Selling with Hansons London


We are delighted to receive suitable entries for all of our Auctions at our London office, please do not hesitate to contact us to make other arrangements. We also offer valuation events further afield, please take a look at our website for up to date information on all of our sales and events, and for our schedule of Auctions.


Current auction market verbal valuations are offered free of charge at our valuation events or in your home should that be prudent – perhaps you have a collection of items, or require advice on larger items of furniture, or indeed, travel may be difficult for you. On consignment, and where we feel it appropriate, items will be grouped together for sale in order to maximise your financial return.

We also offer a professional and competitive written Insurance, Probate and Inheritance Tax Preparation valuation service – should you require such assistance please contact Charles Hanson for a free quotation on 01283 733988 or at [email protected].


Hansons offer a full or part house clearance/downsizing service, handled by our experienced team – a quotation for this service can be provided free of charge and without obligation. On collection, we would consign any saleable items for auction, with other items disposed of appropriately, by charitable means where possible.


We offer a full collection service starting at a fee of £30 + VAT per hour, using our own transport team.

  • Our commission charge is levied at 15% + VAT on individual lots valued up to £10,000; and on individual lots realising in excess of £10,000, our commission charge is levied at 10% + VAT; including insurance.
  • Insurance (Damage and Loss Warranty) will be charged at 1.5% + VAT of the hammer price on all sold lots, and, additionally, in the case of Fine Art entries, at 1.5% + VAT of the mid-estimate on unsold lots.
  • Lotted items will attract a lot fee of £10 + VAT per lot.
  • Hansons note a minimum commission charge of £5 + VAT per lot applied to all sales.
  • Lot withdrawal following initial consignment for auction will be calculated at mid estimate, with standard auction fees deducted.
  • Where considered appropriate, Hansons may pursue other avenues of marketing, any charges for which will be identified to the client beforehand.

Unless agreed, and listed, with the consigning valuer beforehand, items will be offered without reserve.


Our marketing team pursue all avenues of the media when promoting our sales – generating advertising and editorial where appropriate. Our most interesting items very often receive local and national radio, television and press attention – with internet media coverage of many more items. We produce a printed catalogue for our Hansons auctions.


All entries appear in our catalogue along with their estimates. Prior to sale the lots also appear with full colour photographs on our website and on, our internet bidding hosts, where they can be viewed by both a national and international audience. We also email and post out catalogues to a database of active professional buyer’s and collectors.

Please see our website for details of viewing times prior to our Auction sales – additional viewing of specific lots, can be arranged by appointment at our London office where possible.


Results are available on throughout the sale, on our own website in the week following the sale, or telephone 0207 018 9300 or 01283 733988 once the sale has completed.


We forward payment by cheque or BACs, together with a statement detailing the hammer price and deductions, twenty full working days from the last day of sale – this is generally four weeks. Any unsold lots will be marked as being re-offered (RE-OFFER) or to be collected by the client (AWAY).

As we act as agent, payments are made to the vendor only after the purchaser’s payment has cleared; we pursue payment in such instances, however should a purchaser ultimately default on payment, we will be unable to pay the vendor the hammer price, and we will re-offer the lot in the next appropriate sale.


Where items remain unsold, unless you are notified otherwise, and at the discretion of the auctioneer, they will be re-offered at our Derby Auction Centre in the next appropriate auction at a reduced estimate, without reserve, attracting the appropriate charges – please ask our staff or see our website for further information. Any items not being re-offered are to be collected from the London office as soon as possible after the auction, by appointment. Hansons will accept no claims for loss or damage for items not collected within 7 days of advisement as they will not be insured after this time; additionally, after this period storage charges will be applied, and will be payable prior to collection.


Please be aware Hansons may charge for storage, where long term storage is required, or where the sale of items is delayed through no fault of Hansons – any such storage fees would be agreed with the client beforehand. Please also see the note above regarding unsold items.


In these conditions Hansons/Hansons London means Hansons Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd.

Clients are advised all contracts with Hansons are governed by the laws of England and Wales and the jurisdiction of the English and Welsh courts applies.

Please be aware that any electrical items consigned will be PAT tested; if the result is classed as a fail, the cords will be removed up to the body of the item before being returned to the client.

Hansons reserve the right to advertise any consigned objects in all forms of media, known now or in the future, either before or after a sale, without requesting the vendor’s or buyer’s authorisation.