Buying & Selling
(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. leave a bid with the Auctioneer, or
3. arrange a telephone bid with one of our auction administrators
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 :
4. leave a commission bid by telephone or email or registering online on our website and leave a commission bid
5. arrange a telephone bid if the items come to more than £100, or
6. bid on-line LIVE through either easyLiveAuction.com 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 3% + VAT for transactions of less than £100 alternatively use the-saleroom.com to bid live (with a charge of 3% + VAT) or leave an AUTO-BID on either site 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. All lots are identified by their catalogued description and NOT by their photograph. Please see our Terms and Conditions for further explanation.
We understand that with busy working lives and 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 the items in question and email to us, and one of our valuers will get back to you to discuss values 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.
Home Visits & Collections
Clearing a property of the contents can seem daunting, whether because of bereavement or any other reason.
We at Criterion are the experts in full house clearances.
Firstly, our expert removal team will professionally and respectfully remove all contents back to one of our salerooms.
Then our expert team of valuers will go through each and every item, consigning to the most suitable sale the saleable items, and disposing of the unsaleable.
This is a complete start to finish service where the costs are offset by the sale of the goods and any residue is paid to you.
We have many years of experience in this field and you can be assured that we will endeavour to secure the very best prices for your saleable items at our auctions.
Home visits undertaken from the following offices:
Islington Saleroom: 53 Essex Road, Islington, London N1 2SF | +44 (0) 20 7359 5707 | firstname.lastname@example.org
West London Valuations: 239 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6SN | +44 (0) 20 7228 5563 | email@example.com
Bath Valuations & Drop Off: Jaggards House, Jaggards Lane, Corsham, Wiltshire, SN13 9SF | +44 (0) 1225 439830 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, you can contact the Valuations department +44 (0) 20 7359 5707 | email@example.com