Selling with us
Selling with Leighton Hall Auctions is an easy and hassle-free process from start to finish! Whether you're selling a single item, a private collection or the entire contents of a house we aim to make the selling process a breeze. With our specialist team and our state of the art auction software, our vendors are kept informed from the moment goods arrive at the saleroom until the day pay-outs are made with regular email updates throughout the sale of your goods.
The Selling Process
Throughout the year, we hold various FREE no obligation Valuation Days across Staffordshire and the surrounding areas where you are invited to attend along with your valuables for our valuers to view and discuss their expectations for your items in one of our auctions.
If you would like an online virtual valuation of your items please visit our contact form.
You are also welcome to send photos via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or Whatsapp to 07376 039387.
For large collections and the contents of a property, we also provide complimentary home visits where one of our valuers shall make a visit to your property and assess the items on site and will provide their advice on items going to auction. Please note, the availability of home visits will depend on existing appointments.
Visit the Auction House:
You are also welcome to visit us at our premises in Alton, Staffordshire and bring your items for a no obligation valuation where we shall also discuss your items expectations for one of our relevant auctions. If you are visiting us at our premises, we politely ask that appointments are made for all visitors to ensure the relevant valuer is here to give you the best experience and valuation that we can offer.
For professional probate valuations please visit our Probate Valuation Page
Consign your items.
Once you have received a valuation and would like to sell your items with us, there are a few different ways as to consigning them with us:
Store them with us:
If you have brought your items to a valuation day, or received a valuation at our Auction House, then you are welcome to store the items with us until the auction day.
Drop them at the Auction House:
If you have received an or home valuation and would like to drop the items with us, please contact us to arrange an appointment.
For larger items and furniture we work with several private couriers to collect from anywhere in the country.
When the items have arrived with us you will receive a receipt to sign with our full terms & conditions.
For each sale that your items are entered into you will receive a pre-sale advice letter with information on estimates, reserves and lot number.
Once the items are left in our care, the whole service is fully insured whilst they are with us.
Research of Items.
Our valuer will assess the items and arrange them into lots to achieve the best result for our vendors before then cataloguing them onto our auction software. If we are consigned items which are unknown to us, we will gladly spend time researching items on behalf of our vendors to ensure we can advertise the pieces properly to avoid anything being sold without a proper, detailed description.
If you have provided us with an email address, you shall receive an email with your pre-sale advice consisting of your lot numbers, descriptions and estimates approximately 1-2 weeks before the auction. Please check these thoroughly and contact the office should there be any issues or concerns, preferably, before the catalogue has been released.
We advertise all our catalogues globally for at least 2 weeks prior to the auction date on 3 internet bidding platforms to include Leighton Hall Auctions Live, the-saleroom and Easylive Auctions to gain the most exposure for our vendors as possible.
Your items will be sold in the auction as stated on your advice statement after they have had exposure to the world of antiques collectors and dealers via our advertising!
After the Auction
Post sale advice:
Approximately 1-2 days after the auction, you will receive a Post-Sale Advice email which states the realised prices your lots made or if they were unsold.
Please note, the prices shown on the Post-Sale advice email are all subject to the purchaser completing the transaction.
2/3 weeks after the auction, you will then receive an Auction Statement with a final total of goods sold after our charges.
Payment will be made then be made via Bank Transfer unless otherwise agreed within 2-4 weeks of the date of the auction.
If you were to have any lots that were unsold, there are 2 different options to proceed with. We can re-offer your unsold lots into the next appropriate auction or you are also welcome to collect them if you wouldn't like them to be re-offered.
If you have any questions or queries about the Selling Process, please don’t hesitate to contact us at any point (Monday - Friday, 8AM-5PM).
Sellers Commission Explained:
At Leighton Hall Auctions, we believe we offer good value for our sellers' commission as we strive to ensure we achieve the best results for our vendors. An auction is a great way to sell your items and collections because it is a completely honest and transparent service. As our business is entirely reliant on charging a commission, we promise that is genuinely our best intentions to achieve the highest price possible as it is highly in our interest to do so.
VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to all commissions, premiums and charges.
We charge 15% + VAT Sellers' Commission on the hammer price of the item (18% inc. VAT).
We also charge an entry fee of £2 + VAT per lot (£2.40 inc. VAT) that is entered in the auction regardless of whether the item is sold or not.
- The above terms are negotiable for large or high value consignments.
- There are no further fees payable. We don't charge photography fees, insurance fees, storage fees or any other form of fee as some auction houses do. We strive to provide a high value service for our vendors as we appreciate your custom.
If you choose to consign with us, we will ensure that lots are of saleable quality to ensure that you get the best results available!
Our service is easy, hassle-free and fully insured as well to ensure the smooth sale of your items! We pride ourselves on providing a bespoke, personal service to ensure we achieve the best results for our vendors! We take huge pride and care in our work from the start of the selling process until the moment it has sold!
If you have any further questions about our services, please don't hesitate to contact us!