Buyer's Guide

If you have not bought from Dunbar Sloane before please read the following notes. They are set out in the order you are likely to come across them in the process of buying at auction. The contact names at the front of the catalogue will be of assistance and staff in our offices will be pleased to answer any questions you may have.


Conditions of Business

The terms and conditions under which the buyer acts at a sale are detailed at the back of this catalogue. We recommend that you read and understand these conditions of business before registering to bid at an auction. This sale is subject to the conditions of business printed in this catalogue and to the reserves.


All lots are available for inspection prior to the sale. Although staff will endeavour to answer your enquiries, and give advice, the final decision to bid, and the amount to bid, is at your discretion and liability. Pre-sale estimates are the estimated prices printed they are in new Zealand dollars and are the approximate prices expected to be realised, excluding buyers premium. They are not definitive, they are prepared well in advance of the sale and they are subject to revision.

Condition Reports

Dunbar Sloane Ltd will provide a verbal condition report if you would like an opinion on the condition of any particular lot prior to purchasing.



To bid at the auction you will need to register for a bidding number at the front desk either during the viewing or prior to the auction.

Buying at the Auction

Please bid clearly and promptly using your bidding number. When you successfully purchase a lot the auctioneer will ask you for your number, and this will show on your invoice. Approximate selling rate auctions are generally conducted at the rate of around 100-120 lots per hour. However, this can vary.

Absentee Bidding

If you are unable to attend the auction, Dunbar Sloane Ltd can bid on your behalf according to your written instructions. This is a free service for intending buyers. Please complete clearly the written biding form at the back of this catalogue and submit it to Dunbar Sloane Ltd at least 24 hours before the sale to ensure it is safely received. Lots will be purchased for you as cheaply as possible, subject to other bids in the room and to reserves.

Telephone Bidding

If you are unable to attend the auction in person, you can elect to bid by telephone. Telephone bidding must be arranged with Dunbar Sloane Ltd at least 24 hours prior to the sale and is subject to a minimum lot value of $1000.

Buyer's Premium

The buyer shall pay to Dunbar Sloane Ltd a premium on the hammer price. Please refer to specific auction for rate.



Payment for purchase is due in New Zealand dollars within 48 hours from the date of sale by cash, cheque or eftpos. Alternatively payment can be made by telegraphic transfer direct to our bank (Please add $25NZ to cover New Zealand bank charges):


Dunbar Sloane Ltd

06 0501 0524945 00

Swift Code ANZBNZ22

Please include details of sale date, sale type and lot numbers with all payments.

Collection of Purchases

Property purchased can be collected as soon as full payment has been received. Any items not collected within seven days of the auction may be subject to a storage and insurance fee.

National Packaging and Transport

We prefer you (the purchaser) to pack and arrange transport. Removal trucking firms can make crates, wrap your goods in bubble wrap and have them delivered to you. Note: Couriers do not pack and require payment before they pick up the goods. If you want Dunbar Sloane Ltd to pack and provide packing materials and arrange and pay for couriers we charge for the wrapping, plus the courier cost. This is to be all paid before the goods leave our premises. We pack with care, however we take no responsibility for damage once your goods leave our premises. We insist you take out your own insurance to cover any damage or loss in transit.

International Shipping and Storage

Dunbar Sloane Ltd can advise on the best method of packing and freight to send purchased property internationally. A wide variety of methods of despatch are used depending on the weight and volume and cost estimates can be obtained from us at any time. Upon receiving your written instructions, we will with discretion, engage professional commercial fine art shippers or deal with the shippers of your choice. Long term storage can also be arranged. Insurance is the buyers responsibility for freight and storage. Valuations and Inspections, written valuation for probate, insurance, family division and other purposes can be carried out at our offices or in your home. The charges are on a per hour basis plus expenses and travel but if items are subsequently sold shortly afterwards, valuation charges may be refunded on a pro rata basis.

Opening Times

Dunbar Sloane Ltd general office hours are Monday to Friday 8.30am-5pm. Please note many of our advertised or published sale and viewing times fall outside these hours.


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