Buying at Auction

Buyers Premium

In common with all major auctioneers, we operate a buyers premium and all buyers must pay a premium of 20% plus V.A.T. of the hammer price - i.e 24% inclusive of V.A.T.


The catalogues for our sales are usually available around 10 days prior to any sale. Printed catalogues are available from the saleroom directly - call 01227 763337.

Online catalogues are available both on this site and also at, where you can also register to bid live during the sale itself. More on this below.

Physical viewing in person can only be permitted at the times specified - these times are:

  • Saturday immediately prior to a sale: 10am-4pm
  • Sunday immediately prior to a sale: 12pm-4pm
  • Monday immediately prior to a sale: 10am-7pm
  • Saleday mornings (Tuesdays & Wednesdays): 8.30am-10am  

All prospective buyers must register with the Clerk and obtain a bidding number and a viewing pass in order to view the smaller items on the upper gallery.

Commission Bids

Intending buyers who are unable to attend the auction may leave written commission bids with the Auctioneers, who undertake to purchase lots as cheaply as allowed by other bids and any reserves. Whilst taking every care, the Auctioneers cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions. Commission forms should be handed to the Auctioneer or Sale Clerk by 9am on the Day of Sale at latest.

Faxed/e-mail commission bids can be left with the Auctioneers at any time up until 9 a.m. on the Day of Sale. They must state the senders full address and telephone number and be signed by the intending buyer. The onus of the safe receipt of the faxed/e-mail bids rests with the bidder.

Telephone Bids

Telephone bidding will only be accepted by prior arrangement with the Auction House.

Internet Bidding

You can also bid on lots in our sales via the internet, in real time - audio is streamed live. To register for this service visit - once you have registered you can find our catalogues at Please be aware that there is a 4.95% surcharge for this service, levied on top of our buyers premium of 20% plus VAT (i.e 24% including VAT).

Should you sign up to bid online with we have the right to take payment for any lots purchased plus any buyers premium etc from the card details left with 

If you experience any difficulty signing up to this service, please contact the-saleroom directly on 020 7420 6670.

Purchased Lots

Enquiries as to whether lots have been purchased must be made on the morning after the Sale to the Office – Telephone 01227 763337 - and not while the auction is in progress.

Rate of Sale

Approximately 80-100 lots per hour. Refreshments will be available on Sale Day.


We respectfully request that all successful buyers pay for their purchases promptly and certainly within two weeks following an auction.  

Payment for purchases can only be made in cash or by cheque drawn on a British bank. Payment for purchases in excess of £50 by persons unknown to the Auctioneers can only be made on the understanding that no Lots will be handed over until the cheque has been cleared, except where a satisfactory bankers reference has already been received by us prior to the commencement of the auction.

Prospective purchasers not well known to us must supply us at least four days prior to the auction with the address of their bank, their account number, and an indication of the likely total amount of their purchases. Cheques drawn on foreign banks may be subject to a surcharge and delay in clearance.

Payment can also be made by Visa, Access, Mastercard, Eurocard. No lots may be transferred to another party and all lots will be invoiced to the person bidding, unless by prior agreement with the Auctioneer.

OVERSEAS BUYER'S - Card payment will be accepted up to £250 ONLY. Further or whole payments can be made by bank transfer. 

NEW PAYMENT TERMS FROM APRIL 2012 Due to the recent bout of fraudulent bidding in our sales, we have been forced to impose a new policy regarding payment for purchases of silver, jewellery, watch, coins and other high value items. We will now only accept payment for these items by bank transfer or by card payments or cash payments in person. With the exception of regular buyers known to us, we will no longer accept payment by card over the telephone or by cheque. This policy applies regardless of the invoice total. Thank you for your understanding.

Lots purchased online with will attract an additional charge for this service in the sum of 3% of the hammer price plus VAT at the rate imposed. 

Collection & Shipping

We are open all day on the Thursday following an auction for payment and collection and request that all lots are collected within two weeks following an auction. This is especially important for furniture purchases and we reserve the right to charge for storage of uncollected furniture lots at the rate of £5 per day after this two week threshold.

If you need your purchase sent to you, we can send some smaller goods within the UK - please contact us for a quote, or if we cannot send your purchase ourselves for our advise on companies we work with who offer this service. 

We do not offer an international shipping service and instead recommend the following companies for you to contact in order to receive quotes: 

Mail Boxes Etc, who have a branch local to us in Canterbury -

email  tel: 01227 464161.

Jentel Packing, who our customers use on a regular basis

email:  tel: 01268 776 777


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