It's never been easier to buy at auction with Plymouth Auction Rooms. Whether you want to bid in person at the Saleroom, or browse lots and bid on the go, our team are here to help.
We make buying at auction as simple, efficient and accessible as possible, no matter the price point of the lot you are after. Read below for our frequently asked questions.
Need further help? Contact us.
The buyer shall pay the hammer price, together with a premium thereon per lot of 20% plus VAT (i.e. 24% including VAT). Lots purchased online via the Plymouth Auction Rooms website will attract an additional charge for this service in the sum of 3.60% of the hammer price (including VAT), and Lots purchased online via the Saleroom will have an additional charge of 6% of the hammer price (including VAT).
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 or debit card payments in either the case where the cardholder is or is not present for amounts over £1,000; we recommend bank transfer.
For more information, please call us on 01752 254740, or Email.
Bank transfers - please quote your bidder number and date of the auction as a payment reference
Account Name: Plymouth Auction Rooms Ltd
Sort Code: 309668
Lloyds Account No: 62845668
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 offer an in-house Package & Post service for certain non-breakable small lots, we charge a minimum fee of £20, but it will be higher for larger parcels. Please contact us to arrange this service via Email or Call 01752 254740.
For more information on Postage, click here.
FOR ART AUCTIONS
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 www.dacs.org.uk. 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.
It's easy to find out about auctions and events at Plymouth Auction Rooms.
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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 regular pre-sale notification emails about future auctions.
- Sign up for Text Alerts.
- Sign up for Lot Alerts.
There are now many ways to Bid at Auction:
ONLINE LIVE BIDDING
Register online via Plymouth Auction Rooms to bid live online as the sale is taking place. You can also watch and hear the auction online. Please be aware that online bidding through Plymouth Auction Rooms costs an extra 3.60% (including VAT) of the final selling price.
You can also register online at the-saleroom.com 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 on the-saleroom.com costs an extra 6% including VAT of the final selling price.
BID IN THE SALEROOM
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.
LEAVE A COMMISSION BID
You may leave a commission bid by telephone, by email, via our website, or in person at our Saleroom. 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 additional charge for this service.
BID OVER THE TELEPHONE
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.
Register online via Plymouth Auctions Rooms 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 through Plymouth Auction Rooms costs an extra 3.60% (including VAT) of the final selling price.
You can also register online at the-saleroom.com to bid online live. Please be aware that online bidding via the-saleroom.com costs an extra 6% including 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 successful we email a winners notification to you and will collect payment from your registered card on the next day. For amounts over £1,000 we will contact you and request a bank transfer payment. Please refer to 'Payment' under 'How much does it cost to bid at Plymouth Auction Rooms' for more details.
Click here to view the full conditions of sale terms & conditions.