Why sell at auction?

Unlike via a private sale, selling at auction adds the element of competition to the price achievable for your goods. All of our auctions are photographed and available to bid on online, which means that buyers from all over the world will compete for lots, invariably pushing selling prices higher.

And why via an auction house?

A professionally qualified auctioneer and valuer will provide a realistic estimation of what to expect your items to achieve on auction day. At Anthemion, free valuations are offered every Friday between 10am and 4pm, by our principal Ryan Beach, and the session will involve guidance as to the auction process, and the most appropriate way to sell your goods.

At Anthemion we take pride in providing honest and realistic estimates, which are based on current auction selling prices, rather than optimistic speculation.

At the point that you decide you wish to sell your goods using our service; all the work in selling your items, from handling, to obtaining funds from the buyer, is handed over to us. You can also be certain that the items will be catalogued for sale with targeted and professional expertise.

How does the process work?

Once goods are consigned for auction, customers are provided with a receipt, and their goods are allocated a unique vendor reference number. Once an auction is prepared and catalogued, all vendors receive a pre-sale notification letter, which will detail their lot listings for the forthcoming sale. After the auction, a further notification is sent out with the sale results, and finally, cheques and statements are issued three to four weeks after the auction.

For more information on how the auction process works, please see our page Behind The Scenes at The Auction House.

Vendor Commission

Our sellers commission is 17.5% (plus VAT).

No unsold fees.

Unsold items

Unsold lots will be re-offered for sale at the Auctioneer’s discretion, unless Anthemion Auctions has requested the vendor to collect the lot. Re-offered lots will usually be offered at half of the original auction estimates. Any unsold lots which are not suitable to be re-offered must be collected within 10 days of the auction or a fee of £5 per lot per day will be charged for storage. Unsold lots that are not collected after 14 days will be released to a charity of our choosing.


Internet illustrations will be supplied for each lot entered for sale, and are charged at £4.00 per lot, plus VAT. This is charged on a per lot, per sale basis. All images may be displayed on our website and other websites and remain under the copyright of Anthemion Auctions at all times.

Withdrawal Fee

The fee for withdrawing items prior to the sale is 17.5% or £10.00 whichever is the greater of the lower auction estimate or reserve if higher. The vendor will also be liable to any other charges incurred in the processing of the lot.


Our haulage company can collect items for auction from anywhere in the British Isles. The charge for this is £70 per hour chargeable from the time they arrive at the property to the time they get back to the saleroom and unload. Please note, this is a minimum charge.


All items are insured at no additional charge whilst on the premises, subject to our Standard Terms and Conditions of Sale.