Buy at Auction

Bidding at auction has never been easier or more accessible.
Whether you are a first-time buyer or seasoned collector, our team is here to help with any questions you have.
Here is a simple step-by-step guide outlining the different ways you can bid at auction.

Cadmore Live

Cadmore Live is our online bidding platform which combines market-leading technology with the excitement of a live auction and allows you to bid from anywhere in the world. There is no extra fee when you bid online with Cadmore Live!

Bid in Person

We hope to allow a limited number of clients into our Saleroom for in-person bidding in the near future. You will be required to adhere to the current government guidelines. Further updates will be announced on the website!

Telephone

Telephone bidding is easy and simple with a dedicated client service relaying the bidding activity in the room on the day and placing bids on your behalf.

Absentee Bidding

Can’t place your bid in real time? Submit an absentee bid and we will bid on your behalf at the lowest possible price up to your set limit.

Worldwide Auction Platforms

We partner with many major third-party auction platforms to include the Saleroom, Easylive Auctions, Liveauctioneers, Invaluable etc to cover a large online audience!

Auction Alert

Subscribe for our free Auction Alert service and we'll send you a reminder so you will never miss an auction!

Frequently Asked Questions

A Buyer’s Premium of 20% on the hammer price plus VAT on that commission is charged.

The 20% standard rate of VAT is charged on the premium, so in short you will pay 24% inc VAT on top of the hammer price.

Information for International buyers (including the EU) and who plan to export their purchased lot(s) out of the UK:

  • Buyers will be required to pay import VAT on the hammer price of purchased lots. This payment is usually administered by the chosen shipper. The rate varies by country and it is the buyer’s responsibility to research the costs relevant to their circumstances.
  • As usual, VAT will be applied to the buyers’ premium. 

SMALL ITEMS 

We offer inhouse P&P service for all small items worldwide by Royal Mail and you can ask for this to be included in your invoice after the auction. 

UK Address

Order less than £50 in value- P&P charge £6 (plus VAT)

Order more than £50 in value- P&P charge £10 (plus VAT)

EU Address

P&P charge £15 (plus VAT)

All other international areas

P&P charge £20 (plus VAT)

BIG ITEMS

We can offer inhouse P&P service to a wide range of items and cost will vary with weight and size of the parcel, you can request this with the office after the auction.

We also work with the local Mail Boxes for handling fragile and difficult items such as Glass, Ceramics, Artworks and Large items. 

If you are the successful bidder you will be emailed an invoice setting out hammer price plus Buyer’s Premium and all other applicable charges after the auction. 

All purchased Lots must be paid within 3 days of the auction.

Payment is accepted by debit card, credit card, bank transfer or cash (subject to conditions).

 

Buyers are kindly asked to book a collection appointment and to collect their purchased lots within 2 weeks of the sale. You can go to CONTACT and book an appointment or call the office.

If a Lot remains uncollected within 2 weeks you have to contact us for further arrangement otherwise a storage fee may be charged!

If you are interested in bidding in person, or as an absentee bidder, you will need to register the bids directly with us before the sale, new clients are asked to register at least 24 hours in advance of a sale. You will be asked to provide a photo ID and other documents.

Don’t have time to follow the auction but want to bid on a particular lot? You can register for a telephone bid and we will call you when it’s time for your lot (only applied to lots with value over £200).

You can register and bid online directly on Cadmore Live with no extra charge. Simply go to the top right corner and Register an account!

If bidding using a third-party platform, registration will be managed via the bidding platform service provider.  

Shipping: Any shipping costs that may arise subsequently to the sale shall be at the Buyer’s expense. Such costs may include but not limited to postage, import and export permits where required and any other licence necessary for goods to be shipped outside of the European Union. Cadmore Auctions does not offer insurance for shipping. However, we may help arrange insurance upon the Buyer’s request prior to the sale and at the Buyer’s expense. Cadmore Auctions cannot be held responsible for any damages that may be incurred to goods prior to the fall of the hammer.

Loss or Damage: Cadmore Auctions does not accept liability for loss or damage occurring to Lots after the sale. We will use reasonable efforts when handling/packing/storing purchased Lots, but shall not be responsible for any loss or damages that may occur whilst the said Lot is in any third party’s care or with courier company.