Criterion Auctioneers Ltd

Buying & Selling



However, we can accept deliveries and collections for our online only auctions by appointment only during the lock down period Monday to Thursday 9am to 6pm 

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Bidding Tips

(we strongly advise you to view the auction in person if possible)

If you're unable to but have access to the internet via a computer or Smart phone and having found what you'd like to bid on, if you feel strongly that you MUST win the lot but can't attend then :

1.       contact the Auctioneer to discuss your interest and gain as much information about the lot as possible

2.       request a condition report by email to or through our website on Lots with a minimum low estimate value of £100 or more, or

If however, you are interested but not so concerned as to whether you WIN it or not or cannot attend the auction in person then consider one of the following : 

3.       leave an Absentee bid in the saleroom or by email to or registering online on our website where you can now also bid live from our site, or

4.       bid on-line LIVE through our own website or either where you can benefit massively from a fixed live bidding fee of £3 when bidding on lots with a value in excess of £100 or the standard fees of 5% + VAT for transactions of less than £100 or alternatively use to bid live (with a charge of 7% + VAT) or leave an AUTO-BID on any of the three sites where the bidding platform will apply your bids automatically.

Please remember when you bid on items you do so at your own risk, the Auctioneer does not warrant or undertake to verify any information about the lot unless it is mis-described.  

Buyer Beware, if you place a bid and win then you are legally responsible to pay for the item even if you made the bid in error or changed your mind. Only in extreme circumstances where the item is clearly not what is written shall you have the right to return the goods and expect a refund, this must be done within seven days of the auction. 

All lots are identified by their catalogued description and NOT by their photograph.

Please see our Terms and Conditions for further explanation and our Glossary of Painting Terms and Glossary of General Auction Terms.

Please note, the Buyer pays a Buyers Premium of 26.4% on top of the hammer price.  The Buyers Premium includes VAT @ 20%

Example 1, when bidding in the auction room in person or leaving an absentee bid:

Hammer Price = £100

Buyers Premium = 22% + VAT = 26.4%

Total to pay = £126.40


Example 2, if the Buyer is using one of the internet bidding platforms there is an additional platform fee.

Hammer Price = £100

Buyers Premium = 22% + VAT = 26.4%

Internet Bidding Platform Fee (EasyLive = 5% + VAT = 6%) or ( =7% + VAT = 8.4%)

Total to Pay = EasyLive = £132.40 or = £134.80

If using our own website the fee is the same as using EasyLive = £132.40


When registering with EasyLive direct and not via our platform or an alternative charge can be selected to reduce the costs of bidding online in the form of a one off non refundable registration fee of £3. There is no additional internet bidding fee making it cheaper when bidding on items that would be bought for more than £100.  This one off registration fee is applied at the time of registering for the sale and is charged irrespective of whether you win a lot or not.



Valuations Online

We understand that busy working lives and a lack of transport, not everyone is able to attend our saleroom, so we provide valuations online.

Our highly experienced valuations team cover a wide range of specialist categories. Whether you are interested in consigning items to an upcoming specialist auction, or you have another collection that you would like to consign, we are here to help.

Simply take some photographs of the items, give a brief description of them and email to us, and one of our valuers will get back to you with an estimate and whether they would be suitable for auction and how you might wish to proceed.



Probate Valuations, Insurance & Family Division

Solicitors and Executors are usually required to commission an independent open market probate valuation for the chattels belonging to a deceased estate.

We undertake such valuations in accordance with Section 160 of the Inheritance Tax Act 1984.

Our wealth of experience in this field, enables us to provide a 'one stop shop' to smoothly handle, from start to finish, probate instructions for what can be a difficult process for an Executor to deal with.

Our probate service incorporates:

The initial on site compilation of an open market probate valuation

The arrangement of carriage and clearance

The sale of these items at our London auction house in either our general weekly sale or at one of our specialist auctions, whichever is the most suitable.

Every probate valuation is conducted by our Senior Valuer with the chattels consigned for sale both catalogued and auctioned by them. They also closely oversee the collection and clearance processes.

An Executor can be assured that their affairs will be comprehensively and considerately dealt with in a professional manner, ensuring every aspect is handled smoothly and in the best interest of the Estate.

We offer very competitive fees which can be agreed upon prior to the valuation being conducted. Please feel free to contact us for further information.


House Clearances & Collections

Clearing a property of the contents can seem daunting, whether due to bereavement or downsizing.

Criterion are able  in full house clearances.

Firstly, our expert removal team will professionally and respectfully remove all contents back to our saleroom.

Then our expert team of valuers will go through each and every item, consigning to the most suitable sale, and disposing of the unsaleable accordingly.

This is a complete start to finish service where the costs are offset by the sale of the goods and the residual after our charges are paid to you.

We have many years of experience in this field and you can be assured we will endeavour to secure the very best prices for your saleable items at our auctions.


Sales offices contact details:

Telephone Islington Saleroom and Customer Services : 53 Essex Road, Islington, London N1 2SF

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Alternatively, you can contact the Valuations department by email: