Auction Buying Guide

Buying Catalogues

Catalogues are available for purchase either the Friday prior to the sale or 7 days prior to the sale depending on the auction type

  • General Sales - £2 - available Friday prior to sale
  • Fine Art Sales - £5 - available 7 days prior to sale

Buyer Numbers

Buyer numbers are available on the day of the sale from the time the auction rooms open, you can register for a number until the end of the sale. In order to receive a buyer number all you have to supply us with is your name, address, postcode and telephone number.

You have to register for a new buyer number each time you attend a sale. There is no fee for registering.

First Time Buyers

Once you have obtained your buyer number you can bid on any lot in the sale. If you have never bid at auction before then it is advisable to watch the auctioneer for a few lots before your lot comes up so that you understand how the bidding progresses.

Do not be afraid to be bold in your bid and join the bidding early on so the auctioneer can establish your interest. If you think the auctioneer has not seen you then call out for his attention. If he misses your bid then you miss your lot.

Pre-Sale Bids

If you wish to bid in the sale but cannot attend the sale or do not wish to bid for yourself then we are happy to bid on your behalf with a pre-sale bid. Either complete one of our pre-sale bid cards and leave it at the office, or email us at in good time before the commencement of the sale.

It is advisable to double check the lot numbers and the descriptions you have written down so that you leave bids on the correct lots. We will bid on your behalf as if you were in the saleroom, we will attempt to get you your lot for the lowest price possible.

Fine Art Sales

In addition to the above we can accept telephone bids which must be booked in advance with the auction office.

Buyers Premum

A 17.5% buyers premium operates, in addition to which VAT is applicable.

Accepted Payment Types

We accept a wide range of payment methods on the day, these include:

  • Cash
  • Debit card
  • Credit card - please note that we only accept credit cards with the chip and pin device.
  • Bank transfer
  • Unfortunately we do not accept American Express.

Items can be paid for on the day of the sale or at time of collection.

Collections of Purchases (as soon as possible please)

Lots are available for collection throughout the sale. Present your buyer number at the office and you will be given an invoice, once this is paid in full your item is available for collection. Return to the saleroom point of collection and obtain a porter to collect your lots. ALL PURCHASES MUST BE COLLECTED WITHIN 7 DAYS.

Fine Art Sale Collections

  • Day of sale till 5pm
  • Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday following the sale 9am till 5pm
  • If you would like any alternative collection or transportation arrangements please consult with the auction office.

General Sale Collections

  • Day of sale till
  • Sunday following the sale 9.30am until 11.30am prompt
  • Monday - Friday following the sale 9am until 5pm

Please Note

All purchasers must satisfy themselves as to the content and condition of every lot prior to purchase. The auctioneers offer no guarantee whatsoever. All goods are sold in accordance with national conditions of sale applying at the time of auction. As displayed.

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