Buying or Selling at Auction

Buying at Auction

If you are interested in, and are considering bidding for, one or more items, then please note the following:


If you wish to view items before a sale, you can attend at any time during the view dates/times advertised (this is generally one or two days before the sale and then a couple of hours prior to the sale). If you are unable to make viewing, you can request condition reports and photos. Most photos are shown in the catalogue and on the website.

We check items before they go into auctions and produce descriptions which we believe are accurate. This a quick check and neither the check nor the description comes with a guarantee. If you are interested in an item, you should either come and view it for yourself or request a condition report. If you do neither of these but win the item, we cannot provide a refund.


There are a number of different methods for submitting bids. These include:

  • Making a commissioned bid - more details
  • Telephone bids
  • Bidding online via - visit
  • Bidding online via Easy Live Auction - visit 
  • Attending in person.

Attending in person

If you attend the auction in person and are intending to bid, you must first go to the main office and register (before you start bidding). If you have not registered, your bids will not be accepted. Upon registering, you will be handed a numbered card which will identify you when bidding.

If you win an item, you can go to the main office any time after winning (but allow 5 mins after winning) to pay for and collect your item. If you are bidding for a number of items, you may prefer to wait until the last one you are interested in has gone before going to pay and collect.

Buyers Premium

Buyer's Premium will be added to the hammer price of each lot that you purchase. This is currently 20% plus VAT.

Selling at Auction

If you would like to sell an item or collection please contact our office on 01782 638100 to
discuss our services and commission rates. Entries have to be in at least five weeks prior to
the Auction to allow for lotting up, photographs and advertising of the Sale. For large
collections we offer a free professional collection service anywhere in the UK.

One of our experts will give you advice on estimates and reserves and a receipt of the items
you leave with us. Prior to the sale you will receive a pre sale advice note and catalogue of
the Sale.

Three to four weeks after the Auction we send you a cheque payment and a statement of your items that have sold. Should some of your items not sell you have the option of having them back
or entering them into the next relevant Auction.

Each Auction is exceptionally well advertised in all the relevant publications and websites
both nationally and internationally. So together with our reputation as experts in our field your
collectables are in the right hands to prove their highest potential.

IF YOU REQUIRE FURTHER INFORMATION Contact our Auction office on 01782 638100