Between them, Tim Ingles and Paul Hayday have over thirty years’ experience of auctioneering and are available to guide you through every step of the process and answer any questions that you may have. Below you will find a guide to the process for buying at auction and more detailed information can be found in the links to the right. Please do not hesitate to get in contact if you have any further questions.
|Bidding by Telephone or Leaving a Commission Bid
Shipping, Export and VAT
Useful Information for Buyers
Full Conditions of Business
Viewing and Playing
We hold public viewing of all lots at Sotheby’s for two days prior to the auction and you are welcome to play on all instruments in playing condition. Click here for our forthcoming viewing dates. Prior to this, if you would like to try instruments or bows in a more private setting, please arrange an appointment at our 77 Great Titchfield offices. In some instances, musicians may borrow an item to try in their professional environment.
Bidding & Buying - Four ways that you can bid for a lot:
In person – To bid on the day in the saleroom, please register yourself at our welcome desk in Sotheby’s main entrance. You will receive a numbered paddle with which to execute your bid. There is no need to register in advance to bid in the saleroom.
Leave an Absentee Bid –Leave your maximum bid with us prior to the auction and the auctioneer will bid up to this amount on your behalf. To register, please complete our registration form no later than 24 hours prior to the auction. Absentee bidding is subject to approval and you will receive email confirmation that your bid has been accepted.
Online – We offer internet bidding in conjunction with www.the-saleroom.com. Register on their website and you can place bids in real time online. You can see each lot on your screen at the same time as they appear in the auction and watch a live video feed to hear your bids being relayed to the auctioneer. Please be aware that you will be subject to the terms and conditions of the third party with which you choose to bid, including an additional 3% commission on the Hammer Price.
Telephone Bidding – if you are unable to physically attend the auction but still wish to bid, you can register to bid by telephone. One of our trained telephone bidders will call you from the sale room before your lot of interest. When you choose to bid, they will relay your bid to the auctioneer on your behalf. Please complete our registration form. We recommend returning your completed form at least five days before the auction.
A Buyer’s Premium will be added to the Hammer Price of each lot and is payable by the buyer as part of the total purchase price. The Buyer’s premium is 20% of the Hammer Price, which is in keeping with all of our of major competitors.
Upon successful purchase of a lot, payment can be made via wire transfer in Sterling Pounds, debit card (Visa Debit, Connect or Maestro), credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or cheque. Please note that lots may be collected once payment has cleared and all credit card payments are subject to a 2% service charge. If you are unable to collect your lot in person, Ingles & Hayday can put you in contact with one of our recommended shippers. Please see our section on "Shipping, Export and VAT" for further information.