Selling at Auction


The first step is obtaining a valuation or an estimate of what your items might sell for at auction.

There are a number of ways this can be done:



  • Online
    You can use our online valuation form to submit pictures of your item and the relevant specialists will be able to recommend an estimate for your property based on their experience.

  • By email
    Alternatively, you can email our specialists directly. Contact details for each valuer are listed on our department pages.

  • Saleroom valuation
    We offer free valuation advice by appointment at our saleroom in Penzance. To book an appointment please call our office on 01736 361414.

  • Private house-call valuation
    Depending on the size, collection, or type of item, it's often better for a valuer to come out to you. To book, please call our office on 01736 361414. Private house calls are free of charge and are offered throughout the UK.

  • Valuation events
    We are currently not holding any valuation events.


Once you have a valuation you can decide whether you would like to enter into the appropriate sale. For smaller items we are more than happy to transport from our valuation or from private house calls events and for larger items, we will recommend local carriers we work with regularly.



Entering items into the appropriate sale

Our team will continue to research your items before cataloging, photographing, and giving them a low and high estimate. You will then receive a pre-sale email or letter informing you as to the sale date and estimating their value, ranging from a low to a high estimate.


You may choose to leave a reserve on your item if you're worried that it won't realise a value that you are comfortable with. Once a reserve is on an item it won't sell unless bidding goes above the reserve price. 




The following charges are applicable for auction consignments:

  • Seller’s Commission: 15% of the hammer price, plus VAT

  • Lotting & illustration fee: £5 per lot

  • Insurance charge: 1.5% of the hammer price, plus VAT



Ten working days after your items have been sold at auction, you will receive a post-sale statement summarising the achieved prices along with a bank transfer of the total amount.