BUYING & SELLING

Whether you’re a first-time buyer or seasoned collector, buying and selling at auction is a simple and rewarding process, bringing together practical expertise and the drama of the saleroom. Chiswick Auctions prides itself on offering a straightforward and friendly auction experience, led by our team of dedicated and passionate specialists who are happy to guide you through the buying and selling process. 

 

BUYING AT AUCTION

 

SELLING AT AUCTION

The first stage of selling at auction is to arrange to have your items valued. Our valuation services are free and confidential, and there are several ways you can contact us to begin the process.

 

ONLINE VALUATION FORM

We provide a quick and easy online valuation service. Simply click the Online Valuation Form, fill out details about your item and submit. To help us with your valuation, please include photographs and measurements of your items, and a brief description detailing any known provenance and interesting features. Our Valuation Team will then be in touch to provide an pre-sale estimate and further information. 

 

WALK-IN VALUATION SERVICE

We hold a weekly walk-in valuation service on Tuesday and Thursday, 10am to 4pm, at our Chiswick Saleroom. There is no need to book an appointment, just turn up with your items and a General Valuer will be on hand to value your items and explain the auction process.

 

SPECIALIST VALUATION SERVICE

With over twenty specialist departments, we have experts available across a broad spectrum of collecting categories - including Asian Art, Rare Books, Modern British Art, Old Master Paintings, Silver and more - to value your items. You can book a valuation appointment with one of our specialists by contacting them directly through the relevant department pages.

 

SELLING AT AUCTION

Our specialists and client services team are able to guide you through the selling process. Once it is determined that your item(s) are suitable for sale at auction, we will establish a pre-sale estimate, catalogue the item and market to our UK and international buyers ahead of the auction.

 

 

The following charges are applicable to property consigned for 2021 sales following the signing of our seller's agreement.

  • Vendor’s Commission: 15% of the hammer price, plus VAT

  • Marketing Charge: A minimum fee will be charged per lot. Depending on the sale, there may also be further optional sale-specific opportunities for marketing and catalogue exposure. Please discuss further with the respective departments on consignment of goods.
     
    Standard marketing fee structure (based on low estimate or hammer price):
    < £299 = £15 (Also the minimum unsold fee per lot)
    £301 - 999 = £30 
    £1,000 - 2,999 = £50
    £3,000+ = £100 

  • Loss / Damage Liability Waiver: 1.5% of the hammer price plus VAT (1.5% of low estimate is chargeable for unsolt lots).

Sellers are liable for their pre-agreed band of Marketing per lot and the Loss/Damage Liability Waiver whether an item sells or not. 

All sales are subject to the Terms & Conditions outlined on the Sellers Agreement.
These fees can be negotiated where lots of significant value are consigned, or when a relationship with continued consignment and success can be proven. 

 

Following the sale, the results of your lot(s) will be emailed to you and payment will be sent by bank transfer 35 days following the sale, based upon the hammer price minus our set charges and agreed-upon expenses.

 

If a buyer was not found for your property, we recommend that you liaise with our Client Liaison Team to discuss collecting your property or re-offering it for sale.