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.