Buying at Auction

Important Notices




Children under 12 years of age are not admitted into the Sale Room

Storage fees

All lots must be collected after an auction within 5 working days otherwise a storage fee of £2.50 per day per invoice will apply.


Condition reports

Condition reports and extra images can be requested in advance of the Auction and will be provided by the Auctioneers by emailing: Condition reports are available as part of the online catalogue at for our Antique & Fine Art Sales. Requested condition reports will also be available on the above website for the general sales.



Pre-Sale Bidding:     

Commission bids may be left personally, over the phone, online at or by e-mail, to be received no later that 9.30am on the day of the sale. Commission bids can also be left on the saleroom website

( but there is a further 3% internet surcharge on all bids left this way.

Paddle Bidding:

To assist the progress of the Sale, all intending buyers must register and obtain a bidding number from reception on the day of the sale.

Persons bidding for more than one individual must ensure they show the appropriate paddle no. Under no circumstances will lots be transferred between buyers accounts.

Live Online Bidding:

Live online bidding is available at and you can watch the auction live on this website without bidding as well. All lots won on the saleroom website are subject to a further 3% internet surcharge.

Telephone Bidding:

Telephone bidding is only available for our Antiques & Fine Art auctions and on lots with a low estimate higher than £300. Please ring to enquire on 01267233456. Enquiries must be made no later than the day prior to the sale at 5pm and are subject to availability on each lot.


In Person

You can pay in person on the sale day or when you collect your item. We take cash, debit card, credit card (3% charge) and cheque.

All purchasers who have not bought at our sales before wishing to pay by cheque are requested to produce a banker’s reference at the time of payment, otherwise the goods will remain in our possession until the cheque has been cleared (usually five days after the sale day).

Our bankers: HSBC, Lammas Street, Carmarthen, South Wales SA31 3AQ.
Tel: 0845 584 6538.

Online/bank transfer

We do not automatically take payment from the saleroom website.

You can pay by bank transfer online, over the phone or in your bank. Our bank details will be on the email that is sent with your invoice attached.

Over the phone

You can pay by debit or credit card over the phone. For credit cards there is a 3% charge.

NOTE: Due to attempted fraudulent use payments by CREDIT and DEBIT CARDS will not be accepted by telephone on any amount over £500 if you are a UK buyer or £100 for international buyers. 


Clearance of Lots 

Lots should be cleared ideally within two working days of the sale . After 5 working days the auctioneers will charge you £2/day/lot for storage. The removal of purchased lots by a third party will not be permitted without the receipted account and/or written instructions from the purchaser.


We can post smaller items as long as they are not fragile and are not worth more than £1000. Please enquire by phone at 01267233456 or by email to:

Postage of larger, fragile or more expensive lots can be arranged with local contractors.

Transport of furniture:

Delivery can be arranged with local contractors, but the auctioneers do not themselves deliver purchasers lots.

Artist Resale Rights

Please note that lots by living artists and those who have died within the last 70 years are sold subject to the above re-sale royalty introduced by European Directive in January 2012.  This is an additional charge to the Purchaser on any lots by a living artist that exceeds the equivalent of E1000 hammer price and is charged on a sliding scale.

From E1000 – 50,000 – 4%    –    E50,000 – 200,000 – 3%

Lots liable to be subject to the charge are marked with a †.  See Conditions of Sale and Information for Buyers Pamphlet number 24.

Glossary Of Terms

All lots – ‘A.F’ denotes an item is known to be damaged – irrespective of the term all lots should be carefully inspected as its use is to be looked on as a guide only (see Buyers Conditions No 14)  Internet + Commission Buyers are advised to request condition reports on all items that they bid for.

Pictures, Drawings, Prints, Miniatures etc.  

The first name or names and surname of the artist - in our opinion probably a work by the artist in whole or in part.

"Attributed to..." - in our opinion probably a work by the artist in whole or in part 

"Circle of..." - in our opinion a work of the period of the artist and showing his/her influence 

"Follower of..." - in our opinion a work executed in the artist's style, of a similar period, but not necessarily a pupil 

"Manner of..." - in our opinion a work in the artist's style, but of a later date 

"Studio of..."/"Workshop of..." - in our opinion a work executed in the studio/workshop of the artist, possibly under his supervision 

"School..." Accompanied by place name or country, and date - in our opinion a work executed at that location and period

"After..." - in our opinion a copy of any date after a work by that artist 

"Signed and/or dated and/or inscribed" - in our opinion the signature and/or date and/or inscription are by the artist's hand 

"Bears signature and/or date and/or inscription" - in our opinion the signature and/or date and/or inscription are by another hand 

Dimensions are given height before width.






Peter Francis
Towyside Salerooms, Old Station Road, Carmarthen, SA31 1JN
Tel: +44 (0)1267 233456   Email:

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