ABOUT US

Who can you turn to for unbiased advice?

Auction houses will only tell you about their services.  And it is hard to know whether a dealer has offered you a fair price.

A new approach.

We’re here to offer independent and friendly advice.  We want what is best for you

We’ll advise you on all of your options, helping you to get a better deal.

Who can you turn to for unbiased advice?

Auction houses will only tell you about their services.  And it is hard to know whether a dealer has offered you a fair price.

A new approach.

We’re here to offer independent and friendly advice.  We want what is best for you

We’ll advise you on all of your options, helping you to get a better deal.

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