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Auction Houses

The UK art and luxury asset market would not be what it is today without the public platform that auction houses provide. Our team has an in depth knowledge of auction law and the issues which auction houses face on a day to day basis. Not only do we act for internationally recognised auction houses but we have also forged a reputation as champions of consignees who have felt let down by the professional service that they have received.

Acting on both sides of the fence enables us to understand and appreciate better the complexities and commercial sensitivities that auction law throws up. We have been involved in a number of the leading high profile arts litigation cases of the past few years, dealing with claims for negligence and breach of duty in relation to works of art by Titian and Caravaggio. 

This experience has enabled us to provide unrivalled advice to clients consigning items to auction and there are a number of key points consignees should always consider including information to disclose to the auction house pre-sale, providing the auction house with clear instructions, agreeing on the most suitable auction and date of sale and agreeing on the most appropriate price estimate and reserve. In our view consignees and auction houses welcome this independent appraisal and advice as it helps to add to the consignee’s understanding of the market and various methods of sale, including the terms and conditions of sale and auction house guarantees.

As well as acting for consignees and buyers we also advise auction houses on their terms and conditions (both those used at auction and private treaty sales) and assist in matters relating to title, import and export and non-payment of lots.

Contact a member of our Art Law & More team. 

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London Bankside

Bankside Office

240 Blackfriars Road
London
SE1 8NW
DX 53 Chancery Lane

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7629 7411
Fax: +44 (0)20 7629 2621
Email: bh@boodlehatfield.com

London Mayfair

Mayfair Office

6 Grosvenor Street
London
W1K 4PZ

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7629 7411
Fax: +44 (0)20 7629 2621
Email: bh@boodlehatfield.com

Oxford

Oxford office

6 Worcester Street
Oxford
OX1 2BX

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7629 7411
Fax: +44 (0)20 7629 2621
Email: bh@boodlehatfield.com

Bankside Office

240 Blackfriars Road
London
SE1 8NW
DX 53 Chancery Lane

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7629 7411
Fax: +44 (0)20 7629 2621
Email: bh@boodlehatfield.com

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