How does it work?
- Selling at Chiswick Auctions is very straightforward and follows the same pattern every time.
- Inspection of the lot by a Valuer – who places an auction estimate on item/s and discusses with you a reserve where appropriate.
- You will be given a receipt with full details of the items left for sale and notification of relevant sale date – a signed receipt is a contract for sale.
- The auction takes place – you are welcome to attend, but it is not essential.
- On the afternoon of the auction, we email or post sale results to you.
- The proceeds of the sale will be sent by bank transfer 28 days after the sale, minus our selling fees.
Standard sale charges
- An entry fee of a minimum of £6.00 per lot will be levied on every lot entered for auction on each occasion it is offered for sale. The entry fee is payable irrespective of whether the lot is sold or not sold.
- A commission charge of 15% of the hammer price will be deducted from the proceeds of the sale (min. £7.50 per lot).
- A damage waiver of 1% will be charged on the total reserve/sale price with a minimum charge of £1.00 on each lot. See full terms & conditions below.
- VAT at the prevailing rates (currently 20%) will be levied on all fees.
The world of auctions
Auctions are unpredictable, and valuing anything is an imprecise science. We work hard to ensure the best prices possible for your goods, however lots sometimes sell under expectations or don’t sell at all. You are earnestly recommended to check with the saleroom immediately after each sale to discuss any unsold lots – as re-entered low value lots can become a drain on your final proceeds if frequently re-entered.
If items are taken in without reserve that is precisely how we execute the sale, as we are required to do by law. Occasionally it could mean that a lot estimated at £80-120, with no reserve, sells to the highest bidder (perhaps the only bidder) for as little as £10, which is our lowest bid.
What do we sell, or not sell?
Although we specialise in antiques, Chiswick Auctions sells a variety of goods including more modern items and designer goods. We will sell most items that have a value exceeding about £100, but generally don’t take reserves below £100.We sell a very wide variety of items but specialise in antiques. We do sell some modern design pieces, but on the whole don’t sell things items like televisions, unless they come out of house clearances. We aim for lots being worth a minimum of £80 although can accept them at less than that if they are combined together with others to make a bigger lot. If you are unsure what to do, bring your items to the saleroom for a valuation or request a valuation over email.
Upholstered furniture made after 1950, regardless of original source, MUST have a fire label indicating that it conforms to modern fire regulations BS7177, otherwise regrettably we cannot sell it by law.
What do we not sell?
Birds eggs are illegal to sell in the UK. We cannot sell any offensive weapons that are not antique, and modern firearms must come from a vendor with a proven firearms licence.
Terms & Conditions
- Reserve prices may be placed on items offered for for auction. Reserve prices of less than £100 will not be accepted.
- In the event a catalogued lot is withdrawn prior to sale, a charge of £40 or 8% of the reserve (whichever the greater) will be levied.
- Any unsold lots not collected will be automatically re-entered into the next auction with a 20% reduction of the reserve price, and subsequently will be entered without reserve.
- We do not store unsold items, therefore we will sell uncollected items without reserve, or prior notice.
- Unsold or withdrawn lots will not be released until all outstanding charges have been settled in full.
- Cheques for the proceeds of the sale, (minimum of £5) less all applicable charges, will be mailed to the seller 28 days after the auction date — provided that Chiswick Auctions has received full payment from the purchaser.
- Should any item (estimated £100 or under) without a reserve not attract a bid during the auction, the auctioneers reserve the right to dispose of the item.
- The vendor warrants to Chiswick Auctions that he/she is the true owner of the property or has written authorisation from the true owner to sell the property and that all information provided by the vendor including information relating to attribution and provenance is true and accurate.
- In relation to imported items, the vendor warrants that the laws of the countries from which the item was exported have been complied with and that the item has been lawfully imported.
- The vendor accepts that any estimate or evaluation provided by Chiswick Auctions is a genuinely held opinion only and may not be relied upon as a prediction of the selling price or value of the item.
- Collection of lots by Chiswick Auctions will incur a minimum charge of £60 + VAT.
- Where lots are entered on a signed contract or receipt without reserve, the lot may be sold to the highest bidder, whatever that price. Lots with discretionary reserves may be sold at 15% below the lower estimate.
- Chiswick Auctions shall regulate the bidding at their sole discretion. Neither the vendor nor anyone on behalf of the vendor shall bid for the property. Where lots are entered with a reserve, Chiswick Auctions alone shall have the right to bid on behalf of the vendor up to the reserve only.
- The cost of any illustrations is borne by you and is at the discretion of Chiswick Auctions. This includes photographs taken and used to promote your lots on the You provide your permission for Chiswick Auctions to use such illustrations at their discretion (whether in connection with the auction or otherwise).
- Chiswick Auctions is not authorised by the FSA to provide insurance to its clients, and does not so However Chiswick Auctions, for its own protection, assumes liability for property consigned to it at the lower pre-sale estimate until title passes to the buyer. To justify accepting liability, Chiswick Auctions makes a charge of 1% of the hammer price plus VAT. The liability assumed by Chiswick Auctions shall be limited to the lower pre-sale estimate or to the reserve if the lot was unsold. Settlement in any claim arising shall be subject to commission as if the lot had sold in the normal manner.
- Chiswick Auctions will not be liable for the loss or damage to frames or glass covering prints, paintings or other works or for damage caused by moths, vermin, or woodworm, insufficient packing or preparation carried out by you or on your behalf. Old frames are often fragile or subject to deterioration and whilst Chiswick Auctions will do their upmost to ensure the safety and care of frames and glass, we will not compensate for loss or damage to property caused by changes in humidity or temperature, normal wear and tear, gradual deterioration, or inherent defect.
- You agree to notify Chiswick Auctions within 28 days of any event which may give rise to a claim failing which Chiswick Auctions reserve the right to decline any such claim.