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Terms & Conditions

Absentee Bidding

We can bid on your behalf at auctions you are unable to attend.


Successful bidders will be notified by phone or email, at which time arrangements may be made for payments, collection and dispatch.


Using the bidding form


You may make an absentee bid online by visiting your desired auction's page and clicking the "absentee bidding form" link at the bottom.


Our absentee bidding form requires you to enter the lot numbers you wish to bid on and your maximum bid.


Please check lot numbers and description. Please bid as early as possible. In the event of identical bids, the earliest will take precedence. 'Buy' bids are not accepted. The limit you leave should be the amount to which you would bid if you were to attend the Sale. Each bidding form should contain bids for one sale only. Alternative bids can be placed by using the word 'OR' between Lot numbers.


Buyers Premium

Is applicable to each sale, please refer to auction catalogue for rate. 

Conditions of Sale

1. The highest bidder to be the buyer, and if during the auction the auctioneer considers that a dispute has arisen, the lot so in dispute shall be immediately put up again for sale.


2. The auctioneer has the right to refuse any bid and to advance the bidding at his absolute discretion.


3. a. The seller shall be entitled to place a reserve on any lot and the auctioneer shall have the right to bid on behalf of the seller for any lot on which a reserve has been placed. b. Dunbar Sloane's have the right to withdraw or divide any lot or to combine any two or more lots at their sole discretion.


4 . a. The buyer shall forthwith upon the purchase give in his name and permanent address.


b. The buyer may be required to pay down forthwith the whole or any part of the purchase money, and if he fails to do so, the lot may at the auctioneers absolute discretion be put up again and resold.


c. The premium the buyer shall pay to Dunbar Sloane is 17% on the hammer price together with G.S.T. at the standard rate on the premium and agrees that Dunbar Sloane, when acting as agent for the seller, may also receive commission from the seller. Note this may vary in different auctions.


5. a. Each lot sold by the seller thereof with all faults and defects therein and with all errors of description and is to be taken and paid for whether genuine and authentic or not and no compensation shall be paid for the same.


b. Dunbar Sloane's act as agents only and neither they nor the seller are responsible for any faults or defects in any lot or the correctness of any statement as the authorship, origin, date, age, attribution, genuineness, provenance or condition of any lot


c. All statements in the catalogues, advertisements or brochures of forthcoming sales as to any of the matters specified in (b) above are statements of opinion, and are not to be relied upon as statements of representations of fact, and intending purchasers must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to all of the matters specified in (b) above, as to the physical description of any lot, and as to whether or not any lot has been repaired.


d. The seller and Dunbar Sloane's do not make or give, nor has any person in the employ of Dunbar Sloane's any authority to make or give, and representation or warranty.


e. In any event neither the seller nor Dunbar Sloane's are responsible for any representation or warranty, or for any statement in the catalogues, advertisements, or brochures of forthcoming sales.


6. Not withstanding any other terms of these conditions, if within 7 days after the sale Dunbar Sloane's have received from the buyer of any lot notice in writing that in his view the lot is deliberate forgery and within 9 days after such notification, the buyer returns the same to Dunbar Sloane's in the same condition as at the time of sale and satisfies Dunbar Sloane's had considered in the light of the entry in the catalogue the lot is a deliberate forgery then the sale of the lot will be rescinded and the purchase price of the same refunded.


7. a. To prevent inaccuracy in delivery, and inconvenience in settlement of purchase, no lot can be taken away during the times of sale, nor can any lot be taken away unless it has been paid for in full.


b. All lots are to paid for and taken away at the buyer's expense within TWO days from sale.


8. On failure of a buyer to take away and pay for any lot in accordance with Condition 7, Dunbar Sloane reserves any other right or remedies.


i. To resell the lot or cause it to be resold by public sale, any money paid in part payment being forfeited, any deficiency attending such resale after deducting all costs incurred in connection with the lot to be made good by the defaulting buyer, and any surplus to be the seller's or:


ii. To store the lot or cause it to be stored whether at their own premises or elsewhere at the sole expense of the buyer, and to release the lot only after payment in full of the purchase price together with interest thereon of 5% above bank minimum lending rate, the accrued cost of removal, storage and insurance (if any) and all other cost incurred in connection with the lot.


iii. If the lot has been in store pursuant to (ii) for more than 6 months, to remove the lot from store and to exercise the right set out in (i).

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. Due to the Anti Money Laundering Act we no longer accept cash or cheques for purchases of $10,000 or over. Alternatively payment can be made by telegraphic transfer direct to our bank (Please add $25NZ to cover New Zealand bank charges if paying from overseas):



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.




Dunbar Sloane Ltd catalogues are reference works collected in their own right, as well as being the essential guide to any auction. Annual subscriptions ensure regular receipt of catalogues.

Valuation Service

Dunbar Sloane Ltd offer a variety of valuation services across all collection areas including Fine & Applied Art, Maori & Pacific Artefacts, Toys, Rare Documents, Books, Antique & Decorative Arts to General Household Chattels.


Auction Estimates:


Market Valuations: If you require an auction (market) value for your goods we require a photo of the item and relevant dimensions, plus any history and general condition. You are also welcome to bring in the item into our offices, please make an appointment first.

Note: In most circumstances we cannot do valuations over the phone. Valuations are only provided where your intentions are to sell through auction. Valuations for trademe will incur a fee.


Appointments can be made with a specialist staff member. As well as offices in both Wellington and Auckland, our experts travel regularly throughout New Zealand collecting and appraising items for auction.


Formal Appraisal:


Dunbar Sloane Ltd offers a comprehensive formal valuation service for the following purposes:


- Insurance

- Matrimonial

- Estate Division

- Market


Recent valuations of note have included:


- Te Papa Collections

- Variety of Government Departments including Parliamentary Services

- Regional and Local Body Councils

- Todd Corporation

- Archives New Zealand
- Large number of private homes across New Zealand