A Guide To Buying or Selling at Auction

We've put together this guide to buying and selling at auction to give you some tips on the auction process, including how to make a bid if you are thinking of buying, and how to seek out a valuation for antiques and collectable items you wish to sell at auction. Call us on 01782 638100 if you need help or advice.

Tips on Buying at Auction

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

Previewing items before a sale

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.

Bidding at auction

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

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

Attending an auction 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.

Buyer's Premium

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

Tips On 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