Auction Selling Guide

General Sales

Our General Sales consist of approximately 2000 lots and are held fortnightly throughout the year. Entries into these sales range from furniture in need of restoration to modern and contemporary household furniture and effects, garden equipment, plants, ceramics, glassware, pictures, collectibles, jewellery, silver and antique furniture and effects.

Accepting Items for General Sales

We alternate our valuation and acceptance days each week as follows:

During the week of the sale:

  • Monday 9am until 5pm
  • Tuesday 9am until 5pm

Non-sale week:

  • Wednesday 9am until 5pm
  • Thursday 9am until 5pm

Please confirm by telephone if you would like to bring items in at any other times.

We do not accept:

  • Furniture which does not comply with the 1988 trading standards fire regulations
  • Gas appliances
  • Refridgerators

After The General Sale

Please make yourself aware of what will happen depending on whether your goods are sold or unsold.

Sold Goods

Payment will be sent to you 30 days after the sale when all purchase payments have been cleared. If you wish to know your results please telephone the office on the Tuesday after the sale and state your vendor number.

Unsold Goods

An unsold notification will be sent to you the Monday after the sale stating which lots are unsold, if any, and suggesting what will happen next. Most goods will be entered for two sales after which you will be advised that they are to either be collected or will be disposed of.

Fine Art Sales

Our Fine Art Sales consist of between 400 and 800 lots and are held periodically during the year. Entries consist of antique furniture, ceramics, glassware, metalware, treen, objets d’art, carpets, clocks, silver, pictures and other various antique collectibles of particular interest or quality.

Accepting Items for Fine Art Sales

Goods are accepted up to 21 days prior to the sale. Items are accepted into the Fine Art Sales at the Auctioneers sole discretion.

Advice on Reserves

We can advise reserve prices as required upon entry into the sale. This is a free service.

After The Fine Art Sale

Sold goods – payment will be sent to you 30 days after the sale when all purchase payments have been cleared. If you wish to know your results please contact the office and state your vendor number.

Unsold goods – an unsold notification will be sent to you the Monday after the sale stating which lots are unsold, if any, and suggesting what will happen next.

Charges

  • (a) Commission rates on each lot sold:
  • Up to £500 15%
  • £501 to £5000 12%
  • £5001 & Over 10%

MINIMUM COMMISSION is charged at the rate of £4.25 on each lot sold or 15% whichever is the greater. For Fine Art Sales there is a minimum commission of £5 per lot.

(b) GENERAL SALES: All lots attract a charge of £4.25 each time they are offered for sale whether sold or unsold. There is also an entry fee of 50pence per lot and the minimum insurance charge per lot is 60pence. The minimum charge per lot for each sale amounts to £6.42 inclusive of VAT.

FINE ART SALES: All lots attract a charge of £5 each time they are offered for sale whether sold or unsold. There is also an entry fee of 50pence per lot and the minimum insurance charge per lot is 60pence. The minimum charge per lot for each sale amounts to £7.32 inclusive of VAT

(c) LOSS AND DAMAGE WARRANTY

  • On items SOLD - 60p on each lot sold at £60 or less and at 1% thereafter
  • On items UNSOLD
  • (without reserve) - 60p on each lot
  • (with reserve) - 60p on each lot up to £60 – with a maximum of £2

(d) SURCHARGE—sold or unsold - In the sale of three piece suites and pianos, or any other lot of exceptional size or weight, a discretionary surcharge of £10 per lot will be made if the sale price does not exceed £150.00.

(e) VAT at the current rate i.e. 20% is levied on all charges.

(f) DEFAULT – the Auctioneers disclaim responsibility for default by either the buyer or the vendor because they act as agents for the vendor only and therefore do not pay out to the vendor until payment is received from the buyer. Instructions given by telephone are accepted at the sender’s risk and must be confirmed in writing forthwith and be received at the office at least one day prior to sale.

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