Selling

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.

Condition reports

Prospective bidders can request condition reports on our website.  Just register and click the link on the lot description page.  Some condition reports are pre-published and on the lot pages, with additional images as well as videos and commentary on some lots. 

A condition report is simply asking one of our specialists for their opinion on the condition, age and authenticity of an item. Many objects have restoration that is hard to detect, which will affect the object’s value. we want to give you as clear an idea as possible of what you are interested in bidding on.

It is a free service, that is emailed to you, and helps with deciding if you want to purchase the lot
Email us with your request at info@summersplaceauctions.com 
If you need a specialist to contact you via telephone, this can also be requested

Collection

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, The-Saleroom.com website and other selling platforms 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. 

Some lots maybe included in an online only sale, in which case, the above criteria will not apply, however the lead in time between deadline and the item going up for sale maybe considerably  shortened. 

The Auctions

The auctions 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.

See The Buyers Guide for more information on how the auctions works.

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.

Vendors commission

Standard sellers commission is 15% + VAT, per lot including liability for loss or damage whilst in our care. In addition a photographic charge of £25 upwards plus VAT per lot is also applicable, depending on size and value. Lower rates for collections or trade consignments are negotiable.


May we help with a valuation?

Please complete our online valuation form

Or contact the office directly on +44 (0)1403 331 331 or info@summersplaceauctions.com.