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Fine Jewellery & Watches

Wednesday 17th March 2021 @ 6.00pm

Viewing by appointment - Monday to Thursdays 9am to 4pm.

Antique & Collectors

Wednesday 10th March 2021 @ 10.30am

Viewing by appointment - Monday to Thursdays 9am to 4pm.

Robert Lenkiewicz Art

Wednesday 24th March 2021 @ 6.00pm

Viewing by appointment - Monday to Thursdays 9am to 4pm.

Contemporary Art Auction

Wednesday 24th March 2021 @ 7.00pm

Viewing by appointment - Monday to Thursdays 9am to 4pm.

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Sold 4,800, diamond cluster ring 5th July 2016.

Sold 4,800, diamond cluster ring 5th July 2016.

An impressive Victorian 18 foot dining table SOLD 6,000 (inc premium) June 2020

An impressive Victorian 18 foot dining table SOLD 6,000 (inc premium) June 2020

Sold 3,720 Rolex, a Gents steel and yellow gold Datejust wristwatch, 5th July 2016.

Sold 3,720 Rolex, a Gents steel and yellow gold Datejust wristwatch, 5th July 2016.

FAQs - Selling at Plymouth Auction Rooms

Q: How do I get my items valued for auction?


VALUATIONS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Please contact before visiting the saleroom .

We can carry out most initial valuations by email, whatsapp or using our Online Valuation Form here


It’s so easy – and best of all it’s free!


Bring your items along to the saleroom

We offer free valuations by appointment at our salerooms Monday to Thursday 9am to 4pm (apart from auction weeks). Simply bring your items along, we will take a look and indicate a current auction value. If your items are suitable for our sales and you wish to sell them they can be left on the day for inclusion in a suitable auction. We will discuss values, estimates and recommend reserves where nescessary. We wil issue you a receipt and details of the auction date. All goods are insured in our care at mid estimate.

Should you have many items feel free to photograph them and bring your camera/ipad along and we will go through and value the items from the images.

We are unable to assess large quanities of packed chinawares on these days. If you have a quanity ornaments etc please contact us first as we may not have time to unpack the items while you are waiting. It may be easier to send us some images first.


You can use our EMAIL VALUATION tool, simply upload an image or more and we will send an email valuation. UPLOAD HERE


If you have many items to sell, and you live in the local area, we can arrange for a valuer to make a convenient house visit to appraise your items. Please contact us for details or call 01752 254740

OPTION 4 (New 2020)

WhatsApp - simply send your images direct to 07432 056261 for a quick valuation

Q: How do I sell my items?

If you decide to sell with us, you will be given a written receipt for your property, together with a Vendor Number and notification of the auction date when the items will be offered.

If you are unable to deliver your items, don’t worry - Plymouth Auction Rooms can organise collection on your behalf using independent carriers. There is a charge for this service, which will be deducted from the sale proceeds.

Should your item not sell, we do not normally charge a fee unless we deem the reserve to be at such a level to make it unreasonable and prohibitive to it selling.

Q: What about reserves?

The reserve price is a confidential minimum selling price which you and Plymouth Auction Rooms agree before the sale. With our expertise we will discuss and propose suggested estimates to you based on current market prices and trends. If appropriate, we will agree a reserve price on items with you prior to the sale.

Q: How much does it cost to sell at auction?


You will pay 15% plus vat of the hammer price on each lot that sells.

There is a minimum commission charge of £5 per lot.


All goods on our premises or under our control are insured against all risks at our mid auction estimate.


After sale settlement of the net sum due to you normally takes place within 21 days of the sale by bank tranfer or crossed cheque if you prefer, unless the buyer has not paid for the goods. In this case no settlement will them be made but we will take your instructions in the light of our Conditions of Sale.

Q: What if items do not sell?

No problem. We will contact you after a sale, should any lots not sell. We will then invite you to re-offer them at a later auction with a revised estimate and reserve. There is no charge to re-offer any lots. Should items remain unsold and are returned, aN administrative fee is charged plus any carrier’s costs.



FAQs - Buying at Plymouth Auction Rooms

Q: How much does it cost to bid at Plymouth Auction Rooms.


Buyer’s premium at 24% (including vat) will be added to the hammer price of each lot that you purchase for jewellery, watches and silver sales.


You may pay for your purchases in several ways: credit card, debit card, bank transfer, cheque or cash. We can accept cash up to £9,000.

We do not accept credit/debit cards where the card holder is not present for amounts over £500; we recommend bank transfer.

Bank transfers - please quote your bidder number and date of auction as a payment reference

Account Name: Plymouth Auction Rooms Ltd

Sort Code: 309668

Lloyds Account No: 62845668

BIC: LOYDGB21082          

IBAN:  GB24 LOYD 3096 6862 8456 68 

All accounts must be settled within three working days from the auction date.

If any Lot is not paid for in full and taken away in accordance with our Conditions of Sale we reserve the right to charge interest at a rate not exceeding 1.5% per month on the total amount due.

Property will not be released until cheques have cleared or they are supported with a banker’s card.


All lots must be collected within a week from the sale.

We can recommend various local removals firms, couriers and shippers.

We are able to Package & Post certain non-breakable small lots, we generally charge a fee at £15/20, it may be higher for larger parcels.  


Certain lots that sell for 1000 euro or more (GBP equivalent) may be subject to artists resale fee which is 4% (no VAT).

Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite")

Droit de Suite is a royalty payable to a qualifying artist or the artist’s heirs each time a work is resold during the artist’s lifetime and up to a period of 70 years after the artist’s death.

The fee is currently 4% charge* for art work selling for over the GBP equivalent of 1000 euro.

For further information please contact DACS 0845 410 3410 or Or Artist Collecting Society 01845 11 22 400  

The buyer agrees to pay Plymouth Auction Rooms an amount equal to the resale royalty and we will pay such amount to the artist's collecting agent. Resale royalty applies where the Hammer Price is 1,000 Euro or more and the amount cannot be more than 12,500 Euro per lot.

*The amount is calculated as follows: Royalty for the portion of the Hammer Price (in Euro) 4.00% up to 50,000 3.00% between 50,000.1 and 200,000 1.00% between 200,000.1 and 350,000 0.50% between 350,000.01 and 500,000 0.25% in excess of 500,000 Invoices will, as usual, be issued in Pounds Sterling. For the purposes of calculating the resale royalty the Pounds Sterling/Euro rate of exchange will be the European Central Bank reference rate on the day of the sale.

Q: How do I find out about Plymouth Auction Rooms sales?

Its so easy to find out about auctions and events at Plymouth Auction Rooms.

  • Like us on Facebook for daily news

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  • Simply email us to receive a catalogue, they are posted online a week before each auction and can be downloaded or purchased at the saleroom for just £2.

  • You can register for our Newsletter Email. We send out a monthly pre sale notification email about future auctions. click here to register

  • Sign up for Text Alerts

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Q: How do I make a bid at Plymouth Auction Rooms?

There are now many ways to Bid at Auction:


Register online at to bid online live as the sale is taking place. You can also watch and hear the auction online. Please be aware that online bidding costs an extra 5% plus VAT of the final selling price.  


Register at the front desk in advance of the auction, where you will receive a paddle number with which to bid. Please bring along proof of ID. Then take your seat in the saleroom and when you wish to bid, raise your paddle and catch the auctioneer’s attention.


You may leave a commission bid by telephone, by email or in person at our salerooms. Simply state the maximum price you would like to pay for a lot and we will purchase it for you at the lowest possible price, while taking the reserve price and other bids into account. Please remember that a buyer’s premium is payable on all lots. There is no charge for this service.




Book a telephone line before the day of the sale, stating which lots you would like to bid for, and we will call you in time for you to bid through one of our staff in the saleroom. If you can’t get to the saleroom in person, a telephone bid still allows you live participation. We only accept telephone bids for lots estimated at over £500. We will need proof of ID and a credit/debit card detail to arrange this.

Q: How do I Bid Live Online


Register online at to bid online live as the sale is taking place. You can also watch and hear the auction online. Please be aware that online bidding costs an extra 5% plus VAT of the final selling price.

You can register while the sale is in progress however we cannot guarantee that we can approve your registration during the sale. (Most registrations are automatically approved).

If you are succesful we email a winners notifaction to you and will collect payment from your registered card on the next day. For amounts over £500 we will ontact yoo and request a bank transfer payment. Please refer to 'How Do I Pay' for more details.


Q: Conditions of Sale

We do not accept credit or debit card payments over the phone for amounts in excess of £500. Successful bidders are welcome to arrange payment via bank transfer. Information can be obtained directly from the auctioneer. 

Explanatory Introduction To Our Auctions 
The Auctioneer acts only as agent of the seller (unless otherwise specifically declared). Accordingly a seller is not paid until payment is received from the Buyer, nor is the auctioneer necessarily in a position to know the history of or asses the quality of Lots sold on behalf of these principals. In addition, Lots sold are likely to have been subject to wear and tear caused by use or the effects of age and may therefore have faults and imperfections. Buyers are given ample opportunity at viewing times to examine Lots to be sold and will be assumed to have done so. They must rely solely on their own skill or judgement as to whether Lots are fit for any particular purpose, and as to compliance with catalogue descriptions or illustrations-see Condition 6 

1. Bids 
All bids made shall be treated as offers made upon these conditions of Sale and all persons present are admitted to attend a Sale on the basis that they have notice of these conditions. 

2. Ascertainment of the Buyer 
The Buyer shall be the person making the highest bid which is acceptable to the Auctioneer as signified by the fall of the hammer. In the case of a dispute during or immediately after the sale of the Lot, the auctioneer may if thinks fit put up the Lot again for sale. 

3. Auctioneer’s Discretion 
The Auctioneer has sole discretion (a) to refuse any bid, (b) to advance the bidding as he may decide, (c) to decide whether there has been a dispute as to the bidding and under Condition 2 to resell the Lot in question, (d) to withdraw or divide any Lot or combine one Lot with another or others, and (e) to exclude any person from the auction room. 

4. Reserves and Seller’s Right to Bid 
Lots put up for Sale are subject (a) to any reserve price imposed by the Seller, (b) the right of the Auctioneer to bid on behalf of the Seller, and (c) where no reserve price has been imposed (but in no other case) for the Seller to bid personally or through any one agent. 

5. Buyer’s Duties & Buyers Premium 
The Buyer shall supply his name and address prior to the sale. The Buyer shall forthwith or as soon as reasonably possible after the sale of the relevant Lot (a) supply, if so required, bank or other suitable references, (b) pay the full purchase price in a way acceptable to the Auctioneer, and (c) on proof of payment clear the Lots purchased by him after the Sale in exchange for the auctioneer’s delivery order not later than the two days following the Sale. The full purchase price shall be the final bid plus a VAT-inclusive premium of 24%. 

In accordance with ‘Artists Resale Rights Regulations’ or Droit De Suite enforced on 14th February 2006 all lots marked with a D are subject to a resale royalty charge payable by the buyer. This will apply only to lots prefixed with a D selling for 1000 euros or more and will be charged at the rate of 4% of the total hammer price (exclusive of buyer’s premium). The resale royalty right payment is not subject to VAT and is payable in sterling. The amount due is calculated on the day of the sale at the prevailing rate of exchange. Payment is passed directly to the Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS), 33 Great Sutton Street, London, EC10 0DX. For further information please contact DACS 0845 410 3410 or At the current rate this applies to lots selling over £853.00. 

6. Payment 
Subject only to any arrangements made with Plymouth Auction Rooms the Buyer shall pay the total invoice by 4.30pm on the second working day following the sale. 

The following methods of payment are available: Cash (subject to certain restrictions and legal limits), Cheque, Sterling Bank Draft, Bank Transfer, Credit Card, Debit Cards. 

7. Liability of the Auctioneer and Sellers 
Subject to Condition 8, (a) Lots are sold with all faults and imperfections and neither the seller nor the Auctioneer is responsible for any defects whatsoever, (b) no warranty is given or authorised to be given by the Seller or the Auctioneer with regard to any Lot other than that the Seller had the right to sell it;(c) any express or implied conditions of warranties whether relating to description or quality, are hereby excluded. 

8. Catalogue Descriptions 
The Auctioneer undertakes that care has been taken to see that the catalogue descriptions are accurate and reliable, but these are necessarily matters of opinion only and shall not be taken to be statements of fact. Subject to Condition 8, neither the Seller nor Auctioneer is responsible for the correctness of any description of any lot or its attribution in any manner to any particular originator. 

9. Forgeries 
Notwithstanding Condition 6 and 7, if the Auctioneer receives notice in writing from the Buyer within fourteen days of Sale that in his opinion a Lot is a forgery (as defined in Condition 10) and on giving such notification the Lot in question is returned to the Auctioneer at his working premises in the same condition as when bought, then if on assertion, the Auctioneer decided that the Lot is forgery the sale of the Lot will be rescinded and the purchase price repaid to the Buyer. 

10. Property in Lots and Risks 
The Buyer shall not become the owner of any Lot, and the Auctioneer shall have a lien thereon, until the Buyer has discharged the purchase price, but after the fall of the hammer the risk of any damage or loss shall nevertheless be the Buyer’s. 

11. Definitions and Interpretation 
In these conditions, (a) References to ‘The Auctioneer’ shall be taken to mean, as the context so admits, Plymouth Auction Rooms, or any director, partner or employee thereof at the time of the sale; (b) ‘Buyer’ shall have the meaning ascribed to in Condition 2 and for the purpose of these conditions all buyers shall be deemed to be principals unless to the knowledge of the Auctioneer they are acting as agent on behalf of the named principal; (c)’Forgery’ means a lot (i) which is so constituted as deliberately to deceive when considered in the light of its catalogue description, and (ii) whose value as much as materially less than if it had complied with the catalogue description; (d)The Interpretation Act 1978 shall apply to the general construction of terms and expressions used in these conditions as if in a statue, and these conditions shall be governed by English Law. 

12. Withdrawal of Lots 
The Auctioneers reserve the right to withdraw any lot form the sale at any time before the fall of the hammer with there decision being final. 

13. Remedies for Non-Payment or Failure to Collect Purchases 
If any Lot is not paid for in full and taken away in accordance with these conditions or if there is any other breach of these conditions, we as agent for the seller and on our own behalf, shall at our absolute discretion and without prejudice to any other rights we may have, be entitled to exercise one or more of the following rights and remedies. 
a) to proceed against you for damages for breach of contract. 
b) to rescind the sale of that lot and/or any other lots sold by us to you; 
c) to resell the Lot ( by auction or private treaty) in which case you shall be responsible for any resulting deficient in the total amount due ( after crediting any part payment and adding any resale costs) Any surplus so arising shall belong to the seller. 
d) to charge interest at a rate not exceeding 1.5% per month on the total amount due 
e) to reject and ignore bids by you ( and your agents) at any future auctions. 

14. Online Bidding 
Plymouth Auction Rooms offer an online bidding service via for bidders who cannot attend the sale. 
In completing the bidder registration on and providing your credit card details and unless alternative arrangements are agreed with Plymouth Auction Rooms you: 
1. authorise Plymouth Auction Rooms, if they so wish, to charge the credit card given in part or full payment, including all fees, for items successfully purchased in the auction via, and 
2. confirm that you are authorised to provide these credit card details to Plymouth Auction Rooms through and agree that Plymouth Auction Rooms are entitled to ship the goods to the card holder name and card holder address provided in fulfilment of the sale. 
Please note that any lots purchased via live auction service will be subject to an additional 5% commission charge + VAT at the rate imposed on the hammer price. 


Droit de Suite is a royalty payable to a qualifying artist or the artist’s heirs each time a work is resold during the artist’s lifetime and up to a period of 70 years after the artist’s death. 

Royalties are calculated on a sliding percentage scale based on the hammer price excluding the buyer’s premium. The royalty does not apply to lots selling below the sterling equivalent of €1,000 and the maximum royalty payable on any single lot is the sterling equivalent of €12,500 . 

Droit de Suite, which is not subject to VAT, will be added to the buyer’s purchase price and then passed on to the relevant collecting agency. 

For further information please contact DACS 0845 410 3410 or Or Artist Collecting Society 01845 11 22 400 

Please enquire for the accepted exchange rate on the day of the sale 

Royalties for Droit de Suite are as follows: 

4% Up to €50,000 

Currently £838.00 

Under government guidelines the Saleroom will be closed from Tuesday 5th January for the National Lockdown

We will however continue to provide free valuations through the Website Valuation Form, WhatsApp, Email and Direct Facebook Messages

For all enquiries, please email us at or WhatsApp on 07432 056 261

We look forward to welcoming you all back soon. But until then, Best wishes and take care, from Paul and the Team.

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