Buying musical instruments at auction with Brompton’s is quick, easy and transparent.
Discuss your requirements with a Brompton’s expert, who will be happy to advise you about the instruments on offer and their condition, and then make an appointment for a private viewing. You may try the instrument in the Faraday auditorium and experience a real concert environment, or professional musicians may request the chance to try it on loan for a few days.
If you are attending the auction in person you will need to register with one of our clerks before the sale. We will then give you a “paddle” with your unique bidder number on it – you are now ready to bid.
If you decide not to attend the auction you are able to leave bids in a variety of ways:
Live internet bidding: You are able to bid in real-time during the auction via the internet and compete against the other bidders as if you were in the auction room. Follow this link for a demo: https://secure.invaluable.com/wwwImages/flash/invaluable-demo.html
Absentee bids can be left with Brompton’s either online, by fax or by email. It is also possible to bid live at the auction by telephone or in person. (Discuss the best way to make your bid with a member of Brompton’s staff.)
Once you have successfully bought an instrument in one of our sales, full payment is required within seven days of the sale date. Brompton’s accept most major credit cards; alternatively wire transfers can be made.
Brompton’s will be happy to direct you to expert fine art shippers who will arrange for professional packing and insurance. Information on VAT refunds and export advice is available through Brompton’s.
At the fall of the Auctioneer’s hammer, the deal is done and is a legally binding transaction between Brompton’s and the Buyer with all lots being sold subject to the Terms and Conditions of sale. The placing of a bid constitutes full acceptance of these Terms and Conditions by the bidder. Once a bid is placed it cannot be reversed. The hammer price, the amount at which the Auctioneer concludes the transaction, is subject to the payment of a Buyer’s Premium of 20% plus any applicable VAT.