Terms & Conditions

Commission Bids

Commission bids are accepted at the sender’s risk and without legal obligation. Bids must be left with the Auctioneer by 4:00pm the day before the sale. Proof of residence, address, bank details and/ or credit / debit card details may be requested.

Commission bids are carried out free of charge and lots with be bought for you as cheaply as is allowed by completing bids or reserves already on our books.

Bids are subject to the Standard Conditions of Sale which are on display in the showroom and available upon request.

Payment is expected within 3 days of the sale and should be made by cash, debit or credit card only if you wish to collect lots immediately. All payments by cheque must clear our bank prior to purchases being collected.

Unless otherwise arranged, all lots must be collected within 3 days of the sale.

Goods left on our premises – whether paid for or not – for more than 3 days after the date of the sale will be charged at £10 + VAT per lot per day unless otherwise arranged. This applied to all types of objects whether big or small.

Estimates and Descriptions

The condition of items is not given in the catalogue. Buyers must satisfy themselves as to the condition of the lots. We attempt to mention major restorations and alternations. The estimated selling price is a guide for the buyer, but is not to be taken as definitive. Dimensions are given height before width. Purchasers are advised to take their own measurements to guard against any unseen catalogue error.

Electrical Goods

Any lot with an electrical fitting must be checked by a qualified electrician before connecting to a mains electrical supply. Essex Auction House cannot be held responsible for any contravention of this condiiton (Electrical lots are sold disabled, as far as is reasonable, to discourage any unchecked use).

Catalogue Conventions

Whilst Essex Auction House make every effort to ensure accuracy in the cataloguing of lots offered for sale, each lot is offered for sale by the vendor with any imperfections or errors of descriptions. Essex Auction House do not accept responsibility as to the authenticity, date, age, period, provence, attribution, or condition of any lot. All statements either printed in the catalogue or made orally regarding the above are statements of opinion only and are not to be taken as implying any warranties or representations of fact by Essex Auction House.


Essex Auction House offers an online bidding service via easyliveauction.com for bidders who cannot attend the sale.

Please note that any lots purchased via easyliveauction.com live auction service will be subject to an additional 3% commission charge + VAT at the rate imposed on the hammer price or no commission for the internet bidding if the ‘Flat Fee’ has been chosen at registration.


We provide Shipping worldwide for small to medium sized items and can arrange courier delivery of furniture and larger items as and when required.

Smaller items via tracked postal service. Specialist shipping to be arranged for specific items.