What to buy at Auction?
Items for sale will appear in our paper catalogue and also on our website approximately 10 days before the Auction. We can send you an email notification as soon as each new catalogue is available if you subscribe using the link on our home page. It is easy to cancel at any time by using the unsubscribe link in each notification.
We are then open for viewing on the Saturday (9.30am to 1.30pm), Wednesday & Thursday (10am to 4pm) preceding the Auction.
If you are interested in a lot but have not viewed it in person, you may find it useful to request further images and/or a condition report by sending a lot enquiry.
How to buy at Auction
Bidding in Person:
Firstly you will need to register your details prior to the sale and obtain a bidding number. Raise your number when you wish to bid and wait for the auctioneer to acknowledge you. If anyone else wishes to acquire the lot, they will bid against you by the same means. The auctioneer will continue taking ever-increasing bids from each interested party until all but one person drops out. The final bidder is the successful buyer and the auctioneer indicates that the lot is sold by knocking down his gavel on the rostrum and declaring the hammer price.
(Please return your bidding number when you leave the saleroom.)
Absentee or Commission Bids:
If you are not attending the auction in person, you may bid by completing a bidding slip and a member of staff will try to secure the item for you at the lowest possible price, and not exceeding your maximum. Bidding slips can be submitted on-line, emailed or posted to us but must be received by 5pm the evening before the auction to be certain of inclusion. Bidding slips are available on-line and at the back of our catalogues.
Another option If you are not attending the auction in person isl to arrange a telephone bid. A porter will call you a few lots before the one you are interested in and you ill be able to bid live by telephone. With limited telephone lines telephone bids may be reserved for more expensive items, and note that we can only offer limited telephone bids for popular lots.
In requesting a telephone bid, you are agreeing to a maiden bid of the bottom estimate which we will bid for you even if we are unable to contact you for any reason. Further bids will only be made with your direct request. To book your telephone bid please call the office on 01730 233933 to register which will require your full name, address, telephone number and your credit/debit card details.
You may now listen and watch our Auction from the comfort of your own home via the on-line site 'Easy Live Auction'. You will need to pre-register with them to bid in this way. You can opt to pay a flat fee for this service, or a straight 3% on the hammer price.
Please follow the link below:
After the Auction
How do I know if my bid has been successful?
To find out if your bid has been successful, visit the Results page after the sale, which will show the hammer price of each lot.
How may I pay for my successful bids?
We accept payment by cash, debit card (chip & pin) . .
If the card owner is not present at our saleroom (telephone payment) we can only accept payment to the value of £200. Thus invoices over £200 must be paid by BACS transfer as detailed on the bottom of our invoice.
We no longer accept credit cards or cheque payment.
NON UK BUYERS: We cannot offer any shipping and accept payment only via Bank transfer. Please add an extra £7 to cover bank conversion fees.
When can I collect my items?
We are open for collection Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. If you wish to collect outside these hours please call the office on 01730 233933 and we will try to make alternative arrangements for you if possible. Lots must be paid for and removed from the saleroom within one week of the auction
Do you offer a delivery service?
Recommended agents for packing and shipping
Small light items such as Jewellery: We can post these for you via Royal Mail Special delivery bags (which we keep in stock) for £15+ VAT (£18). (UK ONLY) If you wish us to do this we require an email from you requesting us to do so, specifically accepting liability & insurance. We do not undertake to pack items, just put them with a little bubble-wrap into the bag, so do not request this service if your lot could get dented or otherwise damaged by this method of postage. Once we have received your email and payment we will post as soon as we can. We can supply the special delivery reference number on request but cannot participate in any arising claims with Royal Mail you may have regarding your delivery. Alternatively please see professional delivery services below.
Box-able items: (Silver & Jewellery, Works of Art, Collectables, Small Furniture, Paintings etc)
Mail boxes on 01483 453131 https://www.mbe.co.uk/auction/auctionhouse/jacobs_and_hunt/452
Part & Parcel Tel 01252 545 611 http://www.worldwideauctiondelivery.com/coverage.html
Hampshire deliveries: Terry Gilbert 07885 463723
James Gilding Transport: (Leicester based) 07807 132783 jg-transport.co.uk
Country Logistics: ( East Sussex based) 01892 610506 / 07929 351023
Alban Shipping: (Countrywide): 01582 493099 www.albanshipping.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org