Buying

The catalogue will go online approx. 10 days before the auction and will include description, photograph and estimates for each lot. Full condition reports are available on each lot by request. We do not post results of the auction online.

Selected pre booked views can be arranged, contact us at info@oreillysfineart.com or  +353 (0)1 453 0311 to make an appointment to view items. While we are restricted in our viewing capabilities, we can send you condition reports that will be carried out by our qualified gemmologist and specialist valuers along with image and video requests where possible. The auction will be on view the Sunday prior to the auction 12pm-4pm, the day before the auction (Tuesday) 11am-5pm and the morning of the auction 10am-12:30pm. Certain lots can also be viewed outside of these hours by private appointment only. Please phone +353 (0)1 453 0311 to make an appointment to view items.

We hold monthly auctions. The auction starts at 1pm. Catalogues are available on our website, live or to download and catalogue listings are available at reception. There will be circa.500 lots in the sale and the auctioneer goes through approximately 120 lots per hour. The bidding steps are generally in increments of 10% of the previous bids. Raise your paddle number to bid. Please ensure that your paddle number can be seen by the auctioneer. At the end of the sale or when you are leaving, please return your paddle number to reception.

Timed auctions take place without an auctioneer calling the sale. Each lot can be bid on for a defined time period, in this case for our online auctions, it will be over 48 hours. 

 

The lots can be bid on at any point until the end of the auction. Once the auction starts to close, bidding will stop on lots in 30-second intervals. To avoid bid sniping, last-second bids will extend the closing time of the lot by another 5 minutes. At the end of this period, the bidder who has submitted the highest bid will be successful in purchasing the lot, provided the bid exceeds the reserve price. You will see the current bid on each item and be notified if a bid higher than yours is placed onto your interested lot. 

1. Bidding in person

Please come to reception prior to the auction, fill out a registration form, and  present a form of identification and you will be given a paddle number. If you have registered before, you will be able to get a paddle number by giving your name and address at reception. Please note, there are often queues for registration, so arrive early to avoid missing your lot.

We are open at 10am on the morning of the auction for viewing. We are also open the day before (Tuesday) 11am-5pm and the Sunday before the auction from 12pm-4pm.

There is 22% premium (incl. 23% VAT) on top of the hammer price.

 

2. Absentee bids

If you cannot attend the auction you can fill out the absentee bidding form, whereby you would tell us the lot you wish to bid on and your maximum bid. We will bid on your behalf and buy it as nominal as allowed, taking into account other bids and reserves (if applicable).

There is 22% premium (incl. 23% VAT) on top of the hammer price. You can get this form at reception. You can also fill out an absentee bidding form online. Register an account with us, find the lot you wish to bid on and click “Place a bid”, fill in the required details, we will bid on your behalf under the same conditions as stated immediately above.

Bids below the bottom estimate will not be accepted. This form will cease at 11am on the day of the auction.

You will be phoned the day after the auction (Thursday) if your bid was successful, however you can phone us, +353 (0)1 453 0311,  to find out if your bid was successful and arrange payment and collection.

 

3. Telephone bids

If the lot estimate is over €2000 then you can bid live on the telephone. Fill out the telephone bidding form attached here. We will phone you approximately five lots before your lot is due and inform you of the live bids on the floor. Please note, for a telephone bid you must be prepared to bid to the lower estimate. Due to demand, we cannot guarantee the possibility to facilitate a telephone bid for every lot.

There is 22% premium (incl. 23% VAT) on top of the hammer price.

We do not accept responsibility for telephone bids if we cannot get through, so please ensure you can take our call during the auction.

 

4. Live Auction Bidding Online

There is also an option to bid live, through the online bidding platform, Easy Live Auction. You will need to create a separate account with Easy Live. You will have the option to pay a flat rate of £3 or pay 3% commission in addition to the buyers commission of 18.5% for bidding with O’Reilly’s.

We do not accept credit cards. We accept debit card, bank draft, bank transfer or cash. Please note subject to the Property Services Regulatory Authority or PSRA requirements, buyer’s completing transactions in the cash amount of €500 and above, will be required to complete a cash origin form. This form will be available at reception and transactions will not be finalised until this form is completed.

Please note that debit cards may have daily limits so please check with your bank prior to the auction day.

Bank transfer details are available upon request. Please email us for our client account details to set up a bank transfer. Reference: Registered Buyer’s Name. Any account for items purchased must be settled within 10 days of the sale and the items collected within the same. All lots sold will be invoiced to the name and address in which the paddle has been registered.

We cannot split bills.

If you are coming to the auction you can collect the item 30 mins after you are successful with your bids. Please note, this cannot be done any sooner to produce invoices at reception. If you leave an absentee bid in the office and are successful, yopu wil be notified after the auction. We will not phone you if you are unsuccessful, however, you are welcome to phone us to discuss the results of your bids. Successful absentee and telephone bids can be collected as soon as they are paid for.

Any account for items purchased must be settled within 7 days of the sale and the items collected within the same. Upon payment certain items can be posted out to the buyer for an extra charge.

Tracked postage starts at €12 within Ireland, €20 to Great Britain and FedEx shipping is also available.  Please inform reception if you intend your items to be posted out by courier (overseas).

PSRA Registration Number #003688

We pack in house and ship within a week of payment. We use tracked insured post for lots up to €4,000 to Ireland, GB and the EU. Lots that weigh up to 500 grams, for example will cost €12 to Ireland, €20 to GB and the EU, so add this to your payment. Heavier lots will cost more. We use FedEx for North America, for other overseas destinations, and for higher value lots. 

All import tariffs and VAT to non-EU countries are the buyers responsibility. GB buyers can expect to pay 5% UK VAT for antiques (over 100 years) and 20% UK VAT otherwise. Royal Mail/Fedex will collect this along with their handling charge. 

Lots can also be collected after payment from the Monday after the auction. This is a better option for heavier and more fragile items. Please contact us for further information.