Selling at Auction

Clevedon Salerooms can trace an unbroken heritage of the sale by auction in the town of fine and decorative arts to the 1870s.  Our experienced valuers are available to offer free advice on the entire auction process.

Free valuations for sale purposes

The first stage of the auction process is an assessment by one of our experienced valuers. All of our valuers are either RICS Regulated Chartered Arts & Antiques Surveyors or Society of Fine Art Auctioneers  Associate Valuers. We hold regular free valuation days at the Salerooms, (usually the Monday and Tuesday of alternate weeks) and additional off-site valuation days as advertised in the press and our newsletter. We have an extensive range of Sale Categories and in addition to our full time valuation staff, we have access to a team of specialist consultants across a range of subject areas.

Many people save time by taking advantage of our free online valuation form and we aim to respond as quickly as possible, subject to any research required.

For larger collections, or where you need to clear an entire house contents, please contact the Saleroom to discuss the various options available. In most cases we can arrange for a valuer to visit without charge.

If you are happy with our valuers estimate of your items, they can then advise you regarding the auction process and most appropriate sale.

Which sale will my items go in?

Every lot, in every sale, illustrated and sold with live internet bidding

Once you have decided that you wish to consign your items to Clevedon Salerooms, the valuer will discuss the two types of auction that Clevedon Salerooms hold and recommend which items are suitable for which sale, and why and they will assist you in filling out a Vendor Entry form.

Regular Antiques & Interiors Sale  (held every two weeks)

Features fully illustrated online catalogues available on three specialist websites with advanced search algorithms bringing bidders straight to our vendors lots, all sales feature live internet bidding. Prior to the auction, vendors receive a pre-sale email notification of their lots. 

Quarterly Specialist Sale

Features fully illustrated online catalogues available on four specialist websites with advanced search algorithms bringing bidders straight to our vendors lots.  Live internet bidding, telephone bidding and multiple lot images with condition reports prepared in advance for every lot. Before the auction, vendors receive a pre-sale notification letter and a complimentary copy of the extensively illustrated printed auction catalogue. 

The reserve price

This is the minimum hammer price (reserve) that an item will be sold for. The reserve must be agreed with the Salerooms valuer at the time of consignment. The reserve price is confidential and is not disclosed to prospective buyers. Where there is no reserve specified the items will be sold for the highest bid. Clevedon Salerooms do not usually place reserves on items valued below £50.

Delivery of items to the Salerooms

Clevedon Salerooms can instruct on your behalf independent experienced and fully insured carriers who can pack and deliver items to the Salerooms. Vendors are welcome to make their own transport arrangements and all consignments generally need to be delivered to the Salerooms on the published consignment days at the Salerooms. Deliveries outside of these days need to be made by prior arrangement with the Saleroom Manager.

Settlement

The Sale results are uploaded to our website every 30 minutes during the sale. For the antiques and interior sale we account to our vendors one week after the sale with an itemised account. For the Quarterly Specialist Sale a result notification letter is sent out three working days  after the sale detailing the individual results and amounts due. The sale proceeds are then sent (subject to our receiving payment from the purchaser), within 28 days of the sale.

Payment is made by sterling cheque or bank transfer.

Unsold items

In the event an item fails to sell, an unsold lot notification is sent by post to the Vendor with our suggested course of action. This may be to re-enter the lot into a subsequent auction, arrange collection or where no bids were received, we suggest donating to charity.

Our charges to vendors

Our competitive commission rate to Vendors is as follows:

On any single lot which sells in excess of £2,000 = 10%

On any single lot which realises less than the above = 15%*

(*We do not charge a minimum commission unlike many Salerooms)

Loss and damage warranty = 1.5%

Lot entry fee = £5

Printed catalogue illustration (Quarterly sales only) = From £5 to £30

All the above subject to VAT

Click here to see our full Vendor Terms of Consignment & Sale

Our commitment to you

Clevedon Salerooms Limited operate to the highest professional standards

Members of the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers SOFAA

Experienced valuers (all with 20 years minimum experience)

Separate ring-fenced client money client accounts

Professional Indemnity insurance

Public liability insurance

Click here for our Complaints handling procedure

Clevedon Salerooms Limited is a member of the Property Ombudsman scheme

Click here for our Privacy Policy to see how we use, store and protect client data

Valuation Days

We hold regular valuation days at our saleroom in Clevedon. If you have an item you’d like valued please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.

Free Valuation Dates
Online Valuations

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