Selling at Auction

We hold Interiors sales and Fine Art and Antiques sales. All auction sales are held on a Thursday commencing at 10.00am and are online at and

For a free, no obligation, saleroom estimate on items prior to entering them into one of our auctions, you are welcome to bring them to our valuation days. We are happy to look at emailed images of larger items, and large pieces of furniture.

Seller’s commission, to include loss/damage warranty charge, is normally 16.5% + VAT. (Minimum vendor’s commision is £2.00 per lot).

Philip Serrell Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd is a member of Propertymark’s Client Money Protection (CMP) Scheme. The Conduct and Membership Rules can be read here.

Selling FAQs

  • When can items be bought into the saleroom?

    Interiors sales

    Please see our calendar for dates of sales. Items are accepted by appointment, subject to space in the saleroom.

    Fine Art Sales

    We accept items up to three weeks prior to a Fine Art Sale, please telephone to arrange a suitable time/date for delivery. Items can also be appraised on our valuation mornings.

    If you are bringing items to the saleroom for valuation this is by appointment only, please call the saleroom on +44 (0)1684 892314 to arrange a suitable time to visit.


    We can recommend a local independent haulier to transport your items to the saleroom if needed.

  • Do I get a receipt?

    Yes, your receipt verifies your personal details and gives you a unique receipt number in order to identify your goods, a description of your items and, if relevant agreed reserves and sale date. Please ensure that any reserves are agreed at the time of entry on the receipt.

    Your signature confirms “I request you to sell the property listed below in accordance with the Conditions of Business which are set out overleaf and which I have read”. Terms and conditions are printed on the reverse of the receipt.

    If your items are not to be offered for sale, e.g. until a valuation is confirmed – please ensure this is stated clearly on the receipt.

  • What happens next?

    Your items will usually be entered in the next available sale. For Fine Art sale lots, you will receive a vendor’s advice letter approximately one week before the sale.

    Any item that does not have an agreed reserve indicated on the receipt will be sold without reserve.

  • How do you promote your sales?

    An illustrated colour catalogue is available online at, and, attracting considerable national and international interest. Specialist advertising is undertaken when necessary.

  • What happens after the sale?

    Payment of the balance (hammer price minus commission and loss/damage warranty charges, and any illustration fees) is made up to 28 days after the sale providing we have received payment from the buyer.

    Commission & loss/damage warranty charge: 16.5% + VAT

    Note: the minimum bid is £2 and the minimum vendor’s commission is £2 (£1.70+VAT)

    Illustration charges for catalogue and internet listing for Fine Art sales:

    There is a standard £5 per lot illustration fee which ensures an image of each lot goes online. Should you be selling a large amount of items with us, both rates are negotiable with the auctioneer

    If your item does not sell, it will be entered in the next two sales, after which we request it is collected or disposed of. There will be no charges made on any unsold lots, other than a possible storage charge, should collection not be immediate.