Absentee Bids 

If you are unavailable bid on line, Kensington Estate Auctions will execute written bids on behalf of a buyer.  Absentee bidders must provide all information requested below.  Kensington Estate Auctions is not responsible for errors or failure to execute the written bid or for errors or omissions in connection with the written bid. Lots are bought for absentee bidders at the lowest possible price subject to other bids or reserves.

Phone Bids 

If a bidder makes arrangements with Kensington Estate Auctions prior to the start of the sale, Kensington Estate Auctions will use reasonable efforts to contact bidder to enable them to participate in the bidding by telephone.  We will place the call 5-7 lots in advance of the lot in question.  Kensington Estate Auctions is not responsible for failure to contact bidder or for error and omissions in connection with telephone bidding. 



By bidding at the auction, a buyer assumes responsibility to pay the purchase price bid plus the buyer's premium and any additional charges that become due and payable in connection with the purchase, taxes, delivery, packing & shipping, or storage of property.  Auctioneer reserves the right to refuse to register any prospective bidder for any reason.  Bidding is subject to a 18% buyer’s premium.

All sales must be paid for within seven BUSINESS DAYS of the sale or penalties may be incurred. Full payment is in US dollars and includes hammer price plus the buyer’s premium.  Please pay the amount on the official invoice from Kensington Estate Auctions, Liveauctioneers.com or PayPal.   Acceptable forms of payment include certified bank check, wire transfer, MasterCard, Discover, Visa or PayPal.   Buyers who have established accounts with Kensington Estate Auctions prior to the auction may pay by check.  Unless payment arrangements have been made directly between the buyer and Kensington Estate Auctions, we reserve the right to charge 30%  of the invoice to the credit card on file for any bidder who has not paid in full within seven business days of being invoiced.

All New York State residents are subject to New York state sales tax (Ulster County, NY 8%) unless the purchaser possesses a tax-exempt number, which must be on file with Kensington Estate Auctions.  Kensington Estate Auctions also requires a New York State form ST-120 on file. International buyers assume responsibility for any additional taxes or fees associated with shipment destinations.


In-house shipping can be offered to our buyer’s as a courtesy, which includes in-house packing, shipping and insurance, unless otherwise noted in the lot description.
       Standard shipping policy is that purchases must be paid for before any packing/shipping will be done.  Customers are required to make two (2) separate payments, one for payment of item(s) and one for shipping.
The buyer is responsible for all costs incurred for shipping. 
  If a buyer would like the shipping out sourced, a list of suggested shippers is below.  Regardless of shipping method, our auction house must have received cleared funds to release property to the shipper. 
       We will not be held responsible for choosing a shipper in the event of any act and/or omissions in packing.  We do not assume responsibility for damages.
       The minimum handling charge is $20 plus packing and shipping materials, insurance and the actual cost of shipping.  We handle and package items in the order of payment receipt.  Once our accounting department has notified our shipping department that full purchase payment has been made, our shipping department will contact you regarding all shipping costs.  Successful bidders are responsible for the collection / shipment of their purchase within fourteen (14) days after the end of the auction.  Failure to do so will incur a storage fee of twenty-five ($25) per item per week.  Kensington Estate Auctions is not responsible for any loss or damage to property left for more than 14 days after sale.
       Shipping charges are non-refundable.
       For items indicated, “no in-house shipping”, below are suggested shippers, which the buyer may choose to contact.  The buyers may also choose their own shipper.  In either case the buyer must complete auction payment to Kensington Estate Auctions in full before items are released to shippers.  Kensington Estate Auctions will not obtain multiple quotes or negotiate between shippers on the buyer's behalf.  Kensington Estate Auctions will be provided signed authorization for release of the property that states your name, sale date, lot number and choice of shipper. 
       If a loss or damage should occur during shipping, it is incumbent upon the buyer to file for recovery of any losses incurred.  Under no circumstance can the claim exceed the hammer price (not including the buyer’s premium).
       Suggested shippers:  The UPS Store 1747 (New Windsor, NY 12553, ph: 845.565.2300, email: Store1747@theupsstore.com);    

UPS Store (Newburgh, NY  12550 – 845.561.5950);                                                       

FED-EX (Newburgh, NY  12550 – 800.463.3339).

Please download Absentee/Phone Bid Form to give all information to our Administrator.  Please fill out all the fields and either scan it and email (kensingtonauc@aol.com) or fax it to: 1.718.894.1815.

All bidders are encouraged to read all of Kensington Estate Auctions Terms & Conditions.

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