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Guide for Sellers

  • Regulations and Guidance from the Government concerning COVID-19 have meant a new way of working and a new way of running our auctions. Since England moved to Step 4 of the roadmap on 19 July, Government advice is that everyone should be cautious while managing the risks as cases of COVID-19 remain high. The safety of our customers and staff is our primary concern. We encourage all visitors to the auction room to wear a mask and be mindful of social distancing. Please see further guidelines for visitors.
  • Please telephone us to make an appointment before visiting the auction room to consign items for sale.
  • The information on this page is intended as a summary only, click here for Terms for Sellers. Sellers and Buyers should familiarise themselves with the Terms and Conditions and contact us if there are any matters about which they are unsure.
  • The rate of commission is 21.6% (18% + VAT). There is a minimum commission of £1.20 per lot (£1.00 + VAT).
  • There is an entry fee of £14.40 (£12 + VAT) per consignment. A consignment can consist of one or more lots, provided the items constituting that consignment are brought to the saleroom on one day, or over two consecutive days.
  • Our online-only sales are held every three weeks and include antiques, collectables and household items. Bidders may also participate by leaving a commission bid or, for higher estimate lots, booking a telephone bid. Click here for our sales calendar.
  • We will discuss with you whether it’s appropriate to place a reserve on a lot. Before the sale, we will write to you or email you a list with full catalogue descriptions of your lots. Fully illustrated catalogues are published on this website and on the-saleroom.com.
  • After your consignment is made, we will place the lots into a sale as soon as we can. Due to the large quantity of consignments we receive, this might not necessarily be the next auction on the calendar. Items for sale which are ‘waiting their turn’ are kept in a secure storage area, at no extra charge, until they are placed in an auction.
  • Most antiques, collectables and good quality household items sell at the first or second entry into auction. For low value items, we are able to enter these into an auction only once, and we make a charge to dispose of items which cannot be sold. We reserve the right to refuse any lots unsuitable for sale.
  • Following the sale, we will issue you a fully itemised statement, and we can pay the net proceeds directly into your bank account (at no extra charge), or we can send a cheque if you prefer. Settlement is approximately 10 days after the sale. Potburys acts as agents for the seller, and sales proceeds cannot be paid out until full payment has been received from the buyer. In turn, therefore, we do not release goods until they have been paid for in full.
  • Please click here details of our house clearance and valuation services
  • Please do not visit the auction room if you feel unwell, have a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.
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