Buying at Auction

Attending a sale

When attending a sale it is helpful to have the following information with you:

  • A print out of the catalogue
  • Proof of ID and address
  • Ability to make your payment which is due saleday

During the viewing visit our Pay Office to register for a bidder number paddle. 

Here are a few tips when bidding:

  • check our Terms & Conditions of Sale BEFORE you bid
  • be clear about the Buyers Premium of 20%+vat on hammer
  • use your paddle or card to get the auctioneer's attention
  • join the bidding early to confirm your interest
  • bid quickly, and clearly
  • it is your responsibility to communicate the bid, not the auctioneer's to predict it 

And, the myth dispelled:

  • bidding late means you may get it cheaper - No, it makes you more likely to miss out!

With this advice, auction is a fun, rewarding and highly enjoyable way to buy.

Absentee (or Commission) Bidding

You can leave an Absentee Bid on any future lot either in the saleroom or here on our website if you cannot attend saleday.

You will find bidding links on lot pages and in lot listings for future sales.

To accept your Absentee Bid we need contact details for you, and you need to be logged in to the website to leave a bid.

Telephone Bidding 

If you cannot attend a sale or leave an Absentee Bid for some particular reason, telephone bids may be arranged as an alternative.

There is a greater risk in this type of bidding for a variety of reasons and really should be your very last resort.

The service is only provided lots on which you will start the bidding at a minimum of £500, even if the estimate is lower.  

Fax or email requests for telephone bids need to be received by 4pm the day prior to the sale to ensure staffing is available.

Bid or watch online at GY-Live!

You can either bid live in real time with the auctioneer or just watch and listen to the sale online at GY-Live.

If you have bought at auction in the past you will find this a useful, easy alternative method to use for bidding, but again note this is riskier than attending or simply leaving an Absentee Bid.

If you are new to auctions, but have had experience of so-called internet auction sites you need to be aware that the protocol and terminology is very different.

It is important to remember that this is not an internet auction. It is a real auction that happens to be live webcast for you to bid as a final option.

Here are a few tips when buying:

  • check the Shipping Options below BEFORE you bid
  • check our Terms & Conditions of Sale BEFORE you bid
  • be clear about the Buyers Premium of 24%+vat on hammer
  • check your broadband for speed and continuity
  • hold the mouse over the 'Bid' button to show you may be interested
  • join the bidding as early as possible to confirm your interest
  • bid quickly, there is a small time delay, do not add to it with indecision
  • the auctioneer cannot see the expression on your face, a blank screen is taken as NO

And a few myths dispelled:

  • late bidding means you may get it cheaper - No, it makes you more likely to miss out!
  • no goods are sold as new - There is no guarantee
  • do Distance Selling Regulations apply? - No they do not, you have the opportunity to view pre-sale even if you choose not to
  • you cannot change your mind after the fall of the hammer
  • you did not 'win' a lot; you are a buyer, it is an auction - not the bingo!
  • we cannot just 'pop it in an envelope'
Shipping, Postage & Packing

We currently suggest five Postage & Packing options. 

The following specialist service providers offer bespoke and cost-effective shipping solutions.

Whilst they all have an excellent track record of service to our clients, they still remain your agent, not ours.

Remember you only have a 21-day period from the DATE of SALE to complain about a lot, NOT the date of receipt.

Please be organised and ensure you receive it in that time-frame.

MBE - Mailboxes etc

A collection service is made by MBE Leeds usually 8 days following the Collective Sales at Bourne, Grantham & Lincoln.

T: +44 (0) 1132 428715
F: +44 (0) 1132 429176

Other MBE franchises we are pleased to suggest are Sheffield for Lincoln sales & Nottingham for Grantham sales.

Auction Collection & Delivery Service

Alford,  Lincolnshire

T: 07951 779447 or 07487 554881

Lincoln Pack & Send

T: 01522 300220

Alban Shipping

T: 01582 493099

Alban Shipping offer collections and deliveries throughout the UK on their weekly Round Britain own van service. Alban Shipping offer professional packing, shipping worldwide via all modes of services, with comprehensive insurance. For more information visit, or contact our sales team on 01582 493099 or by email on

Your Shipper

Your shipper or courier is most welcome providing that they will undertake and be responsible for all packaging and filling in any Waybill or Forms. (Please note that UPS do not provide this service.)

Terms & Conditions of Auction Business

Our terms and conditions are available to view here>