Buying At Auction


Our saleroom is easily accessible and has good parking and loading facilities.

If you are attending the sale please register at the office for a buyer's number

You may register on our website to leave bids or bid live. You can also bid on either or

Catalogues are available on Tuesdays – £2 weekly sale – £2 antique sale. Both catalogues will be online prior to viewing, including pictures. Pictures and news regarding items coming up for sale will also be posted in the news/blog section.

Look around making a note of the items you are interested in and feel free to ask for estimates. If you can’t attend the sale you may leave pre-sale bids at the office up to a maximum that you would be prepared to pay. Bids will then be executed as cheaply as possible subject to other bids or reserves.

Items are to be paid for and collected by the Saturday following the sale.

Alternatively your purchases can be delivered by our carrier (carriage charge applies)


Purchaser Conditions of Sale

  1. The highest accepted bidder shall be the purchaser. If any dispute should arise between bidders or any mistake is made the lot may be put up again. The auctioneer is the final arbiter
  2. The advance in the bidding will be regulated by the auctioneer who reserves the right to refuse any bidding, or to bid on behalf of the vendor on any lots upon which there is a reserve, or to withdraw, consolidate or divide any lot before or during the sale
  3. No lots may be removed until the purchaser’s account is paid in full. The buyer shall not become the owner or any lot and the auctioneer shall have a lien thereon until the purchaser’s account is paid, but after the fall of the hammer the risk of damage or loss shall nevertheless be the buyer’s
  4. All lots must be paid for and removed within a few days of the sale. Purchasers who do not pay and collect by this time may have their bids refused in future sales
  5. Payment can be made by cash, debit card or bank transfer. Customer not present card transactions will be limited to £500. Credit card payments are limited to £100. Any single transaction above £8,000 will require a copy of proof of ID
  6. A buyer’s premium of 19% plus VAT is charged on the hammer price
  7. Online Bidding
    We offer an online bidding service on our website, via or for bidders who cannot attend the sale. In completing the bidder registration and providing your credit card details and unless alternative arrangements are made with Warren & Wignall Ltd:
    1. authorise Warren & Wignall Ltd, if they so wish, to charge the credit card given in part or full payment, including all fees, for items successfully purchased in the auction via
    2. confirm that you are authorised to provide these credit card details to Warren & Wignall Ltd through and agree that Warren & Wignall Ltd are entitled to ship the goods to the card holder name and address provided in fulfilment of the sale
      Please note that any lots purchased online will be subject to an additional 3% commission charge plus VAT at the rate imposed on the hammer price on our website or and 7% plus VAT on
  8. Shipping of silver and jewellery and small items weighing under 2kg when packed may be done in house. For all other items please contact Mailboxes Preston:   01772256700
  9. Items are sent entirely at the buyer's risk and In the event of loss or damage to items posted it is the buyer’s responsibility to make any claim from the insurance (if any) made on their behalf
  10. Any damage caused by removal of goods must be made good by the person committing the same. Principles being considered responsible for the acts of their servants
  11. The auctioneer undertakes that care has been taken to see that catalogue descriptions and condition reports are accurate, but these must be taken as matters of opinion only and shall not be taken as statements of fact. Buyers must make their own judgement as to the nature, authenticity or condition of any lot. The auctioneers do not give any warranty as to the title of the lots sold and will not be liable for any defect in such title
  12. Any items remaining unpaid for may be resold and any deficiency made good by the defaulter