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Buying with Elmwood’s

Find something you love

Begin by finding something you love in our of our auctions. Check our calendar for forthcoming auctions and events, then view our catalogues online here, or come along to one of our auction viewings which happen prior to each sale at our gallery. Items can also be seen by appointment if you are unable to make it to our viewing.

Register to Bid

Next you must register to bid, which can be done online, in person or by telephone. To register to bid, please contact us by email with all the necessary details including name, address and telephone number, or alternatively register to bid through our online bidding partner Invaluable by clicking here.

Choose a Bidding Method

In Person - Nothing quite beats the thrill of bidding person. Prior to bidding in person, it will be necessary to register your details with us, including photographic ID and proof of address, so that we can allocate you an auction paddle number.

By Telephone - If you are unable to attend the auction in person, you can still bid via the telephone. You will need to register with us beforehand, and notify us that you would like to bid by telephone. One of our client service representatives will then call you during the sale as we are approaching your lot, allowing you to bid through your telephone representative live during the auction. Please contact us by telephone, email or in person to arrange this.

By Absentee Bid - We can also facilitate absentee bidding, which allows you to leave a written bid with us prior to the sale. The auctioneer will then execute this bid as cheaply as possible on your behalf during the sale. Please contact us by telephone, email or in person to arrange this.

Bid Online - We also offer bidding through our online bidding partner platform Invaluable which can be accessed by clicking here

Payment

If you are successful in bidding at auction, you will receive post sale notifications by email, including:

  • An invoice detailing auction sale price and all other charges such as buyer’s premium, VAT, etc.
  • Details of how to pay
  • Information regarding storage & collection
  • Shipping information, where relevant

Shipping

We are very pleased to be able to offer a comprehensive in-house shipping service on all lots sold. For more information regarding shipping, or for a quote, please email shipping@elmwoods.co.uk

Storage & Collection

We will happily store purchases free of charge until the Friday at the end of the week following each auction. After this point, unless otherwise agreed in writing with us, all lots will be subject to a storage charge of £10 per day plus VAT.

Following each auction, goods will be available for collection from our office in Notting Hill in our normal opening hours, otherwise by appointment.

Buyer’s Premium

All lots purchased at auction and by private treaty will be subject to a buyer’s premium charged at a rate of 20% of the hammer price. This premium is subject to VAT payable at the standard UK rate.

At present, we have the lowest buyer’s premium of any specialist auction house in London, with our competitors charging 25% + VAT (Sothebys, Bonhams, Christies, Phillips, Chiswick Auctions), 23% + VAT (Roseberys) and 22% + VAT (London Auctions). In light of the abolition of credit card payment charges, many auction houses have increased their premium in January 2018 - we have not.