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Buying at Matthew Barton Ltd
 

Our sales are held twice a year, typically in May and November.  All lots can be viewed online and our catalogues are circulated to our clients up to four weeks prior to the auction.  

Catalogues 

If you would like to receive our future catalogues, please email, fax or post your details to us and we will be delighted to arrange this for you.  The cost per catalogue is: 

£15 at the saleroom
£18 United Kingdom subscribers
£20 for European subscribers
£22 for the rest of the world
 

Click here for a printable subscription form 

Condition Reports and Digital Images
 

We are happy to provide you with further information concerning any lot in the sale, such as detailed digital images and condition reports.  We would strongly recommend that buyers view each lot prior to the sale.  Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report.  Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Matthew Barton Ltd is merely a subjective, qualified opinion.  Prospective buyers should also refer to any important notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the sale catalogue.  All lots are offered and sold "as is" in accordance with the conditions of business printed in the sale catalogue. 

Bidding In Person at the Sale
 

To register for a paddle we would suggest that you arrive an hour before the sale starts.  We will require two forms of identification such as a Passport, UK driving licence or ID card.  We may also require credit card details or banker’s reference. 

Absentee or Commission Bids
 

If you are unable to attend the sale we will be happy to execute bids on your behalf.  We would ask that you notify us of this at least 24 hours before the sale. We will require a photocopy of two forms of identification such as a Passport, UK driving licence or ID card.  We may also require credit card details or a banker’s reference.  Please contact the office or click the link below for a bidding form and fax it to us on: +44 (0) 207 806 5545

 Bidding Form 

Please note that we accept absentee bids in accordance with our standard conditions of business. 

Telephone Bidding
 

If you are unable to attend the sale but would like to be telephoned and instruct one of our telephone bidders to bid on your behalf then we will be happy to arrange this for you.  We would ask that you notify us of this at least 24 hours before the sale.  We will require a photocopy of two forms of identification such as a Passport, UK driving license or ID card.  We may also require credit card details or banker’s reference.  Please contact the office for a form  and fax it to us on: +44 (0) 207 806 5545 

Please note that we accept telephone bids in accordance with our standard conditions of business. 

Payment
 

Payment is due immediately after the sale for the total amount bid plus buyer's premium and tax, where applicable on that premium.  In accordance with our conditions of business we accept payment in cash (up to £6000), by credit card (up to £6000) or debit card, or by sterling cheque.   

Credit/Debit Card
A 3% surcharge is payable on all credit cards and non-UK debit cards;  there is no charge for UK debit cards.  Please note that we do not accept American Express.
 

Payments may also be made directly to our bank: 

HSBC Bank Plc
38 High Street
Dartford
Kent
DA1 1DG
United Kingdom


IBAN Number: GB53MIDL40190491814001
BIC: MIDLGB2128K
Sort Code: 40-19-04
Account Number:  91814001
Account Name: Matthew Barton Ltd 

VAT Registration Number:  972118224 

Collection of Property
 

You may collect purchased property from us as soon as we have received cleared funds for all your purchases.  You may also appoint a third party or a shipper to collect on your behalf.  Please note that we require your written authority to release to a third party. 

All purchased lots will be stored by Matthew Barton Ltd.  Please note that collection is BY APPOINTMENT on +44 (0) 20 7806 5545.  All lots should be cleared within one month of the auction date, after which they will be transferred to a third party for storage. A transfer fee of £10 per lot plus all incurred transfer and storage costs due to the third party will be payable prior to release. 

VAT
 

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        For items where normal VAT rules apply and the standard VAT will be charged on both hammer price and premium.    

For lots imported from OUTSIDE the EU, the following VAT symbols are used:-
 

        For items over 100 years old: Import VAT of 5% payable on whole hammer price, less premium (a further 20% is payable on the premium.) 

Ω       For items under 100 years old: Import VAT of 20% payable on whole hammer price, less premium (a further 20% is payable on the premium.) 

        For lots sold from WITHIN the EU, if the client is VAT registered and not using the Auctioneers Special Scheme, full VAT at 20% is levied on the hammer price and premium.