Important Information – Catering


It is important that goods are promptly paid for and collected.  If a lot has not been collected 14 days after the sale, Thimbleby & Shorland reserve the right to impose a storage charge of £5 + VAT per lot, per day, thereafter.

Items that have not been collected one month after the sale will be either disposed of or sold to defray any storage costs incurred.


Bidders are required to register their details before bidding.

There will be a Buyers’ Premium of 12% (Plus VAT) added to the hammer price of all lots.

There will be an Internet Charge of 3% (Plus VAT) added to the hammer price of all lots purchased via Thimbleby & Shorland online platform.  There will be an Internet Charge of 4.95% (Plus VAT) added to the hammer price of all lots purchased via the, and

Online Bidding

The sale is being conducted as a “timed auction”.  On the advertised closing date bidding closes on the lots consecutively, from 12.00pm at 20 second intervals.  This means that the bidding on lot 1 closes at 12.00pm, lot 2 at 20 seconds after 12.00pm, and so on.  If a bid is placed on a lot in the last 2 minutes then the closing time of that lot is extended for another 2 minutes, and this will keep happening until such time as there are no more bids on that lot.

In completing the bidder registration and providing your card details, and unless alternative arrangements are agreed with Thimbleby and Shorland, you:

 1.  Authorise Thimbleby & Shorland, if they so wish, to charge the card given in part or full payment, including all fees, for items successfully purchased in the auction; and

 2.  Confirm that you are authorised to provide these card details to Thimbleby & Shorland and agree that Thimbleby & Shorland are entitled to ship the goods to the card holder name and card holder address provided in fulfilment of the sale.


VAT carried lots on the hammer price.  This fact will be recorded in the description of that lot.

Auctioneers’ Margin Scheme

The Auctioneers’ Margin Scheme allows items to be sold without VAT on the hammer price in most circumstances.  Under the Margin Scheme, the amount equivalent to VAT at the current rate which is included in both the Buyers’ Premium and Internet Charge, is not recoverable.  The VAT element will not be shown separately on the Buyer’s invoice. 


All lots have been described to the best of our ability, and from information supplied.  No liability whatsoever is undertaken in respect of faults, deficiencies or errors of description either oral or printed. 

We will provide condition reports on request, including additional photographs and videos.  However please recognise that verbal reports on the condition of any lot can only be offered by the Auctioneers as a statement of opinion, and not fact. The Auctioneers are not liable for any errors or omissions contained therein. Condition Reports are for guidance only.  The Auctioneers will not be held responsible for any damage or defect that has not been notified to the buyer. Catalogue illustrations are for guidance only and will not convey full information as to the actual condition of lots.

All lots are sold “as seen” without guarantees or warranties. Some lots may be sold as ‘good working order’. This will be stated in the lot description. Any issue regarding a ‘good working order’ lot must be notified to the auctioneers no later than 5 working days after the sale end date. Any lot must be returned at the buyer’s expense, with all parts and components. On receipt of lot a refund can be actioned.

Electrical / Gas Goods 

All electrical or gas fuelled items should be checked and installed by a qualified engineer to ensure compliance with safety regulations. All electrical or gas items are sold as un-tested, without warranties or any guarantees as to serviceability, working order or fit for purpose. All lots are sold “as seen” with all faults whether declared or not.

Proof of Age

Some items, such as alcohol and knives, cannot be purchased by buyers under the age of 18.  The Auctioneers will require Proof of Age from the buyer before such goods are collected.

Invoices and Collection

No sale is confirmed to an online bidder until an invoice has been issued.  If the buyer cannot collect in person then please arrange postage or courier to collect goods.

All lots are at the risk of the buyer from the fall of the hammer and you are strongly advised to effect insurance immediately.  All lots must be paid for immediately and removed from site as soon as possible after the auction.


Methods of payment are bank transfer or debit card.

The Auctioneers will only accept payment from, and permit removal of goods purchased by the successful purchaser or their duly appointed agent.  No lots will be transferred to third party invoices after the auction.

For the avoidance of doubt please note that the auction will be conducted in British pounds sterling.

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All goods at the Auction are second-hand, unless otherwise stated & are sold as seen.