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New To Auctions


A little advice if you are new to the world of auctions – how it all works.


1. Take a look at when the next sale is


Go to Auction Calendar and you will see all upcoming sales. If there is a sale coming up in the next week you can then browse our interactive catalogue of lots for sale. If you would like to be notified when a sale goes online you can sign up for our newsletter and receive a printable copy of the catalogue the week before the auction. You can sign up at the bottom of this page, 


2. View the Sale in person or Request Condition Reports


The week of the sale, come down to our friendly Carmarthen showrooms to view the lots you are interested in owning. All viewings are free and open to the public. Our knowledgeable saleroom staff will happily advise you. Dates for viewing are here: auction-calendar

Not local to Carmarthen? Not to worry, if you can’t make it down here to view then the best thing to do is email us at [email protected] and request a condition report and/or extra photos of the lots you are interested in. All lots are sold as seen so this is the best way to check they are not damaged. You can also request extra images or measurements.


3. Leave a Commission Bid


Before the auction, you can leave commission bids via email, phone or on our website. Decide what you would like to pay and set your maximum bid. Consider that there is a 21% + VAT Buyers Premium on each lot. Our trustworthy auctioneers will bid for you up to this amount as if you were there and you can still watch it live at either PF Live or


4. Live Bidding


All our auctions start at 9.30 and run throughout the day. We start at lot 1 and go at roughly 80-120 lots per hour without a break. If you are bidding live at the auction you register at reception on the day, you can do this at any point in the day, so if you are only interested in the furniture you can turn up in the afternoon for just this portion of the sale. If you are bidding live online we recommend you register the day before at either PF Live or


5. Collect


After the sale you can settle your account and take your newly acquired items with you. Items must be collected within 5 working days, please contact us for a list of recommended couriers if you cannot collect yourself. We even offer a postage service for small and non-fragile items.


6. Enjoy!


Enjoy your new purchases and come back soon!