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Commission Bids

You can place a commission bid (sometimes known as an absentee bid) against any lot in any of our sales.

You will need to complete a Commission Bid Form that authorises us to act as your representative in the sale to secure the lots you indicate for the lowest possible price up to the maximum value you stipulate in each case.

The maximum amount you are willing to bid against each lot should be the hammer price. Remember that the buyer's premium and any applicable VAT will be additional to this value.

If we receive more than one commission bid for a lot for the same value then we will accept the bid that we received first.

Commission Bids Form

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If you would like to make a commission bid at an upcoming auction, please complete and return this form to us. You may be asked for further proof of identity if you are not known to us.

Forms should be completed and returned to us in good time either in person, by post or fax to:-

Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood
St Edmund's Court
Okehampton Street
Exeter
Devon
EX4 1DU
United Kingdom

Fax: +44 (01392) 207007

Sale FS18; Lot: 0331: Robert Adams [1917-1984] - 'Pen(with?) Forms' - signed and dated Adams 1955 on base further inscribed with title and dated 1955 on a label attached to the base slate sculpture 13.25cm high.

Sale: FS18 (24 Apr 2013)
Auction Lot: 0331
Estimate: £1,500-£2,000
Realised: £15,000
Robert Adams [1917-1984] - 'Pen(with?) Forms' - signed and dated Adams 1955 on base further inscribed with title and dated 1955 on a label attached to the base slate sculpture ...

Sale FS24; Lot: 0210: Thomas Musgrave Joy [1812-1866] - Full-length portrait of Arthur Scotland Yates, his mother and pet dog on a veranda - signed and dated TM Joy 1844 bottom left oil on canvas 235 x 143cm.

Sale: FS24 (28 Oct 2014)
Auction Lot: 0210
Estimate: £2,000-£3,000
Realised: £10,000
Thomas Musgrave Joy [1812-1866] - Full-length portrait of Arthur Scotland Yates, his mother and pet dog on a veranda - signed and dated TM Joy 1844 bottom left oil on ...

Sale FS30; Lot: 0280: John Piper [1903-1992] - Menerbes - signed bottom left, inscribed with title bottom right pen, ink and watercolour heightened with bodycolour 36 x 53cm.

Sale: FS30 (19 Apr 2016)
Auction Lot: 0280
Estimate: £5,000-£7,000
Realised: £10,000
John Piper [1903-1992] - Menerbes - signed bottom left, inscribed with title bottom right pen, ink and watercolour heightened with bodycolour 36 x 53cm.