Bamfords are one of the region's leading auction houses with valuers specialising in the sale and valuation of antiques and fine art.
We hold weekly and monthly valuation days across Derbyshire that you can attend and bring any items of interest to for a free valuation. To find details of upcoming valuation days, take a look at our calendar
Our team of valuers are also available at our offices to assist in all areas.
For individual items you may want to deliver them yourself to the saleroom; for larger items or entire house contents, Bamfords can organise removal contractors for you, normally within a few days. On arrival at the saleroom, the consignment will be split into two sections, furniture and boxed items. The receipt for the furniture and larger items will be dispatched immediately; a secondary receipt will follow shortly, after the goods have been sorted into appropriate lots. Items for the specialist sales will be stored in the departments and a pre-sale notification will be sent on one week prior to the sale. Items left at Bamfords' premises are deemed to be consigned for sale and will be catalogued and sold accordingly.
The auctioneer will always use their discretion to achieve the item's full value. Instructions for specific reserves must be received in writing prior to the sale day. On arrival to Bamfords, all lots are allocated to one of four specific sales where they will achieve their optimum value. 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.
Sellers Commission Rates
Our vendor commission rates are 12.5% of the hammer price of each lot. We also charge 3% of the hammer price of each lot for insurance (subject to a minimum charge of £2). All our charges are subject to VAT.
There is a minimum commission whether the item is sold or unsold of £3 per lot (uncatalogued sales) and £10 per lot (catalogued sales).
Illustration and Internet Charges
£10 to £100 depending on size and format
The withdrawal fee for a lot which has been catalogued is 15% of the reserve price or the auctioneers upper estimate of the auction value, subject to a minimum charge of £25 plus VAT
Bamfords reserve the right to make a minimum charge of £5 per item to have the goods checked by an electrician for safety
Bamfords can arrange full and part clearances at a cost of approximately £45 per hour. All goods deemed unsuitable for sale will be disposed of, a charge of £100 per tonne or part tonne + VAT is made for this service.
The net sale proceeds received from the buyer in cleared funds will be forwarded to the vendor no later than 28 working days after the auction (we endeavour to settle non-catalogued sales within 14 days after the auction) The net sale proceeds are the hammer price less commission and expenses. (Expenses – removals, photography, electrical testing and any other agreed charges)