Buying at auction

Buying at auction

There are many ways of buying at auction – in fact it has never been easier. 

Viewing Day

This is held the day prior to the auction from 10am-8pm, where prospective buyers are welcome to inspect the pieces in person. Illustrated catalogues with descriptions and guide prices are available for purchase, as well as a digitised version being available on our website or via


In order to be able to bid, prospective purchasers are required to provide their name, address and contact details. ID may also be required.

Ways of buying

Attend the Sale:

The traditional way of buying at auction is to attend the sale in person, and by doing so you will be able to enjoy the atmosphere and theatre of the live auction and give yourself the best chance of securing the items you are interested in. Currently, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are not open to the public for auctions so everything is being sold online only with no viewing, however, we are doing condition reports on the majority of the lots at the point of cataloguing and taking extra pictures. If you would like any additional information on the lots, simply click on the button 'Ask a question' in the lot screen and we will receive an email for your request.

Leave a Commission/Absentee bid:

If you cannot attend the sale but would like to bid on a single or multiple items, we can bid on your behalf. This is known as a commission bid. You can fill in a commission bid form at the auction room with details of the lot number(s) you would like to bid on and your maximum bid. You can also email this information to us. Please contact the relevant branch to confirm the email address.

Leave a bid online:

You can leave a bid through the online catalogue available on our website (additional surcharge of 2% plus VAT of the hammer price) or on (additional surcharge of 4.95% plus VAT of the hammer price).

We always execute the bids as cheaply as possible, depending on reserves and competitive bids.

Please note: No liability rests with Adam Partridge & Valuers and instructions to buy will not be accepted. 

Live Internet Bidding:

You can bid live from anywhere in the world via which has an additional charge of 2% plus VAT on top of the hammer price.

Register on our website and the live link will become available on the day.

You can also bid live via which has an additional charge of 4.95% plus VAT on top of the hammer price.

Simply register on the website and find Adam Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers and follow the necessary instructions. Please note: charge an additional fee for use of their online bidding platform. They are a third party and any issues regarding live online bidding should be discussed with them directly.

Telephone Bidding:

If you have an interest in an item(s) and are prepared to exceed the higher estimate, you can request to bid by telephone, providing that the lower estimate of the lot is greater than £200. Once you have registered your interest with us and have provided your contact details, a member of staff will call you a few minutes before your lot is offered, and will bid per your instructions, as if you were in the room yourself. It is recommended that you leave an alternative telephone number in case we are unable to get through to your primary number. You may also wish to leave a back-up bid. 

Buyer's Premium

A buyer’s premium of 20% (inclusive of VAT) is charged on all lots purchased, meaning that 20% will be added to the hammer price. Adam Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers continues to offer one of the lowest commission rates in the country.

Please note: charges an additional fee for use of their online bidding platform. It is imperative that prospective buyers are aware of all terms & conditions before bidding.

Adam Partridge Ltd also allows commission and live bidding through the website. There is an additional charge of 2% plus VAT for this service.

Payment and Collection

We accept the following methods of payment:

  • Bank Transfer (all bank charges are to be covered by the buyer)
  • Debit Cards
  • Credit Cards (AMEX not accepted and we can only accept payments on credit cards for payments less than £200)

Cash and cheques are not currently being accepted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Under no circumstances will credit be allowed.

All items purchased at auction must be paid for and collected by 5.30pm on the Friday of the week following the auction.

Once you have paid your invoice, you can book a contactless collection online.  Just click on the button below and book your 30 minute time slot. Please ensure you use the invoice number and the sale number so we are able to have the invoice ready. Please also ensure the booking is in the same name as the one shown on the invoice. 

Book appointment online

Collections must be made within a week following the sale. Opening times are as follows:

  • Monday 9.00am to 5.30pm
  • Tuesday 9.00am to 5.30pm
  • Wednesday 9.00am to 5.30pm
  • Thursday 9.00am to 5.30pm
  • Friday 9.00am to 5.30pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed

Items that remain uncollected will be moved to our storage facility and storage charges will be levied at the rate of £5 + VAT per lot per day plus interest of 4% of the hammer price per month backdated to the date of the auction.

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