Auction Terms

Auction Terms and Conditions:

Buyer’s Premium, now all buyers premiums are the same at 20% of the hammer price.

There will be a buyer’s premium of 20% added to the finishing price of each lot.
The total price you will pay for a lot is the Auction End Price + Buyer’s Premium; this constitutes the selling price for all tax purposes. No VAT can be reclaimed from this final price because goods are sold on the Margin scheme for VAT on second-hand goods. Other auction houses have to add 20% VAT to the buyer’s premium, so this makes our buyer’s premium effectively lower than theirs.

CITES Regulations. Rosewood, Ivory, Tortoise Shell.
Amber Violins will remove all materials affected by CITES regulations from items to be shipped outside the EU, such as rosewood pegs and other fittings, any ivory or tortoise shell, unless the BUYER is able to obtain the correct CITES certification. Amber Violins will assist in this process but may charge if the process becomes very time consuming.
Please see the information from a U S publication in the link below.
https://reverb.com/news/new-cites-regulations-for-all-rosewood-species

Reserves and Estimated Prices

The reserve price of each lot will be set at the lower estimate. The estimated prices are intended as a guide only and lots may sell above these figures.

Payment in British Pounds

Payment in G.B. pounds can be made by Debit card, Credit card (+3%), or wire transfer. Payment instructions are sent with your invoice, via email.

Payment in Euros

We can now accept Payment in Euros by bank transfer only. Invoices will be quoted in British Pounds, and in Euros, using a preferential exchange rate based on the bank of England rate for the day of invoicing. This should be advantageous to customers who work in the Euro currency. There is a different set of bank account details for transfer payments in Euros.

Shipping at very low-cost.

We only charge for shipping one violin, viola or bow – even if you buy ten! We do all of the packing and shipping ourselves and are highly experienced and reliable – we’ve never lost an instrument in consignment. Instruments will be sent within five days of receiving payment.

Our Shipping Prices
Price for one Violin, Viola or Bow:
UK: £35
EU: £80
Rest of World: £130
Additional Violins, Violas and Bows are sent free of charge, so ten would cost the same as one.

Prices for Cellos in a purpose made wooden box;
UK: £180
EU: £400
Rest of World: £500*

*Due to logistical reasons, we regret that we are currently unable to ship to Brazil or Russia. A shipping agent or alternative delivery locations must be arranged by the buyer.

If you would prefer not to use our packing and shipping service we recommend Pack and Send from Oxford, England who will collect from us within three days of receipt of payment and provide professional packing and worldwide shipping.
You can contact them here: email oxford@packsend.co.uk

Bidding and bid extensions

We would advise you to bid well in advance of the end of the sale to avoid possible problems with internet connections and hardware!

The auction software will place bids by proxy bidding in single bid increments to your maximum proxy bid, so once you have entered your maximum bid there is no need to be at your computer while the auction is coming to an end, the software will bid for you. Only you can see your proxy bid maximum.
The winning bid will be just one bid above the highest competing bid, similar to eBay.

We can also accept bids by telephone before the sale. Call 0044 (0)7767 833836.

Each auction will be extended for five minutes if a new bid is placed within five minutes of the auction end, so there is no advantage in bidding in the last few seconds.

Condition reports

Amberviolins carefully examine each lot and point out condition issues which are likely to be significant to the buyer, it should be assumed that all significant parts are original to an instrument unless we state otherwise, we will always make it clear if the head is not original or the instrument is in any way composite. We do assume a certain amount of knowledge on the part of the buyer as this is a specialist instrument auction, not a retail shop. Customers must notify Amberviolins of any faults within one calendar month of the auction.

We do not do internal examinations of instruments and can not be responsible for condition issues which are not visible on the outside. We expect buyers to make allowances for the age of instruments, and the wear and tear they naturally will have sustained.

Catalogue Terminology

Labels do not necessarily confirm that the instrument is sold as made by that maker, labels and brands can be misleading.
Only if our description states an instrument is “by” a certain maker, is it our opinion that it was made by that maker or his/her assistants and was originally sold as “by” that maker, and we guarantee its authenticity. Customers must notify Amberviolins of any question of authenticity within one calendar month of the auction.

Please only bid if you intend to buy. Buyers who do not complete will be excluded from future auctions.