Auction Terms & Conditions

General Information and guidance


There is no formal pre-auction viewing day and in view of this the catalogue descriptions again feature two images of each Lot.


  • In order to bid on sale items pre-registration is required.
  • This must be done in advance using the on-line registration form.
  • Once registered you will be provided with a “virtual paddle number” which will be used to identify you during bidding and payment – bidding will remain anonymous.


  • Catalogue description are provided on a “good faith basis” and are accurate as far as ascertainable.
  • Two opposing, detailed images are provided for each item and these form an important aspect of the overall description.
  • For Lots including kits, generally, the whole contents will not have been removed from the box but rather a brief inspection to assess condition and likely completeness, the description “believed complete” means exactly that.


Bidding may be carried out in the following ways:

  • Pre-bid – a bid to your desired upper limit can be placed against your chosen item through the auction software which will bid on your behalf until either you have won the item, or your bid level is reached, note: this is different to commission bids as you can see whether your bid is the highest and re-bid accordingly if it isn’t and you wish to continue.
  • Auto Pre-bidding in advance (Autobid) – When using the Autobid feature the amount entered is an instruction to the system of the maximum amount you are prepared to bid. Auto-bids are placed at the current hammer price by the system in accordance with the current bid increment.
  • Important Note:– Where you are winning an item with an Autobid one increment below the maximum level you are prepared to bid, you will not win the item if a bid is placed by another bidder at your maximum level. This is a function of how the software works which prevents a user from making consecutive bids (bidding against yourself).
  • On-line, through the auction platform website, bidders who have already placed a commission bid will still be able to bid on the item live if their pre-bid limit is exceeded during the auction.
  • The auctioneer will run proceedings at a pace that reflects the bidding activity.
  • The auctioneer may refer to paddle numbers to assist the flow of bidding and assist bidders’ decision making.
  • It is advised that you do not leave submitting your bid until the last possible moment as experience shows this tactic is risky.
  • The internet connection and latency are good but small delays (at either end) cannot be ruled out, if you want it….bid early.
  • The winning bid is the bid acknowledged as such by the Auctioneer, this may not initially agree with the software due to the above referred delays….again, bid early.
  • Please only bid if you intend to purchase.
  • Remember, the Auctioneers decision is final.

Purchasers Payment and item collection

  • Items purchased may be collected from the National Centre by prior arrangement.
  • Payment is required either in advance or at the time of collection and may be made by cash, credit card or debit card.

Sold items not collected on the day of the auction

  • Items purchased but not being immediately collected (within a few days) may be securely stored at the National Centre until collection can be arranged.
  • Payment is required for stored items within 3 days of auction end.

Posting of sold items

  • We are able to offer a packaging and delivery option using a courier to send purchased items to a specified address.
  • The cost for this service will be the courier fee (charged at cost) plus a packaging fee, this will of course depend on the size, weight and quantity of items.
  • High value items will require an additional level of insurance cover in place.
  • Lots marked with “CO” (in the catalogue listing) are not able to be shipped and are collection only.



Auction Timings

  • The auction will start at 10.00am, finish time will be subject to final lotting and pace but is likely to be in the region of 4.00pm.
  • It is likely that the team will take short comfort breaks throughout the day, nominally every 100 Lots.

Terms and Conditions

  • Buyers’ premium on hammer price is 12% (plus VAT on commission only).
  • Items are described, listed and estimated in all good faith.
  • The BMFA makes no guarantees or warranties regarding the condition of lots, all lots are sold “as found”.
  • No liability is accepted by the BMFA, for loss, damage or liabilities incurred after an item has been transacted (sold and paid for).
  • Lots are purchased entirely at the purchaser’s own risk.
  • The highest bidder acknowledged as such (by reference to Paddle number) by the Auctioneer shall be the buyer.
  • Should any dispute arise regarding any Lot offered in this auction or any other related matter, the disputed Lot, may, at the auctioneer’s discretion be immediately put up again and resold. Alternatively, the most senior member of staff in attendance at the time, reserves the right to decide on the dispute and their decision shall be final and binding on all parties concerned.
  • The title of goods passes to the purchaser only after payment in full has been made to the BMFA and funds cleared.

Hard copy Catalogue

Printed copies of the auction catalogues are available to purchase if required, ring Lisa on 0116 2441085 to order and make payment.

  • Full colour catalogues (with images) – £5.50 posted.
  • Black and white, listing only (no images) – £2.50 posted.

Technical Issues

In the unlikely event of technical issues that we may not be aware of, for example a loss of sound, the contact number to alert us is 0116 2441091 or 07778 287350 in order that we can address the matter.

Thank you for your co-operation and support, we hope you have an enjoyable and successful event.