Buying at Auction

Making buying at auction a more pleasurable experience

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Buying at Auction

For over 200 years we, and our predecessors, have been hosting regular fine art and antique auctions from our saleroom in Oxfordshire, in addition to providing antiques valuations for buyers and sellers throughout the UK.

We operate a full sales calendar at our Oxfordshire saleroom, with monthly fine art and antiques auctions on the second Wednesday of each month. Auction catalogues are available to view online and are updated regularly with detailed photo galleries, descriptions and guide prices. The saleroom is open weekdays, 9.00am to 4.00pm, to receive items for sale, and for valuations and auctions advice. Prior to sale day, viewings are on the previous Saturday morning 9.30am – 12.30pm, Monday and Tuesday 10.00am – 6.00pm and on the morning of the sale itself 9.00am – 10.30am.

Whether you are a first time buyer or seller, an experienced antiques dealer or an enthusiastic collector, our dedicated team of specialists will use their years of experience and expertise to help you to obtain the best results at auction and ensure that the process runs smoothly throughout.

A simple guide to buying at auction

Antiques Buying Process

Pre-sale Viewing

Prior to sale day, items are available for viewing at agreed times on Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and the morning of the sale itself.

Live Bidding

Once registered, you will be able to bid online via our partner, the-saleroom.com, at one of our sales.

Phone Bidding

We will be happy to accept phone bids from you on the day if you are unable to attend one of our sales.

Commissions/Absentee Bids

The Auctioneer will be pleased to execute commissions free of charge for those unable to be present at the Sale and valuation.

Terms of Payment

Cash, Switch, Mastercard or VISA are readily accepted. Cheques will no longer be accepted.

Collection & Storage

Lots need to be collected by midday on the Thursday following the sale, after which they will be removed and held in store at the buyers expense.

Full terms and conditions of sale for purchasers can be found at Conditions of Sale for Buyers.

A selection of the most asked questions about buying from our auction sales

Frequently Asked Questions

Included below are a selection of the standard features of our auction service:

Placing a Bid

How do I make a bid for a lot which I am interested in?

There are a number of ways to bid for an item at one of our sales. You can attend at the actual sale and bid in person.

Alternatively, if you are unable to be there on the day, you can leave a Commission Bid before the sale, by calling at our premises and completing a form, or by phoning us on 01491 612810.

If you wish to bid on the day, but can’t attend, then you may make a bid by phone, or bid online via the-saleroom.com website.

Can I bid online or do I have to attend your auction sales?

Once registered, you may follow and bid online on any items in our sale via the-saleroom.com website.

Am I able to make a bid over the phone?

You may leave a Commission Bid before the sale, by phoning us on 01491 612810.

If you wish to bid on the day, but can’t attend, then you can make a bid by phone, by prior arrangement.

Can I change my bid before the sale commences?

You may make a change to any Commission Bid you have left with us prior to the beginning of the sale.

Paying for your item

My bid was successful, how do I pay?

We accept the following as methods of payment – cash, BACS, Switch, MasterCard or VISA (A charge of 2.5% is made for MasterCard and VISA payments). Cheques are not accepted.

Intending purchasers not well known to the Auctioneers should contact the Auctioneers at least seven working days prior to the sale in order that references may be taken up. Unpaid accounts will attract interest from the day after the sale at 3% above current Bank Lending Rates. Goods can not be removed until full payment is completed.

Are there additional fees which I need to pay?

A buyer’s premium of 18% of the hammer price is payable by purchasers of all lots together with VAT on such premium.

In addition, a 3% charge is levied on all internet purchases, made through The Saleroom and subject to VAT at the prevailing rate.

Do you accept payment online?

Payment for purchases can be made online, via bidding using the The Saleroom. A 3% charge is levied on all such internet purchases and subject to VAT at the prevailing rate.

Am I able to pay for my item by cheque?

Cheques can not be accepted a payment for items.

Is the costs of postage & package included in the price?

Any costs for postage and packing are not included in the hammer price.

Collection & Delivery

Are you able to arrange postage & packaging for my item?

Yes, for smaller items we may be able to arrange postage and packing using Royal Mail services.

What will be the fees for postage?

Royal Mail postage fees will be dependent upon the size of each item and the value.

When can I collect my item?

Once paid for all winning lots may be collected during the sale and the days following. All lots must be paid for and cleared away from the premises with all faults imperfections and errors by the Thursday of the week following the sale.

The saleroom is open Monday to Friday 9.00am – 4.00pm for collections

Any damage caused by removal or otherwise must he made good by the person committing the same, principals being considered responsible for acts of their servants.

Any lots not collected by the given date will be removed to Wilkins of Henley store and a paid invoice/receipt from the auctioneers will be required for presentation to Wilkins prior to collection, Wilkins of Henley will charge for storage at their current advertised rates, this charge must be paid at the time of collection.

Is it possible to keep my item in storage for a short time?

Any lots not collected by the Thursday of the week following the sale will be removed to Wilkins of Henley store and a paid invoice/receipt from the auctioneers will be required for presentation to Wilkins prior to collection, Wilkins of Henley will charge for storage at their current advertised rates, this charge must be paid at the time of collection.

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For more information

For more information about our auction services or to enquire about buying or selling at one of our sale days you can contact Simon Jones at simon@jonesandjacob.com or by phone on 01491 612810