Buying with us

Live Auctions
Our Live Auctions take place on Tuesdays. Auction Lots are available to view from the Sunday preceding the auction. Viewing prior to this may be possible by private appointment.

The auction takes place in our purpose built gallery and saleroom with each lot displayed on a plasma screen as it is sold. Prospective purchasers are encouraged to attend the sale and must register their details with us beforehand.

Bidding is by numbered paddle.

For a live bidding form please click here.

Bidding in Person
To bid at auction you must register with us to obtain a bidding number and provide photographic ID. Before the auction, fill in the form at the registration desk, provide proof of identity, and you may be given a paddle showing your bidding number. This paddle should be used for bidding. The auctioneer will note this number when you purchase a lot.

Auction speeds vary, and generally average between 50 and 120 lots per hour. The auctioneer will commence and advance the bidding at levels and in increments he considers appropriate (generally in increments of approximately 10% of the previous bid) and is entitled to place a bid or series of bids on behalf of the seller up to the reserve on the lots, without indicating he is doing so and whether or not other bids are placed. Please note Conditions 5 and 6 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers contain additional information on bidding.

Absentee Bids
If you cannot attend the auction we will be happy to execute written bids on your behalf, so long as you have registered your details with us beforehand. A bidding form may be downloaded by clicking here. A bidding form is also printed in the back of the catalogue. This service is confidential. Lots will always be bought as cheaply as is consistent with other bids, the reserves and other commission bids. To avoid confusion, the sale date, lot number and a brief description should be filled in and signed. Commission bids by email without a signature will not be accepted. In the event of identical bids, the earliest received will take precedence. Always indicate a top limit, i.e. the highest price you would bid if you were attending the auction. Don't forget that buyers premium and any VAT applicable will also be added onto your bid if you are successful. "Buy" and unlimited bids will not be accepted. Please refer to our conditions of business for buyers, which is also printed in the back of our catalogues. To ensure a satisfactory service please ensure that we receive your bids at least 24 hours beforehand. The fax number for absentee bids is 00 44 (0)1403 331340.

Telephone Bids
If you cannot attend the auction, it is usually possible to bid on the telephone on lots with a minimum low estimate of £1,000. You will need to have registered your details with us 5 days before the auction. As the number of telephones is limited, it is necessary to make arrangements on which lots you wish to bid on, at least 24 hours before the sale. We also suggest that you leave a maximum bid which we can execute on your behalf in the event we are unable to reach you by telephone. Please refer to our conditions of business for buyers, which is also printed in the back of our catalogues.

Bidding with
If you cannot attend the auction, you might also choose to bid using Using this service will incur an additional charge in the sum of 3% of the hammer price plus VAT at the rate imposed.