Buying with us

Buying with us

Buying with Peter Francis Auctioneers 

Our auctions are held fortnightly throughout the year. Our regular sales are known as Antiques and Collectables sales and have a wide variety of lots including: furniture, art, ceramics, glass, sporting items, militaria, silver, jewellery, clocks, books etc. Cars and other vehicles, will often also be a feature. Whatever you are looking for, whether you are a collector or just changing the look of your home, our sales will always give you inspiration!

You can sign up for Lot Alerts  if you have a particular interest and you will be notified when these items come up in our auctions. 

We also hold our flagship Fine sales three times a year, a spring, summer and autumn sale. These sales are smaller but include a more select variety of rare and distinctive items. If you wish to receive printed catalogues for our Fine Sales please follow the link Catalogue Subscription

Buyers Premium

A Buyers Premium applies on all sales at 21% + VAT (25.2% in total).

Pre-Sale Bidding

If you are unable to attend the auction we will bid on your behalf at no extra cost. This is known as a commission bid. Commission bids may be left personally, over the phone, through this website or by e-mail, to be received no later that 9.30am on the day of the sale. Charges for bids left on either the saleroom or easylive websites are as stated in the live online bidding section. As auctioneers we execute such bids in a professional manner and will purchase the lot as reasonably as we can, against other competition and any reserve set. Please allow one bid over stated price to accommodate scale of bidding. In case of equal bids the earliest received will be preferred. 

Paddle Bidding

Usually a number system is used to identify bidders in the saleroom by the auctioneers. Currently we are only using temporary numbers to identify commission bidders and not regular ones as we have changed our computer system, when the auctions re-start live we will start re-registering people for regular numbers. We request that you 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 &     You can also watch the auction live on the saleroom website or easylive website without registering. Extra commission charges payable to the live platforms apply, as per their conditions of sale, viewable as you register with them.  Please note that there has been a recent increase in charges when using from 3% + VAT to 4.95% + VAT. charges either a flat fee of £3 which you pay regardless of if you win anything or 3% + VAT which you only pay if you do win items. 

Telephone Bidding

Telephone bidding is usually only available for our Fine auctions and on lots with a low estimate of £300 or above. However currently as we don't have anyone in the saleroom bidding we are offering very limited phone lines during our regular auctions too. We are offering phone lines on items with a low estimate of £100 or above but can only take one phone line per lot so please enquire ASAP if you would like to bid this way. Please ring to enquire on 01267233456 or email Enquiries must be made no later than the day prior to the sale at 5pm and are subject to availability on each lot. 


There are different ways of paying for your lots but be aware certain conditions apply. You can pay in our salerooms by debit card, credit card up to £100 or cheque. We will no longer be taking cash.  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). 

You can pay by debit card over the phone up to £500 or credit card up to £100. 

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

You can pay by bank transfer, our bank details will be on the email that is sent with your invoice attached. 

NOTE: We do not automatically take payment from the saleroom or easylive website.

All payments must be made by 5 working days after the auction.

Clearance of Lots

Due to covid 19 we are asking that people book a collection appointment. Also we are not open for collections over lunch (between 12 -2) as we have limited staff at the moment. Lots should be cleared within two working days of the sale. After 7 days the auctioneers may charge storage fees. The removal of purchased lots by a third party will not be permitted without the receipted account and/or written instructions from the purchaser. If you require postage please see our shipping page. 

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.

Lot Alerts