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Bidding Methods


All buyers regardless of method of bidding are required to register and provide us with full contact details including phone number and e-mail address. 

There are four ways to bid at Summersgills:-

In Person in the room 

Whether you are auction veterans or it's your first time, come along on auction day and raise your paddle. Our friendly team will guide through the process on the day. After you have registered and collected your number you are free to bid away. However please remember once that hammer comes down and you are the final bidder, you have just made a legally binding contract with us and the item is yours.

Commission Bids

If you are unable to make it on the day you can place a commission bid on the Lots you are interested in. This can be done in person prior to auction day by popping into our office and completing a simple form or over the phone by calling  01347 821379.  You will be asked to leave the maximum price you wish to pay for a lot and the auctioneer will do the bidding for you ensuring the lowest price possible price. Commission bids MUST be in by 4pm on the day before the sale.

Telephone Bids

Another convenient way to bid if you are unable to attend. All you have to do is leave your details and which Lots you would like to bid on with our office either in person prior to auction day or by calling  01347 821379.  A friendly member of our team will call you a few lots before the lot you are interested in to ensure you have plenty of time to get ready.

Telephone bids MUST be in by 4pm on the day before the sale.

Telephone and Commission bids require do require I.D and card details.

Internet bidding 

This can be done via two platforms* or**  this is done live real time on the day, you will be able to hear the auctioneer via audio and see the bidding amounts on your screen. Please remember if you are bidding it is as simple as one click so be sure before you click.

You will be able to view all Lots prior to the sale date and will contain descriptions and photos. If more details are required you can request a Condition Report. 

Please note additional charges for internet bidding.

* will carry an additional charge of 4.95% (plus VAT) of the hammer price for Lots purchased via their site

** additional charge of 3% of the hammer price (plus VAT). Alternatively you can opt to pay a flat fee of £3 (inclusive of VAT) to register for an individual auction with no additional surcharge on any lots bought via their website for that sale. 

Information and Viewing


You can view at our sale room on the Tuesday through to Thursday prior to each auction. There is STRICTLY no viewing on the auction days. Please see auction calendar 

Buyers premium - 18% inclusive of VAT will be added onto the hammer price of each lot purchased. (this is in addition to the charged levied if purchasing via the internet bidding sites).


Condition of Lots -  Summersgills can not accept any liability for the condition of lots.  Intending buyers are strongly advised to inspect lots prior to auction day and neither the seller nor the auctioneers accept any responsibility for their condition. If the purchaser is unhappy with the lot bought in person or on the internet this needs to be returned by 12noon on the Monday after the auction . A refund is not guaranteed.

Catalogues - Whilst Summersgills makes every effort to ensure their online catalogue is accurate and up to date, we strongly advised the intended purchasers to make themselves aware of the lots as Summersgills are not responsible if a lot has been described or photographed incorrectly. This is intended as a guide only. 

Condition Reports - We may be able to assist buyers unable to view by providing a condition report. These must be requested no later than 3pm on the day prior to the auction. Any request after this time will be done on a best endeavors basis only. These reports are based solely on our own opinion and are for guidance only and no responsibility is accepted for their accuracy. Intending buyers are strongly encouraged to view prior to bidding. 

Electrical Goods - All electrical items have not been PAT tested and are sold on the basis that they are not working. They should be checked by an qualified electrician before use. At the fall of the hammer the lot becomes the responsibility of the purchaser.

Commission Bids - If you leave a commission bid and two buyers submit identical commission bids the auctioneers may prefer the first bid received. Please enquire in advance about our arrangements for the leaving of commission bids by telephone or e-mail in order for a commission bid to be operated, we will require your debit card details. 

Reserves - Some items have a reserve. This is the amount the vendor and auctioneer believe an item is worth and will fetch. However, all reserves are subject to 10% auctioneers discretion unless otherwise requested with the auctioneer.

Selling Charges - Our selling charges are only 15% plus VAT (18% inclusive). Please note there is a minimum commission amount of £20 plus VAT per vendor consignment. We do not charge for lotting, photographing or cataloguing items.

Methods of Payment - You will receive an invoice the within 48hrs of the the sale closing informing you of the items you have successfully won. All purchases must be paid for no later than 12noon on the Wednesday following the sale. We accept the follow forms of payment:-


Cash: Up to a limit of £10,000 

Cheques: Goods will only be released on cleared cheques. 

Debit Card: No additional charges

We DO NOT accept any credit cards

Bank Transfer:

Payment should be made to Lloyds Bank 

Account name: Summersgills Auctioneers

Account Number: 66147268

Sort code: 30-63-64

Please use your surname as reference

International Bank Transfers:

Payment should be made to Lloyds Bank

Account name: Summersgills Auctioneers

IBAN Number: GB45LOYD30636466147268


Please ensure that all bank charges are borne by your issuing bank

Collection and Storage - Purchased lots are to be collected within one week of the sale unless agreed by prior arrangement with ourselves. Thereafter, a storage charge of £5 per Lot per day will be levied. We are open Monday to Friday 9.00a.m till 4.00p.m

Packing and Shipping

Although we do not have a in-house packing department we are more than happy to ship smaller items such as single item of jewellery and medals (max size = A4 padded envelope) on request at a minimum charge of £20.


Ridings Removals & House Clearances - for deliveries in and around the York area. Please contact Graeme Willis 01347 8229891 or mobile 07854 747129. www.ridingsremovals

Lloyds Removals - for anything that requires to be delivered within the York region. Chris Lloyd 01904 619729 or mobile 07926 023593 email


Larger items we can recommend Mailboxes York. They are the approved delivery partner for The and specialise in bespoke collections, expert packing, comprehensive cover and worldwide delivery of antiques, fine art and collectables. Call them on 01904 672623 or visit their website

Pack & Send 0113 243 6393

Vans4us - Fine Art Auction Logistics - 0845 2240225 or mobile 07792 204448 email

For Furniture we recommend Bradley's Furniture Carriers, who travel around the UK and Europe on a weekly basis. 01748 503101 or 01325 281332.

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