How To Buy At Auction

 

1. BROWSING

Browsing our catalogues is a great way to discover more about what’s coming up in future sales; alternatively check the website where it’s possible to see all lots. Of course, once the sale is on view you may visit our salerooms to view property in person.

DESCRIPTIONS

Cover basic catalogue information such as size, date or age, medium, attribution, quantity and so on

ESTIMATES

Are given for all lots and can be based on prices recently paid at auction for comparable property. They can take into account rarity, condition, quality and provenance. The reserve is the price below which a lot will not sell. Since it is confidential it is not published in the catalogue. The reserve will never exceed the low estimate.

TALK TO OUR SPECIALISTS

Who will always be happy to discuss the lot in greater detail. Their contact information is located in the front of the sale catalogue.

CONDITION REPORTS

Are available upon request. These supplement the catalogue description and provide guidance on a lot’s condition.

VIEW THE LOT PERSONALLY

We would always recommend coming to the Saleroom and looking at a lot for yourself, especially in the case of more valuable items.

SYMBOLS

Next to the lot number can indicate a variety of things specific to the local saleroom. There is a key to symbols in the back of every catalogue.

 

2. BIDDING

There are four ways to buy offering you convenience and flexibility whether you are able to attend the auction in person or not. All of the following services are free:

IN THE SALEROOM

You will experience the buzz, drama and fun of bidding in a live auction. To bid in person just arrive in time to register. If you haven’t bid with us before you’ll need to bring some form of identification such as a driver’s license or passport.

LIVE ONLINE

Our online bidding service allows you to see and hear the auction in progress giving you a real time link into the saleroom direct from your PC. All you have to do is click to bid wherever you are.

TELEPHONE BIDDING

Enables you to talk directly to a staff member in the auction itself who will relay progress back to you and, on your instruction, bid on your behalf.

To organize a telephone bid ask the Bids Office on your visit to the Saleroom or call the local Bids Office.

WRITTEN BIDS

Are a great option if you cannot attend the auction or are not available to participate either online or via telephone. You can submit absentee bids online, by fax, or by completing the written bid form at the back of any auction catalogue.

To find out more about written bids and how to place them, please contact your local Bids Office.

 

3. PAYING & TAKING IT HOME

Once you have paid for your lot you can take it home or arrange for it to be delivered. Keep in mind that some items are moved to an offsite warehouse after the sale, and storage charges can apply.

HOW MUCH YOU WILL PAY

Buyers pay the purchase price (hammer price plus buyer’s premium on each lot – 25% of the first £25,000, 20% of any amount between £25,001 and £500,000, plus 12% of any amount in excess of £500,000) together with any applicable sales or use taxes such as VAT. Please contact your local Cashiers Department for more information about how to pay for your property.

STORAGE

Storage and handling charges will begin to accrue if property is uncollected; please refer to your registration materials or to the auction catalogue for more information about collection and storage. You may also contact your local Cashiers Department before collection to confirm the location of your property and any outstanding fees.

DELIVERY

We can help you with all your transport requirements whether local deliveries or international freight. Please call the Art Transport Department for assistance with shipping.