Our search tools are designed to make your life easier. Use the tool bar at the top of the Sale catalogue to refine or reorder your search.
Click any lot to view high resolution images, detailed information and your bidding options.
Our bidding system updates automatically without the need for you to refresh the page
To place a bid on a lot, you will need to register and can do so via the red ‘Register to Bid’ button on each lot page.
Firstly, you’ll be asked to login or register an account with Brompton’s. Once logged in, you’ll then be taken through the steps to confirm your contact details, register your card and agree to our Terms and Conditions. You will need to register to bid for each sale.
Upon registering, you will be shown your bid limit. For all new bidders, this is set to £5,000. To increase this limit, simply click on ‘Increase your bid limit’ underneath the search bar and follow the onscreen instructions.
When viewing the sale, your bid limit and active bids total is also shown underneath the search tools.
Only active bids count towards your bid limit. If you are outbid on a lot, the bid amount is no longer counted towards your limit.
If you would like our system to bid for you up to a maximum amount, you can place a ‘Max Bid’. This is a simple process to save you having to continually place incremental bids at the asking price:
Tip: If at the time of placing your max bid the lot has not met the reserve, the current asking price will jump to the reserve price as long as your max bid is high enough.
Be the first person to meet the reserve on any selected lots within our online only auctions, and we’ll reduce your buyer’s premium from 20% to 18% if you win! Upon winning the lot we will confirm you were the first person to meet the reserve price and reduce your buyer’s premium to 18% for this lot. This reduction will be applied to your invoice after the sale has closed.
Please note, this discount does not apply to after sale offers or private sales. Look out for this message on selected lots…
Most lots include a reserve price – the minimum price the seller is willing to accept for the lot. If a bid has been placed on a lot which does not meet the reserve, you will see this icon . This means the lot will not sell at the current asking price.
Once the reserve price has been met, you will see this icon . Only lots showing the blue tick will be sold upon completion of the sale.
As you bid on lots within the sale you will see various icons notifying you of the status of your bid. These icons will update automatically as other people bid. To make sure you don’t miss out on the chance to increase your bid, we will also email you when you have been outbid.
Reserve not met
The end times of all lots are staggered by a short period of time, giving you an opportunity to bid on multiple lots without the risk of them all ending at the same time. All end times are shown in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) or British Summer Time (BST) as appropriate.
If a bid is placed on a lot within the last ten minutes of the countdown, the end time of that lot will be increased by fifteen minutes to allow other bidders an opportunity to bid. Lot extensions are capped to within 2 hours of the last lots original end time.
|£ 100 to £200||£10|
|£ 200 to £500||£320, £350, £380, £400 etc.|
|£ 500 to £1,000||£50|
|£ 1,000 to £2,000||£100|
|£ 2,000 to £5,000||£3,200, £3,500, £3,800, £4,000 etc.|
|£ 5,000 to £10,000||£500|
|£ 10,000 to £20,000||£1,000|
|£ 20,000 and up||Auctioneer’s discretion|
To calculate the total price you will pay simply click on ‘Bid calculator’ bottom right of the lot page to see a breakdown of the total price including applicable taxes and fees. The calculator will automatically show you the current bid and you can enter any bid amount to update the calculation.
When you’re ready to bid, upon clicking the red bid button or entering a max bid you will see a full breakdown of the costs based on your bid amount prior to confirming your bid. Alternatively you can see an easy way to calculate the total price you will pay including buyer’s commission, VAT and any relevant import tax below.
On the lot page underneath ‘VAT & Import Tax’ you will see one of the following three statements:
These relate to the costs associated with buying the lot. To work out the total cost simply do the following:
Total cost = Your bid x 1.24
Example – if your winning bid is £1000 the total to pay is £1000 x 1.24 = £1,240
Hammer Price + (20% Buyer’s Commission + 20% VAT)
Total cost = Your bid x 1.29
Example – if your winning bid is £1000 the total to pay is £1000 x 1.29 = £1,290 to pay
Hammer Price + (20% Buyer’s Commission + 20% VAT) + Import tax at 5%
Total cost = Your bid x 1.44
Example – if your winning bid is £1000 the total to pay is £1000 x 1.44 = £1,440 to pay
Hammer Price + (20% Buyer’s Commission + 20% VAT) + Import tax at 20%
Once the countdown has come to an end, you will be notified onscreen and via email if your bid has been successful. After the sale has finished your invoice will be sent by email. Full payment is required within seven days of the auction date. Payment may be made by the following: wire transfer in sterling, debit and credit card and cash up to £5,000. Please note credit card payments will only be accepted for one full working day following the date of the auction and at a maximum single transaction of £10,000 per invoice.
Brompton’s will be happy to direct you to expert fine art shippers who will arrange for professional packing and insurance. Information on VAT refunds and export advice is available through Brompton’s.