Selling Guide


Guide to Selling
We have been holding regular Fine Art, Antiques and Collectables auctions at our Southsea Salerooms, 7 Clarendon Road for many years and remain the only antiques auctioneers in Portsmouth. As auctioneers we aim to sell on your behalf your items at auction for the best possible prices.
Submitting items for sale
If you have any item you would like to sell please call the salerooms direct 02392 295568 or email to arrange an appointment with the auctioneer for a free valuation of your items. This valuation could be arranged at your home or in our salerooms in Southsea.
Suitable items for auction would then be listed on our entry receipt form, along with price guides and a reserve price if appropriate. A reserve is a minimum price at which the item will be sold.
The seller will retain a copy of the entry receipt form as this gives details of our conditions of sale and charges.
Vendor commission rates
17.5% + VAT of the hammer price for items selling below 500
15% +VAT of the hammer price for items selling above 500
Insurance 1.50% + VAT of the hammer price (minimum charge 1.50 + VAT).
Minimum lotting fee of 8.00 + VAT
All items need to be in the salerooms by the entry deadline, or preferably earlier. This is usually two weeks prior to each sale day and enables us to process, catalogue and display the items for public viewing.
If carriage is required for larger items such as furniture, we are able to arrange collection and delivery with local carriers. The cost of this can either be deducted from the proceeds of sale or paid directly by the seller to the carrier. We can also arrange full house clearances if required.
All our auctions are advertised in the local press and nationally in the Antiques Trade Gazette, the weekly journal of the antiques industry.

Viewing days for trade buyers and public are held prior to the sale day and are always busy and well attended.
Online Catalogue
In addition to the printed catalogue our sales are available to be viewed online at our company website and also on the Antiques Trade Gazette website,
This provides world-wide marketing exposure for all the sale items. We receive requests from potential buyers from all over the world. Potential buyers are able to request further details about items in our sales and if unable to attend a sale in person can leave a commission bid with the auctioneer or arrange to bid during the sale by telephone.
Once the items have been sold, paid for and collected, cheques are sent to sellers after 21 working days.
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
John Cameron BA (Hons), MRICS, FNAVA
Auctioneer and Valuer
Trudie A. Grenfell
Administrator & Accounts
Peter Gardiner