Buying at Halls couldn’t be simpler. For further details and guides, click the FAQs below or contact us with a query.
All UK auctioneers charge a premium in addition to the hammer price.
Halls’ Buyer’s Premium is 20% plus VAT for the first £500,000 and 12% above £500,000 per lot.
Our online catalogue can be viewed prior to the auction from the Forthcoming Auctions page.
All our catalogues are published on the web site as interactive listings or a ‘page turner’ e-catalogue, both of which can be accessed from the auction details page.
For our larger auctions you can purchase a perfect bound, printed catalogue for £15 (including postage) by phoning or emailing the saleroom.
All auctions take place on a Wednesday and are open to public viewing prior to the sale day.
Viewing dates and times can be found on the details for each auction.
You can ask for further details about any lots in our sales and this is especially important if you cannot attend the view. We don’t detail condition in our catalogue descriptions and so recommend asking for a condition report and additional images. Our reports provide a general guide to the condition of a lot but are not a forensic examination and so a physical inspection by you or an appointed agent is ideal. You can ‘phone the saleroom and talk to a specialist or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can click the ‘ask a question’ button in the lot details screen. Condition reports are always given in writing
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.
There are various methods of bidding in our auctions:
In each case you need to register first. The following few FAQs tackle these various methods individually.
You will need to register on the day of the sale prior to the auction beginning.
You may leave an absentee bid, also known as a commission bid, which is the maximum you wish to spend excluding Buyer’s Premium.
You can do this by one of the following ways:
Absentee bids can be accepted up to 4pm on the day prior to the auction and must be confirmed in writing.
No. Halls auctioneer will bid on your behalf for the lowest possible amount, subject to other competing bids, and continue bidding up to your maximum. We do not open bidding at your maximum, nor do we ‘run you up’ artificially.
You can arrange to be contacted by telephone to bid during the auction.
You can bid live online, following the sale as it happens with streamed video and audio.
Please note that by registering for our auctions:
If you have any problems with registration call the Fine Art team or email email@example.com
If you have not bid with Halls before, we will ask for identification to register your bids. This will include a form of photo ID (such as driving license or passport) and a proof of address (such as utility bill or bank statement).
Our auctioneers are highly experienced and will be looking at everyone in the room as well as their screen on the rostrum. If they aren’t sure you are making a bid, they will ask you. If you didn’t mean to bid or were just swatting a fly, speak up! Let the auctioneer know before the gavel comes down!
We usually like to receive payment and collection arrangements within seven days of the auction.
You can pay with cash (up to £8,000), debit cards, direct bank transfer or a personal cheque. We regret that we do not accept payment by credit card. Cheques should be made payable to Halls Holdings Ltd.
We prefer buyers to arrange collection within ten days of the auction. Storage space is very limited at our saleroom and we regret we cannot store purchased lots for long periods.
Halls do not provide a shipping or postage service but we can assist in finding a suitable carrier for your bought lots. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
You can obtain a refund of VAT if you buy an object which is shipped to a country outside the European Union. You will need proof of export from your courier and then complete a VAT refund form obtainable from the HMRC website.
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