Buying at Auction

We want to make buying at auction as enjoyable and straightforward as possible and are more than happy to talk you through the auction process. This section aims to cover some of the basics, but please get in touch if you need any more information or advice.

Sale lots

The lots for each auction will be available online approximately one week before the sale. Each lot will have an image, description and guide price.

Viewing the sale

Our sales will be available to view approximately two days before the auction, either at our Ripon saleroom or another specified location. Full details will be published online.

Condition reports

We will be pleased to give condition reports and supplementary images wherever possible. These are free of charge and are an expert opinion on an item's age, condition, and authenticity.

Making bids in person

Please register at the reception in advance of the auction, where you will receive a unique number with which to bid. You will need a form of photo ID such as a passport or driver’s licence. Take your seat in the saleroom and when you wish to bid, raise your number to catch the auctioneer’s attention.

Leaving a commission bid

This can be done via the website, telephone, email, or in person at our Ripon saleroom or another auction venue. State the highest price you would like to pay for the lot, and we will purchase it for you at the lowest price possible while taking the reserve price and any other bids into account. Commission bids must be submitted before the start of the sale.

Telephone bidding

If you let us know in advance of the sale which lots you are interested in, we can call you to bid through one of our saleroom representatives. Telephone lines must be booked by close of business on the day before the sale and are offered on a first-come-first-served basis.

Internet bidding

Absentee and live bids can be submitted at; at no additional charge.

Our sales are also available on; please note this facility carries an additional 4.95% (plus VAT) surcharge;, please note this facility has an extra 5% (plus VAT) surcharge;, please note this facility carries an additional 5% (plus VAT) surcharge; and, please note this facility has an extra 3% (plus VAT) surcharge or the option of a flat fee of £3.

Price estimate

This is the approximate hammer price that a lot is expected to achieve.

Hammer price

This is the price achieved at auction. In addition, there will be a buyer’s premium charge of 22%. VAT will be added to the buyer’s premium.

Sale results

Sale results will be posted on our website shortly after the auction. If your bid has been successful, an invoice will be sent via email or post. You can also telephone us to check if your bid has been successful.

Buyer’s premium charge

A buyer’s premium of 22% plus VAT (totalling 26.4%) on the hammer price. For example:

Hammer price - £100

Premium at 22% = £22

VAT at 20% of £4.40

Total price – £126.40


Payment is due immediately after the auction in pounds sterling. If it is the first time you have purchased anything with us, we will require your name and address. Funds will need to be cleared before purchases can be released.

Payments can be made via bank transfer, cheque or debit and credit cards.

Please note that card payments where the card-holder is not present will only be accepted for up to £500.

Wire transfers should be sent to:

HSBC UK Bank plc, 1 Prospect Place, Darlington, DL3 7LQ

Account name: Elstob & Elstob Limited Clients Account

Sort code 40-19-03

Account number: 63664872

IBAN: GB04HBUK40190363664872


Packing and shipping

We are very pleased to offer an in-house shipping service on lots of jewellery and small objects. All packages are dispatched via DHL, fully trackable and insured. For a specific quote, please get in touch with us: For large and fragile items, we are happy to recommend the service of Bradleys Antique Packing Services, which offers bespoke and considerably more cost-effective shipping solutions than we could ever achieve for you. W: T: 01325 281 332


Purchased lots to be collected within one week of the sale unless by prior arrangement with ourselves. After that, a daily storage fee of £5 plus VAT per lot will apply.

Terms & Conditions

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