Buy With Us
We're here for you, whether you're an experienced collector with a depth of knowledge or an occasional buyer attracted to a particular diamond ring or vintage watch.
Trust us to accurately describe and photograph the item in question, detailing all available information, from its provenance to its current condition. trust us to suggest a fair and sensible price estimate.
Delve deep into our website and you’ll discover a vast store of helpful background data, including prices achieved for similar items at previous auctions. informed and empowered, study our detailed online catalogue, then place your bid in complete confidence.
Our buying step-by-step guide shows how to buy with Noonans.
Study the online catalogue that catches your eye and note the lots that particularly appeal to you. You can enlarge the high-quality digital images, including those offering 360° views. Printed catalogues are published about three weeks before sales.
Register online as a customer of Noonans and store any lots you are interested in to your online cabinet. The catalogue includes a detailed description of each lot, along with its estimated price, and you can communicate directly with the relevant Noonans expert if you require further information.
If you’d like to view a particular lot in person, make an appointment to visit our Mayfair offices in the period leading up to the auction. Viewing times are published online and in our catalogue for each sale. Before making a bid, please read our Important Information for Buyers.
You can bid in person, bid live over the Internet, by telephone. Or you can leave advance bids online or with us. Most auctions take place at our offices. All auctions are broadcast live on the Noonans website, so you can follow their progress online.
Bidding by phone is subject to availability and is generally only available on lots estimated at over £1,000. We need to receive your request by 4PM on the day before the auction. When the specified lots are coming up, a member of staff will call you to relay what is happening in the auction room and bid on your behalf.
Your bids must be made in set Bid Increments. Bids of unusual amounts will be rounded down to the bid one step below. If you email your bids, please state your name, client code, address, date of sale, lot numbers and corresponding bids.
If your bid is successful, you can make payment online by credit card, debit card or bank transfer. A fixed buyers’ premium of 24% plus VAT (if applicable) is added to the hammer price. Other charges such as import VAT may also apply, as indicated in the catalogue. You can also pay in person at our offices, collecting your purchase at the same time.
Following payment, your purchase will be despatched to the address you registered with us. We use Royal Mail Special Delivery, Royal Mail International Signed For and FedEx, all with online parcel tracking available.
New clients must register online to bid (whether in person or in absentia). This can be done via our website www.noonans.co.uk
Registrations will be subject to due diligence and Noonans reserves the right to cancel registrations.
Once registered, any client bidding for the first time online will need to enter their card details so that a security check can be performed to authorise you to bid (www.noonans.co.uk >Your Account > Account Authorisation). This check is secure, your card details are not seen by us and no funds will be deducted.
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|£100 to £199||£10|
|£200 to £499||£20|
|£500 to £999||£50|
|£1,000 to £1,999||£100|
|£2,000 to £4,999||£200|
|£5,000 to £9,999||£500|
|£10,000 to £19,999||£1,000|
|£20,000 to £49,999||£2,000|
|£50,000 to £99,999||£5,000|
|£100,000 to £199,999||£10,000|
|£200,000 to £499,999||£20,000|
|£500,000 to £999,999||£50,000|
|£1,000,000 to £1,999,999||£100,000|
|£2,000,000 to £4,999,999||£200,000|
|£5,000,000 to £9,999,999||£500,000|
Bids of unusual amounts will be rounded down to the bid step below and will not take precedence over a similar bid.
Your Cabinet displays items that you are interested in along with bids you have placed.
Saving items to your cabinet
When browsing a catalogue on our website you can save items to your cabinet by clicking ‘Save to Cabinet’. You will see a confirmation message that the item has been saved. Lots which you have placed bids on are automatically added to Your Cabinet.
Your Cabinet allows you to have complete control over your bids. If you would like to increase or decrease your advance bid on a lot, simply click ‘Edit Bid’ next to the appropriate lot and enter the new bid amount in the form that appears.
Removing items from your cabinet
To remove items from your cabinet, simply click the ‘Remove’ button next to the corresponding lot on the ‘Your Cabinet’ page.
Your Cabinet can be accessed from any page on the Noonans website by clicking ‘Your Cabinet’ in the ‘Auctions’ menu.
We are pleased to accept advance bids from registered clients by several methods.
1. Using our Website
Once a catalogue has been published, you can place bids using our website.
We strongly advise this method if you wish to leave advance bids. It is the easiest, most accurate and flexible way to leave your bids and gives you total control of them right up to the moment the lot is offered for sale.
Advance bids made online cannot be seen by others and do not go live until the moment the lot in question is being offered for sale.
You can use ‘Your Cabinet’ to view, edit or cancel any bids prior to this point. You may also want to enable the ‘Plus 1’ option which will increase your bid to the next increment, should the bidding be against you when your Advance Autobid reaches your maximum.
2. By Email
You can submit your bids by email to email@example.com.
Please clearly state your name, client code (if known), address and telephone number, date of the sale and lot number and corresponding bids.
3. By Telephone
Advance bids can be left by calling our main switchboard (+44 (0)20 7016 1700) before 4 PM on the working day prior to the auction.
4. By Post
You can post your bids to Noonans, 16 Bolton Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 8BQ.
Please use the commission form included in the online or printed catalogue or send a letter clearly stating your name, client code ( if known), address and telephone number, date of the sale and the lot numbers and corresponding bids.
Registered clients can bid live on the day of the auction in the following ways:
1. Live Bidding via www.noonans.co.uk
You may bid in real time from your computer or mobile device and there is no additional charge for this.
After you have logged into our website, click ‘Bid Live” under the corresponding auction. We provide an optional live video and audio feed of the auctioneer allowing you to participate in very much the same way as attending the auction.
2. Attend the Auction
You are very welcome to attend the auction in person These are held on the 3rd floor of our Mayfair offices.
When you arrive, please request a bidding paddle from reception.
3. Telephone Bidding
Clients can request to bid on lots by telephone. When the specified lot is coming up, a member of our team will call you to relay what is happening in the auction room and bid on your behalf.
The pre-sale estimates are intended as a guide to prospective purchasers.
Any bid between the listed figures would, in our opinion, offer a fair chance of success. However all lots, depending on the degree of competition, can realise prices above or below the listed estimates.
A BUYERS PREMIUM OF 24% OF THE HAMMER PRICE (PLUS VAT IF LOTS ARE COLLECTED OR DELIVERED WITHIN THE UK) IS PAYABLE BY THE BUYER ON ALL LOTS.
Lots marked ‘x’ are subject to importation VAT of 5% on the Hammer Price unless re-exported outside the UK.
Artists' Resale Rights (Driote de Suite)
Droit de Suite is a royalty payable to a qualifying artist or their estate every time the artist’s work is sold at auction or by an art market professional during the artist’s lifetime and for a period of up to 70 years following the artist’s death.
Royalties are calculated on a sliding percentage scale based on the hammer price.
Lots subject to this royalty payment are marked with ARR in the catalogue.
Methods of Payment
All payments must be made in pounds sterling within five days of the end of a sale unless credit terms have been made by prior arrangement.
The best way to make payment is by Visa or Mastercard credit or debit cards or American Express via our website www.noonans.co.uk. Carriage and insurance is pre-calculated for you so that you may pay immediately.
Payment may also be made by bank transfer to Noonans' account at:
Piccadilly London Branch
London W1J 0AA
Sort Code: 30-96-64
Account No: 00622865
Swift Code: LOYDGB2L
Please include your surname, client code and auction date with the instructions to the bank. Alternative methods of payment which may enable immediate clearance of purchases include cash, recognised banker’s drafts, credit cards (Mastercard, Visa and American Express) and debit cards. Although personal and company cheques are accepted, buyers are advised that property will not be released until such cheques have fully cleared, which may take two weeks. Third party payment is not accepted except by prior arrangement. Cardholder not present transactions will only be accepted when successfully completed through our online payment platform. Clients may be required to pay by bank transfer for their first purchase or at other times at the sole discretion of Noonans.
Please note that we will not accept cash payments in excess of £5,000 (five thousand pounds) in settlement for purchases made at any one auction.
Purchases will be despatched as soon as possible upon full payment in pounds sterling for the lots you have bought. Carriage will be at the buyer’s expense. Estimates and advice on all methods of despatch can be provided upon request.
Loss and damage warranty cover at the rate of 1.5% will be arranged unless otherwise specified and will be added to the carriage charge for non-UK deliveries.
Goods can only be shipped to the address provided to and verified by Noonans at the time of registration.
New clients must register online to bid (whether in person or in absentia).
Please see ‘Registering to Bid’.
Noonans reserves the right to refuse any registration without explanation.