at auction can be an intimidating experience to those who are not familiar
with the process. However, there is nothing to worry about. We have put
together a few helpful hints for auction novices.
We operate a `Bidding Card` system. When you arrive you will need to attend
the office / desk and complete a buyer's registration form when you will
then be given a bidding number. If you are likely to be coming to the
auction regularly you can probably keep the same number.
may then like to view the items on offer. We have a specified viewing
period in advance of the sale (4.30pm - 6.15pm) when you can inspect the
items and even handle them. Make sure you check the items in which you
are interested to ensure that they suit your requirements and then decide
what you are prepared to pay for them. Auction regulars will tell you
that it is essential to decide your 'limit' before buying to avoid getting
carried away once you are bidding!
Decide whether you wish to bid yourself or whether you would like us to
bid for you. Remember, you do not even need to attend the auction to buy
- you can fill in one of our commission bid forms with the maximum you
are prepared to pay and we will bid for the item for you up to that amount
(we will buy it as cheaply as we can subject to reserves and other bidders).
If you have decided to bid for yourself, do not be concerned that the
auctioneer will mistake a sneeze or a wave as a bid - he will know if
you are making a genuine bid and will always check if there is any doubt!
When your item is offered it will be "shown" by one of our porters. The
auctioneer will usually begin the bidding at a relatively low price, raising
the price by increments as he receives bids. When you bid, raise your
hand or card to bid. Repeat until you reach your self-imposed 'limit.'
The successful buyer is the one whose bid stands when the auctioneer taps
his gavel on the rostrum. The best way to learn the art of successful
bidding is to attend a sale and observe other people.
you are successful, show the auctioneer your bidder card number. He will
make a note of the price and your bidding number that is then sent to
the desk for processing. On giving your bidding number at the desk, your
bill will be prepared, and after payment you may present your receipt
to one of our porters who will fetch the item(s) for you.
Please remember a buyer's premium of 12% (minimum of £1.20) plus a 50p
admin fee is payable on each lot. If you have any queries about buying
at auction please do not hesitate to speak to any of our staff, either
at the auction or by telephone.