Guide To Selling Fine Art At Auction

The first step to selling with Halls Fine Art Auctioneers is to request a valuation.  We offer free auction advice and estimates, without obligation, to help you make the right decision.  We also offer a full valuation service to include sales, probate and insurance for silver, jewellery, pictures, works of art, ceramics, glass and furniture.

We have the following methods of providing advice about your items, whether you need a valuation for one item or a whole house full.

Visiting Us

We offer free valuations every week at our offices by appointment which are allocated in 30 minute time slots.  We can arrange for you to see a specialist at a time to suit you.  Please telephone us on 01743 450 700 or email to book an valuation appointment with one of our specialists.

We ask all clients attending our offices to use sanitiser before entering the building.

Email our Specialists

Email our specialists images of your items to receive a full auction valuation.  We can value any number of items this way and if we feel that we need more information from you to make an accurate assessment we can then arrange to see you and your items in person.  Email

Online Valuation Form

Send us images and details of the items you are wishing to sell by using our online valuation form.  It is easy to use and we will get back to you with a full valuation as soon as we can.  Please click here to upload your images


Valuation Events

Halls Fine Art hold valuation events every week here at our Shrewsbury salerooms and around Shropshire. Take a look at our calendar to see where we're going to be:

Valuation Days and Events

Free valuations can be made by appointment which are allocated in 30 minute time slots.  If the date of the valuation event is not suitable for you we can arrange for you to see a specialist on a time to suit you best.  Please telephone us on 01743 450 700 or email to book an valuation appointment with one of our specialists.

Home Visits

You may require a specialist to visit your home if you have a substantial collection and the items are too large to transport.  We can visit clients to carry out sale, probate and insurance valuations.  Please call 01743 450 700 to book a valuation visit with one of our team.  We provide an informal, verbal valuation and advice about selling at auction free of charge.


To get your items to our salerooms small items can usually be collected by our team of valuers either during a valuation visit or at another arranged time.  For larger items and collections we can recommend a specialist carrier for you.

Property Receipt and Contract

Once your items have been valued and you wish to sell with us, you will be asked to complete a 'Property Receipt and Contract'.

To enter your items into one of our auctions you will also need to provide ID. This is to comply with existing 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.

Commission and Reserves

We charge a commission which is deducted from the hammer price when your item sells.

For our Seasonal Auctions the fee is 15% + VAT + £20 for photography and marketing.

For monthly Antiques and Interiors Auctions the fee is 21% + VAT + £12 for photography and marketing.

All fees are subject to VAT at the current rate.

There are no additional charges and no unsold lot fees.





When I decided to sell my collection back in June, my first thought was Halls Fine Art.  I have bought a number of items from them in the past. I was immediately put through to Paintings Specialist Abigail Molenaar who asked all of the right questions and was very enthusiastic about evaluating what I had. I immediately knew that I had found the right place to sell my collection and arranged to come in and see her.

Abigail has kept me informed of the impressive promotional work over the past few months and I am sure the results of the two recent auctions, which have far exceeded my expectations, are due to her enthusiasm and attention to detail. I can't thank her enough.

Mr N, Liverpool


‘My late husband and I had great fun accumulating a vast quantity of children antique tea sets, dating from c1810- 1870.  Over a period of 20+ years, we thoroughly enjoyed a shared passion for searching for these little pots and the subsequent detective work to identify the manufacture.  When my husband died collecting wasn’t the same, and I moved to a much smaller house.   Our two children didn’t share our interest, so I had no-one to pass them on to. 

After researching and talking to representatives of the many auction houses, I chose Halls to auction off what, to me, are very precious items.  Each one packed with fond memories and interest.

Caroline Dennard instinctively realised how difficult parting with these items was going to be, and helped me through-out the process with support and good advice.  Recommending an excellent carrier to collect these precious items, ideas on how best to lot them, selected appropriate lots, and saw the collection through the inner workings of Halls Auctioneers to the final sale date.

Sadley, I wasn’t the easiest of customers, fretting over how they would be lotted, taking out and adding items, concerned to achieve the best outcome as these were always going to be part of our pension scheme.  Caroline always responded to my questions promptly and sensitively, taking on board my suggestions, and was as delighted as I was when the majority of pieces sold and I achieved a good outcome.

I would thoroughly recommend Halls as the auctioneer of choice.  Well organised, prompt attention to the clients need, and, without fail very supportive.’

EM of Buckingham


I’d never bought at auction before and to be honest found the idea of it incredibly daunting!  I didn’t need to be worried though.  Your team made the process so exciting and held my hand through telephone bidding to making the payment on my dresser once I’d won!  I’ve now got the bug.  Thank you for taking me from nervous bidder to experienced bidder!

Miss N, Ludlow