How to Sell at Auction
This guide outlines the process of selling through Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood.
The first step to selling through Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood is to obtain
a valuation from one of our
All of our auction valuations are free and can be obtained via one of the following
- You can
a description and photographs of your property. You can make direct contact with
the specialist required by browsing our departments.
- You can bring your item to us in
for a valuation. Although we can provide rough estimates as to value by post or
email, there is no substitute to seeing the real thing. Our valuations will be more
accurate if we can see and handle the item in question. There is always a 'duty
valuer' available. If the item requires specialist advice, you can leave the item
and collect it later. We will issue you with a receipt for the item.
- We hold a large number of
in the West Country, which you can bring your property along to for free valuations.
We hold a valuation day somewhere in Devon, Cornwall, Somerset or Dorset almost
every week of the year.
- If you have an item that cannot be brought into our
offices or you have a large number of items, we can visit you by appointment.
Once we have discussed your requirements and inspected your property, we will give
you an estimate of its value at auction. We will also advise you of the most appropriate
sale for your item (or items). We have weekly auctions and we periodically have
fine and specialist sales that attract international attention.
You will need to deliver your items to us in advance of the sale. We can arrange
carriage at your expense if you wish.
You will receive a receipt for the goods you have consigned to us for sale.
Sale Terms and Reserve Sale Prices
The specialist handling your sale will discuss the terms of sale with you and agree
any reserve sale prices (ie: the minimum value that you are prepared to sell the
items for). These will be noted on a form, which you will be required to sign to
confirm your instructions to us.
The usual instructions per item are:-
- No Reserve - We will sell your item for the highest bid received, with no minimum
- Discretion - The item will be sold at a price at the discretion of the auctioneer.
This typically means your are prepared to sell for 10% below an agreed value if
this will result in a sale on the day.
- Reserve - Your item will be sold at or in excess of the agreed reserve; or it will
not be sold.
Your instructions to us are treated in complete confidence. We will only discuss
your sale instructions with you.
We charge you
a seller's commission
Value Added Tax (VAT)
You will be liable for VAT at the current rate on all commissions and charges.
Please note that you will only incurr additional charges subject to prior agreement.
These additional charges maybe for restoration, shipping, storage, customs duties
and import tax, amongst other expenses.
If your goods were sold at one of our major sales, you will receive a sale notification
a few days afer the auction. This notification will list the items sold and
the price realised for each item.
If you would like to know the result before you receive your sale notification,
you can call us on (01392) 413100,
or check the
for the relevant sale. (We post the results to all of our sales online very shortly
after the completion of the sale.)
You will receive your cheque drawn in sterling approximately 28 days after the sale
(provided we have received full payment from the buyer).
You will receive a settlement statement detailing the charges incurred. We usually
deduct these charges from your payment.
If your item was not sold, you may decide to re-offer the lot in a future sale.
You should seek the advice of the specialist advising you as to how to proceed.
You should check out the small print of our
Conditions of Sale
Information for Sellers.