Buying at Auction

Condition reports and digital images:

Condition reports and images can be supplied up to 24 hours before the commencement of the auction. These are provided on any item in the auction and emailed free of charge.


Bids can be made in person, by leaving a commission bid in person, online or over the telephone.

If you wish to leave a bid we will require the potential bidder to register with their full name, address, telephone number and credit card details for security purposes. Each bidder is given a paddle bidding number which ensures confidentiality.

Commission Bids:

If you are unable to attend the auction you can leave a commission bid. These can be handed into reception, faxed or emailed. You can download a commission bid form here

Telephone Bidders

We are able to take up to three telephone lines per lot for those that are unable to attend the auction and do not wish to leave a commission bid. Arrangements for this service must be made at least 24 hours before the sale and will only be accepted on lots estimated at £100 or more. A member of staff will call you approximately five lots prior to your lot being offered.


Real-time video and audio brings the excitement of the saleroom right to your computer, so you can bid from the comfort of your own home, or from anywhere in the world. There is an additional charge of 3% plus VAT for this facility on top of the buyers premium. Please register with

Buyers Premium

All purchases are subject to a buyer’s premium of 17.5% plus VAT.

Artists Resale Rights

From February 14th 2006 auctioneers are required to collect a Royalty payment for all works of art being sold on behalf of a living or a deceased artist (who have been deceased for less than 70 years). It entitles artists to a resale royalty each time their art work is sold by an Auction House, gallery or Dealer. The Artist Resale Rights becomes payable for a hammer price of more than the UK equivalent of €1,000 (the sterling equivalent will alter in line with the exchange rate on the day of sale).

The royalty charge will be added to the purchase invoice and must be paid in full before the item can be removed. All royalties are paid to the appropriate collecting agency by the auctioneers, and no handling or administration charges will be applied by the auctioneers.

The royalty charges are 4% of the hammer price from €1,000 – €50,000, a sliding rate will apply above €50,000. For a complete list of the royalty charges visit, there is no VAT on the royalty charge.

Please click here for further information on Artist Resale Rights.