We hold Fine, Collectors and Specialist Auctions throughout the year with public viewing before each sale. Dates are published annually and the calendar is not normally changed, but buyers are always advised to check with us before making a long journey. We hope that you will come to a sale; buying at auction can be rewarding and fun and many become addicted to the excitement of the auction.
How To Bid
1. Register With Ewbank's
Buyers are encouraged to register with us on this website so that we can keep them advised of items coming up for sale that are likely to be of interest to them. Click here for our registration page. On your first registration with us we may seek evidence of both your identity and address. You can bid in person, by telephone, online or by commission (absentee/left) bids. Please find further information below.
2. View Catalogue & Find item
Fully illustrated catalogues for all sales are published on this website with the ability to zoom into image details. As a potential buyer you can register your interests and we shall send you email advices of events and specific lots that may be of interest to you.
3. Choose a bidding method
In person on the sale day: We are situated just 30 minutes away from London just off the A3 in Surrey. Click here to view directions and how to find us.
Commission bids: After registering in person or through this website you can leave commission bids with us up to a maximum figure and we will undertake to buy on your behalf as cheaply as we are able, after reference to any reserve or other bidders. Please note that bids can be left online up to 30 minutes before the start of the sale.
Live Internet bidding: This has been made possible by advances in technology so that potential buyers can bid live on a sale from their own homes. We were amongst the first in the UK to adopt live internet bidding and now up to 60% of lots in a sale can now be sold on the internet. Third party bidding platform suppliers usually charge a small percentage to buyers using their platforms, full details are available on registration with the bidding platform. Below are links to online bidding platforms that we most regularly use for auctions, if you are unsure which sale will be listed on which bidding platform please contact us. If you use Ewbank's own platform you pay no additional fee.
- Live telephone bidding: On valuable lots you can ask to be given a telephone bid, which means that a member of staff will bid on your instructions during the sale (Minimum phone bid £500). You will be required to provide proof of ID and address if applying for a telephone bid.
4. Choose payment & shipping methods
Registered buyers can make secure payments through this site and you will have to pay for transport if you cannot take the item away yourself. We can put you in touch with carriers if you want a quote or with shippers, if appropriate.
5. Buyers Premium
All major auctioneers levy a Buyer's Premium on the hammer price and ours including VAT is 27% (22.5%+VAT). Live bidding platforms charge an additional percentage which is payable by the buyer (usually 3% plus VAT).
Buyers should note that storage charges are payable where they do not collect promptly
Frequently Asked Questions
Chris Ewbank, who has over 40 years experience in the business, answers some frequently asked questions from potential new buyers:
Can anyone attend and or bid at auctions?
Yes, they are public events; you have no obligation to buy and can come along just to view if you wish. If you decide to bid in the sale room you will have to go through a simple registration process and will be issued with your buyer's number. You can register to place commission bids on line via the website by clicking on the registration link HERE . Once you have registered your registration will cover you for buying at future sales.
Can I find you easily and is there somewhere to park?
We are just off the A3 about 4 miles from Guildford going towards London. You have probably seen us from the main road close to the Ripley slip road. Full details including a map are shown on this page . It is an out of town location and we have literally acres of on-site free parking. BEWARE some sat-nav systems direct you to our A3 boundary where there is no access! It is safer to put in the address "London Road, Send" than the postcode!
Where can I get specific information on individual lots in a sale?
Prospective buyers are encouraged to view our illustrated catalogues on line on this site. The descriptions can include several images and condition reports. Further information on specific lots can be posted on requests from prospective buyers. These listings are normally posted well in advance of the sale date and regularly updated with additionl photographs and condition reports.
I am frightened that if I am not careful I may purchase something in the room by mistake.
This is an "old wives' tale", provided that you make sure that you are bidding on the right lot. In my experience nobody has ever bought a lot from me that they were not actually bidding on.
How can I settle my account?
We are legally allowed to accept cash up to a maximum of £10,000 or you can pay by cheque (subject to prior arrangement). We also accept major debit and credit cards, the latter being subject to a 2.5% plus VAT surcharge. Because of the increased incidence of fraud like most other auctioneers we do NOT accept card payments over the telephone any longer.
How can I be confident that you are professional auctioneers?
Like any other area of consumer activity we are governed by Consumer Law. I have been running auctions in Guildford since 1982 (Ewbank Auctioneers was set up in 1990). I maintain the highest professional standards as laid down by the two UK professional bodies of which I am a Member. I first became a Member of the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers in 1982 and was Chairman 2000 - 2006. I am currently an elected member of the SOFAA management committee. I have been a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors for over 40 years and was elected to the International Governing Council the highest decision making body in 2005 for an eight year term.
Can I subscribe to receive your printed catalogues?
Yes, these can be purchased on view and sale days, or if you wish to receive a subscription to all catalogue from us by post then please contact us on 01483 223 101 to arrange (there is a charge for this service).
If anyone has a complaint or problem they can refer it to me personally
I hope that I have answered your questions but if there is anything that you are still unsure about please ask a member of staff. We look forward to seeing you at a future sale.