Buying and Selling at Auction

At Henry Adams, we make the entire process of buying and selling at auction as easy and as flexible as possible, both for the regular experienced buyer and for the first time or novice buyer.

Condition Reports

We will provide a condition report and/or image for potential buyers unable to attend the saleroom in person. This gives details of wear and damage but a written report is no substitute for viewing the object in person, something we strongly advise everyone to do. The report is our opinion ... Read More

Attending a Sale in Person

If you are intending to bid on an item, the first thing you need to do when you arrive is register at the Auction Office in order to collect a bidding number. This should be done either before the start of the sale or in good time before the item you are interested in comes up for sale... Read More

Absentee (Commission) Bids

Henry Adams will be pleased to execute bids on your behalf if you are unable to attend the sale in person. Buyers are advised to check on the.. Read More

Telephone Bidding

If you are unable to attend, we will be pleased to facilitate telephone bids on those lots with a minimum published estimate of £500. Since lines are limited, please make arrangements for this service well in advance. Telephone bids are accepted on a ‘first come first served basis’.

Payment

Buyers are reminded that a premium of 20% plus VAT is payable on the hammer price for lots in our sales. We accept the following methods of payment:

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Collection of Goods

Goods cannot be removed by buyers until they have paid in full. A charge is made for goods still remaining uncollected 10 days after the sale.
If you are unable to collect goods in person we recommend Mailboxes collection, packing and delivery service. They can be contacted .. Read More

Glossary of Terms

Lot numbers Each item to be auctioned carries a number to identify it.
Estimate This is an approximate guide to the price that a lot is expected to realise.
Reserve This is an amount pre-agreed with the vendor that bidding must reach in order to sell. The item will not be sold for less than this amount, .. Read More

Read our terms and conditions of sale

If you would like any further information or clarification then please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 01243 532 223 or using our online form.

Contact us

The whole process starts with either a visit to our saleroom with an item, or with a visit to your home by a representative from the saleroom, usually our Saleroom Manager, Andrew Swain. We also offer free Valuations Days.

Once it has been agreed that your item is saleable at auction and you are happy with the estimate/reserve we have recommended, it will be entered into the appropriate sale.

Reserve Price

This is the minimum price at which the item will be sold. It will be agreed with the vendor in advance. It is normal to allow the auctioneer discretion of 10% of the reserve price, e.g. £90 on an item with a £100 reserve or £180 on an item with a £200 reserve. If bidding slows at the discretion figure the auctioneer will sell at that price... Read More

Charges

Commission Our commission for sales is 15% plus VAT.
Insurance All items left for sale are covered by insurance. A charge of 1.5% plus VAT of the hammer price is made to cover this... Read More

Advertising

Regular advertisements are placed in local and regional newspapers and also in the Antiques Trade Gazette, the weekly publication for the antiques industry.

All sales are also available online via the-saleroom.com.

Settlement Terms

We pay clients 28 days after our sales. In the event that a buyer fails to settle his invoice with us we may not be able to settle with our client, but will keep our client informed at every stage if it occurs. We do not release client items to the buyer until payment has been received in full.

Glossary of Terms

Lot numbers Each item to be auctioned carries a number to identify it.
Estimate This is an approximate guide to the price that a lot is expected to realise.
Reserve This is an amount pre-agreed with the vendor that bidding must reach in order to sell. The item will not be sold for less than this amount, subject to a 10% auctioneers' discretion. Reserves are not made public by Henry Adams.
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Our Next Sale

Thu 14th June
An Antiques & Collectables Auction to include toys, dolls & model railway

Entries are now invited for our next sale. The closing date is Friday 1st June. If you have an item to submit, please call us on 01243 532223 or get in touch.

Register interest Bid online at the saleroom

Valuation Services

Upcoming Valuation Days

Mon 11th June - 10am to 4pm
James Lowe to value Jewellery, Watches, Coins & Silver

We hold regular valuation days at our saleroom and we also specialise in valuation services for insurance, probate and family division.

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