I am interested in selling through auction - how do I start?
Whether you have been left a collection, are clearing out the loft or have just decided that now is the time to sell we are always happy to hear from people whether it's a one off or a large collection.
The first step would be to send us a list of your collection, include any images you can so that our specialists can give you the most accurate valuation possible. This is free of charge so you don't need to worry if you haven't fully committed to selling just yet.
You can send the details to our email address email@example.com or if you don't have access to a computer via traditional postal service.
Our specialist will give an estimated valuation based on the information supplied; we will also give a commission rate at this time so you have all the facts you need.
If you are happy with the valuation and commission rates given then all that remains is to get the collection to our head office or our Oxford Office. This can be done in a number of ways,
- Parcel up your collection and send to our Thornaby or Witney address*
- Take your collection to one of the number of Toy Fairs which we attend across the country
- Bring them into one of our offices* where you can talk through the process and speak to the specialist who will catalogue your collection
- For larger collections we can arrange a pick-up service for a charge - again this is negotiable depending on the size and value of your collection.
* Thornaby Head Office
* Oxford Office
Teesside Industrial Estate
Stockon on Tees
+44 (0) 1642 750616
West End Industrial Estate
+44 (0) 1993 709424
We work with a lead time of approximately 4-6 weeks, as all of your items are individually lotted, photographed and catalogued.
You will receive a letter to confirm we have received and booked in your collection - this will include the agreed commission rate and all necessary information
Approximately two weeks before the sale you will receive another letter to let you know the date of the sale and your Lot numbers
We may split your collection over a number of different sales depending on the type of items you have, in order to ensure we achieve the best possible prices for you
- All lots are entered with an automatic reserve of 60% of bottom estimate, however if you wish to place a reserve on any item this can be discussed with the Specialist
You will receive payment for your sold lots approximately 25 working days from the date of the sale in the form of a cheque, if you require an alternate method of payment this may be arranged - please speak to a member of our team before the sale.
If any items are unsold these will be placed into the next available auction without reserve - if you would like to discuss this please call the office as soon as possible after the sale
Full colour catalogues are produced for each auction
If your collection is valued at over £1,000 you will automatically receive a copy of the catalogue containing your items
We hold approximately 60 sales each year
If you wish to speak to any of our team at any time through the auction process please do not hesitate to contact us on +44 (0) 1642 750616