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First Time Buyers
If you have not bought through a Ross's Online Auction before please read the following guide. Our Conditions of Sale may be accessed at any point and should be read in conjunction with this short guide.

What is a Online Auction?
An online auction is an automated online-only auction which takes place solely on our website, The sale will commence at a designated time and date and will run for a specified number of days. The sale will end with every lot finishing at 20 second intervals up until the sales completion. (Please note: Each individual lot displays a unique end time.)

Sale Procedure
To bid on a lot you must register a MY ROSS'S account and login. Once logged in you are ready to place bids online at anytime up until the noted end time of each lot. If your bid is accepted, you will be notified that you are the current highest bidder. If you are outbid you will be notified by email and have the option to bid again and if you win a lot you will receive an invoice by email after the auction's completion.

Maximum Bid
You may leave a maximum bid which will instruct the computer to bid on your behalf only as much as required for you to remain the highest bidder up until your limit. This means that you may win an item for less than your maximum bid, however you can also be outbid if someone enter a higher maximum bid. If you are outbid you will receive an outbid notification by email. Please note: Only you will know what your maximum bid is.

Bidding Increments
Bidding increments will be as follows: 0-100 by £10, 100-500 by £20, 500-1000 by £50, 1000-5000 by £100, 5,000-10,000 by £200, 10,000-25,000 by £500, 25,000+ by £1,000.

Anti-Snipe Feature
In designing this website, Ross's have employed over one hundred years' auctioneering experience to replicate events as closely as possible as they occur in the saleroom. If a bid is placed in the final minute of the auction, the lot's end time will be extended back up to 60 seconds. This feature ensures that underbidders have a fair opportunity to respond to the bidding.
Lots are on view in our Montgomery Street Saleroom previous to the auction. The images on the website are as accurate reproductions as is practicable and can be relied upon as such. Ross's are pleased to offer a condition report on any lot upon request. Purchasers must satisfy themselves as to the condition and nature of any lot and if in doubt are advised to view the sale in person.

Buyer's Premium
The buyer shall pay the auctioneer a Buyer's Premium of 22.5% of the auction price. VAT is payable on the commission at the prevailing rate. 

Artists's Resale Rights
Purchase of lots marked with the symbol * only will be subject to payment of a levy for Artist's Resale Rights. Royalties will be calculated at 4% of the hammer price. (Please note: This can be seen at the bottom right of each lot's page).
All purchases must be paid for within 5 calendar days of the sale. Goods will only be released upon clearance through the bank of all monies due. Our payment terms are credit or debit card and cash. Bank transfer details are available on request.

Collection & Delivery
Purchases must be collected within 7 calendar days of the sale. Porters are in attendance to assist with the collection of purchases.  If you would like to have your items delivered, Ross's will be pleased to organise the full packaging and delivery covered with insurance to anywhere in the World. To view our delivery tariffs please see 'SHIPPING' page.