Yes, we would always recommend that you view in person where possible. You can attend one of our public viewing days (click here for dates) or alternatively arrange a private viewing. Please contact us on +44 (0)20 7670 2932 to arrange an appointment. Brompton’s specialists are always on hand to discuss any questions you might have. Condition reports are also available upon request.
Your bid limit can be found underneath the search bar at the top of the online catalogue. A bid limit of £5,000 is assigned to all new bidders. To increase this limit, simply click on the link ‘Increase my bid limit’ at the top of the catalogue page and follow the on-screen instructions.
We encourage all bidders to register at least 24 hours prior to the sale closing. However, you can register at any point while the sale is active. Please note: all new bidders will have a bid limit of £5,000. To increase this limit, you will need supply additional details to Brompton’s which can take time to process, thus we recommend doing this well in advance of the sale closing.
If you have placed a bid that does not meet the reserve price, you will see the following icon on the lot page.
Reserve not met
This means that even if you are the highest bidder, when the countdown ends you will not win the lot as your bid is not high enough to meet the reserve. To change this you will need to increase your bid to meet the reserve and can do so via the ‘Place Max Bid’ option as seen below.
Once the reserve is met, you will see the following icon.
Star symbols (*) or (**) denote lots which have been imported from outside the EU and are subject to Import Tax, as follows:
The Buyer’s Premium is subject to VAT (value added tax) currently at 20%.
To calculate the total price you will pay simply click on ‘Bid calculator’ bottom right of the lot page to see a breakdown of the total price including applicable taxes and fees. The calculator will automatically show you the current bid and you can enter any bid amount to update the calculation.
The Buyer’s Premium is an additional sum of 20% added to the final sale (hammer) price. Please bear in mind that the Buyer’s Premium is subject to VAT (value added tax) currently at 20%.
No. Once a bid is confirmed it cannot be cancelled.
No, shipping is a separate charge. We encourage prospective buyers to request shipping estimates from their own carriers or from Brompton’s preferred shippers. Please see the ‘Shipping’ page for more details.
If you have purchased an instrument and paid an additional import tax then please contact Brompton’s before arranging shipping or collection as these instruments have customs and excise implications for buyers.
If you live outside the EU and wish to obtain a VAT refund you must contact your chosen shipper in advance to ensure that the correct proof of export can be provided and sent to Brompton’s. We are only able to issue a full VAT refund with the correct export documentation. Please read our VAT and Shipping page for more information