​ Quick guide to buying and selling

20% (PLUS VAT) commission on the hammer price
The most exciting way to bid is to attend the sale and enjoy the atmosphere  of an auction. However, there are other options should you be unable to attend:


All our sales are run live on the internet via the-saleroom.com, providing bidders a chance to buy across the world, from the comfort of your home! You will need to register directly with them in order to bid, and please do not forget the extra 4.95% on top of our 20% buyers commission that you will have to pay to bid live.

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.
When you have decided which lots you would like to bid on you may leave bids via our website. The latest time we can accept email bids is at 9.00am on the morning of the sale
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. 
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It is very important that prospective purchasers should always thoroughly examine any items they are interested in before placing a bid and before the auction commences. Buyers are responsible for satisfying themselves concerning the condition of the lots and the descriptions in the catalogue (whilst every care is taken to provide an accurate description in the catalogue, it is based on a statement of opinion and not on fact).
A buyers premium of 20% (PLUS VAT) is payable in addition to the hammer price.
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 ITEMS REMAIN UNCOLLECTED.

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. Please note that while we offer to post and pack  ceramics and glass for the convenience of our bidders, they are uninsurable by the Royal Mail and we take no responsibility whatsoever for the items once they have left our premises. We advise all our clients to use a professional packing service such as Mailboxes etc. Please contact the office for more information.

Fine Art and Specialist Auctions: £10 minimum fee and 15% of the hammer price (only applicable if the lot sells)
County & General Auctions:   £5 minimum fee + 15% (INC VAT) of the hammer price  (only applicable if the lot sells).
We do not charge anything for photography, cataloguing, advertising or unsold lot fees.
We will either send a cheque to you in the post, transfer the balance into your bank account, or instruct you to collect cash at the office should the amount be lower than £30. This will be done approximately two weeks after the sale, provided we have been paid for the item (s). We will email a statement detailing the hammer price, commission deductions the next working day after the sale.
If any of your items do not sell we will contact you to see if you would like to collect the item, re-list the item at a lower estimate (if applicable) or donate the items to charity. PLEASE NOTE THAT ANY ITEMS LEFT AT THE PREMISES ANY LONGER THAN 14 DAYS POST SALE WILL BE DISPOSED OF.

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