Buying at auction is easy and fun!

Of course the best way to bid is to attend the sale and enjoy the atmosphere and excitement of an auction. If however this is not possible here are the following options;


Prospective purchasers should always thoroughly examine any items they are interested in before placing a bid and before the auction commences. Buyers are responsible for satisfying themselves concerning the condition of the lots and the descriptions in the catalogue (whilst every care is taken to provide an accurate description in the catalogue, it is based on a statement of opinion and not on fact).


You are welcome to leave a bid with us and the auctioneer will bid on your behalf against other bidders. Although on occasions the hammer price may fall on the amount you have left, this will only be because there was an under bidder, many times you will pay less than you have left on your commission bid.


When you have decided which lots you would like to bid on you may leave bids via our website. The latest time we can accept bids on line is at 8.00am on the morning of the sale.


These must be arranged prior to the day of the sale. Please note that we are unable to arrange telephone bids on items estimated at under £500.


This service allows you to watch and listen to the sale live and participate in the auction. This is operated through Please note that there is an additional 3% buyers premium for this service.


Buyers need to register before bidding. You will need to complete a registration form and will then be given a permanent bidding number. If you mislay this number the office staff will be able to look it up for you.


A buyers premium of 17.5% is payable in addition to the hammer price. VAT (charged at the current rate) is payable on the premium only. For example for every £100 that you spend, it will cost you £121 (this includes commission and VAT).


We accept all major credit/debit cards, there is a charge of 2% on credit cards. Alternatively outstanding amounts may be paid directly into our bank account via a BACS transfer. We no longer accept cheques.


All items must be paid for and collected within five working days following the end of the sale - i.e. Friday of the following week. Storage charges will apply following this date.
Items will be insured for five working days after the sale, after this period we will not take responsibility for loss or breakage of items.

Willingham Auctions offers a delivery service, at modest cost, using our own staff and vehicles.


Buyers commission is 17.50% plus VAT.