Buying at Auction

Buyer Numbers

You will need to register for a buyer number prior to bidding at an auction, which can be done in person or via the website by clicking the 'register' link on the home page. You will need to provide us with your full name, address and contact details. Your buyer number is permanent and can be used at any subsequent auction. There is no fee for this service.


First Time Buyers

Once you have obtained you buyer number you can bid on any lot in the sale. If you have never bid at auction before then it is advisable to watch the auctioneer for a few lots so that you understand how the bidding progresses. Do not be afraid to be bold with your bid and join the bidding early on so that the auctioneer can register your interest. If you have any questions or concerns, our staff will be happy to help you.


Pre-sale bids

If you wish to bid in the sale but can not attend the auction, then we are happy to bid on your behalf with a pre-sale bid. Bids must be received in plenty of time before the commencement of the sale and it is advisable to double check the lot numbers and the descriptions so that you leave the bids on the correct items.


Telephone bids

If you can not attend the auction and would prefer to book a telephone bid, we are happy to oblige. Telephone bids must be received by 5pm the day before the sale.


Live online bidding

You can bid live online via and Please be aware there is an additional charge if you chose to bid in this way.


Condition of lots

Prospective buyers should ensure that they have inspected any items they intend to buy and satisfy themselves to the condition. Lots are sold 'as seen' and their condition can not be guaranteed.


Buyers Premium

The buyer's premium payable on the hammer price for whisky auctions is 20% and on all other auctions is is 24%, on which VAT is applicable. 



Payment can be made by any of the following methods:

Debit cards
Cheque - with guarantee card. If you are paying by cheque, goods will not be released until the cheque has cleared
Visa and Mastercard - there is a 3% additional fee (on which VAT is applicable)
Bank transfer


Collection of purchases

Lots are available for collection throughout the sale and all goods should be collected within 3 days of the sale unless prior arrangements have been agreed. After this time you will be liable for a charge of £5 per lot per day plus any additional removal, storage or other associated charges incurred by the auctioneer in respect of the lot.




Selling at Auction

Our sales tale place every 6 weeks and goods are welcomed for entry up to 21 days prior to this.


If you are interested in selling items, please call us on 0141 225 8181 or email to arrange a home visit or an appointment at our premises, where one of our valuation team can give you an auction estimate. If you decide to proceed with selling items through auction, they will lead you through the process.


Alternatively, you can email us through our Auction estimate request service, please click here for more information.


Standard Seller Charges

Seller's commission - 15% of the hammer price.
Lotting fee (per lot) - £5 (which includes photography and entry in the printed and online catalogues);
Accidental Loss and damage warranty - 1.5% of the hammer price, or for unsold and withdrawn lots on the lower estimate;
Withdrawal fee (per lot) - If You wish to withdraw a catalogued lot, a withdrawal fee will apply of £20; together with, in addition, VAT thereon.

Proceeds from all auctions are paid by cheque and are sent out within 4 to 6 weeks of the auction provided they are paid for in full. Should the amount due be less than £15, the cheque will remain at the auction House for collection by the seller.