Valuations for sale and information for Sellers

Valuations for the purposes of Sale by Auction are undertaken free of charge, be it a single item or entire collections. In the first instance, telephone us +44 (0)1403 331331, email, or post photographs with details of size, condition and material together with any provenance to The Walled Garden, Stane Street, Billingshurst, West Sussex RH14 9AB. Alternatively please see our Valuations tab for further instructions. If you live locally and want to bring pieces in for valuation, just ring us to make an appointment. Alternatively, if we can’t provide an indication of values from photographs, we can arrange a free home visit.

We have an extensive network of national and international carriers and are happy to get transport quotations for collection. In some instances we are happy to settle the transport bill and deduct it from sale proceeds once we have sold your lots.

The saleroom estimate and reserve price
An auction valuation is an estimate usually given as a price range, e.g. £800-1200.This is the range in which our specialist believes the item will sell at auction. It is based upon a range of factors, including past auction results for similar items and market trends. All lots offered for sale with us have a reserve price below which they cannot be sold, unless by agreement with you. In the event of a lot failing to find a buyer, we will recommend either offering it in another of our sales with a lower estimate and reserve, or you have the option of having it back. Since many of the garden pieces we offer are large and involve cost to move, we recognise that it may be both impractical and financially unviable for owners to have their goods returned to them. In these instances we can arrange to have lots transported to another local auction house (with no transport cost to you).

The catalogue
Your lots will be fully described and photographed in the catalogue as well as on our website and website, ensuring the widest possible exposure to both British and International clients.

Given the specialist nature of many of the lots we handle, we may need to do further research and many of the lots will also have academic footnotes giving further information on the lot. As the global leaders in the fields of garden statuary and natural history, our catalogues are widely read by clients and institutions around the world. Since over 50% of our buyers are from overseas, the catalogue is published around a month before the sale. You will be sent a complimentary catalogue with an email/letter sent separately highlighting your lots.

The Auction
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. As a seller, we are also always happy to welcome you during viewing days where you can see your lots displayed in our landscaped grounds or gallery.

After the auction
After the auction, we will email/post you the results of your lots.  Although we normally pay out the proceeds of sold and paid for lots 35 days after the sale, we are happy to remit the proceeds minus selling charges as soon as we can after we’ve been paid. The quickest means is by bank transfer and we will ask you for your account details before the auction. Alternatively we can issue a cheque.