Frequently Asked Questions

Selling at HANSONS

Q. What kind of auctions are held by Hansons?

Sales include:

Antique, Collectors, Attic and Country House Auctions: Our Antique auctions are held once a month. Prospective buyers can view the sale the day before from 11.00am until 7.00pm and request a free emailed catalogue Additionally there is viewing on the morning of the sale from 9.00am until sale start time at 10am. All sales commence at 10am, unless otherwise stated.

These interesting and varied sales comprise approximately 800 lots and include:

Mrs Vanessa Savage and Kevin Bucknall are responsible for the production of these Antique Sales. Please contact them on 01283 733 988 if you wish to enter single items to entire estates for sale or send us an email to service@hansonsauctioneers.co.uk

Antique and Fine Art auction

Important antique auctions are held bi monthly. They comprise a wide range of items including:

Charles Hanson would be delighted to discuss the entry of items for these sales, or send an enquiry from this website service@hansonsauctioneers.co.uk

Collector's Sales

Specialist sections are held within the Antique Sales throughout the year to accommodate the following areas of collecting:

Q. What do Hansons charge for selling items?

Here are Hansons charges & payments:

Payment
Clients will be paid out 20 working days following an auction.

Our charges are as follows:

Commission
A commision charge is levied at 15% of the hammer price on each lot (£5 + vat minimum charge) up to and including £5000 and then 10% on the balance thereafter in all sales.

Insurance
Insurance is charged at 1.5% and all items left for sale are covered against the risk of fire, burglary and water damage.

Online Charge
A charge of £1 per lot is levied to enable global exposure of your items. This may include photography.

Withdrawal
The fee for withdrawing items prior to the sale and once the catalogue is published is charged at the standard commission charge that would be levied if the item sold at it's low estimated auction value.

Unsold Items
In the event that a lot does not sell, it will be re-offered in a future sale with no reserve. No charge is levied on an unsold lot.

Electrical Goods
By law electrical items entered for sale have to be tested to comply with current Trading Standards legislation. The fee for this is £5 per item.

Illustrations
Items photographed for our quarterly fine art sale catalogues are charged at a rate of between £5 and £40 for each illustration. Charges are agreed with the client in advance.

VAT
VAT is levied on all sale charges at the prevailing rate.

Haulage
Our vans are able to collect items for sale from anywhere in the British Isles. The charge for this is £30-35 per hour. We would be happy to provide you with a quotation.

Advertising
Weekly advertisements are carried in the regional, local and often international newspapers. Regular advertisements are also placed in the Antiques Trade Gazette and other auction and antiques related publications. Our sales are online at saleroom.com, invaluable.com and ukauctioneers.com.

All charges are deducted from the proceeds of the sale. All the above charges are subject to VAT at the current rate

Q. How much is my item worth?

You can have your items valued at Hansons. Visit Hansons for the free friday valuation day at Hansons Auction Showroom, Heage Lane, Etwall, Derbyshire DE65 6LS. Alternatively, please visit our antique valuations day page.

Buying at HANSONS

Q. How do I buy at Hansons?

Condition Reports & Digital Images
Condition reports can usually be produced by our specialists on items up to 24 hours prior to the commencement of a sale. for further details. Digital images can be provided on any item in a sale and emailed free of charge.

Bidding
Bids can be made in person, with a member of staff, by telephone or by email.

In person Prospective buyers are required to register at Reception. You will be asked to provide your name, address and telephone number, and will then be given a bidding number. This numbered bidding system ensures confidentiality.

Commission Bids
Can be accepted from potential buyers who are unable to attend the auction. Commission slips are available at the Reception of all our auctions. They should be completed and handed in to Reception. Alternatively they can be faxed to the Auction Centre prior to the commencement of a sale on 01283 733 988.

Via Email
Bids can also be accepted via email, you will need to include your name, address and telephone number along with the date of sale, lot numbers, a brief description of the lot and your maximum price. These are to be emailed through to service@hansonsauctioneers.co.uk prior to the commencement of sale.

Telephone Bidding
Telephone lines are available to those clients unable to attend the auction. Arrangements for this service should be made at least 24 hours before the beginning of the sale. A member of our staff will call you from the saleroom shortly before the item comes up for sale. It may not be possible to accept telephone bid applications on the day of the sale.

Buyers Premium
All purchases are subject to a 17.5% buyers premium on each lot + VAT

Q. How do I pay for items brought at Hansons?

There are many ways to pay for your purchases at Hansons:

Method of Payment
We accept the following methods of payment:

Please note: we do not accept payment by Credit Card over the telephone.

There is a surcharge (currently 3%) for the use of credit cards. No charge is made for the use of debit cards. All cheques should be made payable to "Hansons". For bank transfers our details are as follows:

NATWEST
Mickleover Branch
24 Uttoxeter Road
Mickleover
DERBY
DE3 5ZQ

Account name: Hansons Auctioneers and Valuers LTD
Account number: 18525679
Sort Code: 54-10-56

All invoices not paid within 7 days of sale are subject to an interest charge.

Collection of Goods
Goods will not be released to buyers until paid for in full. Goods left at the saleroom ten working days after the sale will be taken into storage. If after 21 days they have not been collected a storage charge of £2.00 per lot per day plus VAT will be levied.

Our staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Packing & Dispatch - More Details>
We are able to offer a packing and shipping service. Email service@hansonsauctioneers.co.uk and we will be able to answer any queries with regard to postal costs and insurance of items.

Q. Can I take part in auctions without being present in the saleroom?

There are up to three different ways you can bid remotely:

Commission Bids
Can be accepted from potential buyers who are unable to attend the auction. Commission slips are available at Reception. They should be completed and handed in to Reception.

Via Email
Bids can also be accepted via email, you will need to include your name, address and telephone number along with the date of sale, lot numbers, a brief description of the lot and your maximum price. These are to be emailed through to service@hansonsauctioneers.co.uk  prior to the commencement of sale. Commission Bidding form

Telephone Bidding
Telephone lines are available to those clients unable to attend the auction. Arrangements for this service should be made at least 24 hours before the beginning of the sale. A member of our staff will call you from the saleroom shortly before the item comes up for sale. It may not be possible to accept telephone bid applications on the day of the sale. Whilst every effort will be made to execute telephone bidding HANSONS cannot be held responsible for any default or neglect in connection with this service.  All such arrangements are made entirely at the prospective buyer's risk.

Live Internet Bidding
For specialist areas of collecting we have the facility to run Live Online auctions.


Other Questions:

If you cannot find your answer please email service@hansonsauctioneers.co.uk or telephone 01283 733 988