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.
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.
You may then
like to view the items on offer. We have a specified viewing period in
advance of the sale (5pm - 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!
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.
If 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.
a buyer's premium of 12% (minimum of £1) 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