To bid in person at the saleroom, please register with us before your lot comes up by filling in and submitting a buyer registration form at our reception area. We will open an account for you and hand you a bidding number for the current auction – this will change at every sale.
If you can’t be at the auction, our auctioneers will bid on your behalf and attempt to purchase the lot for you at the lowest price, allowing for other bids and any reserve price, up to your maximum bid. Absentee bids can be left in person at our saleroom, emailed directly to us at email@example.com (please ensure that you supply us with your full name, postal address, email address, and contact numbers to enable us to register your bids) or via our website. We will always confirm your bids by email, so please contact us if you do not receive this.
Absentee bids can be left up to half an hour before the start of any sale. Please note when we receive two or more absentee bids for the same lot at the same bid amount, we will prioritise the first bid received.
For telephone bids, we will contact you a few lots before your item comes up for sale, and a member of our saleroom staff will bid live with you over the phone. All requests for telephone bidding must be made by email before the start of each sale day and must include your full details as per the Absentee Bidding section..
If you would like to leave a commission bid on our website you can do so up until 9am on each auction day. Leaving a commission bid through our website is free for all registered clients.
We offer live internet bidding via the largest online bidding platform in the UK the-saleroom.com. Please register directly with them at www.the-saleroom.com in advance of the sale to be sure that your account is approved in time.
We highly recommend that potential bidders request information on a lot before placing a bid. If you are unable to view a lot in person you may request a condition report and/or additional images of a lot. If you would like a report on the condition of your lot(s) you can request one by clicking ‘Please be aware that we receive a large volume of requests for additional information prior to an auction, we work hard to reply to all enquiries quickly but may not be able to provide a full report until the last few days before the auction.
All purchases are subject to a buyer’s premium of 18% plus VAT. When you successfully bid on any lot, the price you pay will be your winning bid plus the buyer’s premium.
Payment is accepted by cash, bank transfer, credit or debit card. We accept cash to an upper limit of 10,000 euros equivalent. Credit and debit card payments are accepted in person or via the-saleroom.com payment request only, ie not over the telephone. We will only release goods to a third party upon receipt of identification and authority from the purchaser.
Payment and Collection
All lots must be paid for and collected by 5pm on the Thursday immediately after each auction. Please take this into account before bidding