Buying at Halls Fine Art


At Halls Fine Art we hope to ensure buying at auction to be easy and enjoyable from viewing our colour catalogues online to receiving your lot at home.  Here we explain this process. 


If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch and we would be happy to help.


Before the auction

Viewing Auction Catalogues:

All our auction catalogues are available to view online as interactive listings via our Forthcoming Auctions page.  These are uploaded in advance of each auction.  Each lot is imaged and can be enlarged to get a more detailed view.

For our seasonal auctions we produce a perfect bound, printed catalogue designed in house.  These can be purchased prior to sale for £15 (including postage)

We also convert these catalogues into online ‘page turner’ e-catalogues which can be viewed from our Forthcoming Auctions page.


Viewing In Person:

Due to current government regulations we are not open for viewing.

You can ask for further details and extra images about any lots in our sales and this is especially important if you cannot view the lot in person.  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.


To request a condition report go to the lot of interest and click on the 'Request a condition report' button or email  Condition reports are always given in writing.

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.

So that you are happy with our conditions of sale please click here to read our full terms and conditions

There are various methods of bidding in our auctions:

  • 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 person at our saleroom with a paddle number (this is currently not available)
To bid in any one of our auctions we require all potential buyers to register and provide two forms of identification. This is to comply with existing Anti-Money Laundering Regulations.

All our clients need to provide photo ID and proof of name and address by providing the following:

  • a government issued form of photo identification (plastic card element of a driving licence, or passport)
  • proof of address such as a bank statement or utility bill, dated within the last 3 months

Please send copies via email to when arranging your bid.  These documents will be sent to a secure computer and uploaded to your client details.


Please allow plenty of time for registration and before 4.30pm the day before the auction.  Bids left after this time cannot be guaranteed and may not be submitted.

All the bidding options below are not available in every auction.  Go to the auction details to confirm what these are prior to booking your bid.

Ensure you have read our full Terms and Conditions applicable to buyers prior to registration and leaving your bid.  



Telephone Bidding:

You can arrange to be contacted by telephone to bid during the auction.


Commission Bidding: 

You may leave an absentee bid, also known as a commission bid, which is the maximum you wish to spend excluding Buyer’s Premium.  We 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.

  • Bids must be placed by 4.30pm the day before the auction.

Leave your bids by one of the following options:



Online Bidding Live:

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

  • First Click here to register and create a client account
  • 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 HallsLive we will only charge 3% commission plus VAT on top of our buyer's premium of 20% + VAT


Please call 01743 450 700 or email to arrange your bid or for further advice.

During the auction . . . 

Unfortunately our building and salerooms are currently closed to the public.  Please see our other bidding options.

To ensure that we keep all of our clients and staff safe please wear a face mask when you enter our building and salerooms.  Use sanitiser provided and keep to the 2 meter distance rule at all times.

Our saleroom seating is laid out with 2 meters between each bidder.  Please remain seated while you are bidding.

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!

To avoid any confusion when bidding raise your paddle number or hand to bid.  Let the auctioneer know before the gavel comes down!

After the auction . . .


Methods of payment are:

  • Debit cards up to £1,000 over the phone.
  • Direct bank transfer:  
    Bankers: Handelsbanken.
    Sort Code: 40-51-62. Account: 85036560.
  • Pay online: Login to/create an account on Hall's Fine Art website. In 'my account' click on 'invoices and payments' to find your outstanding invoice and follow the onscreen instructions to make payment.

We regret that we do not accept payment by credit card. 


Payment methods for non UK-based Buyers
Please make payment via bank transfer.

IBAN: GB80HAND40516285036560.            BIC: HANDGB22


The Halls Fine Art saleroom team are always on hand to help, whether you are collecting in person or require advice about local carriers.  Collection or shipping arrangements for lots can be made from midday on the next working day after the auction.

If you are the successful bidder and once you have paid for your items please arrange a Collection appointment using our Click and Collect service by phoning the office on 01743 450 700 or email and state when you would like to collect.  We will take your name and number for track and trace purposes and have your collection note ready for you to sign when you come.  Alternately book your own slot using our online Click and Collect appointment calendar


Collecting from Outside the Local Area:

The Society of Fine Art Auctioneers (SOFAA) and ATG received confirmation from the Department of Culture, Media & Sport that art and antiques businesses can continue to trade through the latest tier 5 national lockdown and hold online auctions only with 'click and collect' (where items can be collected from outside premises or delivered) are all permitted in England. Auctioneers/valuers are allowed to visit clients to undertake valuations as usual, but applying by the rules and regulations, including social distancing and wearing a face mask.

Clients may leave home to carry out activities related to buying and selling as long as they are carried out in a COVID-secure way.  As from  4th January 2021 there is currently no advice stating the distance limit to collect or drop off goods from a business, but it is recommended that travelling to buy goods and services should be within your local area wherever possible. Equally, accepting goods for business is permitted, but by appointment only. Moving house is allowed, along with removal firms being allowed to operate.

The above advice confirms that our clients are allowed to travel to collect items bought from us but we would encourage all our clients to use our local courier David Bebb Telephone 07944 619992 to avoid any inadvertent transmission of Covid-19, or being unlucky enough to be stopped and fined, for Halls can’t be held responsible for different interpretations by the authorities.

Please do call 01743 450 700 or email to speak with one of our team.


Rules to follow when coming to collect from Halls Fine Art:

  • Please ensure you have paid your invoice in full prior to arranging a Click and Collect appointment.
  • All collections can be made Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm from the right hand fire exit.  Drive around the back of the building, past the rear lobby and you will come to another set of fire exit doors.
  • Appointments are 15 minutes each.
  • On arrival please call the number on the door (01743 450 728) to notify the team you are here.


Points to consider:

All lots shall be paid for and removed at the buyer’s risk and expense by the end of the 2nd working day after the sale (Friday), failing which the Auctioneer shall not be responsible if the same are lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed, and all lots not so removed shall remain at the risk of the buyer and subject to a ‘warehousing’ charge of £5/lot per day. If they are not paid for and removed within 7 days of the sale the Auctioneer may re-sell them by auction or privately without notice to buyer.

All clients entering Halls are required to wear a face mask and adhere to current government social distancing guidelines.


Please note that a storage and handling charge of £5.00 + VAT per lot, per day, will be levied if after a period of seven days from the sale date, items remain uncollected.

Halls Holdings Ltd. reserve the right to re-sell any items that have been paid for where appropriate after a period of fourteen days. The original buyer will be charged storage, full commission and insurance and the net proceeds remitted to them. 

If you are not able to collect in person Halls are happy to suggest a number of local carriers who will be able to arrange packing and shipping for you.

Collection or shipping arrangements for lots can be made from midday on the next working day after the auction.

Halls Fine Art are a small team so unfortunately has neither the staff, nor the facilities to provide a comprehensive packaging service, meeting buyer's or carriers’ various stipulations regarding box sizes and materials. Consequently, Halls will not package items for collection by third parties.

Buyers that engage the services of companies that do not fulfill these criteria will be asked to email or write to Halls stating that they, the client, do so entirely at their own risk and take full responsibility for their choice.



Although we do not have the facilities to ship, Halls offer a limited in-house P&P service for small, non-breakable items which can be placed in a jiffy bag during the week following the auction only.  We use Royal Mail Special Delivery for goods up to a value of £2,500

We charge £20 for this service.  Please call us when you have paid your invoice and we can see if we can arrange this for you.


Local Couriers

For all other collection and delivery services, see our list below for local couriers. 

Please contact them directly to receive a quote for costs. You are, of course, very welcome to use an alternative courier.


Please note that a storage and handling charge of £5.00 + VAT per lot, per day, will be levied if after a period of seven days from the sale date, items remain uncollected.

Halls Holdings Ltd. reserve the right to re-sell any items that have been paid for where appropriate after a period of fourteen days. The original buyer will be charged storage, full commission and insurance and the net proceeds remitted to them.

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, 3rd March 2021 10:00
Last consignment: Monday, 8th February 2021


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