It is easy to register for bidding and you can browse catalogue items online prior to the sale via any of the bidding platforms.
You can register to bid at the saleroom on sale day. We require your full name, address, telephone number, photo identification (such as a driving licence) and, in certain circumstances, a bank reference. You will be issued with a paddle number and you must raise your paddle so the auctioneer can see it clearly when you are bidding. The auctioneer will bring the hammer down on the successful bid and identify the winning bid clearly by quoting the paddle number.
Bid on any of our auctions online with the following services.
Please note: All sales are bound by our terms and conditions. Please ensure you have read them before bidding.
For all sales, the buyer will pay the hammer price plus a buyer’s premium, unless stated by the auctioneer.
Fine Art Sales (including Painting and Asian Art sales) 25% of the hammer price + VAT on the premium
Saturday Antique Auctions 25% of the hammer price + VAT on the premium
Book & Manuscript Auctions 25% of the hammer price NO VAT (except on qualifying items – please ask for details)
Following the introduction of new regulations in June 2017, we are required to conduct identification checks where customers wish to pay in cash for purchases of 10,000 Euros or more. For ease of understanding and to allow for currency fluctuation, we will value the amount to be equivalent to £7000 (GBP).
The regulations state that when we accept payments at this value or over it is compulsory for us to ask for documents proving the buyer’s identity. Acceptable documents are either a ‘Photo Driving Licence’ or ‘Passport’. When producing these documents they must be original, not copies.Note: these regulations apply to CASH transactions only!
Cheques are accepted only by prior arrangement, and purchases paid with cheque will only be released on clearance through our bank.
You may pay with cash below £7000 (€10,000), (without meeting the above criteria) cheque (only accepted upon prior arrangement), credit and debit cards, wire transfer or banker’s draft. Debit cards incur no extra charge. Credit or debit card payments must be made in person unless prior arrangements have been agreed upon.
For further details contact the office. You must pay for your purchase immediately after the sale. All funds must be cleared before goods are released. We request that all purchases are collected immediately after the sale. If you require us to store the items for you, this can be arranged for a fee with a member of staff.
Our full Terms and Conditions are available here and our full Conditions of Sale and Definition of Catalogue Terms are available here.
Our Telephone Bids conditions are available here and our Condition Reports Statement here.
Please note we use The Auctioneer’s Margin Scheme.
Customers unable to attend the auction may leave an absentee – or commission/written – bid with the auctioneer, reflecting the maximum amount you are willing to pay for the lot. We are happy to execute these on your behalf and will purchase the lot for you at the lowest possible price, other bids and reserves permitting. Forms for leaving these bids are available in the saleroom during the viewing period and in the back of the catalogue. Once completed, they can be returned to the auctioneer’s office. Absentee and telephone bids are offered as a free service and at the buyer’s risk. We cannot accept liability for any failure to place such bids, and bids are accepted at the buyer’s risk.
This works in a similar way to Absentee bidding. A member of staff will phone you just before the lot in which you are interested is due to come under the hammer. You will then be able to bid live on the phone via the member of staff, who will keep you up-to-date with bidding progress on the lot and convey your bid to the auctioneer. This free service is available for all sales except Saturday Antique auctions. The minimum lot value for a phone bid is £500. Because phone lines are limited, phone bids must be booked at least 24 hours in advance of the sale. Phone bids are accepted at the sole discretion of the auctioneer. Absentee and telephone bids are offered as a free service and at the buyer’s risk. We cannot accept liability for any failure to place such bids, and bids are accepted at the buyer’s risk.
Auctions at John Nicholson’s are easy to view on and offline, and clients may view without any obligation or pressure to bid. Catalogues are available showing estimated prices and auctioneers are always on hand to give you advice and information on what you are buying.
It is the client’s responsibility to arrange delivery after the auction. We are able to send smaller items through the post at cost, by arrangement. Please call us to discuss.
Our recommended companies for national or international delivery of items are Mailboxes Guildford and Essential Address. They will be happy to provide you with a quote for packing and shipping. Customers are invited to contact Mailboxes or Essential Address directly, or via us.
Alban Shipping offer collections and deliveries throughout the UK on their weekly Round Britain own van service. Alban Shipping offer professional packing, shipping worldwide via all modes of services, with comprehensive insurance. For more information visit www.albanshipping.co.uk, or contact our sales team on +44 (0)1582 493099 or by email on email@example.com.