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Buying at Auction


The information below should tell you what you need to know about buying with The Duchy Auction Company Limited. If you require more information please don't hesitate to contact us.

Buyer's Premium

A Buyer's Premium of 18% is payable on the hammer price of each lot purchased. 

Inspection of Lots

Intending purchasers are in all cases solely responsible for determining the condition of lots prior to bidding. The Duchy Auction Company Limited does not guarantee that there are no defects or imperfections which have not been referred to in the lot description - 'caveat emptor' - see Terms & Conditions.

Condition Reports

In the event  that you find it difficult to view the sale, there will be a specialist on hand to deal with your queries by telephone or via email. We will endeavour to give accurate reports using the naked eye only or by photographic image if so requested.  The Duchy Auction Company Limited will not be held accountable for any flaws undetected during this service. Intending buyers must reach their own conclusions regarding condition prior to placing a bid.


We offer local, national and international delivery subject to a minimum fee of £20 - please contact us for further details.

Different Methods of Bidding

  • In person at the saleroom

If you wish to bid at the sale in person you must register with the office for a Buyer Number. If you have not purchased from us before you will be asked for identification.

  • By post or e-mail

If you would like to bid for a lot but cannot be present we can bid on your behalf - this is called a Commission Bid. Please let us have the lot number, a brief description of the lot and the maximum hammer price you are prepared to pay. We also need your name, full postal address, email address and telephone number(s).

  • Over the telephone
You may wish to bid over the telephone if you cannot be present at the auction and do not wish to leave a Commission Bid. A member of staff will telephone you two or three lots prior to the one you wish to bid on and bid on your behalf on your instruction. To book a line please contact us via telephone or e-mail with your name, telephone number and relevant lot number . Please remember that we have a limited amount of telephone lines so in order to avoid disappointment book as early as possible. Telephone bids are only accepted on items guided over £300.

  • Online
You may wish to browse our online fully illustrated Sale Day catalogue and bid online via the-saleroom.com or one of the other online platforms we use from time to time.

Methods of Payment

Payments may only be made at the cashiers office after the sale has finished via the following methods:

  1. Cash - subject to a limit of £2500
  2. Debit Cards - most major cards are accepted.
  3. Credit Cards - most major cards are accepted with a maximum of £500.
  4. Bank Transfer - please contact us for details.