How to Buy
Attending in person
Auction lots are on view in our rooms prior to auction day. Consult the catalogue for viewing times or check on the website. Buyers present at the auction must pay for and take delivery of their lots at the conclusion of the session, or at a later time by agreement. The buyer of each lot is responsible for it from the time it is "knocked down". Payment must be made upon receipt of invoice.
Place an Absentee Bid
If you are unable to attend on the night fill out an absentee bidding form. When lodging an absentee bid, new clients must send credit card details, bank or trade references; or otherwise enclose a deposit amounting to not less than 25% of their total bids. Absentee bidders will be sent an invoice together with a prices realised listing. Lots will be forwarded on receipt of payment.
Request a Telephone Bid
If you are unable to attend on the night you may request a telephone bid. We will contact you several lots before your chosen lot and you may bid whilst on the telephone. You must be intending to bid at "reserve" (ie. 75% of estimate) on all lots you specify for telephone bidding. If you wish to bid by telephone please advise us asap as requests made within 24 hours prior to the auction can not be guaranteed.
Remember when bidding at auction a 20% levy will be added to the hammer price of each lot up to AUD$30,000, amounts higher than this only attract a 10% levy. GST is then payable on this levy, if you are an Australian purchaser. (i.e. 20% + 2% GST = 22%, 10% + 1%GST =11%). This is known as 'Buyer's Premium'.
Subject to the Auctioneer's discretion, usual Bidding Advances will be as follows - $2 increments to $50. $5 increments to $100. $10 to $200, $20 to $500, $25 to $750, $50 to $1,500 and $100 to $3,000, thereafter in increments of 5% or less.
The Auctioneer's starting price is one bid above the second highest absentee bid received (or one bid below the reserve). In the event of two or more identical absentee bids being received, priority is given to the first absentee bid received. "Buy" bids will not be accepted.
The estimated value shown after each lot indicates a fair price
an intending purchaser may expect to pay. These estimates are an
expression of opinion and should not be considered as reserves.
The bidder is at liberty to bid, at, above or below the estimate.
However, it should be noted that bids well below estimate are rarely
successful. Bids below 75% of the estimate are not acceptable.
Charles Leski Auctions Pty. Ltd. reserves the right to refuse any
bid. Whilst every care is taken in executing bids and written instructions,
Charles Leski Auctions Pty. Ltd. regrets they cannot accept responsibility
Failure to pay in full entitles the Auctioneer to re-sell the lot,
any resulting deficiency being made good by the defaulter.>
Where relevent, payments must include settlement for postage, packing,
All items that are framed and glazed, are the responsibility of the purchaser to either pick up or make own freight arrangements. CLA will charge a fee for preparing these items for delivery.
Accounts still outstanding 30 days from the date of auction will attract a 3% levy plus $10 service fee and a new account will be issued reflecting the total amount due. An additional charge of $10 service fee plus 3% per month or part thereof will continue to accrue until the account is settled or the item(s) are resold.
Absentee bidders will be sent an invoice together with a prices realised listing. Lots will be forwarded on receipt of payment.
Payment by credit card will be accepted if notification of such, together with relevant details, is provided in writing before the Auction. Credit card payments attract fees of 1.65% (visa, mastercard, bankcard) or 3.3% (amex) of total invoice value. Credit card payments advised after invoicing will attract an additional 2% service charge.
Each lot is sold as genuine and correctly described, unless indicated to the contrary. Defects are generally noted, however the absense of a statement of condition in the description should not be construed as an indication of no defects. Prospective buyers are advised to personally examine any goods in which they are interested before the auction takes place. Condition reports are usually available upon request. It should also be noted that many of the items we sell are of an age or nature which precludes their being in perfect condition. Therfore, when we make a statement about the condition of an item, we do so by comparison with what is typical for the age and type of item under consideration.
The purchaser to be at liberty to reject the lot by giving written notice within seven days (or in the case of Overseas buyers within a reasonable time of the date of the sale) if he proves that the lot is not genuine or is incorrectly described and returns the lot within fourteen days of the sale (or within such longer periods as the Auctioneer may in his discretion allow). The onus of proving a lot to be wrongly described lies with the purchaser. Proof of the inability of a recognised Expert Committee to express a definite opinion will not discharge this onus. A request for extension must be received 24 hours prior to the commencement of the auction. No Extensions will be considered if lodged later than this.
Foreign buyers should note that all transactions are in Australian $ so there may be a small exchange rate risk. The costs associated with acquiring a good certificate will be carried by the purchaser. If the item turns out to be forged or otherwise incorrectly described, all reasonable costs will be borne by the vendor.
Items described as having defects are not returnable on account of their condition. Stamps cannot be returned on account of the centring, or the amount of margin, or any perforation defect when such stamps have been illustrated. Please note that all illustrations are provided as a reference only, and cannot be relied upon for detail, accuracy, or colour.
Reference is sometimes made in descriptions to damage, repair or defect. The absence of such a reference does not imply that a lot is free from defects, nor does any reference to a particular defect imply the absence of others. Such information is given for guidance only and the condition of any lot should be confirmed by examination prior to sale.
Please take the time to familiarise with our Terms and Conditions of sale.
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