A Buyer's Guide

Pre Sale

Browsing our catalogues is a great way to discover more about what’s coming up in future sales. Of course once the sale is on view, visit our salerooms to see what’s on offer for yourself.


Cover basic catalogue information such as size, date or age, medium, type, attribution, quantity and so on.


Are given for all lots and can be based on prices recently paid at auction for comparable property. They can take into account rarity, condition, quality and provenance. The reserve is the price below which a lot will not sell. Since it is confidential it is not published in the catalogue, but the reserve will never exceed the low estimate.

Talk to our Specialists

Who will always be happy to discuss the lot in greater detail; click here to email us.

Condition Reports

Are available on request. These supplement the catalogue description and provide guidance on a lot’s condition. The absence of a condition report in our online catalogue does not neccesarily imply that a lot is in good condition.

View the Lot Personally

We would always recommend coming to the saleroom and looking at a lot for yourself, especially in the case of more valuable items.


Next to the lot number can indicate a variety of things, such as droit de suite, VAT being applicable on top of the hammer price or be a reference to a particular collection within the sale.

Catalogue Subscriptions

If you wish to subscribe and receive our industry leading illustrated catalogues, please contact us to receive further details of our catalogue pricing.


Bidding at auction has never been easier, there are four ways to buy offering you convenience and flexibility whether you are able to attend the auction in person or not.

In the Saleroom

You will experience the buzz, and atmosphere of bidding in a live auction. To bid in person just arrive in time to register. If you haven’t bid with us before you’ll need to bring some form of identification such as a driver’s licence or passport.

Cheffins Live

Is our online bidding service and allows you to see and hear the auction in progress giving you a real time link into the saleroom direct from your computer or mobile device. All you have to do is click to bid wherever you are. Click here to register for live bidding.

Telephone Bidding

Enables you to talk directly to a Cheffins member of staff in the auction itself who will relay progress back to you and, on your instruction, bid on your behalf. Please arrange a telephone line at least 24 hours before the sale, and bare in mind that booking a line commits you to bidding at least within estimate should the bidding reach that level. To organise a telephone bid download a form and return to us either via email or post or telephone us on +44 (0)1223 213 343. We reserve the right to refuse this service for any bidder who, having booked a line, consistently does not place a bid.

Absentee or Commission Bids

Are great if you cannot attend the auction or are not available to participate either online or on the telephone. An absentee or commission bid is simply your maximum bid, and the auctioneer will execute this for you, endeavouring to buy for as little as any other bids or reserves allow. To leave a bid, register online here, alternatively download a form and return to us either via email or post. It is also possible to leave a bid via telephone on +44 (0)1223 213 343. All bids are confirmed via email where available.

Paying & Taking Home

Once you have paid for your lot you can take it home or arrange for it to be delivered. Whilst we do not offer any in-house packing or shipping services, we are always happy to provide details of appropriate third parties to undertake these services on your behalf.

How Much Will You Pay?

If you are successful you will pay the hammer price plus buyer’s premium on each lot, this is charged at 22.5% + VAT (27%) of the hammer price. We will email you an invoice post sale with details on how to pay, or you can click here to make a secure payment online now.



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