Buying at Auction

It’s important to us to ensure that buying at Bleasdales is an uncomplicated and enjoyable process.


We hope this guides helps explain the different ways you can buy at auction but if you have any queries please contact us.


At the Auction
Registering, Paddle Number and the Buyers Premium

  • If you are coming to the sale we will ask you to register so that we can provide you with your own paddle or bidding number.
  • All we will need to register you, are you name, address and contact details, a proof of identity, such as a driving license or passport. We will also need credit or debit card details. You only need to register once with us and we will keep your details securely for future sales.
  • If you bid in the sale and are successful you will pay the hammer price plus a premium of 20% of the hammer price.
  • Once you have paid you are able to collect your lots. For delicate items we are happy to supply additional packing materials free of charge.

What happens if you can’t attend the auction?

Order A Catalogue

  • Our printed catalogues provide comprehensive information about all the lots included in the sale as well as illustrations and guide estimates. They can be despatched around the world. Once you have decided which lots you are interested in you can then contact us to get further information about the condition of an individual item or to place your bid.

View online

  • Every lot in our sale will be published online with full catalogue details and a colour image.
  • Once you have registered your own details with us you can view all our sales online.

Absentee bids

  • If you can’t come to the sale one way to bid is by completing an absentee bid form prior to the sale (click on the button at the bottom of the page to download an absentee bidding form).
  • Once again you will need to register your details, name, address and contact number, with a credit or debit card.
  • We may contact you to check your identity.
  • Tell us which lots you are interested in and the maximum bid you wish to leave. Please remember that there will be an additional buyers premium charge on top of your maximum bid, which is 20% of the hammer price.
  • You can return your signed form by post or email. If you are successful we will let you know within 48 hours.
  • Once you have paid the hammer price plus buyers premium of 20%, you can collect your items from the saleroom or for an additional fee we can arrange to post or courier them to you.

Telephone bids and Client Services

  • Unlike many other auctioneers we are happy to accept telephone bids on any items, we will not impose minimum lot values. To make sure that the auction runs smoothly we do have flexible restrictions on the number of items clients can bid on by phone.
  • To ensure that we provide an efficient telephone bidding service we ask you to contact us 24 hours in advance of the sale if you want to bid by phone.
  • We will need you to provide us with both a landline and mobile phone line number.
  • We will contact you during the sale, a few minutes before the lot you wish to bid on goes under the hammer.
  • If you are the successful bidder you will know immediately. 


Absentee Bidding Form
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