Buying at Southgate Auction Rooms

  • Bid “In room”
  • Bid Online
  • Bid by Phone

How do I bid at the Auction (in room)?

Anyone wishing to bid in the Rooms must first register and obtain a Paddle Number by leaving a £30 cash refundable deposit. We only accept bids from Paddle holders.

When bidding, be very clear on the Lot number(s) upon which you wish to bid. The Auctioneer states the Lot number and a brief description prior to it being sold. When you hear the Lot number in which you are interested, make known your interest to the Auctioneer by raising your paddle. If the Auctioneer does not happen to spot you – call out “here”.

When you successfully buy a Lot, the Auctioneer will say ‘sold’, state the hammer price and bring the hammer down.

Pre-bids can be made by email to

Your email must contain your full name, address, telephone number, the lot numbers for the items you wish to bid on and the maximum amount you would like to bid on each item.

If you wish to bid please ensure that we receive the bids no later than 12.00 (noon) on the day of the auction to allow us the administrative time to process the bids before the Auction starts.

Bidding online

It is possible to place pre-bids and also watch & bid on the auction live at

Bidding by phone

To bid on items by phone please contact us on 020 8886 7888.

What happens if I wish to bid but cannot attend the Auction?

We have members of staff that can bid on your behalf.

Pre-bids can be made by email, telephone, or at the desk where we have simple pre-bid/commission forms to tell us the maximum amount that you are prepared to spend on each Lot.

Bids can be emailed to;

Your email must contain your full name, address & telephone number.

If you do wish to bid please ensure that we receive the bids no later than 12.00 (noon) on the day of the auction to allow us the administrative time to process the bids before the Auction starts.

It is also possible to watch & bid on the auction live at

Commission bids are the maximum amount up to which the auctioneer may bid on your behalf (exclusive of Buyer’s premium and VAT). They will be executed at the lowest possible price, having regard to any reserve and competing bids. If Buyers submit identical commission bids, the Auctioneers will give preference to the first bid received. Commission bids may be left in person, by telephone, or by email. All bids submitted are regarded as an acknowledgment that the bidder has read and accepts the terms and conditions of sale and will submit any specific personal details requested to verify their intention and ability to comply with those conditions. Southgate Auctions strongly advises viewing onsite in person or through an agent and stresses that any descriptions, condition reports, and images supplied to the absentee bidder are an opinion provided by this firm and do not guarantee the condition, age, or any other characteristics of the Lot in question. Execution of commission bids is a free service undertaken subject to other commitments at the time of the Sale and we cannot accept liability in an individual instance for failing to execute a written bid or for errors and omissions in connection with it, arising from circumstances beyond our reasonable control.

It is your responsibility to ascertain whether you have been successful and to pay for & collect Lots purchased by 5.00pm Tuesday following the Sale.

Can I bring children to the Auction rooms?

Children under the control of a responsible adult are allowed during viewing but must leave the building before the Auction starts.

When I’ve made my purchases, what do I do?

Having kept a note of the Lot number(s), you should visit the office to either pay in full or make part payment. If you pay in full you can either collect your Lots then or return the following day to collect them.

Is there a delivery service?

There is a “Man with van” type service offered for local deliveries, rates for deliveries must be arranged between the Buyer & the delivery team which is independent of the Auction House. Items must be paid for in full, prior to delivery, cash on delivery is not acceptable. We must stress that the onus on arranging the removal of bought items rests with the Buyer.

What is a Watchlist?

If you see an item of interest, click on “Add to Watchlist.” You will then be asked to register with your email address.

It’s a handy reminder of what caught your eye before you were seduced by another rabbit hole!

You would be emailed if there were any alterations to the lot, amended details, and/or new photos, etc.

You will receive a reminder email announcing “Showtime!” about an hour before kickoff, and then, a few days after the sale, the price(s) achieved.

What does A/F mean?

A/F means “As Found”. This is to alert possible buyers that they should make sure that they are happy with the lots’s condition before bidding.

Purchased items

All items purchased must be paid for and collected by 5pm on the following Tuesday.


We are open to viewings all day Saturday and the Monday morning of the auction:
Saturday: 9am – 4pm
Monday: 9am – 1pm

Methods of payment

We accept cash, debit card or credit card.
We do not accept banker’s drafts or cheques.

Buyers premium

Buyers Premium is 20% + VAT on the hammer price. Lots marked with an asterisk (*) in the catalogue denote that VAT is payable on the total hammer price.

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