For all the information you need on how to buy at auction with us just look below:


Information for Buyers

20% (PLUS VAT) is payable in addition to the hammer price. 

You can register to bid live online with our own in-house bidding platform! Please note there is an extra 3% commission in addition to our usual commission rate for this service.

Please note that online bidding does have its risks! You can easily miss a bid if you get distracted, the internet connection may be slow or even cut out at the vital time, and if there are multiple bids at the same value you may not necessarily win the bid – however there are some alternative options for you…… 


Absentee / commission bids 

You are welcome to leave a bid with us and the auctioneer will bid on your behalf against other bidders in the room up to the amount you have left. Occasionally, the hammer price may fall on the amount you have left, but this will only be because there was an under bidder, and many times you will pay less than you have left on your commission bid.  

The benefit of leaving bids directly with us means that you will only pay our commission costs. 

The latest time we can accept email bids is at 9.00am on the morning of the sale, any bids left after this time may not be counted. 

If you are attending the auction, buyers need to register before bidding by completing a registration form at the office. You will then be given a bidding number for the sale day, should you make the successful bid, the auctioneer will need to see the number on the bidding card.  

Things to consider when buying at auction

We highly recommend that potential bidders gather as much information as possible regarding a lot before placing a bid. If you are unable to view a lot in person you may request a condition report and/or additional images of a lot.  

Buyers are responsible for satisfying themselves concerning the condition and description of the lots they are bidding on prior to the auction. Whilst every care is taken to provide an accurate description in the catalogue, it is based on a statement of opinion, not fact and this is why condition reports are very important. 


Please be aware that we receive a large volume of requests for additional information prior to an auction and whilst we endeavour to reply to all enquiries in a timely fashion, we may not be able to provide a full report until the last few days before the auction. 

We accept debit cards,  cash or payments directly into our bank account via a BACS transfer. We do not accept cheques. Please note that any overseas payments must be made by direct transfer, and we do not accept credit cards for any payments over the value of £100 . 

All items must be paid for and collected within five working days following the end of the sale. Storage charges will apply if the items remain uncollected, and may be re-sold to pay for these charges.

Items will be insured for five working days after the sale, after this period we will not take responsibility for loss or breakage of items. 

Stamford Auction Rooms Ltd is able to offer a postage and packing service. Prices start at £15+VAT for small parcels.

Please note that while we offer to post and pack for buyers, we require buyers to obtain their own insurance for the items, as Royal Mail only provides a limited insurance and we take no responsibility for the items once they have left our premises. 

If you have purchased delicate items, such as glass or ceramics, we recommend Mailboxes Etc of Nottingham to pack and post your lots. 


All our sales are run live on the internet via and easylive auctions as well as the provision of our own platform platform  
If you bid via you will be charged an extra 4.95% on top of our 20% (+VAT)  buyers commission. 


​Easylive Platform 
If you choose to bid via there are the following options: 
FREE Registration - A further 4% on the hammer price of all lots won over and above the auctioneers normal Buyers Premium. You will need to add internet surcharge on invoices for customers who selected this option as you will be charged this on your invoice. 
Flat Fee of £3.00 - This is taken straight away by Easy Live Auction. The bidder is not charged any further premium on lots won over and above the auctioneers normal Buyers Premium. NOTE: This fee will be taken regardless of whether the bidders bids on / win lots.


Autobids can be left directly with Easylive or The auctioneer does not have knowledge of these bids, and they are offered live as the auction takes place.  

 Please note that if you are bidding via these platforms with autobids, it does not guarantee successful bids against the room - the room always takes precidence. 
Our catalogues are also included on UK Auctioneers website. 


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