Buying at auction

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND IT IS POSSIBLE TO CALL IN FOR VALUATIONS, DELIVER OR COLLECT ITEMS OR ATTEND VIEWING DAYS. IT IS CURRENTLY NOT POSSIBLE TO ATTEND SALE DAYS. IF YOU PREFER, DELIVERIES CAN BE MADE BY A COURIER OR HAULIER OR ON A CONTACTLESS BASIS. CONTACT US FOR MORE DETAILS, VALUATIONS, COLLECTIONS AND DELIVERIES CAN BE MADE WITHOUT APPOINTMENT.



At the Mendip Auction Rooms, we endeavour to make buying at auction enjoyable and straight-forward. Many first time buyers get anxious but the friendly auction team can guide you through the auction process and buying by auction couldn’t be easier!



Our Auction Rooms



Our modern and spacious auction rooms provide approximately 8000 sq.ft. of spacious accommodation. Situated at Rookery Farm, adjoining the B3135, in the heart of the Somerset countryside, there is good access and ample parking.


Also, on site is the famous Hartleys Bistro, a café, bar and a range of shops. There is plenty to see and do on auction days and you can sit in the Lookout Café, overlooking the saleroom, and watch the sale in progress. With such a great destination, the auctions attract many potential purchasers and the auction rooms are popular and well liked.



Viewing our sales



Viewing Days


It is possible to view the lots on offer on the days preceding the day of the auction and full details can be found on our Calendar of events. These viewing days give you an opportunity to come and inspect the lots you are interested in, chat to the specialists and get a catalogue. Our saleroom is warm, friendly and welcoming. 


Catalogues


Catalogues for each sale can be found on our website or, alternatively, can be sent to you.



Bidding

 

There are currently up to three different ways of bidding at our auctions to suit your circumstances. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus situation, it is not possible to attend auctions in person but we aim to make buying easy and as accessible as possible.


Registration


We operate a computer system where each buyer is registered and supplied with a bidding number. If you wish to bid for a Lot please register and obtain a bidding number by emailing us or by telephoning us. If you are a returning customer then we will already you’re your details on file. Alternatively, online bidders may register through the-saleroom.com or our website, mendipauctionrooms.co.uk.


Commission Bids


You can leave your bids with us and we will endeavour to buy on your behalf as cheaply as possible. For example, if you leave a bid of £500 on an item and the bidding only reaches £300 in the room, then you would win the lot for the next increment, which would be £320. When bidding on your behalf, we start the bidding at the lowest estimate. 


No charge is made for this service. To arrange this either telephone or email us.


Telephone Bids


Our staff members are very experienced in bidding on behalf of buyers over the telephone. 


Arrangements for this service should be made before the start of the sale and is subject to availability. A member of our staff will call you shortly before the item is put up for sale.


We will need at least one contact number (preferably a landline). Your bids will be treated as if you are present in the room and the staff member will relay your bids to the auctioneer.


Live Internet Buying


All our auctions and catalogues are available online through our website and you can create an account with us quickly and easily. You can then listen to the auction in real time and bid as and when you like from anywhere in the world. Your bids will appear on a screen on the auctioneer’s rostrum and will be taken exactly the same as if you were present in the room. For online bidding, there is an additional 3.6% fee (including VAT) charged by the bidding platform on top of the usual auction buyer premium. Payment is due after the auction by bank transfer, cash on collection or Debit card, alternatively payment may be made through our website. It is also possible to view and bid online at all our auctions through the-saleroom.com.



Payment Terms


Buyer’s Premium


With effect from 1st September 2020, all lots incur a buyers premium of 18% (plus VAT).


Value Added Tax


All lots incur a buyer’s premium of 18% plus VAT. For example, if you spend £100, the total to pay would be £121.60. This rate of commission is one of the lowest in the UK.


Methods of Payment


We accept payments by cash, debit card or bank transfer. 
Telephone bidders must either pay by BACS prior to collection or by cash or card in person at time of collection.



Collections


We offer a limited packing service for smaller items such as jewellery, watches, small ceramics, coins, medals and small collectables to UK addresses. All parcels are sent using high quality packaging materials and are insured via Royal Mail Special Delivery – guaranteed next day delivery service before 1pm.
Subject to the terms below, our current charges are:
 

Insurance cover

Parcels up to 2kg

Parcels 2kg – 10kg

£500

£16.00

£32.00

£1000

£18.00

£35.00

£2500

£20.00

£38.00

* All prices subject to VAT

 
Whilst we aim to assist our clients and make our service as economically viable for buyers as possible, please note the posting of items is entirely at our discretion.
 
Following a purchase, please contact our office by email at enquiries@mendipauctionrooms.co.uk or follow this link https://mendipauctionrooms.co.uk/contact-us to request confirmation of our post and packaging charges. We require payment for the purchased items prior to packing. We will respond to your request for a quote and send the items as quickly as possible. If you require your items urgently, we recommend you use one of our recommended couriers below:

 

Mailboxes of Bath, 01225-483777,  shipping@mbebath.co.uk  OR


Jentel Packaging,  01268-776777 enquiries@jentelpacking.co.uk OR


Westbrook Packing & Despatch Logistics of Chippenham , 01380 859486, Info@westbrookpacking.uk

who visit regularly to assist clients


OR for larger items, ARK Solutions on 07904 431741

 
Please note that we are unable to send the following items:

 

Glass
Guns
Ammunition
Swords
Daggers
Ceramics that we deem to be of a fragile delicate nature
Pictures with glass in frame, over 45cm x 30cm or of a fragile nature
Items weighing over 10kg (including packaging)
Barometers
Clocks


Our auction rooms are open between 9am and 5.30pm for collections and no appointment is necessary. During the second lockdown, we are operating on a 'click and collect' basis. If you have paid, please go to collections on arrival at the marquee.


 

 

Antiques, Fine Art & collectables

A sale of Antique, Fine Art & Collectables is held on a monthly basis on Saturdays starting at 10am. Entries of items are invited.

Victorian & Later effects

Two sales of Victorian and Later Effects, including household effects, are held on a monthly basis on Tuesdays starting at 10am. Entries of items are invited.

Sporting and Fine Wines Sales

We stage regular sporting and fine wines sales. Our next sale will be 22nd April 2021. Entries are invited.

Valuation days

Valuation days and deliveries:
Monday to Friday from 10am – 3pm.

Important notice – The dates shown for the acceptance of entries may be varied dependent upon entries received. Please contact us to check whether entries are being accepted for the next auction. We are content to accept items and store them for entry in a subsequent auction.

News

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Catalogue

View all our latest and archived auction catalogues online.

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Services

Discover our full range of services including auctions, valuations, house clearances and collection.

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Normal opening hours

Monday - Friday
10am - 5pm
Valuation Days
Monday - Friday
10.00am - 1.00pm or home visits by appointment
Sunday following a Saturday sale
9.00am - 12.00pm

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