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Buying and Selling


Whether you are selling silver, sculptures and ceramics or buying bowls, books and bikes take a look at our commission rates 


 GOODS AND CHATTELS AUCTIONS (see also vehicles below)


Vendors Commission

Spicer's charge 15% commission on sold lots, in addition we charge 1% loss and damage cover, all lots are subject to a minimum fee of £7 and £3 for internet exposure. All charges are plus VAT. 

Buyers Premium

Spicers charge 20% plus VAT

Bidding Procedure

A bidding number system is operated in our saleroom and prospective purchasers must register their names and addresses before the sale. Lots are catalogued with an estimated selling price which excludes the buyer's premium. The estimates are not definitive and are subject to revision.

Conditions of Lots and Condition Reports

Imperfections to lots catalogued are not normally stated, however, the damage noted in a catalogue is intended to be of assistance to buyers, but in no way guarantees that lots are free of any other damage not listed. In all cases intending purchasers must still be responsible for determining the condition themselves. We offer free condition reports on most lots, not on multiple items, these are a matter of opinion and are not binding. 

Value Added Tax

The symbol * after any lot number indicates that VAT is payable by the purchaser at the standard rate on the hammer price. For lots which appear without the above symbol, VAT at the standard rate with be payable on the premium but not the hammer price.

Commission Bids

All bids should be with us at least one hour before the start of the sale. Please ask for our Commissions Department. All bids made by telephone are repeated and subject to our Conditions of Sale. Bids are carried out free of charge and lots will be bought as cheaply as is allowed by such other bids and reserves as are on our books. Accounts for successful bids are due for settlement within 3 days whether or not collected.

Telephone Bidding

A very limited number of telephone lines are available. Telephone bidding can only be arranged for the major lots and at the discretion of the Auctioneers. Early booking of telephone lines is essential. The Auctioneer or his staff may be unable to contact the intended bidder at the desired time and such requests therefore will be entirely at the bidder's risk.

Terms of Payment

Payment of accounts may be made by cash, we also offer the facility to pay by debit card and bank transfer, if you bid though an online platform we are linked to you may also settle your account following the link on your invoice. All goods must be paid for within three days of the auction ending and lots collected within five days of the end of the sale. Non payment, failure to meet our terms and condition or failure to communicate following a purchase may result in a ban across all our platforms which may impact on your account with other auction houses.




Classic Cars, Motorcycles, Boats and Vintage Tractors

Some of our commission rates and buyers premiums are different for our Classic Car, Motorcycles & Automobilia auctions to those for other sale categories. Details are as follows:


  • Commission on vehicles (cars, motorbikes, boats & vintage tractors) is 5%, no loss and damage cover is offered on these items, vendors should keep their own insurance in place and inform their insurer.

  • Commission on automobilia is 15% plus 1% loss and damage.

  • All plus VAT at the current rate.


  • Premium on vehicles (cars, bikes, boats & vintage tractors) is 15% including VAT.

  • Premium on automobilia is 20% plus VAT.

  • All other terms and conditions detailed in our Auction Information section apply



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