Buyer's Terms & Conditions

  1. The highest accepted bidder shall be the purchaser. If any dispute should arise between bidders or any mistake is made the lot may be put up again. The auctioneer is the final arbiter.
  2. The advance in the bidding will be regulated by the auctioneer who reserves the right to refuse any bidding, or to bid on behalf of the vendor on any lots upon which there is a reserve, or to withdraw, consolidate or divide any lot before or during the sale.
  3. No lots may be removed until the purchaser’s account is paid in full. The buyer shall not become the owner or any lot and the auctioneer shall have a lien thereon until the purchaser’s account is paid, but after the fall of the hammer the risk of damage or loss shall nevertheless be the buyer's.
  4. All lots must be paid for and removed within one week of the sale (by appointment). Purchasers who do not pay and collect by this time will be charged £5 per day storage and may have their bids refused in future sales.
  5. Payment can be made by cash or bank transfer. Credit Cards are not accepted. Any single transaction above £8,000 will require a copy of proof of ID.
  6. A buyer’s premium of 20% is charged on the hammer price.
  7. Online Bidding
    We offer an online bidding service on our website, via for bidders who cannot attend the sale. In completing the bidder registration and providing your credit card details and unless alternative arrangements are made with Outhwaite & Litherland:
    a. Please note that any lots purchased online via our website or will be subject to an additional 3% commission charge plus VAT at the rate imposed on the hammer price on our website or
  8. Shipping of silver and jewellery and small items weighing under 2kg when packed may be done in house at the discretion of Outhwaite & Litherland, please contact the office to discuss.
    For all other items please contact Mailboxes Preston: or 01772 256700.
  9. Items are sent entirely at the buyer's risk and in the event of loss or damage to items posted it is the buyer’s responsibility to make any claim from the insurance (if any) made on their behalf.
  10. Any damage caused by removal of goods must be made good by the person committing the same. Principles being considered responsible for the acts of their servants.
  11. The auctioneer undertakes that care has been taken to see that catalogue descriptions and condition reports are accurate, but these must be taken as matters of opinion only and shall not be taken as statements of fact. Buyers must make their own judgement as to the nature, authenticity, or condition of any lot. The auctioneers do not give any warranty as to the title of the lots sold and will not be liable for any defect in such title.
  12. Any items remaining unpaid for may be resold and any deficiency made good by the defaulter.

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