Commission Bids

If you cannot come to a sale, you may leave your bid with our reception staff after viewing, or make your bid in advance by registering with 'My Tennants'. You can also leave commission bids by telephone, email or fax. Such bids are placed at your own risk.

You must make your bid at least one hour before the sale starts, and we advise you to make your bid within one hour of the close of the view day.

When making your bid please provide your:

  • Full name
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Contact telephone numbers
  • The number of the lot you wish to buy and a brief description
  • Your maximum bid amount – excluding commission which will be added to your invoice afterwards

You must state what your maximum bid would be. We cannot accept an instruction to ‘buy’ or unlimited bids.

We will ensure that lots are bought as cheaply as possible depending on the bids made. If identical bids are placed, the person who bid first will take precedence.

Please note:

You will pay a premium of 20 per cent plus VAT (for Fine Art, Specialist & Country House Sales), and 17.5 per cent plus VAT (for Antiques & Interiors Sales) of the hammer price of your purchase on each lot.


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