ABOUT US

Who can you turn to for unbiased advice?

How do you make the right decision when selling your antiques?

Sometimes a private sale is best.  

Other times, an auction will fetch more.

We are here to help.  We can provide you with a valuation and advice on the best course of action before arranging the sale on your behalf, taking all off the administration off your hands.

Why not call us and ask about:

  • Arranging a valuation
  • Selling your antiques

 

L S Lowry Going to the Match

Who can you turn to for unbiased advice?

How do you make the right decision when selling your antiques?

Sometimes a private sale is best.  

Other times, an auction will fetch more.

We are here to help.  We can provide you with a valuation and advice on the best course of action before arranging the sale on your behalf, taking all off the administration off your hands.

Why not call us and ask about:

  • Arranging a valuation
  • Selling your antiques

 

OUR PROCESS

Selling at auction

 

  1. We provide a valuation of your items either based on images sent via email or following a home visit.
  2. We advise on which specialist saleroom is best suited to handle your items. 
  3. We arrange to consign the item/s from you and issue you with a receipt and a contract.
  4. We arrange delivery to the saleroom/s and can arrange a minimum sale price (a reserve) for you.
  5. Following a successful sale, you will receive a cheque for the proceeds directly from the auction house.

COST

There is no charge for this service as we receive a commission from the auction house for sending them new business.  

Selling privately

 

  1. We provide a valuation of your items either based on images sent via email or following a home visit.
  2. Bids are then received from our private and trade contacts and we submit the highest bid to you for your approval. 
  3. We arrange to consign the item/s from you and issue you with a receipt and a contract. 
  4. We deliver the item to the buyer and complete the transaction. 
  5. Payment is sent to you via BACS or cheque.

COST

We charge 10% of the sale price.

Selling at auction

 

  1. We provide a valuation of your items either based on images sent via email or following a home visit.
  2. We advise on which specialist saleroom is best suited to handle your items. 
  3. We arrange to consign the item/s from you and issue you with a receipt and a contract.
  4. We arrange delivery to the saleroom/s and can arrange a minimum sale price (a reserve) for you.
  5. Following a successful sale, you will receive a cheque for the proceeds directly from the auction house.

COST

There is no charge for this service as we receive a commission from the auction house for sending them new business.  

Selling privately

 

  1. We provide a valuation of your items either based on images sent via email or following a home visit.
  2. Bids are then received from our private and trade contacts and we submit the highest bid to you for your approval. 
  3. We arrange to consign the item/s from you and issue you with a receipt and a contract. 
  4. We deliver the item to the buyer and complete the transaction. 
  5. Payment is sent to you via BACS or cheque.

COST

We charge 10% of the sale price.

AUCTION vs PRIVATE SALE

Auction

 

Selling through an auction is one of the best ways to market your items to a very wide audience.  It is best suited to items that have a subjective value or are of low commercial value.

Positives

+  Items are marketed globally using online auction platforms like the-saleroom.com
+  There is no limit to what the item can make
+  Reserves can be arranged to ensure your items do not sell below a certain figure


Negatives

 

Auction houses charge both the seller and buyer a commission, so the difference between what the buyer pays and what you receive can be up to 50%
If an auction house misdescribes your items then they are likely to be undersold
If the auction house does not have access to the right clientele then your item may sell for considerably less than it should
There can be a very long time between sending the item to auction and receiving payment following the sale

Private sale

 

Selling your items privately gives you much more control.  Private sales are best suited to items with an objective value, such as gold and silver, or any other item where a direct comparison with previous sales can be made.

Positives

+  You control the price the item is sold for
+  You receive up to 40% more than if the items were sold at auction
+  The process takes an average of 2 weeks from accepting an offer to receiving payment
+  Buyers may pay more for your items if they have not been exposed at auction

Negatives

 The sale price is agreed and fixed, unlike at auction where ‘auction fever’ can grip buyers

Auction

 

Selling through an auction is one of the best ways to market your items to a very wide audience.  It is best suited to items that have a subjective value or are of low commercial value.

Positives

+  Items are marketed globally using online auction platforms like the-saleroom.com
+  There is no limit to what the item can make
+  Reserves can be arranged to ensure your items do not sell below a certain figure


Negatives

 

Auction houses charge both the seller and buyer a commission, so the difference between what the buyer pays and what you receive can be up to 50%
If an auction house misdescribes your items then they are likely to be undersold
If the auction house does not have access to the right clientele then your item may sell for considerably less than it should
There can be a very long time between sending the item to auction and receiving payment following the sale

Private sale

 

Selling your items privately gives you much more control.  Private sales are best suited to items with an objective value, such as gold and silver, or any other item where a direct comparison with previous sales can be made.

Positives

+  You control the price the item is sold for
+  You receive up to 40% more than if the items were sold at auction
+  The process takes an average of 2 weeks from accepting an offer to receiving payment
+  Buyers may pay more for your items if they have not been exposed at auction

Negatives

 The sale price is agreed and fixed, unlike at auction where ‘auction fever’ can grip buyers

WHY YOU NEED INDEPENDENT ADVICE

Unexpected charges

There are times when an auction is simply the best option.  But when the cheque you receive is up to 50% less than what the buyer paid it can come as a bit of a shock.

The figures above represent a cross section of salerooms in the UK and are not exaggerated.  There can also be further fees on top such as illustration charges and lotting fees.

This is one reason why selecting the right auction house is important.

Selling strategically

We won’t just enter all your items into one sale, on one day, at one venue (like your local saleroom will).

We sell your items strategically, choosing the salerooms with the relevant expertise and the right target market, ensuring your items are sold for the highest amount possible.

The end result is a higher selling price and more money in your pocket.

 

Unexpected charges

There are times when an auction is simply the best option.  But when the cheque you receive is up to 50% less than what the buyer paid it can come as a bit of a shock.

The figures above represent a cross section of salerooms in the UK and are not exaggerated.  There can also be further fees on top such as illustration charges and lotting fees.

This is one reason why selecting the right auction house is important.

Selling strategically

We won’t just enter all your items into one sale, on one day, at one venue (like your local saleroom will).

We sell your items strategically, choosing the salerooms with the relevant expertise and the right target market, ensuring your items are sold for the highest amount possible.

The end result is a higher selling price and more money in your pocket.