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Sotheby's has partnered with Connoisseur International Fine Art, a Fine Art Shipper, to ensure that your purchases are packed professionally and then shipped to you safely, securely and insured, via the global Federal Express network or via Interlink for UK shipments. We have worked with these companies for a number of years to provide the shipping service for our traditional auctions, and they deliver an excellent level of service at a very reasonable price. To assist you in understanding the potential cost of shipping to your address, we have provided a simple shipping cost calculator, which can be accessed via http://shipcal.bycapp.com/#/Belle_Epoque_L16412 To use the calculator you will need three pieces of information: the Lot Number; the country to which the item will be shipped; and your anticipated bid (the hammer price).
The final hammer price influences the exact cost of shipping, as the cost of insurance and the shipping service we use are directly related to the value of the shipment. Purchases of £3800 or below (including buyer's premium and any applicable VAT and Sales Tax) will be shipped using an economy service, whereas purchases of greater value will be despatched on a priority service as a requirement of the insurance cover provided. Consequently you may use the calculator to establish in advance of bidding the likely range of shipping prices that you would incur if you are the successful bidder for a particular lot - for example you may wish to input your maximum bid in order to understand the maximum shipping price for the item, but you may also wish to input the bid at which you hope to secure the lot, particularly if it is £3800 or below where the economy shipping service would be used. The Shipping Cost Calculator can be accessed via http://shipcal.bycapp.com/#/Belle_Epoque_L16412
Soon after the closure of the sale, you will receive your invoice along with a firm quote for the insured shipping service to the address you provided at registration; this paperwork will show the costs of shipping and insurance itemised separately, and will include details of the key insurance terms. You will need to sign the quote and return it together with your payment to Sotheby's Post Sale Services, following which your items will be despatched.
We are unable to offer shipping via this method to every destination. If your destination country is not listed in the drop-down menu on our shipping calculator, please contact Sotheby's (contact information is on the calculator page) and provide details of the lot number, the address to which you wish to ship together with your maximum bid (to which we will add the appropriate buyer's premium to establish the actual shipment value). In most cases, we will be able to offer a shipping solution and we will provide you with a pre-sale quote based on the actual shipment value; any difference in the final sale price will affect the final shipping price that will be charged. As we will need to liaise with one or more shipping vendors, depending on the destination, requests for such pre-sale quotes need to be submitted no later than 72 hours prior to the scheduled sale-end. Finally, some items cannot be shipped to certain destinations at all (for example items of Iranian origin to the GCC States) and, whilst the shipping calculator may provide a price for the shipment, the notes field will populate with an explanation of the restriction that applies. The inability to ship to a destination so excluded will not justify the cancellation of a sale, and you should refer to the full terms and conditions for buyers (online sales).
Information regarding collection of purchases from Sotheby's warehouse, and the storage charges that will accrue for any purchased items not cleared within 30 days of sale closure, will be found on your invoice.