About Excalibur Auctions
We’ve got more than ten years in the auction industry, even more as fans, enthusiasts and specialists. Our areas of speciality are model railways, diecast toys, movie memorabilia including film posters, and advertising items including travel and music posters. We’re here to help you achieve the best possible price for your special collections. A general auction house can auction anything, but without the knowledge that a collectables, specialist auction house has, often the prices achieved are not as high as they could be. Read on to find out more about us
Excalibur Auctions was established as an auction house in February 2016. We’ve both been involved in other auction houses during the last few years and decided we wanted to go it alone! We established that there was a gap in the market for a specialist auction house in the Home Counties and the South East. As a toy and model enthusiast Jonathan knew that there wasn’t a specialist toy auction house for him to be able to buy at locally, so knew we would have a captive audience of both buyers and sellers. A chance encounter with our then business partner (now sadly deceased) led to our having the original source of movie posters and memorabilia to sell. Several auctions later and we have a core base of both customers and vendors rationalising their collections and stock, in addition to new customers selling deceased estates and loft finds.
We try and make selling and buying with Excalibur Auctions as easy and transparent as possible. Please don’t hesitate to contact us – we’ll be happy to talk you through the process and tell you more about us.
How do I buy From the Auction?
There are several ways to buy items
1 Join us live in the auction sale room on sale day. You will be asked to register to bid (this involves filling in a form with your basic contact details and providing us with a form of ID such as Driving Licence) We will then give you a 'paddle'.
NB Don't worry you can't accidentally bid by scratching your nose!
We only accept a raised paddle as a bid.
If you bid live with us in the room - you'll pay the 'hammer price' (what the item sells for, plus a buyer premium (this is 24% including VAT) so for an item whose hammer is £10 - you'll pay £12.40 - for an item which is £100 hammer - you'll pay £124.
2 If you can't be with us on sale day you can place an absentee or commission bid - this is where you fill in a form with the maximum bid you want to place on an item and we bid up to that amount for you. We try and get it as cheaply for you as possible and bid up to your maximum. Absentee or commission bids are treated like live bids in terms of buyer premium (see above)
3 If you want more control over your absentee bidding and are bidding on items with an estimate of £50 or more then we will book a telephone bid for you. We phone you and have you on the end of the phone line during the bidding and you place your bid with us as your go between to the auctioneer. Telephone bids are treated like live bids in terms of buyer premium (see above)
4 If none of the above are an option due to distance or other commitments then you can bid online. We usually use three online bidding platforms: our own bid.excaliburauctions.com; the-saleroom.com and invaluable.com
All of these platforms allow you to follow the action online from the comfort of your home and bid using their software. Not quite as exciting as being in the saleroom but a very convenient way of buying at auction. All of these platforms charge you to buy through them - an extra 5% (+VAT) for Invaluable and an extra 4.95% (+VAT) on the Saleroom. Our own site varies from auction to auction but will generally be less expensive than the other two sites.
5 We accept all major personal debit and credit cards (except American Express) FREE of charge - Business Cards (Debit and Credit) incur a charge of 4%. We also accept cash on the day. Bank transfers are our preferred form of payment for all items paid for and being collected after the event.
Please note we can no longer accept cheques.
Who are we?
Jonathan Torode is our auctioneer as well as lead valuer for all items relating to model railways (e.g. Hornby / Bachmann / Fleischmann / Wrenn / Marklin) and diecast toys and vehicles (e.g. Dinky / Matchbox / Corgi). He’s been a collector for many years of all of the above! His knowledge and love of this specialist area is evident in the saleroom and when talking to people about their collections. One of Jonathan’s favourite sayings is: ‘You have auctions of toys and models and then you have toy and model auctioneers – there’s a world of difference’.
Sarah Torode is the main administrator and lynchpin of the business, being responsible for making all our auctions hang together and ensuring that all our vendors get paid on time. She has a passion for movie memorabilia, including film posters. Her knowledge is increasing thanks to the specialist help we get from our network of consultants in this area. The extensive research she undertook when cataloguing the recent autograph auctions has also created a new interest in social history. We work closely with several people whose knowledge is renowned in this field to ensure that the best possible prices are achieved at auction.
Of course, we couldn’t do any of it without this lot …….