Buying at Auction

Bidders must satisfy themselves that the condition of the lot is to their satisfaction before they bid.

Online Bidding

All fully catalogued specialist sales are broadcast live on You will require to register with and agree with their terms and conditions before you can bid live.

Lots purchased online with will attract an additional charge for this service in the sum of 3% of the hammer price plus VAT at the rate imposed.

We will charge bidders registered card following the sale unless a prior agreement has been agreed directly with the auctioneer.

In Person

Before you bid in person you need a paddle. You can get this from the office prior to the sale. If you are new to the saleroom, you will require two forms of ID, one to be photographic (e.g. passport, driving licence and a utility bill).

Commission Bidding

If you are unable to be at the auction, you can leave an absentee bid. You must indicate the maximum amount you wish to spend, excluding buyer’s premium. The auctioneer will execute your bid as cheaply as possible.

We ask that you email your commission bids to us with your full name, address and contact details.

When processed you will receive an email notifying you of receipt and confirmation of your bids.

Telephone Bidding

We are pleased to offer telephone bidding for higher value items (i.e. over £150) in our specialist antique and collectors' sales only. The number of lines are limited and are offered on a first come first served basis. All phone lines must be booked by 4pm on the day before the sale. We are unable to accept requests for telephone lines on the day of the sale.

Buyer’s Premium

All lots are subject to a buyer’s premium of 17.5% plus VAT.

Payment Methods

Payment can be made in person by cash or debit and credit cards (3% surcharge for credit card payments) The maximum cash payment we can accept in one transaction is £9,000.

If you are bidding through then your registered card will be charged following the sale. If you are not present and not a bidder then the only way that you can make payment is by bank transfer. International bank transfers will be required to add an additional £15 to their transfer to cover bank charges.

Details are as follows

Bank of Scotland, 91 High St, Dumfries, DG1 2BN
Account no. 06051054
Sort Code 80-11- 60
Iban no. GB93 BOFS 8011 6006 0510 54

All bank transfers must contain a reference and sale date ie DFS (Dumfries) ED (Edinburgh) CAR (Carlisle)

Collection & Postage

Edinburgh & Dumfries are not usually able to offer a packing and shipping service, however Mail Boxes specialise in packing and shipping smaller items (under 30kg). Although we can offer a limited, discretionary postal option on some items. Please contact us for details. See below for Carlisle postage rates.

Clients should contact Mike Smith at Mailboxes direct at 44 – 46 Morningside Road, Edinburgh EH10 4BF, Tel: 0131 556 6226 or

Mailboxes will arrange to collect your lots from us at Rosewell (items purchased from the saleroom in Dumfries will be transferred to Rosewell by us free of charge).

For larger items - packing and worldwide shipping service

Overseas buyers and purchasers of larger items - should make their own arrangements. We recommend using the professional packaging and courier services such as...

Carlisle postal service

If you are within the United Kingdom and are considering having your purchases dispatched to you, Thomson Roddick offer an in-house service for items purchased at the Carlisle saleroom, on the following basis The following prices are for UK & Northern Ireland delivery only. We do not post every day but your parcel will be sent as soon as possible. Overseas buyers should make their own arrangements but we will pack if required, for a carrier to collect. (A small charge maybe made for this).

Small items are sent by Royal Mail Special Delivery -

Small Box (shoe box size and/or 1kg max) or Large Jiffy bag = £14 will be insured up to £500 and should be delivered next day (if more insurance is needed please contact us)

All Parcels over 1kg and up to 20KG (not exceeding Box size**) will be sent by Parcelforce Express 48 (2 day service) No insurance is available on Parcelforce (if insurance is needed please contact a member of staff)

1kg up to and including 5kg  - £15 (inc VAT)
England, Wales and Scotland (Parcelforce Zone 1) (Excluding Highlands & Islands)

5.1kg up to and including 15kg - £20 (inc VAT)
England, Wales and Scotland (Parcelforce Zone 1) (Excluding Highlands & Islands)

15.1kg up to and including 20kg - £25 (inc VAT)
England, Wales and Scotland (Parcelforce Zone 1) (Excluding Highlands & Islands)

Artist’s Resale Rights

In 2006, ARR was introduced by a European Directive. It applies to living artists and those who have died in the last 70 years. The royalty is paid by the purchaser on top of the hammer price if the sale exceeds €1,000 (the Euro conversion rate is calculated on the morning of the sale).