Sworders Auctioneers

We hold over 40 auctions per annum, spanning many specialist categories from Asian Art to Jewellery and Fine Wine to 20th Century Decorative Art & Design. By combining personal one-to-one service with a team of experienced specialists selling antiques and art can be easy at Sworders. Our team will be on hand to assist at every stage, keeping you up to date throughout the process from initial valuation to payment.

VALUATION

Sworders will provide you with a free valuation. Please email a photograph and description of the item to auctions@sworder.co.uk or visit our Valuation page.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to talk to us please contact the Stansted Saleroom on 01279 817778 or our Hertford office on 01992 583508. E: hertfordoffice@sworder.co.uk.

WHEN TO SELL

Sworders conduct auctions in each collecting category at our purpose-built auction room. A specialist will discuss with you the most appropriate sale to ensure the strongest bidding for your item(s).

CONSIGNING YOUR PROPERTY

The consignment agreement sets out your terms and conditions upon which Sworders will offer your item(s) for sale at auction. Our specialists will suggest a catalogue estimate range and discuss any reserve we recommend.

ADDITIONAL CHARGES

Sworders generally charge the seller a vendor’s commission of 17.5% of the hammer price plus VAT and sale-related expenses (see below for photography costs). Our specialists will be happy to discuss these charges with you at the time of consignment.


PAYMENT

After the auction, Sworders will notify the seller as to the status of each lot offered for sale. As we hold several different types of auctions throughout the year, the notification and payment for each auction are detailed below. 

PHOTOGRAPHY FEES FOR ILLUSTRATIONS ON THE INTERNET AND OR CATALOGUES ARE PAYABLE AS FOLLOWS:

Country House and Specialist sales – From £15-50 per lot

Antiques & Collectables Auctions - £5 per lot

 

NOTIFICATION AND PAYMENT DETAILS PER AUCTION

Fortnightly Antiques & Collectables sale 

An email will be sent on the afternoon of the auction informing you of your results, and a cheque and statement (if successful) just 8 days after the auction.

Post sale results can be found on our website on the afternoon of the auction.

Country House and Specialist Sales 

  • A letter or email will be sent at least 10 days before the auction confirming your entry and any pre-agreed reserve prices
  • On the afternoon of the auction, an email will be sent informing you of your results, or a letter within 4 working days
  • A cheque and statement (if successful) will be sent 21 days after the auction
  • Post sale results can be found on our website on the afternoon of the auction.

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