SELLING AT AUCTION IS A straightforward process.
The guide below takes you through the whole process, from getting your item valued by one of our specialists to how you collect payment after a successful sale.Get a valuation >
Prior to entering a lot into an auction, our specialists are available for valuations. GWA welcomes clients every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10am-4pm, to bring items to our saleroom for an in-person valuation. If you would like to submit a valuation request by email, please visit our Valuation page. We can also provide valuations at your home.
Consigning Your Property
Upon consigning items to auction, you will receive a customer receipt, which will include a brief list of items consigned, your vendor reference number, sale date and any additional information discussed with the specialist. Vendor information and our fees are printed on the client copy of the receipt.
A reserve is the price below which an item will not be sold by the auctioneer. When appropriate, the specialist and client will agree to a reserve price, which will not exceed the low estimate. Reserve prices are subject to a 10% auctioneer’s discretion, unless otherwise agreed.
We are able to arrange for transport of larger items for a reasonable charge, which will be deducted from your vendor’s account.
Commission Rates & Charges
Our standard sellers’ commission is 15% of the hammer price. Each lot is subject to minimum commission charge of £5.
All sold lots are subject to a damage and loss warranty at 1.5% of the hammer price.
Each lot sold will be subject to an internet charge of £3 per lot for Fortnightly sales and £10 per lot for Quarterly Fine Art and Antique sales. This allows for your lot to have maximum exposure on our website, as well as third-party online bidding sites for lots included in our Quarterly Fine Art and Antiques Sale.
An illustrated colour catalogue is printed for our Quarterly Fine Art and Antiques Sale, and is sent to consignors, trade buyers and specialist collectors. A charge will be made for lots illustrated in the catalogue. These charges start at £12 per lot.
VAT at the prevailing rates will be levied on all fees.
A withdrawal fee for a lot which has been catalogued and removed from a sale by the consignor, will be levied at 10% of the reserve price or the auctioneer’s higher estimate of the lot, plus VAT.
Packing and Shipping
We do not offer a packing and shipping service, however Mail Boxes Etc. specialises in packing and shipping smaller items (under 30kg). They will collect, professionally pack and despatch your purchases by the most suitable and cost efficient method to any UK or international address. Please contact Mail Boxes Etc. directly to arrange packing and shipping.
Sale Results and Payment
Payment is made by bank transfer, no later than 30 working days from the date of the sale. A statement will be emailed detailing items sold and auction charges.
The sale results will be on our website within 24 hours after a sale ends (48 hours for Fine Art Auctions).
If you have provided us with your email address, the results will be sent to you on the Tuesday or Wednesday after the sale.
Unsold lots will be re-entered into the next available sale, unless otherwise instructed by the vendor.