Buying at Auction

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There are a number of reasons for buying at auction - not least the potential of picking up an investment piece. However, those who are not regular attendees at our Cotwold based Cirencester Auction House might find the following information helpful, along with a copy of our First Time Buyers Guide First Time Buyers Guide:

Registration and Bidding

You can attend in person and you will need to register as a buyer at the salerooms or we offer Live Internet Bidding for all our sales, meaning you can bid from anywhere.

We would suggest before you buy/bid you either view the item/s in person or received images and condition reports Condition Report Form, which can also be requested by calling 01285 646050. Condition reports for lots valued £100 or over are free of charge, for lots valued under £100 there is a £10 admin fee. Condition reports are completed on a rotational basis; regrettably we cannot guarantee condition report requests received after midday the day prior to the sale will be fulfilled due to time constraints.

If you are unable to bid in person on the sale day, you may complete a bidding form either at the salerooms prior to sale or via our Online Bidding Form. This will allow you to leave your maximum bid per lot. We will then bid on your behalf, buying as cheaply as reserve prices or other bids allow or you can bid using the Internet via the Live Bidding.

We are able to offer telephone bidding facilities. You will need to speak to a member of our team (01285 646050) to confirm that a telephone is available.

We encourage you to place your commission and telephone bids as early as possible. Requests received on the morning of the sale will be considered but subject to the auction schedule may not be guaranteed.

Buyer's Premium

All lots are subject to a 20% buyer's premium plus VAT at the current level.

Artists' Resale Rights

Please also note, some paintings and works of art may be subject to an additional charge of between 0.25% & 4% plus VAT for artists' resale rights (Droite de suite) for items sold over 1000 Euros.

Before bidding we do ask you to familiarise yourself fully with our Essential Information section. This is full of useful forms and information relevant to buying at auction, including transporting goods, payment methods and terms and conditions of sale. Please be aware all goods are sold as seen.