Buying at Auction
On the Day
All our auctions have viewing days during which you are welcome to browse the saleroom and inspect the ‘lots’ on offer. Take this opportunity to examine those items you are interested in. Our auction staff are also on hand to offer friendly advice.
Viewing times are Thursday 5pm-7pm, Friday 9am – 5pm, Saturday 9am – 12 noon and the morning of the auction itself.
On the day of the sale you are expected to register to bid. This involves completing a form detailing your name and contact details. You will then be allocated a bidding number (in catalogued auctions) or be simply asked to call out your name (in weekly auctions).
Having made your purchases, simply return to reception where our administration staff will take your payment and have your items brought out to you.
Telephone Bid | Commission Bid
If you are unable to attend the auction but would still like to bid, you may request a telephone bid or leave a commission bid. Click here to download the Commission Bidding Slip. The latter is an instruction for the auctioneer to bid on your behalf up to a limit set by you. Commission bids may be placed by telephone or email. Please speak to our office in order to have this process explained in greater detail if required.
Packing and Postage Service
We are happy to provide a packing and postage service ‘in-house’ and for a reasonable rate. All items are carefully parcelled and sent via the most appropriate postal service. This service is available for both national and international buyers so please bid with confidence.
Selling through H&H Auction Rooms
This step by step guide is designed to help answer any questions you might have about how to sell your items through our auction rooms.
First things first, you do not need a professional valuation in order to sell through our saleroom. We accept items without prior arrangement on Tuesday-Thursday 9-5 for consignment to the next suitable auction. Items left in our care are carefully checked as part of this service, so nothing is missed. Anything we deem suitable for a fine antique auction is selected and we contact the sellers individually.
However, should you wish to have your item specifically valued, then the following options are here for you:
- You can email a description and an image
- Complete our simple online form and submit to us
- You can post a description and photograph – click here for our address
- You can bring in your property for valuation – simply call 01228 406320 to arrange an appointment
Transporting Your Items to our Auction Centre
Should you require assistance getting your items to our auction rooms, we will advise you on the most appropriate means of delivery. We are happy to organise carriage on your behalf.
Keeping You Informed
With regard to your lots consigned to our catalogued auctions, we will write to you approximately one week prior to the auction giving you full sale details and descriptions of your entries.
Marketing Your Lots
We take pride in the quality and accuracy of our cataloguing. Our catalogue is posted and emailed to thousands of specialist buyers worldwide and is also marketed online via leading auction websites designed to bring auctioneers and buyers together.
You are welcome to attend the auction, though it is not a requirement. The event is open to public viewing prior to the auction itself. On the day of the sale, buyers are able to bid in person or by telephone, with others leaving absentee commission bids.
When You Can Expect Payment
After your goods have sold successfully, a sale result notification and payment will usually be posted to you within 14 days of the auction.
Terms and Conditions of Acceptance
All charges are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate.
The VAT Margin Scheme allows the Auctioneers to sell items without VAT on the Hammer Price. Under this scheme the commission will be shown inclusive of VAT and is not recoverable by the Seller. Books are currently zero-rated therefore there is no VAT on either the Hammer Price or commission.
Goods that are subject to VAT on the Hammer Price are indicated by a symbol Å
There is a standard lotting fee of £1 per lot in weekly auctions and £2 per lot in catalogued auctions.
Seller’s commission is charged on the Hammer Price of individual lots at the following rates:
15% above £500
20% up to £500
The minimum total charge per lot offered for sale is £2.00
The entry fee for Classic Cars, Motorcycles and Personal Registration Numbers is £50.00 per lot.
Safety, Suitability for Sale, Appliance Testing
Goods for sale should be in working order, hygienic and comply with current Health and Safety regulations.
Mains powered electrical appliances are subject to a Portable Appliance Test fee of £3 per item. Gas cookers are subject to a CORGI Pressure and Safety Test fee of £15.00 per item.
Goods that fail these safety tests, that do not comply with current statutory regulations for sale, or considered to be of little or no commercial value, will be disposed of without further reference to the Seller, and at their expense.
Assistance with packing and transport can be arranged via our usual carriers at a pre-arranged hourly rate.
The Auctioneers reserve the right to charge £1.00 per lot per day storage fee on uncollected lots after notification, and to subsequently sell these items at their discretion to cover expenses.