How to sell

A simple step by step guide on how to sell your goods at auction with Bonhams

Charges and commission to sellers

Minimum Commission
The Vendor's Commission is subject to a minimum commission per lot
Please contact the department for details.

Seller's Commission Rates
Please contact the department for details.

Loss and Damage Warranty Fee
1.5% of the Hammer Price of each lot if sold, or if unsold, 1.5% of the average of the high and low estimates.

Unsold Charge
A minimum charge will be applied per lot (plus the Loss and Damage Warranty Fee as detailed above).

Sale Catalog Images
Your item will be included in the sale catalog. A picture is also often included although this is not guaranteed.

Illustration charges
You will only incur charges if we have agreed this with you in advance.

Web illustration charge
You will only incur charges if we have agreed this with you in advance.

VAT/Sales Tax
VAT or Sales Tax, at the current rate, is payable on all commissions and charges, except for sales held in the United States and Hong Kong where it is indicated as inclusive. Please contact the relevant department for further details.

Additional Charges
There may be additional charges for restoration, shipping, packing, storage, custom duties and import tax, if appropriate. These charges will only be made, however, if you have agreed to them beforehand.

All sales are subject to the Terms and Conditions of Business as stated on the Receipt / Contract.

Bonhams bears all the normal costs of advertising and promotion. In some cases, however, we - or you - may believe there is a need for additional advertising. If this is the case, we will discuss it in detail with you and then plan a specific advertising campaign and put it into effect.

Further Information

Bonhams charge the Buyer a Buyer's Premium on each Lot as detailed in the Conditions of Sale for Buyers and also Expenses and Premium payable by Buyers

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