Buyer’s Guide – Buying Property At Auction

Buying by auction can be fun – and it can offer good value for money.

Our experienced staff will be happy to help with any queries. We have never knowingly sold something due to an accidental sneeze, so please do not panic about buying something you don’t want!

Sales conducted by Clarke & Simpson Auctions are carried out on instruction from the vendor and lots are therefore catalogued upon information supplied by them. Reasonable care is taken by us to assess all lots and to produce catalogue descriptions that are accurate and reliable. You must, however, inspect lots as you are deemed to be happy when you bid. It is also important that buyers read our full Terms and Conditions.

Auction Guide Price Explained

Guide prices are in no way definitive and they only exist to help buyers gauge likely values. Where items are offered for sale subject to a reserve price, it is our policy to reflect the reserve price at a level no higher than the lower end of the “guide price”.

All those who wish to bid will need to register, where some form of personal identification will be required to confirm your address details.

Potential buyers unable to attend the sale can get involved by leaving a written commission bid or by telephone bid. You can bid online via at some sales, please note there is a surcharge for this service of 5% plus VAT.

Telephone bidding may be available.  Please refer to the Terms and Conditions in this regard.

All lots purchased are subject to a Buyer’s premium at 18% (plus VAT at the standard rate).

Items marked with an asterix (*) in our weekly auction attract VAT on the hammer price.

Payment should be on the day of the sale.  Further detail is available in the Terms and Conditions.

We do not offer a packaging and shipping service, however we are pleased to recommend third party businesses in this regard.