How to Buy from 1818 Auctioneers
There’s a wide range of auctions taking place throughout the year at 1818 Auctioneers and plenty of ways to buy with us. Please take a look at our Departments page for more details on each type of auction.
We sell every Monday, except on Bank holidays when our auctions move to a Tuesday.
Register for our auctions
We use bidding cards with individual bidding numbers printed on them to identify our buyers. If you are planning on bidding, please head to reception where we will help you to register with us. Once you have your bidding card and number it is yours to keep. We ask for your name, address and proof of identity as part of the registration process.
If you wish to buy online with us, please follow the registration instructions on www.the-saleroom.com. If you are successful with your bids we will contact you via email to arrange payment. This will be after the auction ends.
Viewing items before buying
We hold viewings every week on a Friday afternoon (1-4pm), Saturday morning (10am-1pm) and on the morning of our auctions (from 8.30am).
You can also preview lots by viewing our online catalogues, they offer a description, images and an estimated sale price. Condition reports can also be supplied, simply click on the lot to request one via email. You can also leave a bid prior to an auction buy logging into or registering for an account.
Telephone, absentee and online bidding
If you’re unable to attend the sale there are a number of ways you can bid.
Absentee bids (commonly known as commission, or ‘on the book’, bids) can be taken ahead of auctions. There’s a quick form to complete at reception. We will then act as your representative and try to secure the item at the lowest possible price.
Online bidding is now available for all our auctions via The Saleroom. This service means you can join the sale live from anywhere you wish. You can also leave online bids ahead of the auction via their autobid function. The software acts as your representative to try and secure the item at the lowest possible price.
We can book a telephone bid with you in advance of the sale. We’ll take your details and contact number and one of the team will call you just ahead of the lot coming up for sale. They’ll then talk you through the bids and check at each one whether you wish to bid again – until you are successful or wish to stop bidding.
The buyers’ commission is 20% including VAT (additional charges apply to online bids).