Terms of Sale

Terms of Sale

Corporate: Alderfer Auction, 501 Fairgrounds Road, Hatfield, PA 19440. 215.393.3000
Doylestown: 3795 Rt. 202, Doylestown, PA 18902. 215.393.3000


23% Buyer’s Premium applied for Alderfer Auction bidding platform. Surcharge applies to third-party bidding platforms.


By bidding at Alderfer Auction whether it be live, online, onsite, absentee or phone bid, you agree to be bound by Alderfer Auction’s Terms & Conditions stated here forth. Addendum statements made day of auction take precedence over previously printed materials.


The validity and interpretation of any of the terms and provisions of this agreement or of the rights and duties of the parties under this agreement shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and venue of all proceedings shall occur in Montgomery County, PA.


1. Bidding Qualifications

Live and Online Bidding

Live and Online Auctions are conducted in front of a live audience. During these events each item presented in the auction is also available for bidding in an online venue hosted by a third party provider. While the auctioneer is receiving bids from an assembled audience, phone and absentee bidders, the auctioneer is also taking bids from bidders who are bidding through the third-party providers in real time or by advance bidding. Following the auction the successful bidders are notified and payment arrangements are made; applicable buyer’s premium applies.


At its discretion, Alderfer Auction may also accept bids from approved internet bidders. Alderfer Auction or any of its staff shall not be held responsible or liable for any human or technical bidding errors, or internet bidding system shutdowns that may occur.


Online Only Bidding

Alderfer Auction sometimes uses the services of a third party auction platform for online bidding. Please refer to third party website for how to register and bid online. Buyer is responsible for all online bidding. Alderfer Auction cannot place bids for the buyer as the buyer must properly register and bid through the third party platform.


At its discretion, Alderfer Auction may also accept bids from approved internet bidders. Alderfer Auction or any of its staff shall not be held responsible or liable for any human or technical bidding errors, or internet bidding system shutdowns that may occur.


Live Online Auctions (Online Only Auction with Multiple Bidding Platforms)

Auction is open for pre-bidding until the start of the auction at which time pre-bidding will cease and the auction will go live at the auction center (no live audience, just our auctioneer and auction staff). When the auction goes live, lots will be sold one at a time, in numerical order, by a live auctioneer who will be taking bids from multiple online bidding platforms, absentee and phone bids. During pre-bidding you are able to submit a max (maximum) bid. The bidding platform or our auction staff will bid on your behalf up to the maximum bid that you have entered.  Once the auction goes live if you wish to increase your bid you will have to wait until that lot opens for bidding and enter any additional bids manually.


Absentee Bidding
For those unable to attend the auction, Alderfer Auction offers the absentee bid service as a convenience to our patrons. Alderfer Auction will not be held responsible for error or failure to execute the bid(s). Absentee bids must be in writing and a fifty dollar ($50) minimum bid is required per item.


Phone Bidding
Phone bids must be in writing. All phone bids are required to open at $250 or half of the published estimate (whichever is greater and no less than $250). We suggest that phone and absentee bids be made 24 hours in advance to allow time for processing. 

Everyone leaving an absentee/phone bid must be willing to leave their credit card number to assure payment of a successful bid(s) is received by the end of the next day following an auction.
Illegible bid(s) will be disregarded.
Applicable sales tax will be added to the sales total unless a tax-exempt number is on file in our office by the day of the auction.
Applicable Buyer’s Premium will be added to each purchase.
Buyer is responsible for scheduling pickup or shipping arrangements.
Bids are executed in competition with the audience on an alternate basis. Due to uncertainties of bidding, a lot may sell to the audience for the same amount authorized by the absentee bid. To avoid this possibility, the absentee bidder may authorize Alderfer Auction to increase their bid by one increment by placing a (+) sign beside the bid price.
Merchandise is to be removed from the Auction location during the specific auction’s stated pick-up dates and times.  
Alderfer Auction offers the absentee/phone bid service as a convenience to our patrons who are unable to attend the auction or bid online.
Alderfer Auction will not be held responsible for error or failure to execute the bid.
All items are sold “as is” without warranty or guarantee.


Alderfer Auction shall have the right to accept absentee and phone bids for any items consigned for any particular auction. Alderfer Auction reserves the right not to execute any absentee bid at its discretion and to have no liability for any inadvertent failure to execute any such bids.


2. Buyer’s Premium, Sales Tax & Payment

Applicable buyer’s premium is applied per auction. The hammer price, buyer’s premium and sales tax shall be added together to reach the Total Price for an item.


Successful online bidders, who bid through a third-party online bidding platform, will be assessed a 5% surcharge on the Total Price. This charge offsets the fee collected by the third-party platform. For more information regarding this charge please see third party website for terms.


PA residents pay 6% sales tax unless a Tax-Exempt Form is on file with Alderfer Auction. Please note when bidding on Live Auctioneers third-party platform and are an out-of-state buyer: if you live in a state that Live Auctioneers has sales tax nexus in, Live Auctioneers will include sales tax unless you have a valid tax exemption certificate on file with Live Auctioneers.


Upon a successful online bid, payments are due immediately upon purchase. Returned checks will be assessed a $35 charge for insufficient funds.


Acceptable forms of payments are Visa, MasterCard, Discover, PayPal (with the exception of Firearms, Militaria & Sporting Auctions), wire transfer, money order, cash and check.


Upon a successful online bid the credit card registered for said online bidding platform, whether Alderfer Auction or a 3rd party platform, buyer will be charged automatically for all winning bids per auction and invoice total under $2,500.


Upon a successful online bid and invoice totaling over $2,500, payment of invoice requires cash, wire transfer, cashier’s check, money order within 5 business days of auction close. For wire transfer instructions please email info@alderferauction.com.

3. Shipping and Pick-up

In-House Shipping
We ship firearms, ammo and select small accessories. We also ship smaller non-fragile items in-house via priority boxes. For all medium to large, fragile, and international items, please contact a local shipper. See instructions below.

Five easy steps to shipping via Local Shippers:
1. Click or call the local shipper of your choice, see list below.
2. Email or call them with what you need to be shipped, where it is now and where it's going.  They may ask for name of the auction company, date of auction and lot number to get more information.
3. Ask for a shipping quote if they do not provide one automatically.
4. Decide on a shipper and let us know at shipping@alderferauction.com, who you select so we can release your auction items.
5. Follow-up with shipper for pickup date, tracking info and delivery date.

Note: If you do not require a shipping quote, with your permission, we can release your items to the next available shipper pick-up.
Note: Full payment of your purchased items is required before any item is released.to your shipper. As the buyer, you will pay the shipper directly for all packing and shipping costs and they will provide tracking.

Local Shippers for Hatfield and Doylestown:

Parcel Place




Lansdale UPS Store


Philadelphia Mailroom
(215) 745-1100


Collegeville UPS Store                                              

Johan Westenberg
Delivery & Shipping

Transport for Furniture and Larger Items:

Craters & Freighters

(215) 234-8090



Moverman - Transport Company




Movers for a Cause - cross country




Optima Transportation




Annie Hauls

(609)-577-5133 (Mike)



Shipping Responsibility

Any such local shippers or third parties listed above, or otherwise, are at the buyer’s sole risk and expense. We assume no responsibility for any act, damage, loss or omission of any party in connection with any such service or reference. We make no endorsements, representations or warranties regarding such parties or their services. You expressly release Alderfer Auction from any, and all, liability arising from your use of any third-party services.


You are free to choose any method for shipping. Once you release your item to your chosen shipper, we have completed delivery and responsibility.


Jewelry Shipping
Jewelry purchased with a credit card by first time customers of Alderfer Auction will not be express shipped and will take a minimum of 7 – 10 business days to be released to third-party shipping. This hold on shipping does not apply to payment made with cash, money order, wire transfer, payment through a third-party bidding platform and payment through PayPal provided that the shipping address on the PayPal transaction matches the shipping address we are provided. 


All wine sales must be picked-up, no shipping is available in accordance to PA law.

Firearm Shipping
We offer in-house shipping for Firearms. See below in #10 Firearms.

International Shipping
We offer shipping via third-party shippers only.

If you choose to pick-up your lots at the Hatfield or Doylestown Auction Center, you must schedule a pickup appointment via https://booking.appointy.com/alderferauction. See Auction Detail for designated pickup location, dates and times. Packing materials are the responsibility of the purchaser.


4. Holding & Handling Fees; Product Abandonment

Customer Pick-Up:  Winning customers must pick up any and all auction items (lots) within 15 calendar days of the close of the auction.  You are responsible for the pickup of your items or the arrangement of shipping or carrier with a third party vendor, within this 15 day period. 

Scheduled customer pickup at Hatfield:
Customers must schedule a pickup on designated days at https://booking.appointy.com/en-US/alderferauction/bookings/service.
Hatfield, PA scheduled pick-up days/times: Mon – Thurs, 8:30 am-4:30 pm and Friday, 8:30 am- 2:30 pm with the exception of national holidays.
Any other times or days at either location must be arranged via email or phone in advance.

Pickup by third party shippers and carriers:
Buyer must inform Alderfer Auction via email at shipping@alderferauction.com for authorization to release your product to any third -party shipping or carrier service picking up your auction items. We assume no responsibility for loss, damage, act or omission of the third -party shipper or carrier that you have arranged and selected. We list third-party shipping companies as a courtesy.

Holding and Handling Fees: Customers who do not schedule or inform Alderfer Auction of a pick-up day and time within thirty (30) calendar days, after the auction close date, will be assessed a holding and handling fee of $75.00 per invoice or per vehicle. This fee of $75.00 will be charged to the customer’s credit card on file, after the initial 15 calendar days grace period (i.e. 30 days after the auction closing date). Subsequently, the buyer will be charged a $75.00 fee every 15 calendar days thereafter, until the auction items are picked by the customer or a confirmed third party shipper/carrier. Product will not be released to the buyer until all invoices and holding and handling fees are paid in full.

Abandoned Property for Paid Items: Alderfer Auction will not hold and or handle paid customer lots indefinitely. Any paid auction item(s) will be considered abandoned upon 90 calendar days past the close of the auction that the item was held in, bid on and won. Product will not be released to the buyer, should it be available, unless all invoices and holding and handling fees are paid in full. By abandoning this property after 90 calendar days, you release any rights to said property. Alderfer Auction has the right to re-sell abandoned property (as previously described) in a future auction or dispose of any abandoned property.

Abandoned Property for Unpaid Items: Auction item(s) that are unpaid after 30 calendar days post auction, will be considered abandoned. Abandoned product will be placed in a future auction or disposed of, without any additional notice to the purchaser.


5. Warranty & Condition Reports

All announcements made on auction day shall take precedence over previously distributed information, print or electronic media.

All items are sold "AS-IS, where-is" with no warranty expressed or implied. Descriptions are believed to be accurate but not guaranteed. Please bid accordingly if you are uncertain of the condition or use of an item. Statements by Alderfer Auction regarding the condition of objects are for guidance only and should not be relied upon as statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation or assumption of liability by Alderfer Auction. Photographs may also be used to represent condition of an item.

While every effort is made to determine provenance, authenticity and condition, it is the responsibility of the Bidder to arrive at their own conclusion prior to bidding. Provenance and authenticity including attributions are guaranteed by neither the consignor nor Alderfer Auction.

Alderfer Auction strongly encourages bidders to personally inspect and preview all lots. The Bidder should also review online descriptions, listings and/or photographs to obtain necessary information. Bidders may contact Alderfer Auction for a condition report at ConditionReport@AlderferAuction.com. Alderfer Auction will attempt to furnish one, but shall not be liable for failing to do so. All auction inquiries must be received a minimum of 48 hours prior to the start of the auction.

Textiles including rugs, are subject to varying degrees of wear, soiling and damage including pest damage and dry rot.  Bidders are responsible to satisfy themselves regarding the condition of the items they are bidding on from the information and photographs provided, by personal inspection at preview or by calling Alderfer Auction prior to preview for a condition report.  All items are sold “AS IS.”


6. Estimates

Item estimates provided in print or electronic media are not a representation or a prediction of the hammer price that will be realized at auction, which may be substantially different from our original estimates. We shall not be liable for any discrepancies between our estimates and a price realized.


Any appraisal, estimate or opinion expressed by any principal or employee of Alderfer Auction, consultant to Alderfer Auction, or other person with respect to the anticipated auction price of any item or merchandise is a statement of opinion only and Alderfer Auction makes no guarantee, warranty or agreement with respect to the sale price of any item.


7. Artwork Authorship & Authenticity


If we say "c." for circa, a certain date, then it was made within 25 years of that date. 
Measurements are given within 1" of actual size. 
Measurements are given height before width.
WAF means With All Faults
Alderfer Auction is not responsible for color variations in print and electronic media.
Alderfer Auction is not responsible for typos in print and electronic media.
Terms & Conditions may change frequently and without notice. Latest version of Terms & Conditions will always supersede any previous printed or online statements.


Name of Artist- Indicates that the work, in our best judgment, is by the named artist. 
Attributed to- In our best judgment, the work may be by the artist. 
Circle of- In our best judgment, a work of the period of the artist and closely related to the artist's style. 
School of- In our best judgment, a work by a pupil or follower of the artist. 
After- In our best judgment, a copy of the known work of the artist.
In the Manner of- This painting represents the style of the named artist but was painted at a later date; the authorship is unknown.
Bears Signature - This painting represents the style of the named artist.


Signature- The signature, inscriptions and dates are transcribed in print as they appear and are located as follows:


SLL: Signed Lower Left

SLR: Signed Lower Right

SUL: Signed Upper Left

SUR: Signed Upper Right

SLC: Signed Lower Center

SUC: Signed Upper Center. 

If we state "signed" in our opinion, the signature is of the named artist. 
If we state "bears signature" in our opinion, the signature might be that of the artist, but we make no guarantee that the work is by the named artist. 

Authentication Policy for the sale of US/Foreign Coins, Autographs, Comic Books, Sports Cards, Diamonds and Gemstones.

Items offered for sale are described and graded by Alderfer Auction Team of specialists, relying on personal knowledge, comparable sales and research in their respective fields. These items are described for information purposes, and are sold “As Is”. Buyer(s) shall satisfy themselves through inspection, photos and/or condition reports.
ONLY guarantee of authentication is if documentation is provided by a third-party service including- PSA, SGC, ANACS and GIA.


8. Clocks and Watches

Due to the sensitive and mechanical nature of clocks and watches, we do not guarantee them to be in running or working condition.


9. Furniture

If we say "Chippendale Mahogany Chest of Drawers," we represent that the piece was made during that period. 

If we say "Chippendale Style Mahogany Chest of Drawers," we represent that the piece looks like the period mentioned, but it was crafted at a later date.


10. Firearms

Alderfer Auction is a Licensed Federal Firearms Dealer (FFL) located in southeastern Pennsylvania. Whether you are buying or selling firearms at Alderfer Auction you will be assured that your firearms have been processed according to the rigorous regulations established by the Federal Government. It is recommended that all Firearms be checked by a competent gunsmith before firing to ensure safe usage.


Registration Fees

A $15 per gun transaction fee will be assessed for gun registration; $10 per gun transaction fee thereafter which is in addition to the total purchase price.


Firearm Laws

All firearms are sold in accordance with Federal and Pennsylvania State Laws. All post 1898 (Modern) firearms must be registered in compliance with Federal and State Law. Purchasers of Modern firearms who are Pennsylvania residents must complete state and federal registration forms at Alderfer Auction, 501 Fairgrounds Rd., Hatfield, PA 19440, or provide a signed copy of a Federal Firearms License from a dealer that your purchase can be shipped to. FFL Dealers and out-of-state buyers must have in their possession on the day of sale, signed copies of their Federal Firearms License in order to accept same-day delivery of modern firearms. Buyers who act as agents for FFL dealers must have a letter of agency as well as a signed copy of the dealers Federal Firearms License (FFL). Internet bidders who are out-of-state buyers and FFL dealers must email or fax a current FFL license within 24 hours of the close of the sale to Alderfer Auction email at shipping@alderferauction.com. Curio & Relic FFL licenses will be accepted on auction lots indicated in the description "(C&R)”.

Curio and relic (C&R) firearms: The ATF has recognized only complete, assembled firearms as curios or relics. ATF’s classification of surplus military firearms as curios or relics has extended only to those firearms in their original military configuration. Frames or receivers of curios or relics are not generally recognized as curios or relics.

Note: As Federal and State laws are changing rapidly, Alderfer Auction will follow the latest laws, rules and mandates occurring the day the firearm or transfer of firearm ownership occurs. 

Specific State Restrictions

Auctions may contain many firearms and items that are non-compliant (not allowed) in certain States. Alderfer Auction WILL NOT ship or SELL any of these items that are prohibited in any State. We are aware of these Sates and their Laws and it is the duty of each potential bidder to make sure they are allowed to own this legally in their respective States. Alderfer Auction WILL NOT convert or make any firearm compliant to meet a certain State's requirements. Listed here are state laws restricting the sale of certain high-capacity magazines. These are STATE laws, sometimes there are COUNTY or CITY laws with stricter restrictions. It is your responsibility to be or become familiar with local gun laws.

California: We do not ship, sell, or offer for sale any magazines over 10 rounds to anyone in California or anyone using a billing address in the state of California.

D.C.: We do not ship, sell, or offer for sale any magazines over 10 rounds to anyone in the District of Columbia or anyone using a billing address for the District of Columbia.

Hawaii: We do not ship, sell, or offer for sale any magazines over 10 rounds that may fit a handgun to anyone in Hawaii or anyone using a billing address in the state of Hawaii.

Illinois: We do not ship, sell, or offer for sale any magazines over 12 rounds to anyone in Chicago, IL or anyone using a billing address in Chicago, IL. We do not ship, sell, or offer for sale any magazines over 15 rounds to anyone in Aurora, IL or anyone using a billing address in Aurora, IL.

Maryland: We do not ship, sell, or offer for sale any magazines over 20 rounds to anyone in Maryland or anyone using a billing address in the state of Maryland.

Massachusetts: We do not ship, sell, or offer for sale any magazines over 10 rounds to anyone in Massachusetts or anyone using a billing address in the state of Massachusetts.

New Jersey: We do not ship, sell, or offer for sale any magazines over 10 rounds to anyone in New Jersey or anyone using a billing address in the state of New Jersey. Firearms cannot be picked up at Alderfer Auction. All firearms must be shipped to a FFL holder in your state (including bb, pellet, black powder, and antique firearms). Assault weapons and banned firearms cannot be purchased at Alderfer Auction; find complete list per N.J.S. 2C:39 – 1.

New York: We do not ship, sell, or offer for sale any magazines over 10 rounds to anyone in New York or anyone using a billing address in the state of New York. Firearms cannot be picked up at Alderfer Auction. All firearms must be shipped to a FFL holder in your state (including black powder and antique firearms). Assault weapons and banned firearms cannot be purchased at Alderfer Auction.

Any firearms sold containing prohibited magazines as mentioned above will be shipped less the banned magazine, no refunds will be offered.

Purchasers may inspect the merchandise and are urged to do so. The Auctioneer makes no warranty as to condition and shall not be responsible for any defects in any Lot. Any used firearm should be inspected by a competent gunsmith for safety, function, and proper ammunition type/size before attempting to fire. Any description of mechanical function or condition does NOT mean the gun has been inspected or tested for firing capabilities. All goods are exposed for Public Exhibition and for Internet buyer's, condition is described in the listings.

Firearm Shipping

For firearms and CNRs please upload your FFL to alderferauction.com/services/shipping or email to shipping@alderferauction.com.

Antique firearms, please submit complete information at alderferauction.com/services/shipping or email your name, address and email to shipping@alderferauction.com.

Alderfer Auction is FFL approved and therefore all shipping, packing and insurance are handled by us. Fees must be paid in advance and the shipping cost will be applied to your credit card on file. Shipping, handling and insurance fees will be applied to each item. To economize, we will pack multiple items of similar size and type together if possible.

All firearms require insurance and a required signature.

Any winning bid outside the continental United States must make arrangements with an FFL Importer/Exporter. The bidder is responsible for all shipping costs related to Alderfer Auction and to the Importer/Exporter. Complete Third Party Release Form at: https://www.alderferauction.com/services/shipping

Packing fees:

$25 for the first long gun
$10 for each additional long gun
$11 for the first handgun
$6 fee for each additional handgun


Any winning bidder wanting to ship a firearm or firearms outside of the continental United States must make arrangements with an FFL Importer/Exporter. The bidder is responsible for all shipping costs related to Alderfer Auction requirements as stated above to the Importer/Exporter, and all costs in accordance with the Importer/Exporter in shipping the firearm(s) to said bidder.

Questions regarding shipping, handling and insurance costs or tracking of your package, please contact our shipping department at shipping@alderferauction.com.

Please allow 2 weeks for shipping from receipt of payment. You will receive an emailed tracking number once your package has shipped.


11. Historical and Militaria

Items in this auction are being sold as historical artifacts and collectibles and do not reflect the opinions of Alderfer Auction or its employees.


12. Endangered Species

Each threatened and endangered species will be assessed on a case-by-case basis as mandated by State and Federal laws. If you have questions, please call 215-393-3000.


13. Estate Sale Auctions

Alderfer Auction conducts auctions at various different onsite locations through online only timed auctions. The terms and conditions mentioned herein apply to these auctions along with the requirements below regarding merchandise pick-up.


Designated location and pick-up times are established for customers to remove their purchased items. Schedule a pick-up time via https://booking.appointy.com/alderferauction​ or call 215-393-3000. https://booking.appointy.com/alderferauction​ instructions will be included in your invoice.


NO REFUNDS will be given on purchased items that are not picked up during the designated pick-up time.



Delivery fees are additional to the total purchase price. Please call or email for delivery fees for your particular lot(s). Fees must be paid in advance by credit card. If you choose to have your item(s) delivered, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING DELIVERY ARRANGEMENTS. Please call us to arrange these services no later than 24 hours prior to the auction pick-up time.


If you are in need of your purchase being brought back to Alderfer Auction for pick-up at our facility or would like the item(s) to be delivered to your home, call or email to make delivery arrangements:


Alderfer Auction

Delivery Department

215-393-3000 office


14. Limitations of Liability

Alderfer Auction is not liable for any breach or default by the consignor of a Lot. Alderfer Auction may withdraw any item before the sale if there is doubt as to the authenticity, title, or laws restricting the sale of the item or the accuracy of the Consignor’s representations.


15. Governing Law

Pennsylvania State Law prohibits any owner from bidding on their own merchandise to enhance the value. “Bidding in” or bidding on behalf of the Consignor shall be grounds for discontinuation of the auction and a claim for any resulting damages including, but not limited to, a reasonable amount for lost commissions.


Alderfer Auction logo(s), content and photography are copyright materials that may not be copied, used or duplicated without the written consent of Corporate: Alderfer Auction, 501 Fairgrounds Rd., Hatfield, PA 19440.