Selling at Auction
Prior to submitting items for sale our team of specialists and general valuers would be pleased to give you a free market appraisal of your objects.
If you would prefer to bring your items to us at our London saleroom we are open for valuations between 9.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, and on selected Saturdays, please contact us to enquire. Please note we are unable to conduct valuations on viewing or auction days so it is advisable to contact us to confirm the correct valuer is at the saleroom and available prior to making your journey.
If you would like to make an appointment to meet one of our specialists at our central London office, or if you have a number of items and would like to arrange for our valuers to come to your home, please contact us on +44 (0)20 8761 2522 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Consigning Your Items
Once you have received your valuation, and if are happy to submit your items to auction, you will be given a property receipt form by us. This form outlines details of the items, auction estimates and dates for the auctions in which we have entered your objects.
Although we always recommend that you allow our auctioneers to sell your items at their discretion, we are always happy to agree a fixed reserve price, below which we will not sell an item.
If you are unable to bring your items to our saleroom we can help you to arrange a collection from your home or workplace.
We work with a specialist fine art mover to ensure you are able to get your items to our secure storage location.The fee for this service can either be charged directly to you, or it can be taken from the auction proceeds.
Before the Auction
All vendors receive a pre-sale notification of items entered in our auctions, and copies of the auction catalogue for our quarterly fine and specialist sales are available by request.
Our vendors can be sure their lots will be seen by the widest possible audience of prospective buyers thanks to our comprehensive online and offline marketing programme; designed to ensure maximum exposure to a global market of millions of Fine Art and Antiques collectors.
Our team of in-house specialists and external consultants provide extensively researched academic catalogue descriptions which sit beside professionally photographed images of the items offered for sale in our auction catalogues.
All lots are also fully illustrated on Roseberys website, as well as on a range of third-party promotional websites, including invaluable.com, liveauctioneers.com, epailive.com, barnebys.com and the-saleroom.com,
We give our bidders the widest range of options to ensure they can take part in all of our auctions. Prospective buyers can leave an absentee bid with us directly or via our website, or they can bid live by telephone, or online through RoseberysLive, our new online bidding portal, or via the services of the-saleroom.com or liveauctioneers.com.
In addition, our Asian Art sales are broadcast live online with Asia’s only live bidding portal epailive.com.
Our standard vendor commission rate is 15% of hammer price with loss and damage warranty being charged at 1.75% of the hammer price. However, we are always happy to negotiate our commission rates for high value consignments.
In addition to the vendor commission rate, the following charges apply:
Entry Fee: £20
Catalogue Illustration Charge: £20-60 depending on image size (where applicable and only chargeable for fine art and specialist auctions)
VAT applies to all charges and we do not apply any charges or fees for items that do not sell.
After the Auction
Shortly after the sale you will receive notification by email and by post detailing the hammer prices your items achieved at auction.
If you would like to receive results on the day of the auction they will be uploaded to our website after the sale, or alternatively you can contact us by telephone.
Settlement of the net sum due to you is made for all items that have been paid for and collected 28 days after the sale. Payment can be made by either cheque or bank transfer, and will be accompanied by a statement reconciling your account. Any fees and charges will be deducted at this point, and they will be outlined on your statement.
In the unlikely event that an item remains unsold you will be notified within five working days of the auction.
Unsold items are automatically entered in a timed online auction with our sister company Vertu at Roseberys at no additional charge. Items will be entered with the same estimate and reserve unless you advise us you would like to arrange for the item to be collected.
If you do decide to collect your item we politely request that all items are collected within seven days of the auction.
Terms & Conditions
For more information about selling through Roseberys please see our Terms & Conditions for Sellers.