Selling your items with Ellis Willis and Beckett is a straightforward process, and we endeavour to make it simple and stress free.
Below you will find a number of frequently asked questions, however please contact us on 0114 279 6959 if you have any further questions.
Are my item(s) suitable for auction?
To many people it’s surprising what sells at an auction, anything from old tools, alcohol, toys to fine furniture. If you need advice or wish to have your items valued for auction you can:
Request a free online valuation
Visit our Saleroom - There is always someone who can help answer any questions.
Email - Contact us at email@example.com along with images and we will give you a guide to value before seeing the item.
Taking images is useful if you have items that are large and/or difficult to transport. You can email the images to us or bring them into the saleroom.
If you have a large collection or have many items, we visit you at home. Please call 0114 279 6959 to organise an appointment.
Do you charge for a valuation?
We do not charge for an auction valuation and there is no obligation to enter your items into auction with us.
Insurance valuations and Probate valuations do carry a fee.
Do you offer a collection service?
We are able to collect items depending on the quantity and distance involved. This will determine any additional costs which will be agreed beforehand.
We also work closely with a specialist carrier if you require a full house clearance.
How do I know I’ll achieve the best price for my item(s)?
The auctioneer will always use their discretion to achieve the item's full value but won’t allow it to be sold if bids are deemed too low.
Reserves can be agreed on any lot but must be received in writing prior to the auction day.
What will I be charged when I sell an item at auction?
Commission rates are 10% of the hammer price of each lot.
We also charge 2% of the hammer price of each lot for insurance (subject to a minimum charge of £2) and a £4.50 fee for lotting up, photography and uploading to the three bidding platforms.
All our charges are subject to VAT.
If a lot is withdrawn after it’s been catalogued there is a withdrawal fee of £5 plus VAT.
When do I receive payment for a lot which has sold?
The net sale proceeds, received from the buyer in cleared funds, will be forwarded to the vendor no later than 28 working days after the auction. However, we endeavour to settle within 14 days of the auction. The net sale proceeds are the hammer price less commission, fees and agreed expenses for example electrical testing or removal charges.