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The Auction - a Buying Guide

We have outlined below all the information you will need to understand how to buy at auction. If you have any questions we are here to help, please contact us with your enquiry >


Our Viewing times are shown at the front of the catalogue. Cataloguers are on hand to help with enquiries about the sale and specific lots. Most items are openly displayed in the saleroom; others are stored in secure cabinets. We ask that you take care when viewing the sale. If you need assistance to view large or heavy objects please ask a porter to help. Please note when handling any item at the view or at the sale you do so at your own risk.

The Catalogue

All lots carry a description and pre-sale estimate of price. Estimates suggest the price that the lot may reach. Vendors’ reserves may be set, they are confidential, but they will not exceed the bottom estimate figure. Estimates do not include the buyers’ premium. Lots may carry abbreviations, e.g. S/D (some damage) or A/F (as found, considerable damage). We make every effort to note damage and restoration; the absence of any such note does not imply the lot is without defect. All customers should satisfy themselves of both conditions and descriptions. Any weights and measurements given are approximate. Any amendments to the catalogue are shown in Saleroom notices which are posted around the viewing/auction rooms. For further information on cataloguing terms used in the paintings and prints section please see our terms and conditions of business.

Saleroom facilities

Café is open Thursday and Friday prior to each sale.


Anyone wishing to bid should register at the sales office and will receive a bidding or paddle number before the start of the sale. The number should be shown when bidding and paying and should be returned to the cash office at the end of the day. At present registration is carried out on the day of the sale only.

Auctioning the lots

The speed of the auction will vary between auctioneers. Typically we will cover approximately 140-150 lots per hour. Bidding stops after the fall of the hammer and the auctioneer’s decision is final.

Bidding at the sale

Bidders should use the paddles they have been assigned for the day and will need to show them clearly to the auctioneer when bidding. Invoices will only be raised to the name assigned to the paddle. We cannot transfer lots to other names or numbers after the fall of the hammer.

Absentee or commission bidding

If you are unable to attend the sale but wish to bid on a lot, we can do this on your behalf. You will need to fill in a commission bid form; request one here. You should complete the contact details, list the lot and the maximum price you wish to pay, excluding the buyers’ premium. The form should then be submitted to our offices or a member of staff. The bid will be carried out by us and is entirely confidential. All bids are executed at as low a price as is permitted by other bids left and/or reserves set. Bids may be submitted by telephone with one of our members of staff, but must be received by us before 9 am on the day of the sale. Alternatively you may wish to leave a commission bid via the contact form on the details page of the lot, but we ask that you contact us to confirm receipt. Please note that all bids submitted by either method must be received at least 24 hours prior to sale day. Successful buyers will receive an invoice after the sale; payment and collection details will be enclosed. Please note, this service is offered as a convenience. We take every care in carrying out bids left with us, however we cannot be held responsible for errors made or failure to execute bids, therefore commission bids are left at the bidder’s risk. Neither requests to “buy” nor rolling bids can be accepted. (Before leaving bids please see “conditions of absentee bidding” on the enclosed bid form).

Telephone bidding

We can offer a limited number of telephone bidding lines on sale day enabling absentee bidders to bid “live”. This facility is only available on lots which carry a bottom estimate of £400 or more. Requests for telephone bids must be made at least 24 hours prior to the sale and are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Online bidding

Fieldings Auctioneers Ltd offer an online bidding service via the-saleroom.com for bidders who cannot attend the sale. In completing the bidder registration on www.thesaleroom.com and providing your credit card details and unless alternative arrangements are agreed with Fieldings Auctioneers Ltd:

1. authorise Fieldings Auctioneers Ltd, if they so wish, to charge the credit card given in part or full payment, including all fees, for items successfully purchased in the auction via the-saleroom.com, and

2. confirm that you are authorised to provide these credit card details to Fieldings Auctioneers Ltd through www.thesaleroom.com and agree that Fieldings Auctioneers Ltd are entitled to ship the goods to the card holder name and card holder address provided in fulfilment of the sale.

Please note that any lots purchased via www.thesaleroom.com live auction service will be subject to an additional 4.95% commission charge + VAT at the rate imposed on the hammer price.

Easylive charges

Where the Bidder chooses the FREE Registration option:

Easy Live Auction does not charge Bidders for accessing the Website or using the Services. The Auctioneer may charge the Bidder a percentage surcharge of up to 3% of the hammer price for successful live bids and Autobids. There are no charges for absentee bids. The Bidder is to check all charges and or commissions payable to the Auctioneer before bidding and incurring any liability to the Auctioneer. During the registration process for this option the payment card will be checked to ensure it is valid and in working order. This check consists of placing a deferred payment on the card for a nominal amount (less than £2) and voiding the transaction immediately. In the event of the void failing the payment will still never be taken from the card. Some card issuers may show this transaction temporarily on the card statement, if this is the case the transaction may take a several days to disappear from the card statement.

Where the Bidder chooses the Flat Fee per sale:

This fee will be paid direct to Easy Live Auction and the bidder will be able to bid on as many lots within the one sale with no further fees for this service. The Bidder is to check with the Auctioneer about any other fees such as buyer’s premiums that will apply.

Register at www.easyliveauction.com/


Payment can be made during or immediately after the sale. The successful buyer should take the bidding number to the cash office for processing. Payment can be made by cash, debit card, credit card or bank transfer (please ask for details). In accordance with financial regulations we do not accept single cash payments over £9,999.

Once payment has cleared, goods may be collected. Small items may be collected during the sale at the discretion of the porters, furniture may be removed at the end of the sale. Accounts staff are available to answer any enquiries regarding payment prior to and at the sale. Sold items not collected or paid for within fourteen days of the sale will incur storage charges of £5 per day per lot.

We do not accept payments over the phone for invoices in excess of £500, settlement must be made by bank transfer:
Our bank details are as follows:
Account Name: Fieldings Auctioneers Ltd Client Account
Account Number: 83848493
Sort Code: 40 47 11

Overseas clients please contact Judith for details of charges.

Goods will not be released until payment, including charges, have been made in full and cleared.

Package and shipping

We offer a limited packing service within the U.K. only and at the auctioneer’s discretion. For information please contact us. All liabilities are with the buyer. We do not pack or ship any fragile items including pottery, porcelain, glassware, paintings, arms or weaponry. We confidently suggest the following agent as an alternative choice:
79 Friar Street, Worcester, WR1 2NT
Tel: 01905 732830

Neither storage nor handling fees are charged for the first 7 days. After this time charges are made. (Please refer to our terms and conditions of business). When collecting furniture, owners will need to arrange collection times with our office and provide 48 hours advance notice. If an agent is collecting furniture we would require the third party to supply proof of identity and authorisation from the buyer.

specialist auction shipping

That’s Your Lot
Unit 38 Wombourne Enterprise Park
Bridgnorth Road
01902 475212