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Sell your Antiques at Hansons

Selling by Auction

We are delighted to receive entries for all of our sales - Antiques & Collectables, Fine Art & Antiques, and our Specialist Auctions – at our Etwall Auction Centre, where we are open from Monday to Friday from 9am until 5pm (aside from bank holidays), on Wednesday evenings from 5pm to 7.30pm, and on Saturday mornings from 9am to 12 noon, if you are unable to attend during these hours, please do not hesitate to contact us to make other arrangements; we also offer valuations throughout the local counties, please take a look at our website for up to date information on our sales and events, and for our schedule of Specialist Auctions.


Current auction market verbal valuations are offered free of charge, whether at our Auction Centre, at our outside valuation events or in your home should that be prudent – perhaps you have a collection of items, or require advice on larger items of furniture, or indeed, travel may be difficult for you.

Where we feel it appropriate, items will be grouped together for sale in order to maximise your financial return.

We also offer a professional and competitive written Insurance, Probate and Family Division service – should you require such assistance please contact Charles Hanson for a free quotation, on 01283 733988 or at

House Clearance/Downsizing

Hansons offer a full or part house clearance/downsizing service, handled by our experienced team. A quotation can be provided free of charge and without obligation. On collection, we would consign any saleable items for auction, with other items disposed of appropriately, by charitable means where possible.

Collection of Consignments

We offer a full collection service starting at a fee of £25 plus VAT, using our own transport team and our local partner haulage service.


Our commission charge is levied at 15% + VAT on items valued up to £10,000 - on lots realising in excess of £10,000, a commission charge is levied at 10% +VAT.

A lot fee of £2 plus VAT per lot for Antiques and Collectors Auction consignments, £5 plus VAT per lot for Decorative Art and Specialist Auction consignments, and £10 plus VAT per lot for Fine Art Auction consignments.

Insurance (Damage and Loss Warranty) will be charged at 1.5% plus VAT of the hammer price, and in the case of Fine Art lots, at 1.5% plus VAT of the mid-estimate on sold and unsold items additionally.

A minimum commission charge of £5 plus VAT per lot (eg, should an item sell for £30, our charges would total £5 commission charge plus VAT, £0.45 insurance charge plus VAT, £1 online catalogue charge plus VAT).

Lot withdrawal following initial consignment for auction will be calculated at mid estimate, with standard commission charges deducted. 


Unless agreed, and listed, with the consigning valuer beforehand, items will be offered without reserve.

Marketing and Photography

Our marketing team pursue all avenues of the media when promoting our sales – generating advertising and editorial where appropriate. Our most interesting items very often receive local radio, television and press attention – with internet media coverage of many more items.

We produce a printed catalogue for our Antiques and Collectors Auctions, and a glossy illustrated catalogue for our Fine Art Auctions and some of our specialist Auctions.

Catalogues and Viewing

All entries appear in our catalogue along with their estimates. Prior to sale the lots also appear with full colour photographs on our website and on, our internet bidding hosts, ensuring they are viewed by both a national and international audience. We also email and post out catalogues to a data base of active professional buyers and collectors.   

Our Auction Centre is open for viewing of all sale items on the day prior to our sales, from 11am to 7pm. You may also view from 9am until auctions commence on days of sale – any additional viewing, eg for our Fine Art Jewellery Showcase Auctions, is detailed on our website.

Sales Results

Results are available on throughout the sale, and also on our own website in the week following the sale, or telephone 01283 733988.


We forward payment by cheque, together with a statement detailing the hammer price and deductions, twenty full working days from the last day of sale – this is generally four weeks. Any unsold lots will be marked as being re-offered (RE-OFFER) or to be collected by the client (AWAY). As we act as agent, payments are made to the vendor only after the purchasers payment has cleared; we pursue payment in such instances, however should a purchaser ultimately default on payment, we will be unable to pay the vendor the hammer price, and will re-offer the lot in the next appropriate sale.

Unsold Items

Where items remain unsold, unless you are notified otherwise, and at the discretion of the auctioneer, they will be offered in the next appropriate auction at a reduced estimate, with no reserve set. Any items not being re-offered are to be collected from the Auction Centre as soon as possible – any items consigned from a valuation event, can be returned to the same/or the nearest valuation venue.

Hansons will accept no claims for loss or damage for items not collected within 7 days of advisement as they will not be insured; additionally, after this period storage charges of £1 + 20% VAT per lot per day will apply.

Useful Information

Please be aware that any electrical items consigned will be PAT tested; if the result is classed as a fail, the cords will be removed up to the body of the item before being returned to the client.

Hansons Auctioneers operates an RICS approved complaints handling policy, a copy of which can be provided on request.

Clients are advised all contracts with Hansons Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd are governed by the laws of England and Wales and the jurisdiction of the English and Welsh courts applies.

Hansons reserve the right to advertise any consigned objects in all forms of media, known now or in the future, either before or after a sale, without requesting the vendor’s or buyer's authorisation.