Terms and Conditions

Phoenix Auctions


AUCTIONEER
Phoenix Auctions (Phoenix), a company incorporated in the State of Victoria, is the auctioneer, and adheres to the standard terms of sale of the Australasian Philatelic Traders Association.
DESCRIPTIONS
We endeavour to describe lots fully and accurately. The description of a lot comprises 1) the codes to the left of the description; 2) the description; and 3) any illustration of the lot or part of the lot. (The various codes and symbols are explained on How to Get the Most from our Catalogue.)
ESTIMATES
The figure in the right-hand column following each lot description is Phoenix's estimate of the market value of the lot in Australian dollars. A bidder - may bid at, above or below the estimate. Bids below the reserve price will not be accepted, except where the estimate is $5 or less in which case bids below the reserve may be accepted at the auctioneer's discretion.
Phoenix provides the facility to view estimates and starting prices in a number of currencies.
BIDDING
Bids may be made to Phoenix by mail, by fax, by e-mail or by phone and, of course, directly on this website. Bids received by phone must be confirmed in writing. Phoenix reserves the right to refuse any bid, or to refuse bids from any person, for any reason.
All bids are in Australian dollars.
In most cases, Phoenix's bidding steps are as follows:
Under $2 20c rises $150 - 300 $10 rises $3000 - 5000 $200 rises
$2 - 15 50c rises $300 - 500 $20 rises $5000 - 20000 $250 rises
$15 - 30 $1 rises $500 - 750 $25 rises $20000 - 50000 $500 rises
$30 - 50 $2 rises $750 - 1500 $50 rises over $50000 $1000 rises
$50 - 150 $5 rises $1500 - 3000 $100 rises    
While bids are not required to conform to standard bidding steps, we reserve the right to adjust them up or down to the next bidding step as seems appropriate.
GOODS & SERVICES TAX (GST)
NO taxes are added to the knock-down or sale price of any lot as our vendors have agreed to meet any tax obligations from their proceeds.
BUYER'S & COMMISSION
A Buyer's Commission of 19.25% will be added to the hammer price of every lot.
BUYER
The buyer of a lot shall be the person to whom the lot is sold ("knocked-down") by Phoenix. In the event of equal bids being received, the earliest such bid shall be successful. In the event of a dispute, Phoenix shall have absolute discretion in the settling of the dispute.
A lot is at the buyer's risk once it has been sold ("knocked-down") but ownership (legal title) will not pass to the buyer until Phoenix has received payment in full for the lot.
PAYMENT
Payment is due immediately upon receipt of an invoice.
Visa and Mastercard are the only credit cards accepted, no additional premium is charged for their use. A premium of 4% will be added to payments made with an American Express card and a premium of 4½% will be charged for PayPal payments. No additional fees will be charged for any other form of payment in Australian dollars. If a non-credit card payment is made in another currency the buyer shall add the equivalent of $A20 towards bank fees, any resulting credit being placed to the buyer's account.
In the event that the buyer does not make payment in full for the lot(s) within 30 days from the date of the invoice, Phoenix shall have the right to exercise any one or more of the following rights and remedies:
1) To impose an accounting fee of $10 per month (or part thereof) plus compound interest at the rate of 2.5% per month (or part thereof) of the total amount outstanding;
2) To terminate the contract with the buyer, in which case any monies received from the buyer shall be forfeited to Phoenix;
3) To terminate the contract and resell the lot(s) at any time, in which case any resulting shortfall, plus costs including accounting fees, interest, insurance and resale expenses, shall be met by the original buyer;
4) To apply any monies due at any time from Phoenix to the buyer in payment of the outstanding amount;
5) To take legal action against the buyer for damages for breach of contract.

RETURN OF LOTS
A lot may be returned, within a reasonable time, only because of an error in the description: see clause 2 for the definition of "the description". A lot that has been inspected by the buyer or by the buyer's agent cannot be returned for any reason. A lot that is illustrated in the catalogue or of which an illustration has been supplied to the buyer or to the buyer's agent cannot be returned for any reason that is aPhoenixrent from the illustration.
Collections, accumulations etc are always offered "as is" and cannot be returned for any reason. Similarly, other lots offered "as is" cannot be returned.
"EXTENSIONS"
A request for an extension to submit a lot to a recognised expert or expert committee for a Certificate of Authenticity must be made in writing prior to the day of the auction. Phoenix shall have an absolute discretion not to grant an extension. (In particular, an extension will not normally be granted if the lot is offered with a recent Certificate of Authenticity.) If an extension is granted, the buyer must make payment in full for the lot. The amount paid will be refunded in full if the lot is returned with an acceptable "bad" Certificate. All costs associated with obtaining a certificate shall be borne by the buyer, unless the lot is found to be not as identified in the catalogue in which case all costs associated with obtaining the Certificate shall be refunded to the buyer.
A lot described as being defective in any way may not be returned should the Certificate obtained mention any fault not noted in the lot description.
Unless otherwise agreed, nomination of the appropriate expert or expert committee shall be made by Phoenix, and Phoenix will be responsible for submitting the lot to that expert or expert committee. Should Phoenix agree to the buyer's nomination of an expert or expert committee, the extension granted will be for a period of no more than 90 days from the date of the auction. If a Certificate has not been obtained within 90 days from the date of the auction, the extension may lapse and Phoenix may thereafter refuse to accept the return of the lot.
GOVERNING LAW
These Terms of Sale shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Victoria.
Submitting a bid by any method constitutes acknowledgment and acceptance of these Terms of Sale.
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Phoenix Auctions


After Auction Sale
May 17th, 2019
Phoenix 70th Auction - World Philatelic Auction
Lots from around the world focusing on Australia Commonwealth and Colonies.
July 5th, 2019
Phoenix 71th Auction - World Philatelic Auction
Lots from around the world focusing on Australia Commonwealth and Colonies.
Auction Results
July 5th, 2019
Phoenix 71th Auction - World Philatelic Auction
Lots from around the world focusing on Australia Commonwealth and Colonies.
May 17th, 2019
Phoenix 70th Auction - World Philatelic Auction
Lots from around the world focusing on Australia Commonwealth and Colonies.
March 1st, 2019
Phoenix 68th Auction - World Philatelic Auction
Australian Commonwealth, Victoria Specimen & Reprints Collections, Hugh Freemans collection of Victorian Barred Numerals
February 1st, 2019
Phoenix 67th Auction - World Philatelic Auction
Lots from around the world focusing on Australia Commonwealth and Colonies.
December 14th, 2018
Phoenix 66th Auction - World Philatelic Auction
Lots from around the world focusing on Australia Commonwealth and Colonies.
October 12th, 2018
Phoenix 65th Auction - World Philatelic Auction
All over the world focusing on Australia, Commonwealth, Great Britain , proofs
August 24th, 2018
Phoenix 64th Auction - World Philatelic Auction
The Boxlot section features world & one-country lots, plus Australia and Colonies accumulations including revenues. Main Sale with ...
July 13th, 2018
Phoenix 63rd Auction - World Philatelic Auction
Lots from all over the world with focus on australia, roos, GB and a new discovered roo.
May 4th, 2018
Phoenix 62nd Auction - World Philatelic Auction
This Auction is being held on 4th May and has 982 lots. Plus 491 in the morning boxlot section.
Highlights: Australia include Roos ...
March 23rd, 2018
Phoenix 61st Auction - World Philatelic Auction
1557 lots with focus on Australian Commonwealth, Colonies and Territories, and much ...
February 2nd, 2018
Phoenix 60th Auction - World Philatelic Auction
The sale comprises over 1200 lots (Plus 499 in the morning boxlot and Collections section). Selections of Australian Roos. Plus strong ...
December 15th, 2017
Phoenix 59th Auction - World Philatelic Auction
This Auction comprises over 1050 lots with Australian Colonies, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, foreign material including ...
November 3rd, 2017
Phoenix 58th Auction - World Philatelic Auction
Over 1500 Lots of Australian Commonwealth, colonies and territories, British Commonwealth and extensive Barbados with ...
August 18th, 2017
Phoenix 56th Auction - World Philatelic Auction
Australia, Aden, Ceylon, Greenland and Iceland, British Commonwealth and China 1950s-80s Mint Sets.
June 30th, 2017
Phoenix 55th Auction - World Philatelic Auction
Sale No.55 with the Box Lot and Collections Sale #1704. Including John Lancaster’s marvellous & diverse collection of Customs ...
May 12th, 2017
Phoenix 54th Auction - World Philatelic Auction
Boxlot and Collections, a wide range of postal history and flight covers, Australian Colonies and Territories, Rest of World including many ...
March 29th, 2017
Phoenix 53rd Auction - World Philatelic Auction
A selection of rare and unusual items with a fine range of Australian items, a good offering of British Commonwealth varieties. The 2nd ...
March 17th, 2017
Phoenix 52nd Auction - World Philatelic Auction
A strong Australian component with many varieties, imprints, a large selection of Postal Stationery, a nice selection of South Australian ...
February 3rd, 2017
Phoenix 51st Auction - World Philatelic Auction
Stamps and postal history with focus on Australia and British Commonwealth.
December 9th, 2016
Phoenix 50th Auction - World Philatelic Auction
Worldwide auction with strength in Australia and British Commonwealth, Incl Roos, KGV & varieties. Good selections of Nauru, GRI and ...
November 4th, 2016
Phoenix 49th Auction - World Philatelic Auction
Auction with strong section Australia, Oceania and British Commonwealth.
January 29th, 2016
Phoenix 43rd Auction - World Philatelic Auction
Over 1,200 lots with a focus on Autralia and Colonies including Postal Stationery, Postal History and Australian Territories Lots, British ...
February 1st 2014
Phoenix 27th Auction - World Philatelic Auction
International auction offer with strong sections Australia and Oceania.
December 7th, 2013
Phoenix 26th Auction - World Philatelic Auction
This auction is a general philatelic sale with a wide range of material, including 1885 soldier's letter from Sudan to NSW, a group of ...
October 26th, 2013
Phoenix 25th Auction - George V Period Auction
This is a specialised Australian Commonwealth Auction with just the KGV-period issues. There are 452 lots of Kangaroo & Map stamps, 297 ...
October 25th, 2013
Phoenix 24th Auction - Hardy Collection
This is the the third and final auction of the fabulous Stuart Hardy Commonwealth of Australia collection. It contains a few roos and KGV ...
September 7th, 2013
23nd Phoenix Auction - World Philatelic Auction
Welcome to auction 23. We have a broad range of stamps and postal history, amongst which is a previously unrecorded 1848 Ceylon postmark ...
July 20th, 2013
22nd Phoenix Auction - World Philatelic Auction
International auction offer with very strong section Australia and Ozeania as well as British Commonwealth.
June 7th, 2013
21st Phoenix Auction - Rod Perry Airmail Auction
The Rod Perry Collection.
Airborne commercial mail to Australasia 1899-1945.