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  1. An 18% buyer’s premium will be added to the hammer price of each lot. Those bidding via the internet are subject to a 21% buyer’s premium that will be added to the hammer price of each lot.

  2. All goods are sold “as is” and may not be returned for any reason. It is the responsibility of all who bid to examine and evaluate each lot to determine their own level of interest. There are no warrantees, expressed or implied and neither Tradewinds nor the Consignor of an item is responsible for the total accuracy of the descriptions of any goods. All descriptions written or oral, are opinions and are offered for convenience only, and should not be considered in any way as a warranty or guarantee of authenticity, age, or condition of any goods.

  3. In case of disputed bids, Tradewinds alone will determine who the successful bidder is and may at their discretion re-offer the item in question. If a dispute arises after the auction, the Auction Sales Record will be the final source as to who purchased and for what price.

  4. There may be some lots offered that are subject to a reserve. The reserve is a confidential minimum price agreed upon between Tradewinds and the Consignor, below which the item will not sell. In all cases the reserve amount is set at or below the low estimate for the lot. Tradewinds may execute the reserve by bidding for the Consignor competitively against the audience, telephone bidders, or absentee bidders. Should bidding fail to exceed the reserve amount, a verbal announcement will be made before the next lot is offered. In no case are Consignors or their agents allowed to bid on or “buy back” their own goods.

  5. The auctioneer will apply bidding increments as follows: For bids falling between 000 to $500: $25, for $500 to $1000: $50, for $1000 to $3000: $100, for $3000 to $5000: $250, for $5000 to $10000: $500, and for $10000 and up: $1000, or at the discretion of the auctioneer. All absentee bids, including live internet bids, must conform to these increments or they will be adjusted to the next lower increment that does conform: e.g., $1025 to $1000, $2150 to $2100, etc.

  6. Tradewinds reserves the right to reject any bids that in their opinion are not commensurate with the value of any item.

  7. Absentee bidding is allowed by telephone, mail, fax, email, or personal visit to preview. Tradewinds will not be held responsible for bids that do not reach them on a timely basis, or for any mistakes made in executing any bids. All bids will be handled competitively. All bids must conform to the bidding increments rules (see #5). Tradewinds may request a deposit or a credit card guarantee in order to accept an absentee or online bidder.

  8. Tradewinds may without notice, withdraw any items from the Sale at their discretion.

  9. Massachusetts Sales Tax will be collected from all buyers not presenting proof of a valid Sales Tax resale number when requested to do so.

  10. All purchased items must be paid for in full in US dollars on the day of the auction or when an invoice is communicated or received. Acceptable forms of payment are cash, personal check, MasterCard or Visa, or bank transfer. For international bidders, acceptable forms of payment are only MasterCard, Visa or a certified check in dollars. Tradewinds reserves the right to hold goods until payments clear, at its discretion.

  11. All goods will be tagged and can be claimed by the buyer in attendance in the holding area upon presentation of a payment receipt. All absentee bidders will receive an invoice within five working days. Payment and any domestic (within the United States) shipping requirements can be arranged through Tradewinds’ calling auctioneer, Bruce Gamage Jr. of Rockland Maine.

  12. International shipping is the sole responsibility of the buyer including any materials documentation requirements for ivory, marine mammal products, tortoiseshell, rhinoceros horn, etc., that are the complete responsibility of the buyer.

  13. By bidding at this Auction, you agree to the above Terms and Conditions of the Sale. Please read them carefully.