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If you have not bought with us before, we suggest you carefully read the following guide to buying at Bristol Auction Rooms in conjunction with our full Terms & Conditions. If you have any queries please contact us on 0117 9531603 or e-mail us at and we will be happy to assist you.


How to Buy

We operate a paddle bidding system. To register as a buyer with us, you must register online or in person and provide photo and address identification by way of a driving licence photo card or a passport/identity card and a utility bill/bank statement. This is a security measure which applies to new registrants only.

Lots are offered for sale in numerical order and we usually offer approximately 80-120 lots per hour. We recommend that you arrive in plenty of time before the lots you are wishing to bid on are up for sale. To bid, raise your paddle clearly and promptly, allowing sufficient time for the auctioneer to note your number upon the success of your bid.

If you cannot attend an auction in person, Bristol Auction Rooms can bid on your behalf, acting upon your instructions to secure an item for you at the lowest possible price. You can leave bids on our website or by email or telephone, detailing your bids, giving your price limit for each lot and requesting Bristol Auction Rooms, without legal obligation, to bid on your behalf. All bids must be received before the start of the sale (10am GMT) in order to ensure placement.

Telephone Bids may be arranged prior to the start of the auction. As the number of telephone lines are limited, early booking is advised. We also recommend that you leave a ‘security’ bid in case we are unable to reach you by telephone.

Alternatively, you can register online and leave bids on our website or bid live at


Condition Reports

All goods are excluded from the Sale of Goods Act 1979 and sold as seen. Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the condition of each lot. Condition reports will be made available on our website wherever possible and are available on request via our email, website or Requests for condition reports must be submitted by 4pm on the day prior to the auction. Please note that we are unable to give verbal condition reports for any lot.


Buyer’s Premium

All items in our auction are subject to buyer’s premium of 20% plus VAT (24% in total) which will be added to the hammer price for items up to £150,000. The commission then reduces to 12% plus VAT for items with a hammer price of £150,001 and over.

In the event that a lot has an asterisk (*) beside the lot number in the catalogue, this indicates that the item is owned by an entity or company required to pay VAT for which an extra 20% is payable on the hammer price. Normal buyer’s premium applies.

Methods of Payment

All items must be paid for and collected within 3 working days of the auction.
Acceptable payment methods are:

Pay online by PayPal, debit or credit card here.
Bank transfer - please quote your Invoice No. as a payment reference
HSBC Account No: 92462036
Sort Code: 40-16-11
IBAN: GB74MIDL40161192462036
Payment must be in sterling with all bank charges paid for, directly to our bank.
Debit and credit cards issued by a UK bank registered to a UK billing address. We do not accept American Express or Diner's Club credit cards. All cards used for payment over the telephone must be registered at the invoiced address.

Cash up to £9,000, we do not accept cheques.


All collections must be made within 3 working days from the date of the auction.  please be advised that non collection within our terms may incur storage charges of £5 per lot per day.