Selling at Auction

Selling at Auction

Nothing beats the excitement as the competition for your lot intensifies in the auction. At Bellmans we guide you through the entire selling process, from valuation, collection and auctioning to receiving your payment for the sale.

How to get a valuation on your item

  • We offer free valuations at our Wisborough Green, West Sussex Saleroom everyday between 9.30am -1pm & 2pm - 4.00pm, and at our Winchester Saleroom on Thursdays 10am - 4pm. Unfortunately we are unable to provide valuations during sale weeks
  • Please book an apointment via our website or call the office. 
  • Proof of name and address is required when selling at auction
  • A specialist can visit your property to value larger collections
  • You can request an initial valuation by email by clicking on our Sale Valuation Tab Please provide a high resolution image of your item, a description (including measurements, information about any signatures, etc) and your contact details

What is the sellers commission rate

  • 15% of the hammer price plus VAT and a £10 plus VAT lotting fee on each sold item 
  • There are no fees for unsold items

How do I get the items to Bellmans?

  • We can help arrange collection of your items. The fee for this service will be charged directly by the collection company, or deducted from your sale proceeds
  • Please contact Bellmans if you wish to deliver your items to us to arrange a mutually convenient time


How do I find out sale results

  • All results will be available on our website at the end of each sale day

How soon will I be paid?

  • The settlement statements and cheques will be sent out within three weeks of the last day of the auction.
  • Direct transfer payments can be organised if the accounts department is informed at least two weeks prior to the auction by email or post. 

How to proceed if items remain unsold

  • The seller will be notified of any unsold items within 14 days of the sale. The seller can then either re-offer the lot(s) with a lower reserve in a future auction, or collect the lot(s). If the seller wishes to collect rather than re-enter, the lot(s) must be picked up within 28 days
  • If Bellmans representative has not received instructions within 28 days, the lot(s) will be automatically re-offered at a future auction at our discretion.

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