Buying at auction is a hassle free process. For every auction sale, you can view all the lots in person and eye up the ones that really pique your interest.
We’re also on hand to talk you through a particular lot. Our sales take place every Saturday, and our late night views run until 7pm the Friday before. If you can’t make the sale viewing, don’t worry we have this covered. For any items you’re interested in bidding on, we’re happy to provide condition reports, so you gain more detail about the lot. Just make sure that you’re satisfied with the condition before bidding. We’ve replaced our printed catalogues, with online catalogues, to make it easier to browse in the comfort of your own home. So you can start browsing away, approximately one week before every auction sale.View Auction Calendar
When bidding in person, you can’t beat the sense of excitement in the air. Just register at the sales office on the day of the auction, and we’ll give you what’s called a paddle number.
This is a bidding number that you raise up when bidding, so the auctioneer can see it clearly – and make eye contact too, when placing your bid. Don’t worry if you scratch your nose, we won’t be inadvertently selling you a Picasso.
Invoices are raised to the name assigned to the paddle number. We can’t transfer lots to other names or numbers after the fall of the gavel, when bidding literally stops - the auctioneers decision is final, so there’s no going back.
Auction sales vary in how long they take to complete, depending on the auctioneer of the day. Generally, we sell around 120 lots per hour.
You just need to produce your paddle number when paying for your lot. Please note there is a buyer’s premium of 24% (inclusive of VAT on all purchased items).
If you can’t be there. Don’t panic.
Can’t get to the auction sale on the day? Don’t worry. You can still bid with us – it’s called absentee or commission bidding. We take your instructions and act on your behalf.
It couldn’t be easier. Just leave your maximum bid with us in person, via phone or email and we can bid on your behalf - up to that amount.
We can also relay the ‘live’ bidding to you via telephone if you prefer to listen to live updates. Just be aware there are only limited telephone lines, so it’s first come first served. We advise you arrange a telephone bid at least 24 hours prior to the start of the sale and we can only accept telephone bid on items with an estimate of + £400.
If you’re bidding in person in the room, you can pay for the item during or immediately after the sale. Just take the bidding number to the cash office for processing.
You can pay by cash, debit or credit card and bank transfer (please ask for details). Just be aware that we don’t accept single cash payments over £8,800 (€10,000) in accordance with financial regulations.
If you’re bidding online or via absentee/telephone bid, you’ll receive an invoice via email with a link to our secure online payment system.
Once payment has cleared, you’re free to collect your successful bid. Small items can be collected during the sale at the discretion of the porters, and larger items such as furniture can be removed at the end of the sale. Our accounts staff are also 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 incur storage charges of £5 per day per lot.
For invoices in excess of £500, we don’t accept payments over the phone but rather settlement via bank transfer. When payment is received, including any cleared charges, you can pick up your items.
Absentee or commission bidding
If you’re unable to pick up your successful bid, we offer a limited packing service within the UK only and at the auctioneer’s discretion. For information please contact us.
Just be aware that liabilities are with you the buyer and we do not pack or ship any fragile items such as pottery, porcelain, glassware, paintings, arms or weaponry.
We’re happy to recommend the following agents as an alternative choice:
79 Friar Street, Worcester, WR1 2NT
Tel: 01905 732830
That’s Your Lot
Unit 38 Wombourne Enterprise Park, Bridgnorth Road, Wolverhampton, WV5 0AL
Tel: 01902 475212
Storage and handling fees are only charged after 7 days. (Please refer to our terms and conditions of business). For furniture collection, owners should arrange collection times with our office and provide 48 hours advance notice. If an agent is collecting furniture, they need to supply proof of identity and authorisation from you.
Please just get in touch and ask if you are unsure of anything, we are a friendly bunch! Below we have prepared some frequently asked questions and a glossary to help you.
Fieldings Auctioneers Ltd
Mill Race Lane
Tel: 01384 444 140
Click here for information on how to find us.
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:
Mailboxes 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.