Buying with Halls

Buying with Halls



Buying at Halls couldn’t be simpler.  For further details and guides, click the FAQs below or contact us with a query.


Before the auction . . . 

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  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.

Please click here for our full terms and conditions

During the auction . . . 

There are various methods of bidding in our auctions:

  • In person at our saleroom
  • Leave a commission or ‘absentee’ bid
  • Book a telephone - we shall call you during the auction and bid on your behalf
  • Bid live online

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.

  • Go to the bidding office to the right of main reception
  • We will ask for your name, address and contact details
  • If you have not bid with us before we will ask for identification including a form of photo ID (such as driving license or passport) and a proof of address (such as utility bill or bank statement)
  • You will be issued with a paddle number and this will identify you to the auctioneer and other staff throughout the auction

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:

  • Click here to register as a client on our website and leave bids via our online catalogue (click here for a quick guide on how to do this)
  • Fill out a yellow bidding form in the saleroom
  • Completing the bidding form in the back of your catalogue
  • Phone the bidding office or email your bids to

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.

  • Phone the fine art team on +44 (0)1743 450700 or email

    If you have not bid with us before we will ask for identification including a form of photo ID (such as driving license or passport) and a proof of address (such as utility bill or bank statement).

You can bid live online, following the sale as it happens with streamed video and audio.

  • First Click here to register as a client on our website (click here for a quick guide on how to do this)
  • From 9.30am on the day of the auction go to the auction catalogue, click on any lot and then click on the ‘Bid Live’ link button.
  • You will be taken straight through to the live bidding page and are ready to bid!
  • If you bid and register directly with Halls Fine art we will only charge 3% commission plus VAT on top of our buyer's premium of 20% + VAT

 Please note that by registering for our auctions:

  • If you already have an account on, we will link your account and associated data;
  • If you do not have an account TSR, we will create an account for you on
  • You do not have to register twice on our site and to bid live with us

If you have any problems with registration call the Fine Art team or email

All those bidding with Halls will now need to provide ID, unless they have already done so.

To comply with existing and forthcoming Anti-Money Laundering Regulations.

All our clients need to provide proof of name and address by providing a government issued form of photo identification (plastic card element of a driving licence, or passport) and a utility bill.

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!

After the auction . . .

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 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.

Upcoming Auctions

Antiques & Interiors Auction

Antiques & Interiors Auction

Wednesday, 2nd September 2020 10:00
The Autumn Auction

The Autumn Auction

Wednesday, 16th September 2020 10:00


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