At Sworders we want to make buying at auction, either in the saleroom or online, as easy and enjoyable as possible. With both specialists and client services available, whatever your interest or query we are always on hand to help.
To bid in person at auction for the first time please register for a bidding paddle in advance by filling out and submitting a registration form at our front desk. When registering in person we require photo ID, such as a passport or driving licence.
For absentee bids, Sworders bid on your behalf and attempt to purchase the lot for you at the lowest price, allowing for other bids and any reserve price, up to your pre-submitted maximum bid. Absentee bids can be left online or in person at our saleroom.
Absentee bids can be left up to half an hour before the start of any sale. Please note when we receive two or more absentee bids for the same amount, the first bid received will be the buyer.
For telephone bids, we will contact you during the sale, and a saleroom representative will bid live with you over the phone. Bid amounts do not include buyers premium. We offer this service for higher value lots with an estimate of £500 or more for our Specialist Sales. Requests to bid by telephone need to be made before 4pm, the day before the sale.
If you would like to leave a commission bid on our website you can do so up until 30 minutes before the sale starts. Leaving a commission bid through sworder.co.uk is free for all registered clients. Thereafter you may register bank card details under your accountin order to bid live. Click here to register an account.
A 'Bid Live' button will appear on the auction on our homepage when a sale is live - simply click the button to sign in/register with card details. This facility is FREE to all registered Sworders bidders, so it costs no more than if you were to bid in the room.
* Please note that live internet bidding using 3rd party websites usually incurs an additional charge of 3% (plus VAT) commission on the hammer price, which we collect and pass on to the bidding platform.
We highly recommend that potential bidders gather as much information as possible regarding a lot before placing a bid. If you are unable to view a lot in person you may request a condition report and/or additional images of a lot. If you would like a report on the condition of your lot(s) you can view them from the online catalogue when they become available or request one at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please be aware that we receive a large volume of requests for additional information prior to an auction and whilst we endeavour to reply to all enquiries in a timely fashion, we may not be able to provide a full report until the last few days before the auction.
All purchases are subject to a buyers premium of 23% plus VAT except for our Fine Wine & Port auctions when the buyers premium is 15% (VAT is not applicable to Books). When you successfully bid on any lot, the price you pay will be the hammer price (the value you bid at the auction), plus the buyers premium.
Lots marked with an asterisk (*) indicates that the law dictates the lot will be subject to additional Artists Resale Right charges. Artist's Resale Right was introduced by a European Directive in 2006 to ensure that artists receive a royalty when their work is resold by an auction house or gallery. This Right applies to living artists and to those who have died within the last 70 years. This royalty is paid by the purchaser on top of the hammer price if the sale price reaches or exceeds 1000 euros. The amount payable is on a sliding scale - e.g. up to 50,000 euros, the royalty rate is 4% of the sale price. The maximum royalty a work can earn is capped at 12,500 euros.
Payment is accepted by cash, cheque, bank transfer, credit or debit card. We accept cash to an upper limit of 10,000 euros equivalent. We accept credit card payments to an upper limit of £5,000. Usually any cheques will need to be cleared before you can take the goods away. Please be aware that cheque clearance will take eight days from deposit. We will only release goods to a third party upon receipt of identification and authority from the purchaser. Please refer to our full terms and conditions.
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