Buying at Halls Fine Art auctions can be an exciting and rewarding experience.  If you have never bought at auction before not only are antiques good value, but buying at auction is much easier than many people imagine.  There are a number of ways to bid with Halls Fine Art; see below for all our bidding information at our auctions.


Bidding Information:

  • All lots bought are subject to our Buyers Premium of 20% (+ VAT) on the hammer price – our Indicative Only Buyers Premium Calculator (xlsx) can be downloaded here.
  • We accept cash up to €10,000, debit cards, bank transfers and personal cheques. We apologise we do not accept credit cards.
  • Bidding using an internet bidding platform incurs an additional surcharge of 3% (subject to VAT).
  • Artist Resale Rights may be chargeable, please see The Design and Artists Copyright Society website.
  • Take a moment to select your most comfortable mode of bidding with Halls Fine Art, consider viewing and calculate the appropriate buyers premium associated with the method of bidding.  Don’t forget the Artists Resale Rights (ARR) charges where applicable and transport expenses.
  • If you are visiting during our viewing times our salesrooms boast excellent links to the motorway network, ample car parking and comfortable surroundings including onsite high quality cafe facilities and free WiFi.

Methods of bidding:


In Person In The Room:

On the morning of the sale – register your details at our cashiers office and collect your bidder number for the auction. If you win a lot, hold your bidder number aloft proudly for our auctioneer to note.

By Commission bid:

  • Halls Fine Art will process your bid at the minimum available increment of your bid.
  • Commission bidding forms are available in the saleroom or please telephone or email us to leave your bid.
  • If you are unable to view the item it is strongly recommended that you request a condition report.  Please telephone or email to request one.  All condition reports will be sent in writing.  All items sold are by definition, of a second-hand nature and you must satisfy yourself as to the condition of the lot before you place a bid.

By Telephone:

  • To book a telephone line Email or call to reserve a phone before telephone line booking closes. If you have bought from us before, we will book the line for you, if not we will reserve the line pending receipt of proof of identification: photo (passport/photo driving licence) and address (copy utility bill/bank statement).
  • By pre arrangement, our bank of telephone operators will telephone you to invite you to bid. The operator will state that bidding is ‘with you’ or ‘against you’ as appropriate, it is a useful way of bidding if you wish have a live feel of the auction and cannot attend the auction in person.
  • Pre–register by 4.30pm the day before the auction to reserve and book your line.

Live bidding using the internet:

  • Halls utilise an exterior internet bidding platform for all our auctions provided by Register to bid, log onto the internet platform, follow the auction and bid when prompted if you wish to bid.
  • For guidelines on how to register for our auctions and how to bid click here
  • It is recommended that registration is completed two hours before the auction commences to ensure that bidding is authorised before the auction starts.

General Information and FAQs:

Terms and Conditions

General advice on buying is available on request – please call 01743 450 700 or email us.

For other bidding queries – please see our Frequently Asked Questions or call us.

Payment & Collection Queries – please go to our Payment & Collection Page or call us.

CITES:  (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

Halls are proud to adhere to the rules set out in the Government guidelines issued on:  If you have any queries regarding buying or selling any object which may be listed please obtain advice.

Items made of or containing elements of elephant ivory are subject to trading bans in the USA and China among other jurisdictions, and are subject to CITES regulations in the UK. If you are bidding outside the UK, please ensure you are aware of your country’s regulations BEFORE bidding. We cannot rescind a sale if you are unable to ship ivory to your country.