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Sellers

Selling at auction can be an exciting, rewarding – and profitable – experience. When selling through Cuttlestones, whatever the items in question, you can rest assured of a professional service and that every care will be taken to help ensure your items reach their full potential value under the hammer.

 

Valuation

From antique art and furniture through to militaria, medals, silver, clocks, jewellery, sporting ephemera, oriental arts, stamps, toys - and more - we have a team of valuation experts who, through a combination of knowledge and thorough research, are able to provide valuations for sale or insurance purposes with no obligation.

We regularly hold specialist valuation events across Staffordshire, Shropshire and the West Midlands, as well as weekly valuation days at our Penkridge and Wolverhampton sale rooms.

Meet our valuation team >


 

House Clearances

Cuttlestones can also offer a full house clearance service  for clients throughout Staffordshire, Shropshire, Derbyshire, Wolverhampton the West Midlands and Stoke-on-Trent. From identifying items of value for auction through to clearing the property, disposing of items with no resale value and even cleaning the property for sale, we provide a discrete, professional service.
More information on our house clearance service >


Consign your items

Once you’ve had your item(s) valued you may wish to consign them for sale. In order to do this you will be issued with a personal account number by which all of your items will be tracked. Whether you’re submitting a single item or the entire contents of a house clearance you will be provided with a receipt for all items, on the reverse of which are listed our full terms and conditions. You can also set a reserve price for each lot at this point, which means that the auctioneer will not sell the item for less than this set value.

Please note that all items consigned will be subject to the following standard charges:

  • For Home, Garden and Collectors’ Sales: £3.00 per lot and a commission of 17% is charged on the sale hammer price.
  • Fine Art & Specialist Collectors Sales: £5.00 per lot and a commission of 15% is charged on the sale hammer price.

Our standard charges listed above are subject to VAT.

No charges are made for storage, insurance, cataloguing, photographs or electrical PAT testing.

 

Reserves and Estimates

Once consigned for sale items will be entered in the next suitable sale. In the case of Fine Art auctions and Specialist Collectors’ Sales, you will receive written notification ahead of the date of the sale in which your items are entered, along with details of the guide and any reserve prices, giving you the opportunity to review your items ahead of the sale and set a reserve should you wish.
 

However, in the case of non specialist sales written notifications are not issued due to time constraints, but vendors may discuss guide and reserve prices on consignment.

 

Cataloguing

All items consigned for sale will be listed with a description in the catalogue for the relevant sale. In the case of Fine Art and Specialist Collectors’ auctions, the catalogues are illustrated with photographs of each lot, and also show an estimated guide price. All Cuttlestones’ sale catalogues are available either to view online or download as well as available as hard copies on the viewing day and the day of the sale.   

 

Marketing

In addition to emailing catalogues to our extensive database of existing clients, Cuttlestones sales are extensively advertised in the local press, national antiques publications and online to help ensure that the broadest possible audience is reached.

 

Payment

Final payment is made directly to the vendor by electronic transfer or post within 21 days following the date of sale. All charges are plus VAT at the standard rate. If your items do not sell, you will usually have the option to collect them or re-enter then in the next suitable sale.

*Please note: If, once charges have been deducted, the final amount owing to the client is less than £5 it is not economical to send out a cheque.
Cuttlestones is happy to discuss flexible terms with clients.

 

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