Bidder Registration Form for Minerva’s Owls Auction, 17 October 2018, Apex Hotel, Bath. NB Absentee and Telephone Bidders please use the Absentee Bidding Form
By submitting this form you agree that you have seen the owls for sale and have read and understood our conditions of sale and wish to be bound by them and agree to pay the VAT and any other charges mentioned in the notice to bidders. This affects your legal rights.
This sale will be regulated by these Conditions. You should read the Conditions in conjunction with the Sale Information relating to this Sale which sets out the charges payable by you on the purchases you make and other terms relating to the bidding and buying at the Sale. You should ask any questions you have about the Conditions before signing this form. These Conditions also contain certain undertakings by bidders and buyers and limit Minerva’s Owls of Bath CIC’s liability to bidders and buyers.
Credit and Debit Card Payments There is no surcharge for payments made by debit cards issued by a UK bank. All other debit cards and all credit cards are subject to a 2% surcharge on the total invoice paid.
Additional VAT Bonhams has kindly waived their 25% buyer’s premium, however VAT of 20% is payable on the hammer price of all lots. Buyers will be issued with a VAT receipt.
Notice to Absentee and Telephone Bidders Clients are requested to provide photographic proof of ID – passport, driving licence, ID card, together with proof of address – utility bill, bank or credit card statement etc. Please use the Absentee Bidding Form
“It was with sheer delight that I rounded a corner on my first ever visit to … where they were filming Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and saw a line of big, grey, fluffy, bewildered-looking owls blinking back at me.” JK Rowling
Little Owls were introduced into Britain from Europe during the late 1880s to control garden pests.
There are thought to be 5,700 pairs in the UK.
Owls do not have spherical eyes, they have tube eyes (providing better depth perception and allowing them to see prey from great distances. Their close vision is not as clear.)
A Little Owl with an olive branch appeared on a Greek silver tetradrachm coin from 500 BC and a 5th Century BC bronze statue of the Greek goddess of wisdom, Athena, shows her holding a Little Owl.
Little Owls have decreased by 70% over the last 20 years. The UK Little Owl Project is working to protect them and is based in Bath.
In 2008 the King Bladud’s Pigs auction raised over £200,000 for charity and 16,000 pig fans came to say their ‘final farewells’.
My pet owl will soon turn 180.
He’s not old, he just has a bad neck. (Hoot!)
Little Owls love sunbathing! You can spot them basking in sunshine on their favourite perches during the winter months in parks and rural villages. On a sunny day, look out for Little Owls on barn roofs, poles and fence posts.
You can find Little Owls in a range of habitats including quarries, villages, orchards, parkland, liveries and on lowland farmland. They prefer semi-open habitat and avoid woodland. Read Emily’s Little Owl Spotter’s Guide here.
The Little Owl has a large global range and is found in 84 countries (much of Europe, Asia east to Korea, North Africa, and the Middle East).