Buying and Selling

Buying at Eton Auctions

Buying at auction is a simple yet exciting experience. We offer these following ways to buy with us:

Absentee Bid
For customers unable to attend the auction they may leave an Absentee bid with the auctioneer, also known as a Commission or Written bid. We are happy to execute these bids on your behalf and will purchase the lot as cheaply as possible, other bids and reserves permitting. Forms are available at request during the viewing period. Once completed can be returned to the auctioneers office. Absentee and telephone bids are offered as a free service and at the buyer’s risk, we cannot accept liability for any failure to place such bids. In certain circumstance a deposit may be requested to use this facility.

Telephone Bid
Telephone bidding works in a similar way to Absentee bidding, however a member of staff will telephone you just before your selected lot is due to come under the hammer. You will then be able to bid live over the telephone for the lot, with the member of staff conveying your bid to the auctioneer. This facility is offered for all sales. The minimum lot value for a telephone bid is £500. Because telephone lines are limited, telephone bids must be booked at least 24 hours in advance of the sale. Telephone bids are accepted at the sole discretion of the auctioneer. Absentee and telephone bids are offered as a free service and at the buyer’s risk, we cannot accept liability for any failure to place such bids, and bids are accepted at the buyer’s risk. In certain circumstance a deposit may be requested to use this facility.

Online Bid
The most common and easiest way for potential bidders to attend the auction is to register and bid via the internet. Eton Auctions host their auctions via 2 different online platforms, The Saleroom and Live Auctioneers Registration is simple and can be achieved in the comfort of your own home, with the added service of receiving condition reports and additional images and information if required. Along with the opportunity to receive won items through Eton Auctions internal post and packaging service, or through our recommended couriers (please see below), customers from across the world can partake in our auctions, knowing that the services are in place to assist them.

Buying Fees
20% OF THE HAMMER PRICE, PLUS VAT

PLEASE SEE OUR SELLING TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR FURTHER DETAILS ON UNSOLD LOTS & AFTER SALES & PAYMENTS

Eton Auctions auctions are easy to view, and clients may view without any obligation or pressure to buy. Catalogues are available showing estimated prices. Auctioneers are on hand to give advice and information on what you are buying.

Selling at Eton Auctions

Eton Auctions will be happy to provide free valuations, we will happily view the items at our saleroom or can provide a free online valuation service, we would require the following details if opting for the latter option:

Please have the following information available:

Clear color images of the front and back, and a close-up of the signature or maker's mark
Dimensions or Medium (If known)
History or Provenance of the item

Please allow 3 days for a response. (Valuations)

Invitation to Consign
Consignments of items are always welcome at Eton Auctions. If the category of the item you wish to consign is not listed below, please feel free to contact the saleroom direct and we can direct your needs accordingly.

Chinese & Japanese Art
Asian .Indian & Mughal Art
English & Continental Ceramics
Silver & Jewellery
20th Century Design
Clocks
Bronzes & Sculptures

Selling Fees
10% OF THE HAMMER PRICE, PLUS VAT

PLEASE SEE OUR SELLING TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR FURTHER DETAILS ON UNSOLD LOTS & AFTER SALES & PAYMENTS