A STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO BUYING AT MEALY'S AUCTIONS
Step 1 - Browsing
All items scheduled for sale in our auctions are featured on our website with descriptions, estimates, illustrations, and any other relevant information such as provenance, exhibition history, etc. By visiting Auctions on our site, you will have access to all this information at the touch of a button. PDF versions of the print catalogue are also available online. If an item takes your fancy, you can request a condition report, or further images, or a call-back from the expert. Just make sure such enquiries are made in good time. If you prefer the printed word, our catalogue publications are generally available approximately 7 working days in advance of the sale. These feature much of the information from the website such as descriptions, estimates, etc and also show a cross section of illustrations of the most exciting lots. These can be ordered online, or you can telephone our offices to request a copy of same. You can also subscribe to our mailing list on an annual basis to ensure you receive these publications by post while they are still hot off the press. Public viewing takes place on the two days immediately prior to any major sale, wherein you can visit our gallery and inspect the items for yourself. A note on Estimates: All estimates are shown in Euro. The figures are intended as a guide to prospective purchasers in relation to the value of the piece. They are approximate values, based on previous sales of comparable items, are not definitive and subject to revision. Reserves, if applicable, will not be higher than the lower estimate, adjusted for vendor commissions.
A note on Condition Reports: Requests for condition reports must be received prior to public viewing, i.e. at least three days in advance of the sale, to allow time for the request to be processed and a response to be prepared. All lots at auction are sold 'as is'. Imperfections, defects and other condition issues are not stated in the catalogue description. It is the duty of the prospective purchaser to satisfy himself or herself as to the condition of a lot prior to bidding. Condition reports may be requested in advance of sale and best efforts will be made to provide prospective purchasers with such reports, but such reports are merely the gratuitous opinion of the auctioneer. Subsequent disputes arising in relation to the content of such reports will not be entertained.
Step 2 - Bidding
There are a number of bidding methods available at Mealy's, including paddle bidding in the auction room, absentee bidding such as commission bidding & telephone bidding, and online bidding.
1.) Paddle Bidding - Come to the saleroom on auction day and experience the atmosphere and buzz of a real live auction. Paddles are available on entry, but if you haven't registered with us for bidding previously, please bring a government issued ID and allow up to 20 minutes for registration to process
2.) Commission Bidding - Fill out a written absentee bid form instructing the auctioneer to bid on your behalf up to a fixed maximum bid. You will be alerted after the sale if you have been successful.
3.) Telephone Bidding - Fill out a telephone absentee bid form and receive a call from one of our team moments before your lots is offered, who will assist you and will execute your bids to the auctioneer in real time over the telephone
4.) Online Bidding - Choose your favourite online bidding forum and bid from the comfort of your own home at the click of a button
Step 3 - Payment
Once you have confirmation that you have won your lot(s), there are a host of options available for payment. Payment must be completed within five working days of the sale date. There are several payment options to choose from, including cash, cheque drawn on an Irish bank, Euro bank draft, EFT, debit card and credit card. Remember first however that your hammer price total is subject to a buyer's premium of 20% (VAT inclusive) in all cases of lots purchased at auction. Online Bidding will often be subjected to a 3% surcharge, thus such bidding will incur a total premium of 23%. Finally, if choosing pay by credit card, there will be additional charges added to the invoice total, 3% for Mastercard & Visa, 5% for American Express.
Step 4 - Collection & Delivery
Once you have made payment, collection is available for three working days following a sale. In the event of a two-day sale, collection of items purchased on the first day will be unavailable on the second day since a live auction is still in progress. Mealy's are happy to advise and assist with collection enquiries and can provide a list of approved service providers upon request. International buyers are encouraged to seek quotations for shipping in advance of purchasing at Mealy's.
A note on VAT
All lots offered at auction are sold under the Auctioneer's VAT margin scheme, unless specifically highlighted as otherwise. Revenue regulations require that the buyer's premium must be invoiced at a rate which is includive of VAT. This is not recoverable by any VAT registered buyer. Some lots purchased by international buyers and exported outside the EU may be exempt, however, it is the duty of the buyer to seek advice in relation to same. For further information, please contact Irish tax and customs at www.revenue.ie.