We hold four Quarterly Fine auctions each year, 12 monthly Collectors' auctions and numerous specialist sales. We are well known in Surrey and Hampshire because we have been in business as Ewbank Auctioneers since 1990, occupying prominent high profile premises in probably the best location in the South of England, close to the A3 and M25. The auction rooms are 4 miles from Guildford and the same distance from Woking main line station (London Waterloo 25 minutes).
The building has recently been refurbished with new insulation, new heating and air conditioning, new lighting, a new reception area and additional auction floor space with a second saleroom on the first floor. The new modern interior provides over 6,000 sq feet on two floor and is an intimate and sympathetic setting for the display of antiques and fine art.
Chris Ewbank andd Tim Duggan head up our probate department which deals with probate valuations and sales. In addition we advise executors on security and provide safe-keeping facilities for valuable items. Clients usually come to us because we have acted for them before or we have been recommended by friends or professional advisers.
Commission is charged to sellers calculated per lot, as follows:
• Vendor’s commission 15%
• Loss and damage warranty 1.5%
• Internet and marketing charge £10 per lot (applies to both sold and unsold lots)
• Charge for printed catalogue illustrations £10 per lot (applies to both sold and unsold lots)
• All charges are plus VAT
Rates negotiable for high value lots and collections
Chris Ewbank who has over 40 years experience in the business answers some frequently asked questions from potential new sellers:
Will You Come To My House And Give Advice On Value And Reserves? What Do You Charge For This Service?
We can visit clients to advise them on values of antiques and fine art where they are unable to bring them in to us. We am prepared to travel well outside the local area where it is felt that we should be able to obtain better results for clients than in their immediate vicinity. We do not normally make any charge for this service. We offer a free email valuation service for clients. Just email an image and dimensions and we shall contact you about possible sale value.
Can You Offer Specialist Advice On Value?
Yes as you can see from our list of departments we have extensive specialist expertise in many areas.
How Do You Market Your Sales?
We have a large buyers email mailing list for catalogues and advertise our auctions in the press nationally and locally. We have an extensive auction email alert list and post our main catalogues on the Internet on this site and on other international auction listing sites. All listings include images and multiple images and condition reports are also included. This gives us an enormous global coverage and through our live internet bidding platform bidders are able to participate in antique auctions while they are in progress throughout the world wherever the internet is received. We were one of the first UK auctioneers to participate in this scheme which gives the seller the benefit of direct access to a world market of private buyers and collectors. Buyers are located all over the world including the UK, USA, Europe, the Far East and Australia. You can register to participate in live internet bidding, or just watch your lots as they are sold.
How can you ensure that my possessions will not be sold at prices lower than my expectations?
We advise all clients of our suggested sale estimates for inclusion in our catalogues and we can place reserves on lots being offered for sale.
How can I get my goods to the auction rooms and what does this cost?
You can either bring items in to us yourself or, if this is not practical, we can put you in touch with carriers who will normally charge on a time basis at £45 per hour
What happens if any of my goods are damaged or stolen while in your care?
This is the type of question that most auctioneers will be reluctant to address in discussions with you before a sale. We are used to handling valuable antiques but recognise that it is always possible for a problem to arise. In the unlikely event of loss or damage to their property we undertake to reimburse clients for any losses.
What happens if a lot fails to sell and what charges do I pay?
Unless lots are withdrawn after the catalogue or advertisements have been prepared the only charge that we make on unsold lots is the £10 per lot lotting charge plus VAT. If you wish unsold lots can be returned to you or re-offered in a later sale.
I have a house to clear. What items do you sell and will you help me dispose of rubbish and items that cannot be sold?
We shall normally be able to sell all of the saleable items in a house which are worth transporting to auction. Our carriers can also deal with clearances at charges to be agreed. For legal reasons we do not normally sell electrical goods or domestic upholstered furniture made between 1950 and 1988.
Why should I sell my art and antiques in Surrey rather than sending them up to London?
The London Rooms are usually only interested in selling higher value goods. We can deal with complete contents and will not just cherry pick and leave you to deal with the rest. We are extremely well placed and easily accessible being only about 30 minutes by car from West London and 25 minutes by train from Waterloo; buyers coming by road do not have to struggle to park in town to get to us. We pride ourselves on being a small firm which offers a personal, friendly service to our clients, which cannot be matched by larger organisations. More and more top quality art and antiques are now being sold outside London because prices are good and the costs of selling and transport are much less, particularly on the most important items. The influence of the internet has made it easier for smaller businesses to reach wider market places.
Do you subscribe to a professional code of practice?
As a member of the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers and a prominent Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors I subscribe to the codes of conduct of the two main professional bodies for Fine Art auctioneers in the UK.
How do I know that you will safeguard the money that you hold for me?
I am very rarely asked this important question. As auctioneers we collect purchase monies and hold them for clients pending settlement. The funds that we hold for our clients are protected in ring fenced clients accounts.
When can I expect to receive my money after a sale?
We have to collect money due in from purchasers and normally pay vendors by cheque posted 28 days after the sale. In some cases settlement may be delayed where for example we await payment from buyers.
My staff and I are always pleased to answer any other questions that you might have, and to discuss the disposal of your antiques, collections and fine art.