Conditions of Sale for Buyers


  1. The Highest Bidder to be the buyer. If any dispute arises the auctioneers shall have absolute discretion to settle it and put any disputed lot up again for sale.

  3. All buyers are deemed to have read and understood our methods of payment, as outlined here; Cash, personal cheque, Lazer Debit Cards. Visa and 
MasterCard credit cards are accepted.

  5. All buyers Accounts are to be settled within 24 hours 
of commencement of auction.

  7. Buyers premium 19.5% excluding Vat. For Outside Auctions & House Contents Auctions Buyer’s Commission is also 19.5%. Vat at 23% will Apply to this Commission.

  9. All lots are put up for sale subject to any reserve price
imposed by the vendor.

  11. While the possession in a lot shall not pass to the 
Buyer until he/she has paid the purchase price in full, 
ownership of the offered lot shall pass to the buyer 
upon the fall of the hammer when the auctioneer 
 announces the lot has been sold. From which point the buyer shall assume full risk and responsibility for the lot. The buyer – if requested – is to give in full their 
full name and address, again, if requested, the buyer 
 to pay down a 50% part payment of the purchase 
money: in default of which the lot or lots purchased may be immediately put up again and resold.

  13. All lots are sold as shown with all faults, Imperfections and errors of description or of 
genuineness of authenticity. Messrs. Matthews 
Auction Rooms makes no warranty whatsoever. See 

  15. The lots to be taken away at the buyer’s risk and 
expense, not later than 5.00pm on the day following 
the sale; in default of which Messrs.  Matthews 
Auction Rooms will not hold themselves responsible if the same are lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed.  They will be left at the sole risk of the purchaser and 
subject to a charge of 10 euros per lot per day storage 
 charge. If, at the expiration of two days after the 
conclusion of the auction (unless otherwise agreed) the lots are not cleared and/or paid for, they may be sold immediately either publicly or by private treaty 
without notice being given to the defaulters.

  17. It is the buyers’ responsibility to measure any item to 
ensure it can be accommodated in its’ intended location. All buyers must check their purchases before the lots leave the building. Matthews Auction Rooms will accept no claims for loss or damage thereafter.

  19. Upon failure of the buyer to comply with any of the 
above conditions, any money deposited in part 
payment shall be forfeited; and the defaulter shall make good any loss arising from the resale, together 
with charges & expenses in respect of both sales.

  21. Care is taken to ensure that any statement as to 
authorship, attribution, origin, date, age, provenance and condition is reliable and accurate but all 
statements are statements of opinion and are not to 
be taken as statements or representations of fact. The 
auctioneers reserve the right in the forming of their 
opinion to consult and rely upon the expert or 
Authority reasonably considered by them to be reliable.

  23. Written bids (“Commission Bids”) shall be taken 
and carried out for the convenience of the bidders. 
Messrs. Matthews Auction Rooms shall not be 
responsible for failing to execute such bids or errors relating to the execution of such bids.

  25. Live telephone bids are accepted at the auctioneers discretion, but only on lots with an estimate of 300 euros upwards.

  27. By using our online bidding system to submit email bids, users automatically opt in to our email alerts system. Users can unsubscribe at any time from this service by using the opt out facility provided in our email and text communications at anytime.

  29. All lots purchased must be removed from the Auction Room within two days of the sale, without exception. Or arrangements for collection and delivery made, or with our recommended carrier Mr. John Reilly 086 172 1676.

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