full Terms and Conditions applicable to buyers prior to registration and leaving your bid.  

 


 

Room Bidding:

 

On the day of the auction come to our Cash Office to register to bid and obtain your bidding number.

 



Telephone Bidding:

You can arrange to be contacted by telephone to bid during the auction.


 

Commission Bidding: 

You may leave an absentee bid, also known as a commission bid, which is the maximum you wish to spend excluding Buyer’s Premium.  We will bid on your behalf for the lowest possible amount, subject to other competing bids, and continue bidding up to your maximum.  We do not open bidding at your maximum, nor do we ‘run you up’ artificially.

  • Bids must be placed by 4.30pm the day before the auction.

Leave your bids by one of the following options:

 


 

Online Bidding Live:

Register to bid live with HallsLive.  You can bid live online, following the sale as it happens with streamed video and audio.

  • First Click here to register and create a client account.  Read our 'How to Bid Live' guide on how to do this here
  • From 9.30am on the day of the auction sign in and go to the auction catalogue then click on the ‘Bid Live’ link button.
  • You will be taken straight through to the live bidding page and are ready to bid!
  • If you bid and register directly with HallsLive we will only charge 3% commission plus VAT on top of our buyer's premium of 20% + VAT

 

Please call 01743 450 700 or email fineart@hallsgb.com to arrange your bid or for further advice.

If you are interested in buying a large or heavy item we advise to look at shipping arrangements prior to buying.

Brexit

Halls strongly advises their clients to seek advice from their shipper as to the extra costs of shipping items to and from Europe, given the UK is now no longer part of the EU. These costs will include import duty and VAT, for which Halls is not liable and so buyers/vendors will need to budget for this.


During the auction . . . 

Our auctioneers are highly experienced and will be looking at everyone in the room as well as their screen on the rostrum.  If they aren’t sure you are making a bid, they will ask you.  If you didn’t mean to bid or were just swatting a fly, speak up!

To avoid any confusion when bidding raise your paddle number or hand to bid.  Let the auctioneer know before the gavel comes down!


After the auction . . .

 

Methods of payment are:

  • Debit cards up to £1,000 over the phone.
  • Direct bank transfer:  
    Bankers: Handelsbanken London Head Office, Thomas More Square, 3, London E1W 1WY 
    Sort Code: 40-51-62. Account: 85036560.
  • Pay online: Login to/create an account on Hall's Fine Art website. In 'my account' click on 'invoices and payments' to find your outstanding invoice.  Follow the onscreen instructions to make payment.


We regret that we do not accept payment by credit card. 

 

Payment methods for non UK-based Buyers
Please make payment via bank transfer.

Bankers: Handelsbanken.

Bank address: Handelsbanken London Head Office, Thomas More Square, 3, London E1W 1WY

IBAN: GB80HAND40516285036560

BIC: HANDGB22

Beneficiary: Halls Holdings Ltd.

Beneficiary address: Bowmen Way, Battlefield Shrewsbury, SY4 3DR

  • For this we shall require your Swift number.
  • Please check with your bank for the cost of making the transfer, as there is usually a fee for this service. This varies from bank to bank.
  • Please would all overseas bidders note that if they are bidding from a ‘restricted country’, if they are successful and become the buyer and wish to pay by bank transfer, they will need to provide ID and permit due diligence checks BEFORE payment can be made. If payment is made before this can take place the buyer may end up paying for a cancelation initially, as our bank will not accept payments before the necessary due diligence checks are made.

The Halls Fine Art saleroom team are always on hand to help, whether you are collecting in person or require advice about local carriers.  Collection or shipping arrangements for lots can be made from midday on the next working day after the auction.

If you are the successful bidder and once you have paid for your items you are free to collect anytime between Tuesday and Friday 10am - 5pm.

 

Rules to follow when coming to collect from Halls Fine Art:

  • Please ensure you have paid your invoice in full prior to collection.
  • All collections can be made Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm.
  • On arrival please come to main reception to notify us that you are here.

 

Points to consider:

All lots shall be paid for and removed at the buyer’s risk and expense by the end of the 2nd working day after the sale (Friday), failing which the Auctioneer shall not be responsible if the same are lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed, and all lots not so removed shall remain at the risk of the buyer and subject to a ‘warehousing’ charge of £5/lot per day. If they are not paid for and removed within 7 days of the sale the Auctioneer may re-sell them by auction or privately without notice to buyer.

Please note that a storage and handling charge of £5.00 + VAT per lot, per day, will be levied if after a period of seven days from the sale date, items remain uncollected.

Halls Holdings Ltd. reserve the right to re-sell any items that have been paid for where appropriate after a period of fourteen days. The original buyer will be charged storage, full commission and insurance and the net proceeds remitted to them. 

If you are not able to collect in person Halls are happy to suggest a number of local carriers who will be able to arrange packing and shipping for you.

Collection or shipping arrangements for lots can be made from midday on the next working day after the auction.

Halls Fine Art are a small team so unfortunately has neither the staff, nor the facilities to provide a comprehensive packaging service, meeting buyer's or carriers’ various stipulations regarding box sizes and materials. Consequently, Halls will not package items for collection by third parties.

Buyers that engage the services of companies that do not fulfill these criteria will be asked to email or write to Halls stating that they, the client, do so entirely at their own risk and take full responsibility for their choice.

 


 

Although we do not have the facilities to ship, Halls offer a limited in-house P&P service for small, non-breakable items which can be placed in a jiffy bag during the week following the auction only.  We use Royal Mail Special Delivery for goods up to a value of £2,500

We charge £20 for this service.  Please call us when you have paid your invoice and we can see if we can arrange this for you.

 



Local Couriers

For all other collection and delivery services, see our list below for local couriers. 

Please contact them directly to receive a quote for costs. You are, of course, very welcome to use an alternative courier.


 

Please note that a storage and handling charge of £5.00 + VAT per lot, per day, will be levied if after a period of seven days from the sale date, items remain uncollected.

Halls Holdings Ltd. reserve the right to re-sell any items that have been paid for where appropriate after a period of fourteen days. The original buyer will be charged storage, full commission and insurance and the net proceeds remitted to them.

You can obtain a refund of VAT if you buy an object which is shipped to a country outside the European Union.  You will need proof of export from your courier and then complete a VAT refund form obtainable from the HMRC website.

Halls strongly advises their clients to seek advice from their shipper as to the extra costs of shipping items to and from Europe, given the UK is now no longer part of the EU. These costs will include import duty and VAT, for which Halls is not liable and so buyers/vendors will need to budget for this.

 

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