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I recently submitted an item to a local saleroom for a sale held over a month ago. To date I have not a sale notification or any payment. Having checked on thesaleroom.com, I can see that the item did sell.

However, I am not unduly perturbed as it has been standard procedure for many years for vendors to wait often over a month for payment for items consigned for sale.

But one wonders whether the timeframe for vendor pay-outs should get a more prominent mention when commissions, insurance, photography, surcharges and VAT are cited in auctioneer fees.

Christopher Napier

Bournemouth, Dorset

PS: They may say the cheque is dead but in my experience, payment by auction houses to vendors is still often in this manner.