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Buying at Watton Salerooms


Our weekly Tuesday auctions can be viewed on Mondays from 3pm - 7pm and from 8.30am on Tuesday whilst earlier lots are being offered. Viewing times for other sales will be advertised separately. Customers should use the viewing period to make sure they inspect the lots they want to buy before bidding.

Most of the items for sale will be second hand so you should look for signs of wear and tear. Electrical items are tested for safety but we cannot guarantee that they are in full working order. We try to describe things as accurately as possible in our catalogues, but even experts make mistakes so do your own research before buying.

The Latin phrase 'Caveat Emptor' meaning 'Let The Buyer Beware' is a legal term that applies to goods sold by auction. It means that items are 'SOLD AS SEEN' and you do not have an automatic right to a refund.

Reserves and Guide Prices

When we accept entries for sale, some sellers ask us not to sell an item unless it reaches an agreed minimum price. This is called the 'Reserve'. Other sellers are happy for their lots to be offered without reserve which means they will be sold, at the Auctioneer's discretion, to the highest bidder on the day. We are happy to give an indication of the asking price - enquire at the office about the lot number you are interested in. We do not usually provide estimates or guide prices for lots without reserve but customers may ask the Auctioneer for an opinion during the viewing period.

Ways to Bid

In Person

Buyers wishing to bid in person should register at the office and obtain a numbered bidding card for the day. If you win the bidding, the Auctioneer will record your bidding number and lots will be added to your account. Accounts must be paid in full by the end of the day of sale and before items are removed from the Saleroom. Alternatively customers can pay cash to the porter at the point of sale and remove their lot immediately. At the fall of the hammer lots become the responsibility of the purchaser and must be paid for even if those lots later become lost, damaged or stolen. Please look after your lots.

By Telephone:

We are happy to arrange telphone bidding on lots expected to make over £200.00 as long as you or your representative have viewed the sale and we have a phone line available. A clerk or porter will relay the bidding between you and the Auctioneer. Other bidders will be made aware that telephone bidding is taking place but you may remain anonymous if you wish to.  Items must be paid for and collected either on Sale Day before 7.30pm or on the following Wednesday between 10am & 3pm.

By 'Left Bid':

If you have viewed items in person but are unable to attend the sale, you may leave written instructions for the Auctioneer to bid on your behalf up to a specified maximum. You will be asked to complete a bidding form on which you give details of your bids and sign to say you agree to pay for lots if you are the winning bidder. It is our policy to bid on your behalf as if you were in the room. We do not start the bidding with your maximum offer and we undertake to purchase the lot as cheaply as allowed by other bidders. Please telephone the Salerooms on 01953 885676 to find out if your bids have been successful. Items must be paid for and collected either on Sale Day before 8.30pm or on the following Wednesday between 10am & 3pm.


We accept payment by cash and all major credit and debit cards (Excluding American Express) We no longer accept cheques.

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Collection & Delivery:

We recommend John Ryder Removals from Wymondham who we have worked closely with for many years.  Tel: 01953 605553 or visit www.johnryder.co.uk for a quote.