Entering items for auction
If you have items that you wish to enter for auction, there are a number of ways that this can happen. Customers are invited to attend one of our many complimentary valuation events; once items have been appraised by the valuer they can be consigned for auction
Alternatively, if no valuation is required, customers are invited to bring their items along to either The Lichfield Auction Centre, The Collectors’ Saleroom or any of our consignment centres during opening hours. 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:
- £5 – per lot (whether sold or unsold)
- 18% 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 (£5 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 Only in exceptional circumstances can items be withdrawn from sale from sale and the fee for cancelling a sale / withdrawal of goods prior to sale is £25 minimum, 15% of our lower estimate or the guide price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