Buying & Selling
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:
- 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 & Collectables Auctions also appear on our website and two other specific trade websites, 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 Unsold 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note that once lots have been consigned to auction a withdrawal fee is applicable should the items subsequently be withdrawn. Items which remain unsold will be sold unreserved or disposed of at the vendors cost.
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 email@example.com
ALL ITEMS ARE SOLD AS SEEN. CATALOGUE DESCRIPTIONS ARE NOT CONDITION REPORTS. REPORTS ARE DONE TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY AND WILL ADVISE OF CONDITION TO THE NAKED EYE. ADDITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHS WILL BE SENT ON REQUEST. PLEASE VISIT IN PERSON OR DELEGATE SOMEONE TO VIEW FOR YOU TO BE CERTAIN.
All our Specialist sales offer a number of buying options. You can bid:
- In person at our Heathfield salerooms
- Via a live bidding platform (please note additional charges will apply)
- Via this web site
- By email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- On commission – around 50% of all our sales are made by commission bidding
We do not operate a fixed Buyers Premium system: as a guide, we generally charge between 10% and 17% 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. Live bidding platforms will charge additional fees
Anyone buying or selling through Watsons needs to register their name, address, telephone numbers and e-mail address. This information is purely for us to contact you regarding items you are buying or selling. It is not used for profiling, mailshots or by any third party. This information is not disclosed by Watsons to any other person or organisation. We do not store or hold any other information including bank details or credit/debit card information.