Bidding In Person
If you wish to bid in person and attend a sale you will need to register first. Sales can get very busy so please allow yourself sufficient time before the sale to register as a bidder. At reception, you will be asked to fill in a registration form to give your name and address, contact numbers. Once the form is completed you will receive a card printed with your personal number for that sale only.
During the sale, simply raise your card when you wish to bid and wait for the auctioneer to acknowledge you. Other bidders may wish to bid on the same lot, they will bid against you in the same way. The auctioneer will continue taking bids from each bidder until all but one drops out. The last bidder is the successful buyer and the auctioneer indicates that the lot is sold by knocking down his hammer on the rostrum and announcing the buyer's number and hammer price.
If you are the successful buyer and do not wish to bid on any further lots you can take your lots with you once you have paid in full, a receipt is given and lots can be collected.
• Try and only bid on items you think you know and understand the pricing for.
• Don’t get carried away and stick to your maximum
• Make sure you familiarize yourself with bidding rules such as those involving reserve pricing, buyer’s premium is payable on all lots, and some lots are subject to VAT.
• If you’re unsure about an items authenticity (or provenance), as it’s known in the trade, don’t bid.
• Keep an ear out for changes to item descriptions givenby the auctioneer.
• Don’t just look for ‘old’. Modernist furniture does well these days too.
• If you are successful in buying items, remember all items have to be collected no later than noon the next day (due to our Car Auction we hold Thursday).