How to buy
You can buy at our auctions in a number of different ways:
- Bid in the saleroom
To bid in the saleroom you need to register your details in advance of the auction, this can
be done at the front desk where we will then give you a paddle number to bid with. When you
wish to bid on a lot, simply raise your paddle and catch the auctioneer’s attention.
- Leave a commission bid
You can leave us a commission bid over the phone, via email or fill out a form in person. Simply
state the maximum price you would like to pay for a lot and we will purchase it for you for
the lowest possible price whilst taking the reserve price and other bids into account.
- Bid over the telephone
Book a telephone line before the sale stating what lots you would like to bid for over the
phone and we will call you when the lot you are interested in is coming up, then you can decide
when to bid by speaking to someone over the phone whilst the auction is in progress.
- Online bidding
Register at the-saleroom.com to bid online live as the sale is taking place. You can also watch
and hear the auction online. Please be aware that bidding online costs an extra 3% plus VAT
of the final selling price.
If you cannot view the sale, please don’t hesitate to ask for further images or a condition
report. Contact the relevant saleroom for further information.
Each lot is subject to commission on the hammer price of 20% plus VAT – a total of 24%. For
Hammer price - £100
Commission – 20% of £100 = £20
VAT – 20% of £20 = £4
Total price - £124
We accept a number of different payment methods, debit card, credit card (there is an additional
2.2% charge plus VAT for this service), cheque, bank transfer or cash. If you wish to bid from
overseas we will require card details and a scan of a passport or ID card as proof of identity
prior to the auction.
It is your responsibility to arrange collection of your purchases within one week of the sale.
We do offer postage where possible with small items from our Abingdon and Oxford salerooms
– please enquire at time of payment.
larger items, please contact the following:
Oxford - Mailboxes or Pack
Abingdon - Pack
and Send or Mailboxes
Cheltenham - Mailboxes
How to sell
There is a simple process to go through if you’d like to sell your item at auction:
for a free valuation of your item (see below for how to do this)
- If we feel the item is suitable
for sale we will advise which sale would be best for it and arrange for the item to come to
the appropriate saleroom
- If appropriate we will agree a reserve price with you before the
- You will receive a catalogue and a sale notification prior to the sale, usually a week
- Your item will be entered into auction, if it sells then you will receive a cheque within 18
working days provided we have received payment
- If your item is unsold there is no charge unless under special circumstances
We offer a free valuation service for your items - you can arrange this in one of
- Send details and an image to relevant saleroom via email and one of our specialists
will get back to you
- Bring the item in to one of our three salerooms
- Arrange for one
of our valuers to come out to visit you, a spoken informal valuation is free of charge and
you can simply give us a call and we can arrange this for you.
Vendors Commission Rates – 15% on the first £3,000, 10% thereafter per lot
Loss and Damage Warranty – 1.5% of the hammer price
Lotting and Internet fee - £5 per lot sold
Illustration charges including web illustration - £10 per lot sold
For example – your lot sells for £100 and was illustrated in the catalogue.
Our fees would be:
15% commission - £15
1.5% insurance charge - £1.50
Lotting fee - £5
Photography charge - £10
VAT at the prevailing rate is applicable to all charges
Total charge of £37.80, you will receive a cheque for £62.20
For our full terms and
conditions click here