We aim to make buying and selling through Addisons Auctioneers a simple and enjoyable procedure. Below you will find some basic guidelines to help you plan your visit to the next Auction.

Buying at Auction – Bidding

Bids can be made in the following ways:

  • Bid in person on a sale day. Prospective buyers are required to register with Addisons Auctioneers and are consequently allocated a Buyer Number. Buyer’s details are treated as confidential.
  • Bid live online via the-saleroom.com/addisons
  • Bid by commission (absentee bid) up to the evening before the sale. Commission slips are available at Reception or alternatively complete the bidding form on the website.
  • Bid by telephone during the sale. We have telephone lines available for clients who are unable to attend the auction.


All buyers are required to register prior to a sale. All client details are treated as confidential.

Absentee Bids

Absentee bids are subject to verification. Bids will be executed as cheaply as possible on your behalf, up to your stated value. The Buyer is responsible for contacting Addisons Auctioneers within 24 hours of the sale to find out if the bid has been successful.

First Time Buyers

Please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff for friendly advice about bidding at auction.


We accept the following methods of payment:

  • Cash
  • Cheque supported by a valid guarantee card
  • Bank Draft
  • Bank Transfer
  • Credit Cards (Visa & MasterCard)
  • Debit Cards

Please note there is a surcharge of 2% plus VAT on all credit card payments. There is also a £0.50 charge for debit cards.

Please note that ‘card holder not present transactions’ (i.e. payments by card over the telephone or via the-saleroom.com) are strictly limited to a maximum of £500 per transaction

Payments over £500 must be made by bank transfer (please contact us for our bank transfer details), cheque or cash.

Bank transfer charges are the responsibility of the purchaser.

Purchases will not be released from the saleroom until we are in receipt of cleared funds.

When the purchaser is collecting from the saleroom the original card used for payment will need to be produced.

If a third party is collecting on behalf of the purchaser we will require prior written authority, a copy of the invoice and ID of the third party collecting.

Packing of Goods

We can not provide packing materials.

Postage and Packing

We are happy to offer customers a packing and postage service where we can.  However, we recommend Mailboxes for the shipping of fragile ceramics, heavy items, paintings under glass etc.  Contact Mailboxes Tel. No. 0191 222 0018. E: info@mbenewcastle.co.uk for a quote.

As an example our minimum charges are: small jiffy bag –  £10 Special Delivery.  We do not take any responsibility for items lost or damaged when using Royal Mail and it would therefore be the customer’s responsibility to take any follow up actions.

Collection of Purchases

Goods must be collected by the end of the 2nd working day following a sale, provided full payment has been made. If after 2 working days goods are not collected, storage will be charged. The current rate for small items is £3 per lot per day plus VAT and for large items £5 per lot per day plus VAT.

Buyers Premium

All purchasers are subject to a Buyers Premium of 15%, (plus VAT).

Selling at Auction

Selling Commission

  • 10% plus VAT on lots selling in excess of £1,000
  • 15% plus VAT on lots selling up to £1,000
  • A minimum commission of £6.00 plus VAT will be charged whether a lot is sold or unsold
  • Insurance 1.5% plus VAT

The fee for cancelling a sale or withdrawal of goods after cataloguing and prior to sale is 7.5% plus vat of the low estimate or the reserve, whichever is the greatest.

For quarterly catalogue sales a charge will be agreed with vendors for illustration in the catalogue and online.

Whether you are selling a single item, or an entire estate, Addisons look forward to advising you on how auction can work for you.

Settlement cheques are forwarded within 12 working days following a sale. Some proceeds can be collected by previous arrangement.


A reserve is the minimum price at which you are prepared to sell an item. A valuer will be happy to advise you about setting a reserve. Should goods fail to meet the reserve they can be entered into a future sale or  returned to the vendor. It is the responsibility of the vendor to check if an item has sold or has been withdrawn from sale. Reserves are subject to 10% auctioneers discretion unless otherwise agreed.

Pre-Sale Valuation

One of our auctioneers and valuers would be delighted to visit you at home or by appointment at the Auction Rooms to provide you with a pre-sale valuation. This valuation is free of charge and without obligation.

House Clearance

No matter how many or how few items you may wish to sell, one of our valuers will be pleased to give you a professional, comprehensive valuation and advice on the auction and disposal of your items.
Where possible, goods will be sold at the next general or specialist sale.

Consigning / Transportation of Goods

Our saleroom is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and the Saturday following an Antiques & Interiors sale from 9am to 12 noon to receive goods. In addition we can arrange for collecion throughout England. A detailed quotation for this service can be provided upon request.
Upon collection / delivery of goods, you will be issued with a property receipt together with the terms and conditions for the sale. Items are stored prior to a sale without charge.

Electrical Testing

To comply with current Trading Standards Legislation, an approved electrician must test all electrical items entered for sale. The fee per item is £4. This is payable even if an item fails the test.


Auctions are advertised using local and regional press, and specialist publications. In the case of quarterly catalogue sales, advertising is also national and international. We also have an extensive database, enabling us to announce sales and individual lots to collectors. All sale catalogues are are fully illustrated on our website and live bidding is available for the vast majority of our sales via the-saleroom.com.

After the Sale

A Vendor Statement providing the results of each of your lots is forwarded to you, together with payment, approximately 12 working days after the auction. This statement also details the vendors commission and any other charges that have been incurred and consequently deducted from the proceeds of the sale. Payment is made by cheque.