A guide to selling at auction

Selling at auction is a simple step-by-step procedure. Our teams of specialists are on hand to guide you through the process with professionalism and transparency. We offer free Auction Valuation Days at all of our locations and if required can visit you in the comfort of your own home.

Please click the links for more information on Private Treaty or Single Owner Collection sales.

Estimating Auction Value

The first stage is to contact a specialist who will assign a value to your item(s) and advise on the next appropriate auction to enter the property. Our specialists are fully trained and can provide well researched and comprehensive auction estimates on items from any number of disciplines.

To begin the process and request a valuation, please click here.

The Selling Process

Once you have received your valuation and have decided to proceed, you will sign a receipt form with the specialist who is looking after you, which in turn will form your contract. Your item(s) will then be left at one of our salerooms for cataloguing.

A month before the auction is due to take place, you will receive a pre-sales advice notice which will inform you of the auction title, date and time in which your item(s) will appear. If you have any questions or issues during this process, please do not hesitate to contact the relevant saleroom. Details can be found by clicking here.

Your contract will outline the agreed fees and payment timeframe. Please see our Terms and Conditions for more details.

Fees & Charges

When selling at auction you are assured of your works of art and possessions being presented to the widest possible international audience. We pride ourselves on fielding the broadest range of specialists and experts in any number of art, antiques and collecting fields, thereby ensuring fulsome and both technically and academically comprehensive descriptions. Together with appropriately detailed photographic illustrations and further condition reporting to prospective buyers, our services are comprehensive and geared primarily to achieving the best possible hammer price for all consigned items.

Our general fee structure is straightforward and easy to understand with no additional or hidden charges:

Vendor Commission: 15% of the hammer price, including all research, lot entry and cataloguing services.

Loss and Damage Warranty: 1.5% of the hammer price, which can be waived on presentation to us of evidence that items are 3rd party insured together with appropriate indemnities against our liability whilst in our possession.

Illustration Charges: From £10-110 per lot, depending on whether for Internet only or printed catalogue use. There is a £10 minimum charge in the event of an ‘Internet only’ image