Michael J Bowman

01626 324 071



Chudleigh Town Hall, Devon

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Michael J Bowman has been holding regular auctions at Chudleigh Town Hall since 1986, including auctions for antiques, ceramics, fine art, jewellery, militaria and collectors' items. Newton Abbot and Teignbridge are the main areas we cover, but vendors regularly consign items throughout Devon. Our weekly valuation day in Plymouth helps to cater for our Cornish client base.

Michael originates from Northumberland and left school aged 18, to join Whitley Bay firm of auctioneers, J. C. Featonby. Four years of training and professional examination culminated to admission by the old Incorporated Society of Valuers and Auctioneers (ISVA). On moving to Devon, he established auctions in Chudleigh in May 1986 and continues to hold seven selective sales each year containing specialist categories


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Terms & Conditions


TELEPHONE BIDDING is undertaken in good faith, but is entirely at the bidder's own risk. Neither the auctioneer nor his staff accept any legal  or other responsibility for failure to execute the bid due to human error or technical fault.

RESERVE PRICES may be agreed between auctioneer and vendor. Alternatively, the vendor or his agents may bid – but the vendor may not also bid if it has been agreed that the auctioneer will be effecting reserves

The auctioneer will regulate the bidding and may refuse any bid.

All lots to be at the buyer's risk from fall of the hammer.

No lots to be removed during the auction.

All lots purchased by one person will be taken as being in one contract

Any damage caused to goods or property by a bidder or other third party to be made good by that party.

BUYERS' PREMIUM – 17.5% plus VAT

VENDORS'S COMMISSION – 15% plus VAT (total 18% inclusive of VAT)

UNSOLD CHARGES – 5% plus VAT applied at the auctioneer's discretion, for instance in cases where the agreed reserves have not been adhered to by the vendor.

TREATMENT OF GEMSTONES – It has become common commercial practice to treat diamonds and coloured precious gems in order to improve their colours.  As long as the effects achieved are permanent, such treatments are considered entirely legitimate. In view of this, unless stated to the contrary, buyers should assume such treatments may possibly have been used.