Buying at Auction

We want to make buying at auction as enjoyable and straight forward as possible and are more than happy to talk you through the auction process. In this section, we aim to cover some of the basics but please do get in touch if you need any more information or advice.

Sale lots

The lots for each auction will be available to view 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 prior to the auction either at our Ripon saleroom or another specified location. Full details will be published online.

Condition reports

We will be please to give condition reports and extra images on any lot wherever possible. These are free of charge and are an expert opinion on the age, condition and authenticity of an item.

Making bids in person

Please register at 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 license. Take your seat in the saleroom and when you wish to bid, raise your number in order to catch the auctioneer’s attention.

Leaving a commission bid

This can be done via the website, by telephone, by email or in person at our Ripon saleroom or other auction venue. Simply 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 then we can call you in time 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, please note that there is an additional 3% (plus VAT) premium for this service.

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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 at 22%. VAT will be added to the buyer’s premium.

Sale results

Sale results will be posted on our website shortly after the auction has taken place. 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

There is 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 then 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 there the card-holder is not present will only be accepted 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

Postage and Packing is not provided in-house but we are happy to recommend the service of Bradleys Antique Packing Services who offer 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. Thereafter, a daily storage fee of £5 plus VAT per lot will apply.

Terms & Conditions

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