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Payment Methods

All payments must be made in sterling.

The following methods of payment are available:-

  • Cash (up to a sterling equivalent of the EU limit)
  • Cheque
  • Sterling Bank Draft
  • Electronic Bank Transfer in Sterling
  • Credit Cards (Visa and MasterCard issued in the UK only)
  • Debit Cards (Switch, Connect, etc)

Cheques and drafts should be made payable to Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood Ltd.

Client Account

Bank transfers should be made to our client bank account. Please contact us on +44 (0)1392 413100 or by email for the details of this account.

Debit and Credit Card Payments

If a purchaser is unknown to the auctioneers and is intending to pay by credit or debit card we will require the card holder to attend in person with suitable photographic identification, otherwise payment is required by BACS/CHAPS or electronic bank transfer. As a general rule any cheques tendered will need to be cleared before removal of the goods is permitted. Please discuss with our office in advance of the sale if other methods of payment are envisaged.

Card payments where the cardholder is not present will only be accepted for transactions up to £1,000.

Clearance Times

Sterling cheques drawn on UK banks will generally clear on the fifth working day after receipt. Sterling bank drafts drawn on UK banks can generally be cleared immediately.

Bank transfers clear as soon as our bank receives funds (which does not happen instantaneously after payment instructions are given).

Credit and debit card payments can be cleared immediately, subject to confirmation with the card issuer.