Sealed Bid Auctions

Our sealed bid auctions normally close at 4.00pm on the day after the live auction, but are on view at the same time and are included in the same catalogue with an illustration, description and estimate. Clients wishing to leave bids should do so in writing or by emailing a signed scanned page detailing lot numbers, brief description and the bid(s) which they wish to leave. All clients should also have registered with us beforehand and provided photographic identification.

Sealed bids, when placed by telephone, are accepted only at the caller's risk and must be confirmed by letter or e-mail to You can also e-mail the completed sealed bid form to

How It Works

Sealed Bids can be left by filling in the bidding slip found in your catalogue or on the website. If you are sending your bidding slip to Summers Place Auctions by post, please mark the envelope “Sealed Bid” so that we know it contains a sealed bid and do not open it accidentally. Bids may also be sent by e-mail. If you choose to send the bid electronically, please e-mail This is a closed mailbox and will not be opened before the advertised time. However, we strongly recommend that if you have not viewed the sale in person, that you ask for condition reports on any lots you are thinking of leaving bids on prior to submitting your bids.

An auction price is made up of different components:

  • The winning bid is called the “hammer” price;
  • A commission, which is in addition to the “hammer price”, is payable to the auctioneers. This is known as the buyer’s premium, on which VAT is also payable.
  • Lots marked with ▲ are subject to Artists Resale Right (ARR), which is 4% of the “hammer price”. All lots that have additional VAT are clearly marked in the catalogue with a †.