What to buy at Auction
Items for sale will appear in our paper catalogue and also on our website approximately 10 days before the Auction. We can send you an email notification as soon as each new catalogue is available. We are then open for viewing on the Saturday (10.00am - 1pm) Monday & Tuesday (9.30am - 5pm) preceding the Auction.
If you are interested in a lot but have not viewed it in person, you may find it useful to request further images and/or a condition report by sending a lot enquiry.
How to buy at Auction?
Bidding in Person:
Firstly you will need to register your details prior to the sale and obtain a bidding number. Raise your number when you wish to bid and wait for the auctioneer to acknowledge you. If anyone else wishes to acquire the lot, they will bid against you by the same means. The auctioneer will continue taking ever-increasing bids from each interested party until all but one person drops out. The final bidder is the successful buyer and the auctioneer indicates that the lot is sold by knocking down his gavel on the rostrum and declaring the hammer price. Please note the buyer pays an additional percentage to the final hammer price. (Buyers Premium)
(Please return your bidding number when you leave the saleroom.)
Absentee or Commission Bids:
If you are not attending the auction in person, you may bid by completing a bidding slip and the Auctioneer will try to secure the item for you at the lowest possible price, and not exceeding your maximum. Please note the buyer pays an additional percentage to the final hammer price (Buyers Premium). Bidding slips can be posted or faxed to us but must be received by 5pm the evening before the auction to be certain of inclusion. Bidding slips are available at the back of our catalogues.
Online: You may also use our on-line Bidding slip to place your bid.
Telephone Bidding: Please call to arrange a telephone bid. With limited telephone lines telephone bids may be reserved for more expensive items. In requesting a telephone bid, you are agreeing to a maiden bid of the bottom estimate which we will bid for you even if we are unable to contact you for any reason. Further bids will only be made with your direct request.
To find out if your bid has been successful, visit the Results page after the sale, which will show the hammer price of each lot.
How may I pay for my successful bids?
We accept payment by cash, debit card (chip & pin) and credit card. (credit cards subject to a 3.7% surcharge). Please note that cheques will only be accepted up to the limit of the banker's guarantee card.
The Buyers premium is currently 18.5% (plus VAT)
Lots must be paid for and removed from the saleroom within one week of the auction.
Fine Art Information
For further information about commission bids and how they work, view Buying Guide page.
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Southsea Salerooms, Auction & Fine Art Department
7 Clarendon Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 2ED
Direct line: 023 9229 5568
Andrew Swain MA MRICS
Auctioneer and Valuer
Trudie A. Grenfell
Administrator & Accounts