Information for sellers

Bid & Hammer is keen to make the entire auction process as friendly and enjoyable as possible both to newcomers and old hands of the auction world. Below you will find a simple guide to the entire process from beginning to end.

Please note this is intended only as a brief guide and we refer all prospective Sellers to our Terms & Conditions of Sale for full and complete details of the process.

Consigning item(s) at B&H’s auctions

Selling at auction is simple provided you follow the guidelines below. It is recognised as the best way to achieve the best possible open market prices and the process is secure. Please note that B&H acts solely as agent on your behalf.

  1. An initial contact is made by the Seller with B&H expressing an interest in selling.

  2. The Seller either brings the work directly to B&H or forwards good photographs for review. This should also include all available description, artist/manufacturer’s name, subject, size, medium and any background/history or provenance relevant to the item/s including purchase receipts/invoice or details of past owner/s.

  3. B&H will carry out an initial assessment as soon as possible but certainly within 14 days (if the items falls in the category of any of its upcoming auctions) and report back to the owner. B&H and the owner take a joint decision at this stage as to the viability of auction as the best means of sale for the particular item/s.

  4. Following acceptance of the item/s for sale (which may again be dependant on the physical inspection), the terms of business with sellers and consignors is drawn up and the consignment sent to B&H.

  5. Once received by B&H, the consignment is fully researched to establish final values.

  6. At this stage, the final reserve prices and estimated prices are agreed along with the sale in which the item/s will be included.

  7. The item/s are then professionally photographed and catalogued and included as appropriate in the designated sale.

  8. Upon successful sale of the item/s, as per the terms of business with sellers and consignors, the Seller will be paid in full, less B&H’s commission and any other handling charges, upon receipt of funds from the Buyer.