Bidding at one of our auctions is simple and straightforward, and can be done in a number of ways:
You’ll need to register at our auction reception, giving us your name, address, contact telephone numbers and date of birth (for anti-money laundering checks). You’ll be given a unique bidding number, and to make a bid either raise your catalogue or bidding number. The auctioneer will make eye contact with you to confirm your bid’s been taken. If you have any questions, our staff will be happy to help.
If you can’t attend the auction, you can arrange for bids to be made on your behalf. Please ensure your bids are given to the auction room by 5.30pm the day prior to the auction. Just complete one of our commission bid forms (available from our Marshall House or Beeston Castle auction rooms), and either hand or email it to us prior to the sale:
Knutsford Fine Art (E) firstname.lastname@example.org
Beeston Fine Art (E) email@example.com
You can also bid by phone if you can’t attend in person. Register with us at least 24 hours before the auction. All telephone bids need to be registered by 5.30pm day prior to the sale, then a member of staff will call you before the item you wish to bid on comes up for sale.
Please note: This service is not provided by Wright Marshall but by the bidding platforms themselves. We collect the fees on their behalf and add them to your invoice. For a copy of their full Terms & Conditions contact the individual host platform.
Purchases are subject to a 21% inc VAT buyers premium with the exception of car purchases which have a 12% inc VAT buyers premium.
We accept the following methods:
• Cheque (supported by a valid and appropriate guarantee card) – cheques to the value of £1,000 or over must clear our bank account before goods can be collected.
• Debit cards (for a list of accepted cards contact the saleroom directly)
• Credit cards (We accept all major credit cards for a full list contact the saleroom directly)
We reserve the right to apply storage charges of £3.60 per lot per day (Including VAT) if items are not removed in accordance with our Terms & Conditions.
We offer a free valuation service for any item brought into the salerooms, or if you have a number of items or a full house of contents, contact us and our valuer will visit your home. Find out more about our valuation services here.
We’re happy to agree a reserve price, and the auctioneer reserves the right to sell within 10% of the reserve price unless a fixed reserve is agreed. Reserves below £50 will only be accepted at the auctioneer’s discretion.
In most cases we pay clients within 28 days of the auction sale. With items of an individual value lower than £1,000, we’ll pay the vendor regardless of whether the goods have been paid for by the purchaser.
Our commission rates are:
Fine Antiques & Interior sales 18% including VAT
General Antiques & Interiors sales 21% including VAT
Illustration Fees including VAT(Specialist Sales)
£6 including VAT internet illustration fee (compulsory)
Vehicle Sales 6% including VAT
Lotting Fees (General Sale) £3.60 including VAT
If a lot is withdrawn within 21 working days of the sale, the minimum withdrawal fee of £25 per lot or 10% of the reserve or lower auction estimate (in the case of higher value goods) will apply.
We place regular advertisements in national and local press and promote antique and fine art sales in the Antiques Trade Gazette and on other antique-related websites.