Entering items for auction
If you have items that you wish to enter for auction, there are a number of ways to proceed.
Contactless auction estimates and advice are available directly from the relevant specialist. It’s easy to find out how much that hidden treasure could be worth and safely consign to sale soon – click here and scroll down to see options for ‘Online Valuations’.
You can also call us on 01543 251081 to book a safe valuation in person with one of our specialists at The Lichfield Auction Centre. This a free, no obligation service, available strictly by appointment only on Thursdays from 10am-4pm. Find out more here.
Once items have been appraised by a valuer they can be consigned for auction.
Alternatively, if no valuation is required, customers are invited to bring their items along to The Lichfield Auction Centre during opening hours. Please call ahead to discuss with our team beforehand. Items will not be appraised by a valuer but will be checked for saleability.
Our fees cover all aspects of the auction process, including insurance, cataloguing, photography, full internet coverage and marketing etc.
Vendor fees are as follows:
- £6 – per lot (whether sold or unsold)
- 20% of hammer price
(Both fees are subject to VAT at the current rate)
We are unable to accept payment by credit card to a large increase in costs.
For items that do not sell, customers are contacted within 7 days of the sale by email or by post. In general, any unsold lots will be entered into the next appropriate sale at the valuers’ discretion. No extra charges in respect of storage and lot fees will be incurred. The only exception to this is where lots have been entered at unrealistic high reserves at the request of the vendor. In these cases, lot fees (£6 per lot) and storage fees (£2 per item per day) will be charged.
Once a blue receipt / entry form is signed by the vendor and retained the item(s) listed on it are committed to be sold at our auction. Only in exceptional circumstances can items be withdrawn from sale from sale and the fee for cancelling a sale / withdrawal of goods prior to sale is £25 minimum, 15% of our lower estimate or the guide price whichever is the greater. This applies to each lot entered. We have sole discretion in withdrawing any item for sale at any point as we see fit and in this instance, no fees are levied.
Payment of monies
Once the items have been sold, customers will receive an email notification to confirm the hammer price achieved. An itemised schedule of lots sold together with payment of monies is then provided 4 weeks after the sale. Payment is generally made by cheque but upon request, monies can be paid directly into a customer’s bank account.
In house logistics for local customers
We offer an in-house collection services for customers located within a 25 mile radius of the salerooms, covering most areas of Staffordshire, Derbyshire and the West Midlands. For prices, please contact The Lichfield Auction Centre