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25 Blythe Road offers free valuations by email or at our West London premises.  We welcome all lots at all levels, subject to approval by each specialist.


All specialists are frequently at Blythe Road.  To ensure the relevant specialist is available please ring or email beforehand to make an appointment.  Please see Contact Us for the details of each specialist.


Information about buying in live sales is available on the relevant sites.






The following information is intended to assist Bidders and Buyers.  All 25 Blythe Road auctions are conducted according to our Conditions of Sale  which can be viewed in the 25 Blythe Road Terms & Conditions.


We will be delighted to guide you through the basics of buying at auction with us.  Please contact us if you have any questions that are not answered by the following:


Live Auctions & Online Auctions


There are two types of auctions at 25 Blythe Road:  Live Auctions and Online Auctions.


Live Auctions:  Thomas Del Mar (Antique Arms, Armour & Militaria), Charles Miller (Maritime Art and Scientific Instruments) and Matthew Barton (Decorative Works of Art) host live auctions.  You may attend the auction to bid in person or bid over the telephone.  The preview will be at 25 Blythe Road in the days preceding the day of sale.


How can I find out what is for sale?


1.  Our catalogues are available 2-4 weeks prior to the sale for Thomas Del Mar Ltd, Matthew Barton Ltd and Charles Miller Ltd and are viewable ton the relevant websites.  Our timed auction catalogues are available 1-2 weeks pre the sale and can be viewed via our Home Page. 


2.  Our preview exhibitions are open to the public.   See the Home Page for more specific details on dates.


How do I register to bid?


Register in Person


You can register to bid in person at 25 Blythe Road.  If you have not bid with us before, you will need to provide a government-issued proof of identity such as an identification card, driver's licence or passport with proof of address.


Register Online


To register to bid online via our Timed auction please visit the home page where you can find out more. If you are a first time buyer you will be required to provide identification such as an identification card, driver's licence or password with proof of address.  This can be scanned and emailed to us at enquiries@25blytheroad.com


How does Online Bidding Work?


Each lot has an individual auction end time as stated on the bidding platform.  Any bid placed within the last minute of a lot's auction end time will extend the lot's period of bidding up to 2 minutes to allow time for counter bids. 


The Successful Bid in any Auction will be the first highest bid as registered by the website that equals or exceeds the reserve price at the point of a lot's auction end time.


Incremental Bids


You can submit bids incrementally as per the next possible bid as indicated on the bidding screen.


Maximum Bids


You can also submit a maximum bid.  This bid is similar to an absentee bid, is strictly confidential and can only be viewed by you.  A maximum bid allows you to place a bid for the maximum level that you are willing to bid and the site will then bid on your behalf up to your maximum amount.  Your bid will always be at the lowest possible level subject to the reserve price and any other bids placed on the lot.  If no other bids are placed on a lot then your bid will be no more than the reserve price for that lot.  If other bids are placed on the lot your bid will only be one increment higher than the highest other bid, up to your maximum.  If there are two or more equal bids submitted on a lot then the bid submitted first will take precedence.  You may increase your maximum bid at any time without any possibility of bidding against yourself.


How do I submit an Absentee Bid?


We are accepting Absentee Bids if you are unable to submit a bid directly through online bidding.  You can request to submit an Absentee Bid by completing and signing an Absentee Bid Form and returning it to 25 Blythe Road via email or post.  Alternatively we can accept absentee bids over the telephone.  All bids received will be confirmed.  If you have not received confirmation before the day of the sale, please contact 25 Blythe Road.


Absentee Bid Form


What are the Bid Increments?



- £50



- £200



- £500



- £1,000



- £2,000



- £5,000



- £10,000



- £20,000



- £50,000



- £100,000


















What other charges can be incurred?


Buyer's Premium


A Buyer's Premium of 24% plus VAT is payable on the hammer price


Webcast Charge


Lots purchased through live online bidding platforms such as Saleroom.com, Invaluable.com and 51BidLive.com incur a surcharge.  Please see the relevant online auction platforms websites for their surcharge details.


Artist Resale Right


On certain Lots marked '' in the Catalogue that are sold for a Hammer Price of  1,000 or greater (converted into GBP using the European Central Bank Reference rate prevailing on the Auction End date) an additional premium will be payable by the Buyer to cover the payment of royalties under the Artist Resale Right Regulations 2006.  The additional premium will be a percentage of the amount of the hammer price calculated in accordance with the table below, and shall not exceed the equivalent of 12,500.


Hammer Price Percentage Amount

From  €0 to  €50,000  4%

From  €50,000.01 to  €200,000  3%

From  €200,000.01 to  €350,000  1%

From  €350,000.01 to  €500,000  0.5%

Exceeding  €500,000  0.25%




As standard not VAT is charged on the hammer price, but VAT at the prevailing rate, currently 20% will be added to the buyer's premium.


The following symbols are used to denote that VAT is due on the hammer price and the buyer's premium:


*  VAT at 20% on hammer price and buyer's premium

Ω  VAT on imported items at 20% on hammer price and buyer's premium

‡ (occasionally marked as †) VAT on imported items at reduced rate of 5% on hammer price and 20% on buyer's premium.  Lots marked with the ‡ have been imported from outside the European Union (EU) to be sold at auction under Temporary Import rules.  VAT on imported items at a reduced rate of 5% on hammer price 20% on buyer's premium.


Cataloguing Practice


A work catalogues with the name(s) or recognised designation of an artist, without any qualification, is, in our opinion, a work by the artist.  In other cases, the following expressions with the following meanings are used:


"Attributed to ...."  In our opinion probably a work by the artist in whole or in part.


"Studio of ...." "Workshop of ...." In our opinion a work executed in the studio or workshop of the artist, possibly under his supervision.


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


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


"Manner of ...." In our opinion a work executed in the artist's style but of a later date.


"After ...." In our opinion a copy (of any date) of a work of the artist.


"Signed ....", "Dated ....", "Inscribed ...." In our opinion the work has been signed/dated/inscribed by the artist.  The addition of a question mark (?) adds an element of doubt.


"Bears signature ....", "Bears data ....", "Bears inscription ...." In our opinion the signature/date/inscription/stamp is by a hand other than that of the artist.


Premium Lots


Lots marked with the symbol  'ø' are "Premium Lots" you must complete the required Premium Lot pre-registration application and deliver to BR such necessary financial references, guarantees, deposits and/or such other security as BR may in its absolute discretion require, as security for your bid.  BR's decision whether to accept any pre-registration application shall be final.  We recommend you contact BR at least 3 working days prior to the relevant sale in order to process the pre-registration, and please bear in mind that we are unable to obtain financial references over weekends of public holidays.  Online bidding services are not available for premium lots.


How do I pay for my purchase?


Payments can be made in person at 25 Blythe Road, or over the telephone at +44 (0) 20 7806 5541.


Immediately following the sale your invoice will be available.  If you have chosen to correspond with us via email, it will be emailed to you.  Postal invoices usually are sent the day following the sale.  The final amount due will include the hammer price, the buyers premium, any applicable taxes and other charges.


You can pay for your lots by bank transfer, cheque or cash (subject to certain restrictions and legal limited).  We can also accept debit cards up to £6,000;  we do not accept credit card payments.  Debit card payments may be taken by phone /"non-present" requests but with a strict limit of £2,000.  Payment must be sent from the invoiced party and not from a third party.  Payment is due immediately after the sale.  Please see our Terms and Conditions for more information.


To Pay By Bank Transfer



Sort Code - 401904

Account Number - 22033119

Swift Code - HBUKGB4128K

IBAN Code - GB39HBUK4019042203319


How are my items shipped?


Shipping can be arranged by contacting us prior to or immediately after the sale.  We have a range of preferred shippers and we are happy to send you a competitive and comprehensive quote.





We will be more than happy to assist you through the entire auction process.  Once we have determined that your property is appropriate for sale at auction, we will take care of every detail, from setting estimates to cataloguing your property and marketing it to prospective buyers.


How do I find out what my property is worth?


We offer free auction valuations.  The first step to getting property valued is to contact us  by email, telephone or by appointment.  Please see our Contact Us section for specific details.


The most efficient way to have a picture or object valued is to email us.  Please attach photographs and include information such as provenance and any other pertinent details you may know about your item.


If you have a larger collection, it is possible for one of our experts to visit you.  Please contact us for further details on how this can be arranged.


How do I arrange shipping?


We can assist with shipping and collection arrangements if necessary.  Contact Us for further details and charges.


What does my Sale Agreement cover?


The Sale Agreement is a contract between the auctioneer and the vendor.  It sets out the individual estimates, reserves and charges that will be applied.  It must be signed and returned to us in order for the items to be entered for sale.


When can I expect payment?


For sold lots, we will send payment within 35 days from the day of the sale, provided we are in receipt of the buyer's payment.  You will be paid out by your chosen payment method.  A Preferred payment form will be included with your Sale Agreement.


What happens if my item does not sell?


In the unlikely event that any property should fail to sell we will contact you, suggesting one of the following;  an item could be re-offered in a subsequent sale, almost certainly with lower estimates and reserves, that we refer the item to another saleroom, subject to your approval, or that the goods are waiting for your collection.





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