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 4.95% 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 18% plus VAT (that is to say 21.6% in total).

Payment Methods

Payment can be made in person by cash or debit and credit cards. 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

We are not usually able to offer a packing and shipping service, although we can offer a limited, discretionary postal option on some items (typically restricted to coins and jewellery). Please contact us for details.

It is often the case that for smaller items we are happy to transfer them between our three auction centres free of charge for clients to collect.

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

For larger items - packing and worldwide shipping services such as the following are recommended 

Book Auction postal service

The Carlisle auction room can offer an in-house packing service for books purchased in the specialist book auctions being sent with the United Kingdom. Please contact the office on 01228 528 939 for a quote.


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).


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