Terms and Conditions of Business for Buyers

Care is taken to ensure that any statements as to authorship, attribution, origin, date, age, provenance and condition are reliable and accurate, but all such statements are statements of opinion and are not to be taken as statements or representations of fact. Hansons reserve the right, in forming their opinion, to consult and rely upon any expert or authority reasonably considered by them to be reliable.

The Buyer
The highest bidder to be the buyer. If any dispute arises, the auctioneer shall have absolute discretion to settle it and to put any disputed lot up again for sale.

Buyer Identification
Buyers are requested to furnish references in advance of the sale in order to avoid delay in clearing purchases. Goods will not be cleared until such references have been processed or cheques cleared. Hanson’s reserve the right not to approve any online bidder when their registration credit check is not successful and who cannot provide references. Hansons will not accept commission bids for any buyer that has an outstanding invoice.

Buyer’s Premium
The buyer shall pay the hammer price together with a buyer’s premium at the rate of 17.5% plus VAT. Please note that there is a minimum purchase charge of £5 plus VAT. Internet bidding incurs an additional 5% plus VAT charge.
VAT is charged on Hanson’s services NOT on the goods and is payable at the standard rate set by the UK government.
Any royalties eligible to be paid to a qualifying artist under the ‘Droit de Suite’ legislation will be added to the buyers invoice.

Immediately on the fall of the hammer, all lots shall be at the sole risk and expense of the respective purchasers.

If you are an internet buyer your payment will be automatically taken from the card you have registered with on the Saleroom.com
Failure to pay for goods within six weeks of the auction will result in the sale being rescinded. The defaulting buyer will also be blocked from bidding at future Hansons auctions.

Methods of Payment
Cash, debit card, credit card or direct bank payment.
UK Debit cards incur no extra charge. All credit and international debit cards incur an additional 3% +VAT charge.
Personnel cheques will only be accepted at the discretion of Hanson’s Accounts and on the understanding that NO goods will be released until bank clearance of the cheque has completed.

Collection / Shipment of Goods
All goods must be paid for and collected within five working days following sale. If after five working days the item has not been collected then a storage charge of £1 per lot per day will commence, the item will also no longer be insured. Hansons shall then contact the buyer in writing to confirm that this additional charge is now in place and further to that if paid for item(s) are still not collected within another 3 weeks of the date on the letter, the items will be placed back into the next auction without reserve with the buyer becoming the vendor. All Hansons terms and conditions will now apply to the new vendor of this item. A cheque will be sent out 20 working days after the sale, this will be minus our saleroom and storage charges.

Postal Service
Hansons Auctioneers do offer a postal service for clients within the UK who are not able to attend the auction or unable to collect. We are not professional packers or shippers, though we will try our best to pack items in a correct way which will ensure items arrive safely. However Hansons Auctioneers do not insure items posted and therefore will not be held responsible for making any claim for damage. There are some items that due to their nature, size or weight we cannot post out, but we can recommend couriers who you can arrange to pick the item up from our saleroom. They may also be able to insure some items which we are unable to insure. For full details see ‘postage of items’ under ‘Our Services’ on the Hansons website.

All buyers / couriers must check their purchases prior to departure from the auction. Hansons will accept no claims for loss or damage thereafter.

Third Party Liability
Every person at Hansons Auctions shall be deemed to be there at his own risk. They shall have no claim against Hansons in respect to any accident which may occur or injury, damage or loss howsoever caused.

Rights of Admission
The right is reserved to refuse admission to the auction premises and may be used by Hansons without giving a reason.

Selling Rate
Lots are sold at approximately 80 lots per hour for all sales.

 Glossary of picture cataloguing terms

  A work catalogued with the forename(s) and surname or recognised designation of an artist in our opinion is or is probably a work by the artist. Nevertheless, intending buyers are reminded that while a full designation is our highest category of authenticity, no unqualified statement as to authorship is made or intended. A full cataloguing does not necessarily imply a full warranty.

  Attributed to …

 In our opinion a work of the period the artist which may be in whole or in part the work of the artist.

  Studio of …

 In our opinion a work of an unknown hand, which may have been executed in the studio of the artist.

  Circle of …

 In our opinion a work from the period of the artist and showing his influence.

  Follower of …

 In our opinion a work executed in the style of the artist but not necessarily by a pupil.

  Manner of …

 In our opinion a work executed in the style of the artist but of a later date.

  After …

 In our opinion a copy of any date after a work by the artist.


 In our opinion the work has been signed/sealed/inscribed by the artist.

  Bears/with signature, inscription, date

 In our opinion the signature/inscription/date are not by the hand of the named artist.

  The term ‘ascribed to’ may in certain cases be used to denote a traditional attribution based on style, though this attribution is not necessarily confirmed by the auctioneers. A work catalogued as ‘School’ accompanied by the place and a date means that in our opinion the work was executed at that time and in the location, e.g. Continental School, circa 1920. All references to signature, inscriptions and dates refer to the present state of the work, i.e. as at the time of inspection for the purpose of cataloguing.

  Important notice applicable to all lots in our catalogues

  Some catalogue descriptions indicate some damage, repairs and/or restoration.

  This is a guide only and does not constitute a full condition report or guarantee for other lots where no reference to condition is made.

  Purchasers must satisfy themselves as to the condition of each lot.

  All items are described within the Auctioneer’s view, but authenticity must be confirmed by the buyer.

  All measurements are approximate.