Bentleys Fine Art Auctioneers

The Old Granary, Waterloo Road, Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 3JQ

Welcome to Bentley's Antique & Fine Art Auctioneers Established in 1995 we hold 1000 lot monthly antique auctions and offer free no obligation valuations!

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Buying at Auction

If you are unable to attend the Auction we have the facility to ring you to enable you to bid or, if you prefer, we can accept written commission bids. Please ask our staff for details of this service. You can also bid online through The-Saleroom.com, please note that The-Saleroom charge an additional 3% commission plus VAT for this service.

Registering

We operate a computer system where each buyer is registered and supplied with a bidding number. If you wish to bid for a Lot please register and obtain a bidding number by either attending the Auction, emailling us or by telephoning us on 01580 715857. Our office hours are Monday to Friday 9:30am - 5:00pm.

Commission Rates

Bentley’s Fine Art Auctioneers charge a buyer’s commission rate of 19% (plus VAT at the current rate on the commission).

Clearance after Auction

We would appreciate it if customers would settle their accounts by Wednesday following the auction and clear their purchases by the Friday following an auction.

Internet Buyers

To all Internet Buyers payment must be made by the Wednesday following the sale by 5.00p.m U.K time.

Packing, Shipping & Storage charges

1. We do not offer in-house packing, despatch and shipping. We recommend our local mailbox in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Telephone: 01892 510155

2. All buyers must arrange collection of their goods within 21 days of the relevant auction (excluding furniture). After which Bentley's reserve the right to charge storage of £5 per day and goods will not be released until this has been paid. Furniture must be removed within 14 days of the relevant auction after which furniture items will be put into storage and storage charges may apply.

3. Bentley’s Ltd will not be held responsible for any loss or damage to items due to circumstances beyond their control.

 

Condition Reports

Bentley’s Fine Art Auctioneers will supply basic condition reports with photographs to assist with evaluation. Condition reports are given by what can be seen by the naked eye. If you require to know the detailed condition of any item in a forthcoming auction, please either view the item yourself or delegate someone to view it for you. Images will be emailed on Thursday or Friday immediately prior to the auction. (A/F) in a lot description indicates damage or repair to an item.

 

Selling at Auction

As one of Kent’s leading country auction houses, we hold regular monthly sales of antique furniture, fine art, porcelain and chattels, rugs, carpets, silver and jewellery (See Auction Calender for more information).

If requested, our representative will arrange to inspect your objects for sale (from whole house contents to individual objects). Alternatively, you may bring the objects to us at our premises which are open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5pm. Please contact us by emailing at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephoning us on 01580 715857. We will be happy to discuss the value of your objects with no obligation.


We charge a commission of 18.5% on the sale (hammer) price of the lot sold. A £3 lottage fee applies to unsold items. A limited liability fee of 1.5% is charged on all sold lots. All these charges are plus Vat at the current rate.

Please contact us if you require further information on our commission rates.

Bentley’s Fine Art Auctioneers - Conditions of Sale

1. All goods are sold with all faults and errors of description. All goods are sold and dealt with by the auctioneers on the instructions of their client or clients. The auctioneers will not be answerable for any faults, quality, weight or measurement or otherwise, of any of the sold goods, all of which matters must be settled exclusively and solely between the said client or clients and the purchasers of such goods concerned.
2. All unsold items must be removed from the premises by the 20th of the month of the auction (unless the Auctioneer has agreed to re-enter the item). After this time, items will be moved to storage and fees from £5 per day per lot will be levied. Please note that items with no reserve may be re-entered at the auctioneer's discretion.
3. Vendors’ commission and fee charges are 18.5% commission payable on the hammer price. A £3 charge per lot applies to unsold items. A limited liability charge of 1.5% is applied to the hammer price of sold lots. All charges are subject to Vat at the current rate.
4. In the event of loss or damage to a vendor’s item prior to auction, limited liability will be paid at the lower end of estimate or reserve figure.
5. If items that have been catalogued are withdrawn by the vendor before any auction, a charge of 10% of the reserve or lower estimate will be made to cover administration costs, with a minimum charge of £10 per lot plus Vat.
6. Payments to vendors are issued 2 weeks after the sale. Payments to vendors may be delayed if full payment has not been received from the purchaser.
7. The auctioneers reserve the right to amend/alter or change vendor descriptions.
8. The auctioneers reserve the right to amend/alter or change a lot description at any time up to the point of auction.
9. All items entered for sale are offered subject to 10% auctioneer’s discretion on the reserve price.

Terms & Conditions

 TERMS & CONDITIONS

1.      Any person on the auctioneers’ premises before, during or after the sale shall be deemed to be there at his own risk. Such persons shall have no claim against the auctioneers in respect of any injury sustained or any accident which may occur from any cause whatsoever, subject always to the provisions of the Unfair Contracts Terms Act 1977.

2.      All goods are sold with all faults and errors of description. All goods are sold and dealt with by the auctioneers on the instructions of their client or clients. The auctioneers will not be answerable for any faults, quality, weight or measurement or otherwise, of any of the sold goods, all of which matters must be settled exclusively and solely between the said client or clients and the purchasers of such goods concerned.

3.      The highest bidder acceptable to the auctioneer shall be the buyer. The auctioneer shall have absolute discretion to settle any dispute which arises and to refuse bids or to advance the bidding as seen fit.

4.      Any items damaged or broken accidentally or otherwise during viewing days or auction days must be paid for at the valuation set by the auctioneer.

5.      Payment can be made by cash, bankers draft, building society, debit or credit card (See Payment point 4.  for details of card surcharges). Buyers paying by cheque must be prepared for the cheque to clear before taking possession of the goods from the auctioneers.

6.      All items must be removed at the buyer’s risk within three days (unless other arrangements have been made with the auctioneer).

7.      All unsold items must be removed by the vendor by the 20th of the month of the auction (unless the auctioneer has agreed to re-entry of the items) after which time the items will remain on the premises at the vendor’s risk and disposed of after 6 weeks if not collected without further notice to the vendor.

            i)  Items re-entered for auction : The auctioneers retain the right to re-enter goods and reduce the estimate/reserve.  Vendors will be notified either by email, telephone or post.        

8.      The auctioneers will, on the buyers written instructions, execute bids on their behalf, but neither the auctioneer nor his employees or agents shall be liable for any neglect in doing so or failure to do so.

9.      The buyer shall pay a fee of 19% plus VAT to the auctioneer when purchasing goods from auction.  Our VAT Registration No. is 683 4311 35.  Buyer’s using Saleroom.com will incur additional fees. See Online Bidding below. 

Artist Resale Rights

This levy is to be charged to the purchaser. In bidding, you accept that you will be charged in accordance with the terms of the Act. In some countries, including those in the EU, local laws entitle the artist or the artist’s estate to a royalty.

Artist's resale rights is a levy payable to a qualifying artist or the artist's heirs each time a work is re-sold during the artist's lifetime and for a period up to 70 years following the artist's death. Royalties are calculated using a sliding scale of percentages of the sale, please check using link below.

This levy is to be charged to the purchaser. In bidding, you accept that you will be charged in accordance with the terms of the Act. An artwork must sell for more than 
€1,000 to qualify for the levy. The law defines the price threshold in Euros and, because the exchange rate between the two currencies changes daily, the equivalent in Pounds Sterling is worked out according to the exchange rate on the 
date the artwork is sold. The threshold for the day will be announced at the beginning of the sale. The levy is 4% on up to 50,000 euros, 3% from 50,000-200,000 euros, 1% from 200,000-350,000 euros, 0.5% from 350,000-500,000 euros and 0.25% on a hammer price exceeding 500,000 euros. There is a cap of 12,500 euros payable on any one work. Please note: this scale is cumulative, which means that where the sale price is higher than the first threshold, the royalty on each portion of the price must be calculated accordingly and added together to arrive at  the final sum. For example, take an artwork that sells for €210,000. The 
first €50,000 would achieve 4% (€2,000), the next 150,000 would achieve 3% (€4,500), and the final €10,000 would achieve 1% (€100). The total royalties due would be €6,600.

price.http://www.dacs.org.uk/for-art-market-professionals/arr-royalty-calculator

10.      Bentley’s Fine Art Auctioneers will supply basic condition reports with photographs to assist with evaluation.  Condition reports are given by what can be seen by the naked eye.   If you require to know the detailed condition of any item in a forthcoming auction, please either view the item yourself or delegate someone to view it for you.

11.       Vendors’ commission and fee charges are 18.5% commission payable on the hammer price. A £3 lottage fee applies to unsold items.  A limited liability charge of 1.5% is applied to the hammer price of sold lots.  All charges are subject to Vat at the current rate.

12.       In the event of loss or damage to a vendor’s item prior to auction, limited liability will be paid at the lower end of estimate or reserve figure.

13.      If items that have been catalogued are withdrawn by the vendor before any auction, a charge of 25% (+ VAT) of the reserve or lower estimate will be made to cover administration costs, with a minimum charge of £10 per lot plus Vat.

14.  Payments to vendors are issued 14 days after the sale. Payments to vendors may be delayed if full payment has not been received from the purchaser.

15.  The auctioneers reserve the right to amend/alter or change vendor descriptions.

16.  The auctioneers reserve the right to amend/alter or change a lot description at any time up to the point of auction.

17.  All items entered for sale are offered subject to 10% auctioneer’s discretion on the reserve price.

18.  Bentley’s reserve the right to request deposits from new buyers for goods with an individual estimated hammer price of £1,000 and over. In the event of a purchase of an item(s) any deposit taken becomes non-refundable and will be forfeit if full payment is not received by 3 weeks from the date of the auction in which the item(s) were purchased.

 

PAYMENT

1. ALL ITEMS PURCHASED MUST BE PAID FOR PREFERABLY ON THE DAY OF THE SALE, OR, IF NOT, BY CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON THE WEDNESDAY IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE SALE. BENTLEY'S RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CHARGE UP TO 1% INTEREST PER WEEK ON THE FULL AMOUNT OWED, ON PAYMENTS MADE AFTER THIS.
2. Cash – sterling only.
3. Cheques - Buyers paying by cheque must be prepared for the cheque to clear before taking possession of the goods purchased.
4. Debit card/Credit card are acceptable.

* We do NOT accept debit or credit card payments where the cardholder is not present over £500.00.  Where the buyer is unable to make payment in person over £500 payment must be made by bank transfer, cash or cheque. 
5. Banker’s draft is acceptable.
6. Payments to vendors are issued 14 days after the auction, but may be delayed if full payment has not been received from the buyer.

 

CLEARANCE

1. Subject to satisfactory payment, all purchased items should be removed by the Friday immediately following the sale.  All items remaining on the premises after this time shall be removed and Bentleys reserve the right to charge storage fees at £5.00 per lot per day.
2. All unsold items must be removed from the premises by the vendor by the 20th of the month of the auction (unless the auctioneer has agreed to re-entry of the items).  After this time the items will be disposed of without further notice.  Please note that items with no reserve may be re-entered at the auctioneer's discretion.

3.  Under no circumstances can goods be cleared until cleared funds have been received in full.

 

ONLINE BIDDING

Bentleys Auction Rooms offer an online bidding service via the-saleroom.com for bidders who cannot attend the sale.

In completing the bidder registration on www.the-saleroom.com and providing your debit or credit card details and unless alternative arrangements are agreed with Bentleys Auction Rooms:

1.  authorise Bentleys Auction Rooms, if they so wish, to charge the debit or credit card given  in full payment, including all fees, for items successfully purchased in the auction via the-saleroom.com, and

2.  Confirm that you are authorised to provide these debit or credit card details to Bentleys Auction Rooms through www.the-saleroom.com and agree that Bentleys Auction Rooms are entitled to ship the goods to the card holder name and card holder address provided in fulfilment of the sale.

Please note that any lots purchased via the-saleroom.com live auction service will be subject to an additional 3% commission charge + VAT at the rate imposed on the hammer price.

PACKING, SHIPPING, & STORAGE CHARGES

1.  We do not offer in-house packing, despatch and shipping.  We recommend Mailbox:

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Telephone: 01892 510155

2.  All buyers must arrange collection of their goods within 21 days of the relevant auction (excluding furniture).  After which Bentley's reserve the right to charge storage of £5 per day and goods will not be released until this has been paid. Furniture must be removed within 14 days of the relevant auction after which furniture items will be put into storage and storage charges may apply.

3.  Bentley’s Ltd will not be held responsible for any loss or damage to items due to circumstances beyond their control. 

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