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Buying Antiques At Bamfords Auctioneers

Open Viewing Days

Join us on view days to look around the saleroom, you'll be amazed to find the fabulous objects of days gone by as well as contemporary design and furnishings. Our evening views are perfect for those who wish to attend after work, and if you can't attend the actual sale you can always leave a bid with us.

Viewing days are scheduled as followed:
Victorian, Edwardian and General Sales are scheduled for the Tuesday before the sale between 1pm and 7pm and the morning of the sale from 9am.
Three Day Fine Art Sales are scheduled for the Sunday and Monday Prior to the sale between 2pm and 5pm, Tuesday prior to the sale between 1pm and 7pm and on the morning of the sale from 9am.
Four Day Fine Art Sales are scheduled for the Sunday prior to the sale between 2pm and 5pm, Monday prior to the sale between 1pm and 7pm and on the morning of the sale from 9am.
Toys, Advertising and Tins Sales are scheduled for the Thursday before the sale between 2pm and 5pm and on the morning of the sale from 9am.
For Viewing outside the published times please ring reception and we will try and accomodate, subject to staffing available.

You can also take a look through our lots online.


Sale Days

Everyone is welcome to come along to enjoy the atmosphere. If you wish to bid please register and obtain a paddle number from reception, it's free. Don't worry about winking, sneezing or twitching, bidding is simple, just raise your number.
To find our next auction visit the calendar or go to our auctions section to see upcoming lots.

Weekly Victorian, Edwardian and General sales include general household furniture and effets.
Quarterly Specialist Collectors' sales include toys, postcards, medals, cigarette cards, stamps, etc.
Quarterly Antiques and Fine Art sales include fine ceramics, glass, silver, jewellery, pictures, furniture, clocks and works of art.
Periodic Country House and Estate sales can include everything from the front door knocker to undiscovered treasures in the attic.

If you cannot attend the sale, we will carry out your bids up to the price you specify - we will bid to obtain the cheapest price for you. You may instruct a 'Plus One Bid' which may save you from just missing out, in which case write '+1' against the item. Absentee bidding forms are available from reception, in the back of your catalogue or downloadable from our website. If there are two commission bids of the same value, preference is given to the bid which was received first.
Telephone bids are accepted on lots that have an estimated value of over £500. It is reasonable to expect that you would be prepared to bid for the lot over the top end of the auction estimate. All telephone bids must be confirmed in writing and be accepted at least 24 hours before the start of the auction.
Commission bids can also be placed online via the lot page you are interested in, by following this simple and fast process you will never miss a lot again.


Payment and Delivery

If your bid is successful you can pay in person by debit or credit card and cash, if you are not paying in person you may pay by debit card over the telephone or by bank transfer. Bamfords charge 17.5% Buyers' Premium plus VAT on the hammer price of each lot (21% plus VAT for Collectors' and Specialist sales, however this is reduced to 19.5% if payment is made within 5 working days of the sale commencing).

If you can't collect your items on the day of the sale, don't worry, we are happy to keep them for you until the end of the week. If you need to arrange transport please ask our removals desk for a competitive quote. Bamfords can offer postage on items of a small and non fragile nature, our minimum charge is £15 for Royal Mail Special Delivery service. Please be aware that we cannot offer postage of weapons, ceramics or paintings and pictures and we do not offer postage internationally. We can recommend our local Mailboxes for pack and send services on items we cannot offer to send.

For collections Bamfords are open Monday - Friday 9am - 5.30pm, we are open the third Saturday of the month for valuations and can, if requested, bring the item(s) to reception for collection.

All couriers should bring identification, proof of payment and buyers details.