Can anyone attend the Wellers auctions and bid?
Yes, the auctions are open to the public, anyone over 16 can come and register to bid.
I've never been to an auction before, I'm worried that I'll accidentally buy something?
That's a common fear, but misplaced. You will see some people who make subtle bids but this is because they are regulars who are known by the Auctioneer. To bid, you should look at the Auctioneer and let them know that you are bidding, for example raise your registration card above your head.
What do I have to do to bid?
You will be required to complete a registration form with your name and contact details and sign to accept our terms and conditions of sale, which are auction industry standard. Our staff will provide you with a numbered bidding card. Whenever you want to bid just raise your card clearly to the auctioneer. You must be registered to bid.
Are there any other charges over and above the Hammer Price?
Yes, in general all Auctioneers levy a Buyer's Premium on the Hammer Price. Ours is 20% + VAT though the Premium may vary in some Specialist Auctions. A few Lots (thoes marked with an * in the Catalogue) also attract VAT on the Hammer Price. Thus, the costs can be for example:
A) A £100 Hammer price with only Buyers Premium of £24.00 inc VAT (20% + VAT) equates to a total cost of £124.00
B) Where there is VAT on the Hammer Price of £100 there will be Buyers Premium inc VAT of £24.00 (20% + VAT) and VAT on Hammer of £20.00 (20%) equating to a total cost of £144.00.
Can I park near the Auction?
There are 3 Public Car Parks near our Auction Rooms, click here for the map. Kitsmead Saleground has free car parking at the ground.
How can I pay for lots I have won?
Invoices must be paid prior to removal of goods. Payment accepted by either Cash, Debit or Credit Card (chip and pin required) Credit Cards are subject to a 2.5% surcharge, NOTE - Maximum of £500 by Telephone. Cheques are accepted up to your Card Limit. You may also pay by Bacs - please contact us for details.
When can I pick up the lots I have bought?
As soon as you have paid, bring the copy Invoice to a Porter in the Auction Room. The Porter will give you the Lots you have bought. Do not help yourself. Goods must be collected either on the day of the Sale or by Tuesday following the Sale. After this time there will be a storage charge of £1/Lot/Day.
Do you deliver?
No, you must make arrangements to remove lots from our premises. We can supply you details of a local Carrier.
How long does an auction last for?
The auctioneer will get through around around 140 lots per hour, so a 1,000 lot auction will last approx 7 hours, but this can vary greatly depending on the nature of goods for sale.
Can I bid via telephone?
Yes for Lots in excess of a £100 estimate. Call or email us prior to the Sale to make the arrangements. You can leave a commission bid by completing a Commission Bid form, our Online Commission Bid form, or via email. You can also bid live during the Auction via the Internet.