We want to make buying at auction as straightforward as possible, no matter the estimate of the lot you are after.
Buyer’s Fees Explained
A buyer’s premium will be added to the hammer price of each lot that you purchase. This is currently 20%. VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the buyer’s premium of all lots.
Find An Item
All our auctions are listed in our auction calendar, along with forthcoming sale highlights and all the latest auction news. Fully illustrated catalogues are available in the days leading up to the sale.
All our sales are open for public viewing in our salerooms. Our sales are held every three weeks on a Thursday and Friday. Viewing for the sales are held on the Tuesday and Wednesday prior to each sale.
Register for a sale
To bid at Gerrards for the first time you will need to create an account, which can be done by creating an online at My Gerrards, telephoning us, or in person when you arrive at Gerrards. You will need to provide:
- Your name
- Your address
- Photo identification (driving licence/passport)
- Valid debit or credit card
Once you have an account with us, you will simply need to register to bid in each sale. This can be done when you arrive at Gerrards, when you will be issued with a bidding paddle.
If you are unable to attend the sale in person, there are easy alternative ways to take part in the sale:
Create or log in to your My Gerrards account to submit absentee commission bids online, or bid live online through Gerrards Live Bidding (a surcharge of 1.5% plus VAT of the hammer price in addition to the standard buyer’s premium and other charges will be payable).
You can also register to bid live online through www.the-saleroom.com (a surcharge of 4.95% plus VAT of the hammer price in addition to the standard buyer’s premium and other charges will be payable to the-saleroom.com).
You can place an absentee bid, and the auctioneer will bid on your behalf to obtain the lot as cheaply as possible. To make an absentee bid you can complete a bidding form at reception, telephone us, or submit your bid using your My Gerrards account by clicking the ‘leave a bid’ button next to the lot details. You should give us the maximum hammer price you are prepared to pay, remembering to take into account the buyer’s premium and any taxes and charges payable on top of the hammer price.
Commission bids must be submitted by close of business on the day before the sale. If identical bids are submitted, the person who bid first will take precedence.
You can take part in the sale by bidding over the telephone for lots . It is advisable to book a Telephone bid by close of business on the day before the sale.
Contact us for more information
Payment (in pounds sterling) can be made as soon as you have won your lot. We accept bankers draft, cashiers cheque, personal cheque, travellers’ cheques, debit cards and cash up to £8,000. Payment by debit card may be made over the telephone up to the amount of £500 only.
Wire transfers should be sent to:
Barclays Bank, Birley Street Blackpool
Sort Code: 20-10-03
Account Number: 53462587
Account Name: Gerrards Auctioneers Client Account
IBAN: GB98 BUKB 2010 0353 4625 87
Payment should be made within 14 days of the sale, and monies from wire transfers and cheques must be cleared into our account before items may be collected.
Payment for lots purchased through Tennants Live Bidding or by leaving absentee bids through your ‘My Gerrards’ account, can be made online through your account.
For full details please see our terms and conditions.
Collection, Delivery and Storage
Once payment for lots has been received collection or transportation of purchased lots must be made within seven days of the sale.
We are open for collections Monday – Saturday between 10.00am and 5pm.
Storage charges will be levied on all lots not collected within seven days of the sale. This will include a handling fee of £5 plus VAT per lot as well as a storage charge of £5 plus VAT per lot per day. Furniture, carpets, clocks and larger works of art will normally remain in the salerooms for seven working days following each sale, after which they will be removed to storage and arrangements for collection must be made in advance.
We have our own specialist packing and shipping service and are happy to arrange this for you. Gerrards will add postage and packing to your sales invoice.
Gerrards also offer a door to door courier service to take the stress out of receiving delicate or expensive items.
If you are arranging your own professional delivery, please ensure that the lot has been paid for and the transport company has full details of the items being collected.
Artist’s Resale Right
If you buy a work of art by a living artist or an artist who has died in the last 70 years, which costs more than the UK sterling equivalent of €1,000, you will have to pay a royalty relating to the Artists Resale Right Regulations 2006. The royalties are administered by the Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS), or the Artist’s Collecting Society (ACS), and no handling costs are retained by Gerrards.
Items that may qualify for this royalty are marked in the catalogue with a tick next to the lot number.