Wednesday 20th June, 2018
One of the UK's principal Fine Art Auctioneers, with General Sales, 
Fine Art Sales, Collectors Sales and Sporting Sales

Below you will find some of the terms used in the auction industry which will help to explain how it all works. If, however, you would like any further information or clarification then please contact us direct.

Viewing days

At the viewing days before the sale you will be able to view all the lots on offer and to ask advice from our staff.

Lot numbers

Each item to be auctioned carries a number to identify it.


This is an approximate guide to the price that a lot is expected to realise.


Your name and address are registered into the computer and a numbered paddle is issued for you to bid with on the day. You indicate that you would like to bid by waving your paddle. If you are successful then your number will be announced by the auctioneer as the winning buyer.

Commission bid

You can leave your bids with us and we will endeavour to buy on your behalf as cheaply as possible. The bidding does not start at the price you indicate. Complete and submit a bidding form online or print a bidding form and fax it back to us.

Telephone bid

A limited number of telephone lines are available if you are not able to come to the auction but wish to bid in person.

Arrangements for this service should be made at least 24 hours before the start of the sale. A member of our staff will call you from the Saleroom shortly before the item comes up for sale. Please note that we cannot accept applications for this service on the day of the sale.

Hammer price

This is the price that the lot sold for at auction. In addition to this price you will have to pay a buyers premium charge.