Welcome to ABCR Auctions !


ABCR Auctions is brought to you by two long time collectors: Travis Dunn, editor of the Australian Bottle and Collectables Review and David Bruce, co-organiser of the successful 2006 National Bottle Show at Frankston.

The simple aim of ABCR Auctions is to give buyers and sellers an experience that will leave them completely satisfied. Vendors can be assured that we will provide a straightforward, confidential service guaranteeing your items receive the utmost care and attention throughout the sale process. Buyers will discover an unprecedented experience with multiple high quality photographs of each and every lot in the auction. Each item will be independently checked by Travis and David and given a numerical grade providing a clear measure of condition. A detailed written description for each lot will also be provided. This double checking will minimise mistakes, so buyers can be assured that they are getting exactly what they expect. While the majority of bidding will take place online, postal and phone bids will also be accepted for every auction. Results will be available on this website as soon as possible after the conclusion of each sale. Most importantly we are an auction house run by collectors, for collectors, and as such we will ensure that your dealings with us as a buyer or seller are both professional and enjoyable. Stay tuned for some of the best antique bottles in Australia as they appear in upcoming ABCR Auctions!

Travis & David.

Contact


We are based in Victoria, Australia.

General enquiries
email: info@abcrauctions.com

Travis Dunn
email: travis@abcrauctions.com
phone: 0417 830 939

David Bruce
email: david@abcrauctions.com
phone: 0407 821 767

About us


David Bruce, son of Paul Bruce, has been in the hobby for pretty much all of his life, due to his father being a long time collector. David himself has amassed a fine collection of Australian wine bottles, and shares his father's passion for Australian patent bottles. David has in the past served several years as Secretary of the Victorian Bottle and Collectables Association. He remains fascinated by bottles and spends countless hours researching the companies that produced and used the objects of his obsession. The work that goes into this great website shows a true passion for the hobby, which will be maintained and built on for ABCR Auctions.

Travis Dunn, son of Russell Dunn, was afflicted with the bottle bug from the moment he could walk. His late father, Russell, and mother, June, were both keen collectors who were actively involved in the hobby from their early days in Melbourne, Victoria. This included many years as editor of the Antique Bottle Club of Melbourne newsletter. Later, Travis would become editor of this newsletter of his own accord. In 1999, Russell, June and Travis took over publication of the Australian Bottle and Collectables Review from Ken Arnold, with Travis and June continuing the publication after the passing of Russell. Travis' combined passion for producing a great publication with great photographs will assist here in providing the viewing pleasure that you all deserve.

Terms & Conditions


Any person wishing to use the services of ABCR Auctions as a Seller, Bidder or Buyer must first register as a member. Registration is free. You may become a member by supplying all the requisite information to ABCR Auctions and you are required to accept these Terms & Conditions by clicking the "I have read and accept ABCR Auctions' Terms & Conditions" checkbox during the registration process. Submitting a bid by any method constitutes acknowledgment and acceptance of these Terms & Conditions. ABCR Auctions is a venue for registered members to sell or buy items and is not itself an auctioneer.

Definitions


The following words and expressions have these meanings:

'ABCR Auctions'
    D.J Bruce & T.M Dunn, ABN 25 262 335 361, trading as ABCR Auctions.

'Bidder'
    a person who places a bid or bids on a Lot or Lots in an ABCR Auction.

'Buyer'
    the Highest Bidder on a Lot that has achieved at least the Reserve (if any) at the end of an auction, or a person who purchases a Lot sold by ABCR Auctions on behalf of a Seller.

'Catalogue'
    includes any advertisement, brochure, price list, website, and other publication produced by ABCR Auctions.

'Consignment Form'
    the form signed, and a copy of which is received, by the Seller containing the terms on which the Seller submits a Lot or Lots for sale by ABCR Auctions.

'Dollars' or '$'
    Australian currency.

'Estimated Selling Range'
    the estimated Sale Price range of a Lot.

'GST'
    a tax payable under 'A New Tax System' (Goods and Services Tax Act) 1999.

'Highest Bidder'
    the person who has the highest bid on a Lot in an ABCR Auction.

'Lot'
    any item or items consigned by or on behalf of the Seller to ABCR Auctions with a view to its sale at auction or by private treaty.

'Lot Number'
    the number allocated by ABCR Auctions to a Lot prior to auction.

'Premium'
    (unless otherwise stated in a relevant auction Catalogue) is 10% + GST of the Sale Price payable by the Buyer and by the Seller.

'Purchase Price'
    the aggregate of the Sale Price, the Premium, the GST payable on the Premium, and any associated postage & packing costs.

'Registered Member'
    a person who has accepted these Terms & Conditions and is therefore registered as a potential Seller / Bidder / Buyer.

'Reserve'
    the minimum Sale Price at which a Lot may be sold as agreed in writing by the Seller and ABCR Auctions on the Consignment Form.

'Sale Price'
    the final price of a Lot sold in an ABCR Auction or afterwards by private treaty (inclusive of GST, if any).

'Sale Proceeds'
    the net amount payable to the Seller, being the Sale Price less the Seller's Premium.

'Seller'
    the person named as the seller on the front page of the Consignment Form who offers the Lot for sale.

Descriptions


Every effort will by taken by ABCR Auctions to ensure that Lot descriptions are complete and accurate. A Lot's description provided by ABCR Auctions should be read before a potential Bidder places a bid. Photograph/s and/or movie/s are for the guidance of prospective Bidders and form part of the description. ABCR Auctions shall not be liable for any error, misstatement or omission in the description of a Lot in any Catalogue, unless its partners or agents have engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct.

Condition Grading System


(a) In grading a bottle, both of us will independently assess each item in the sale and then collate our notes to form a consensus opinion for the description. Each lot will then be given a numerical grade on the basis of this assessment. Note that in addition to this numerical grade there will be a detailed description of any and all of the lots features and faults. As such Bidders are advised to take into account the entire description of any item they are interested in. Bottles will be examined in natural light as well as indoors. Magnification will be used where necessary and we have access to a black light to check for repairs that can be found in this way. We will also call on outside experts for their opinions on pieces with which we have limited experience.

(b) Of course there is more to value than just condition and that will largely be taken into account with our estimated price range. As collectors will well know you can find two basically identical bottles from the same company where one has heaps of eye appeal while the other is kind of flat and boring. Now both of these items may be the same condition wise as well and our grading will reflect that BUT the estimated price range of the one with eye appeal would be higher. Minor chips, hairlines and other minimal damage will be dealt with in a broadly similar way i.e. Chips and cracks will definitely affect the expected value we put on an item. For instance a "Near Mint (8.4)" bottle that we estimate at 1200-1500 might become 400-600 for the same bottle graded as "Glass condition (8.4) with chip to back top". Notice also that the term Near Mint would not appear in the second example.

(c) The number assigned to a bottle from the condition scale depends on the quantity and seriousness of any faults seen on the item. This number however forms only a small part of the description and we will reiterate that bidders should check the full description and all pictures for an accurate representation of each lot.

(d) Any items that have been altered in any way (e.g. repairs, polishing etc) will be noted where applicable. As an important note on polished bottles we will endeavour to convey the degree to which a bottle has been polished (for instance whether seam lines are still present) so that you can make an accurate assessment of the item listed.

(e) The grades:

Poor (1-3.9) ABCR Auctions will not be handling items in as low a grade as this, unless the item is exceptionally rare. The item may be heavily stained, flakes and chips evident that possibly affect the front. Pits, bruises, cracks, chips and heavy wear may also be evident.

Fair (4-5.9) May be acceptable for rare or unusual items. These may be stained, have some flakes and probably pitting, maybe even a bruise or two. Could be polished, with some damage evident.

Good (6-6.9) May be stained but with minimal other damage evident. Alternatively, could have had a heavy polish affecting the embossing with pits still evident, but will be shiny.

Very Good (7-7.9) Only light haze to be seen, a possible small ding, chip or fracture to be found. Alternatively, could be polished with some minor marks still evident. Display-quality items fit into this class.

Excellent (8-8.9) Items in the type of condition that is often seen on displays. You might see some small pit marks at this grade and there may be some stain/wear that is visible but not distracting. Most items that were handled regularly, refilled and reused etc, will fit into this category. A professionally polished bottle that has only been lightly cleaned may fall into this category.

Near Mint (9-9.4) The majority of what collectors describe as mint items probably fall in this category. At a very quick glance the item will appear Mint, but a close look may reveal some minor wear and light scratches. Items with small patches of very light stain/dullness could still reach this category but only if there is no deeper pitting or leaching associated with the stain.

Mint (9.5-9.9) Will appear perfect at first but close scrutiny will show just a tiny scuff or scratch. Generally, any marks will appear on regular contact points (shoulder, base, lip or raised embossing), but are not noticeable from even a short distance. The number and size of these marks determine the difference between 9.5 and 9.9.

Mint Plus (10) Condition wise, the item is perfect. Very rarely is anything in this category because it also implies that the item has almost never been handled. Don't expect to see this grade used too often.

Starting Price:

The Starting Price is the minimum the first bid can be on a particular item. Note however that the Starting Price may not be the Reserve Price. Where the Reserve Price is higher than the Starting Price, the item will not be sold unless it reaches at least the Reserve Price.

Estimated Selling Range


An Estimated Selling Range will be displayed for each lot. This range is ABCR Auctions' estimate of the current market value of the lot in Australian dollars. A Bidder may bid within, above, or below this range. Any Estimated Selling Range given by ABCR Auctions is a statement of opinion and should not be relied upon as a representation as to the Sale Price a Lot may actually achieve.

Reserves


Vendors will have the right to place a reserve price on any or all of their submitted items to ABCR Auctions. Reserve Prices will not however be disclosed to Bidders throughout the auction. ABCR Auctions may start an item at or below its Reserve Price as deemed appropriate for the individual Lot. If an item has a Reserve Price, this will be indicated with an asterisk (*) in the auction catalogue and on the website.

Bidding


Bids will typically be made directly on this website. Absentee Bids by mail, by e-mail, or by phone can also be accepted. All bids are in Australian dollars. ABCR Auction's bidding steps are as follows:

ITEM PRICE, MINIMUM BID INCREMENT
Less than $100, $5
$100 to $500, $10
$500 to $1000, $20
More than $1000, $50

During an auction, each Lot will close individually. When there are no bids on a particular Lot for 5 minutes at the scheduled end-time of an auction, the Lot will close. If a Lot receives a bid within 5 minutes of the end of the auction, the Lot end-time will extend by 5 minutes. This prevents people from "sniping" an item and gives everyone an equal chance at buying a Lot. Please remember to refresh your computer on your Bidder page to have the exact time an item ends. Bids are not retractable.

Absentee Bids


A Registered Member may make an absentee bid in the form of written instructions directing ABCR Auctions to bid on a Lot or Lots up to a maximum amount specified for each Lot. ABCR Auctions will execute the absentee bid at the lowest possible price taking into account the Reserve and other bids. There is no charge for this service. If identical bids are left by two or more parties, the first bid received by ABCR Auctions will take preference.

ABCR Auctions is prepared to execute telephone bids on behalf of prospective Buyers who are not able to bid online at no charge, on the condition that the prospective Buyer acknowledges that taking instructions by telephone in the course of an auction has inherent risks (such as miscommunication, misunderstanding or other problems caused by a telecommunications fault or failure including a mobile telephone connection falling out). ABCR Auctions shall not be responsible for any errors or omissions in connection with the execution of telephone bids.

Buyers Premium


Unless otherwise stated in an ABCR Auction Catalogue, the Buyer's Premium is 10% + GST of the Sale Price. The Premium component will be calculated as follows:
    Premium = Sale Price x 10% Premium + 10% GST (of the Premium)
Example - if the Sale Price of a lot is $100, the Premium component will be $11:
    Premium = ($100 x 10%) + (($100 x 10%) x 10%) = $11
ABCR Auctions reserves the right to change the Buyer's Premium at any time.

Copyright


All text, photographs, logos and audiovisual material is owned or licensed by ABCR Auctions. Other than for the purposes of and subject to the conditions described under the Copyright Act 1968 (Commonwealth), and except as expressly authorised by these Terms & Conditions, you may not in any form or by any means adapt, reproduce, store, distribute, print, display, perform, publish, or create derivative works from any content of this website without ABCR Auctions' prior written permission.

GST


Each lot's sale price is inclusive of GST, however GST is payable on the buyer's & seller's premium.

Payment Terms


Payment of the full Purchase Price is due within 7 days of the receipt of an invoice. Payments should be made in Australian dollars. A service fee of 3.5% will be charged for PayPal payments. Credit cards not accepted. No additional fees will be charged for any other form of payment in Australian dollars including cash, direct bank deposit, and cheque. If a payment is made in a currency other than Australian dollars, the Buyer shall add the equivalent of $A20 to cover bank fees.

Postage & Packing


As ABCR Auctions provide an online service, Postage & Packing costs will apply to most Lots. The Buyer is responsible for paying the Postage & Packing costs. After an ABCR Auction closes, postage & packing is estimated in order to generate invoices. Postage is charged at cost & by weight. Estimates are available on the Australia Post website. Sending location will be from Whittlesea, Victoria 3757, Australia. A $5 packing cost is added to each box, and each box can have a maximum weight of 5kgs for safety. High quality packing materials will always be used by ABCR Auctions, and the utmost of care will always be taken when packing Lots for postage. All Lots will be sent via Registered Mail, with optional insurance for items over $100 (Lots under $100 are automatically covered by being Registered). Insurance costs within Australia are $1.50 per $100 value from $100 to $5000 (more for overseas). See the Australia Post website for more information. Pickup is available for free, on arrangement with ABCR Auctions.

We have prepared a .pdf guide to postage within Australia. Click here to read.
We will prepare a .pdf guide for international postage soon.

Privacy


ABCR Auctions is committed to keeping its Registered Members personal information private & secure. ABCR Auctions will not share this information with anyone.

Return Policy


ABCR Auctions will make every effort to accurately describe each Lot. A Lot may be returned only because of an error in the description. If a Lot or Lots is to be returned, it must be done so within 7 days of receipt of the Lot or Lots. Please notify ABCR Auctions before returning a Lot. A Lot cannot be returned for any reason that is apparent from the Description, including from photograph/s or movie/s in the Catalogue.

Governing law


These Terms & Conditions are governed by the law of the State of Victoria

Non-payment


If you need extra time to make a payment, please let us know in advance. We will work with you as long as we are notified in advance. In the event that a Buyer does not make payment in full for the Lot or Lots within 14 days from the date of the invoice, unless otherwise previously arranged, ABCR Auctions shall have the right to exercise any one or more of the following:
    1) To impose an accounting fee of $20 per month (or part thereof) plus compound interest at the rate of 3% 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 ABCR Auctions;
    3) To terminate the contract and resell the Lot or Lots 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 cancel the Buyer's registration and disqualify the Buyer from participating in future ABCR Auctions;
    5) To take legal action against the Buyer.

Website Security


Unfortunately, no data transmission over the internet can ever be guaranteed as totally secure. Nevertheless, ABCR Auctions will take every reasonable step to ensure the security of this website and all its registered members' information.

Website Outages


In the event of a server side failure, ABCR Auctions reserves the right to extend the end time of an auction by 24 hours (or more as necessary) in order to achieve a fair and clear end to said auction. Note that this does NOT cover local or user side outages or difficulties. ABCR Auctions recommend bidding early to avoid disappointment caused by local outages, power failures, slow connection speeds or similar difficulties that may occur for individual bidders.

General Provisions


ABCR Auctions has the discretionary right to refuse any bid and to withdraw any Lot from any sale. If a Lot does not reach its Reserve, ABCR Auctions has the right to offer the Lot for sale by private treaty (standard Buyer & Seller Premiums apply). ABCR Auctions may refuse, or terminate registration of, any person at its absolute discretion. Registered Members can voluntarily cancel their membership at any time by contacting ABCR Auctions.