Auctions Imperial offers the very finest arms, armor, and historical artifacts in March of each year, and is pleased to assist in making your experience a positive one. To begin, search our catalogue, either in print or online at www.auctionsimperial.com, and then either examine the lots you are interested in during the pre-sale exhibition and/or communicate with our specialists if you have questions.
There are four basic steps to purchasing at Auctions Imperial:
1. Bidder registration
2. Placing a bid
3. Settling your account
4. Picking up your property or arranging for shipping
A bidder registration form is provided with each catalog and is also available on our website. Fill out the form completely and submit it online or return it directly to the Registration Desk the night of the auction. You will then be issued a client number.
Bidding in Person
To bid in person, you will need to complete the bidder registration form and collect a numbered paddle before the auction begins. You will also need a government-issued proof of identity, such as a driver’s license or passport. You will be asked for your address, telephone number, credit card number and signature in order to create your account. If you are bidding on behalf of a third party, you will need to provide a notarized affidavit from that person authorizing you to bid on his/her behalf.
To place your bid, simply raise your paddle until the auctioneer acknowledges you. You will know when your bid has been acknowledged; the auctioneer will not mistake a random gesture for a bid. The bidding increments are determined by the auctioneer, and will usually not exceed ten percent of the previous bid. The auctioneer will take increasing bids on each lot, until only one bidder remains. The final bidder purchases the lot. A sale lot may have a reserve, which is the confidential minimum selling price previously agreed upon with the seller. If the bidding fails to reach the reserve price, the lot will remain unsold.
If you are unable to attend the auction in person, Auctions Imperial will execute written bids on your behalf. This service is free and confidential. You may place absentee bids on our website at www.auctionsimperial.com, by using the absentee bid form at the back of each catalog, or by downloading and printing it at www.auctionsimperial.com under the FORMS tab. Use this form to submit the maximum bid amount you are willing to make. Your absentee bid form must also contain the information required for registration; we will contact you prior to the auction to confirm your identity and verify your bid. Completed absentee bid forms may be returned to Auctions Imperial online or in person with any staff member. Auctions Imperial must receive the bid form at least 24 hours prior to the start of the auction in order to place bids on your behalf.
When we execute an absentee bid on your behalf, the lot will always be bought for the lowest increment that exceeds all competing bids and which meets or exceeds the reserve price. In the event of identical bids, the earliest received will take precedence. Auctions Imperial requires all non-US bidders to advance a deposit equal to 1/3 of the value of bids placed.
We are unable to execute “Buy” or unlimited bids.
Written and telephone bids are offered as an additional service at no extra charge, and at the buyer’s risk. Auctions Imperial cannot accept liability for failure to place such bids.
Successful absentee bidders will be invoiced following the auction.
The Absentee Bid form is also used to register for telephone bidding. Based on the information you provide on the form, an Auctions Imperial representative will contact you from the saleroom prior to your specified lot(s) and will relay your bids to the auctioneer. As the number of telephone lines is limited, it is necessary to make arrangements for this service at least 48 hours before the sale.
Telephone bids are accepted at the sole discretion of Auctions Imperial and at the prospective buyer’s risk. Telephone bidding lines may be recorded for the security of both parties; by bidding on the telephone prospective buyers consent thereto.
Auctions Imperial accepts Internet bidding via LiveAuctioneers. You must pre-register through LiveAuctioneers at least 48 hours prior to the auction in order to bid online. A valid credit card is required for online bidding, and winning bids will be charged to this card unless bidder has made other payment arrangements in advance with Auctions Imperial.
Buyer’s Premium & Tax
Please note that Auctions Imperial Buyer’s Premium and any local taxes will be payable on successful bids. Thus the “hammer price” - the actual winning bid - is less than the amount the purchaser will pay. Consult an Auctions Imperial representative for more information before placing a bid. The buyer will also be responsible for any duties or VAT required upon importation into another country.
You may pay by cash, credit card, check, money order or wire transfer. We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express (subject to certain restrictions and fees). You must contact Auctions Imperial in advance to pay by methods other than cash, credit card or check. Wire transfers must be paid in USD only and will incur a wire transfer fee. If you pay by check, your purchase will be released upon notice that your check has cleared. You may pay for your purchase immediately after the auction by going to the cashier onsite, otherwise an invoice will be emailed to you following the sale. Auctions Imperial must receive payment in full within 10 days of the sale. Payments not received within 10 days will incur a storage fee of $20 per lot per day plus a 2% per month interest fee on nay outstanding balance. Your credit card information, including number, expiration date and CVV number, will be required in order to register to bid; if you do not attend the auction in person, your invoice total will automatically be charged to this card unless you have made other arrangements with Auctions Imperial before the auction.
Pickup and Delivery
After settling your account, you may pick up your purchases at the auction location or arrange to have them shipped. All purchases should be picked up or shipped within ten business days of the auction date. After that time, your property will be subject to a handling and storage fees specified under the TERMS AND CONDITIONS tab at www.auctionsinperial.com. Auctions Imperial provides in-house shipping at a reasonable fee, based upon package size rather than the number of lots or weight of the package. If you will require shipping of your lot(s), please advise us promptly.
Packing and shipping within the United States:
Boxes 6" x 6" x 24" $58 ea.
Boxes 6" x 6" x 48" $78 ea.
Boxes 12" x 12" x 48" $108 ea.
Packing and shipping to Europe:
Boxes 6" x 6" x 24" $210 ea.
Boxes 6" x 6" x 48" $245 ea.
Boxes 12" x 12" x 48" $465 ea.
Terms and Conditions
All prospective buyers are reminded that they are bound by Auctions Imperial Terms and Conditions, which may be found in all Auctions Imperial catalogues and at our website, www.auctionsimperial.com, under the TERMS tab.
Grades of Condition
Auctions Imperial incorporates the following criteria for grading of condition:
I. Excellent -- Fine condition, without apparent repairs or restorations.
II. Very Good -- Showing minor age wear, without apparent repairs or restorations.
III. Good -- Light to moderate age wear, may have minor defects, with possible repairs or restorations.
IV. Fair -- Item with moderate to heavy age wear.
V. As Found -