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General Buying/Selling Information


Whether you're selling a watercolour or a wardrobe, an old mower or an Old Master, we want to ensure you get the best possible price. We will assess all items you wish to sell, give you an idea of its value, and decide which of our auctions is the most appropriate, depending on the number and type of potential buyers.

To sell at one of our auctions, you can either:

  • Ring us and describe the item(s) you wish to sell
  • Send us a digital photograph
  • Bring the item(s) in to our Heathfield office
  • Arrange for us to come and visit you to assess the item(s)

As well as detailed catalogue listings, items in our Antique Furniture & Collectables Auctions also appear on our website, where they can be viewed by potential bidders throughout the world.

With Watsons, you're dealing with real people. We'll give you an honest assessment and a realistic price for whatever you wish to sell, eliminating the risk and guesswork associated with the big online auctions and ensuring you see the best possible return. What's more, we aim to make payments within 8-14 days of the sale, so you won't have to wait for your money.

Items for our General Auction can be consigned on a Wednesday from 10.30am - 12.30pm and 2pm until 5pm subject to availability (times may vary around Bank Holidays).  Please call with regard to items for our Antique & Collectables or Toy/Transport Auctions.  Terms and Conditions apply to unsold and uncollected items. please contact us for further details.

Specific terms and conditions apply to the selling of motor vehicles and motorcycles.  Please enquire for further details.


We generally charge 15% of the hammer price plus VAT, but the actual figure will vary according to individual circumstances and items. We have a £2.50 per lot BI Fee plus VAT.  Our admin charge varies from £2.50 plus VAT to £5 plus VAT and insurance of 1% is charged for our specialist auctions. For more information, please call 01435 862132.  Please note that once lots have been consigned to auction a withdrawal fee is applicable should the items subsequently be withdrawn.

To discuss a potential sale item, arrange an appointment, or find out more about selling through a Watsons auction, please call 01435 862132 or email



All our sales offer a number of buying options. You can bid:

  • In person at our Heathfield salerooms
  • Via this web site
  • By email at
  • On commission - around 50% of all our sales are made by commission bidding
We generally accept cash (or cheques by prior arrangement if you are  known to us).  We also accept major credit and debit cards however there is a £0.90 charge on all Debit cards and a 2.5% surcharge on all Credit Cards or Business Debit cards.  PLEASE NOTE WE DO NOT TAKE CUSTOMER NOT PRESENT TRANSACTIONS.  Alternatively bank transfers can be made to: Sort Code: 20-49-76. Account No. 53091813.  Please use bidding name as reference. For further details of bidding and payment arrangements, or to find out more about forthcoming sales, please call 01435 862132 or email  Please note we do not carry out telephone bidding on lots estimated at under £100.
We do not operate a shipping system.  All items must be collected within 10 days or storage charges of £1 per lot per day will be implemented unless pre-agreed.  Items not collected after 3 months will revert back to our ownership and sold to cover costs.  Items for our General Auction will be resold at the next auction if not collected.

It is the buyers responsibility to ensure items are as they appear.  We can provide additional images and condition reports to help with this.  Any queries regarding lots must be raised within five days of the auction.

Clients will be bound to one bid over their limit having regard to other bids received and made.

Specific terms apply to the purchase of motor vehicles and motorcycles.  Please enquire for further details.

Buyers Premium

We do not operate a fixed Buyers Premium system: as a guide, we generally charge between 12.5% and 15% of the hammer price plus VAT, but the actual figure will vary according to the item auctioned and the sale it is in. For more information, please call 01435 862132.


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