How to sell with us

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Step 1. Complete the form below and submit an item for a free and confidential auction estimate

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Step 2. Make sure to provide us with pictures and as much detail as possible

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Step 3. Select your location to ensure your submission reaches the Bonhams office nearest to you - we'll be in touch soon

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To talk to someone directly you can also find your local office or valuation event using the map below

Why Sell with us?

Selling with Bonhams is easy. Whatever your treasure, we can provide expert advice to help you sell.
With Bonhams specialists based in towns and cities worldwide, we are your local auction house.
Find your nearest Bonhams expert to receive a free and confidential auction estimate.

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Requesting an estimate is easy.

Simply submit an item by completing the form below.

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Find your local Bonhams

We have specialists located worldwide, who can offer you a free and confidential auction estimate.
Click the map below to find an expert near you.

Important Information

The first step is to obtain an auction estimate. Auction valuations are free and you can ask for one in the following ways.

By Email

Use the submission form on this page to submit an item.

By Post

Send a photograph and description of your item to your nearest saleroom or office.

In person

Use the map above to find your nearest Bonhams saleroom, office or representative. You can then make an appointment. Alternatively, you can visit any of our salerooms and, if a specialist is free, you will be able to get a valuation on the spot.

Valuation Events

Bonhams holds regular valuation events worldwide where specialists assess property free of charge. You can find these listed on our Valuations calendar.

Formal Valuation and Appraisal Services

Bonhams provides other valuation services including; formal appraisals for estate tax, market or insurance purposes. Please contact our Valuations, Trusts and Estates Department who will be able to assist with your enquiry.

Limitations of usage

Auction estimates are a statement of Bonhams opinion on what an item may achieve if consigned for auction. They do not represent or guarantee the actual value or potential selling price, and Bonhams accepts no liability whatsoever in connection to the provided auction estimates.

For the purpose of providing an auction estimate, Bonhams assumes that the item is authentic and can be freely sold. Auction estimates are provided only for the owner of the property and may not be used by any other person or for any other purpose or disclosed to any third party, reproduced or published in any form.

In order to provide the most accurate auction estimates, Bonhams may share item information with third parties.

Bonhams gives no representation, warranty or guarantee on an item’s origin, provenance, attribution, condition, date, age or authenticity. Auction estimates are based on a first-hand inspection and subject to change.

Once you have made the decision to sell through Bonhams, the consignment process is easy; our specialists will consult with you on potential methods for sale for your item and the applicable terms and conditions of consignment.

Selecting the most suitable auction and date to sell your property

Our specialists will advise you on the most appropriate auction for your item. This might be at one of our international salerooms rather than your nearest one if demand is likely to be greater and competition between buyers higher.

Transporting your property

You can transport the item yourself at your own expense - or we can arrange this for you at a small cost.

If you are consigning goods from overseas, shipping charges, taxes and import duties may apply. Some countries apply import and export regulations for some types of goods. You should take particular note of export licensing and CITES (endangered species) export / import regulations. Although it is your responsibility to ensure compliance with these, please do contact Bonhams in advance if you have any doubts on what to do.

UK shipping & transportation: [email protected]

USA shipping & transportation: [email protected]

Agreeing sales terms and reserve

When we have agreed on the sale terms, we will give you a Receipt and Contract Form listing the details about the price at which you will be prepared to sell your item or items.

Contract and receipt for consignment

When you have consigned your goods for sale, our specialist will discuss your sale requirements with you and record these on the Receipt and Contract Form. This document is important because it is your instruction to us to sell. It is your contract with Bonhams, specifying the sale terms, and your receipt for the property you have consigned. The form carries your personal reference number for the particular consignment, in the top right-hand corner, which should be quoted in all communication concerning your sale items. At the same time, you will also receive a folder containing our Conditions of Business.

Information about charges and commissions

Minimum Commission

The Vendor's Commission is subject to a minimum commission per lot.

Please contact the department for details.

Seller's Commission Rates

Please contact the department for details.

Loss and Damage Warranty Fee

1.5% of the Hammer Price of each lot if sold, or if unsold, 1.5% of the average of the high and low estimates.

Unsold Charge

A minimum charge will be applied per lot (plus the Loss and Damage Warranty Fee as detailed above).

Sale Catalogue Images

Your item will be included in the sale catalogue. A picture is also often included although this is not guaranteed.

Illustration charges

You will only incur charges if we have agreed this with you in advance.

Web illustration charge

You will only incur charges if we have agreed this with you in advance.

VAT/Sales Tax

VAT or Sales Tax, at the current rate, is payable on all commissions and charges, except for sales held in the United States and Hong Kong where it is indicated as inclusive. Please contact the relevant department for further details.

Additional Charges

There may be additional charges for restoration, shipping, packing, storage, custom duties and import tax, if appropriate. These charges will only be made, however, if you have agreed to them beforehand.

Conditions

All sales are subject to the Terms and Conditions of Business as stated on the Receipt / Contract.

Advertising

Bonhams bears all the normal costs of advertising and promotion. In some cases, however, we - or you - may believe there is a need for additional advertising. If this is the case, we will discuss it in detail with you and then plan a specific advertising campaign and put it into effect.

Further Information

Bonhams charge the Buyer a Buyer's Premium on each Lot as detailed in the Conditions of Sale for Buyers and also Expenses and Premium payable by Buyers.

Auction result notification

After your goods have sold successfully, we will send you a auction result notification. This will list the individual lot(s) and the price made by each item. If you would like to know the outcome on the day, you are welcome to telephone the saleroom about an hour after the end of the auction.

Payment

Payment is made by bank transfer after the auction date, assuming that we have received full payment from the buyer. Please contact the department for more details on the timing of payments. We will also send you a settlement statement detailing the charges which have been incurred. Relevant charges are normally deducted before your settlement is prepared and sent.

Unsold Lots

There is an unsold minimum fee per lot (plus insurance as detailed above). There may be other additional charges, such as an illustration fee (see above). If you would like to re-offer your property in a future auction you can do so and should talk this through with the department. If you would prefer not to re-offer your property, you will need to make your own arrangements to collect it from us.

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