Monday – Friday 09:00 – 17:30 Saturday – By appointment
Opus Auctioneers & Valuers are auctioneers specialising in fine art, antiques and jewellery.
As a seller with Opus Auctioneers you will benefit from competitive commission rates when you choose to sell your valuables with us. An all-inclusive fee means that you will not experience any unexpected costs or charges. Seller’s fees are applied in two bands: If your item(s) sell for £500 or under, commission is 20% + VAT If your item(s) sell for over £500, commission is 17% + VAT
Opus Auctioneers & Valuers offer free valuations for auction. We are open Monday-Friday from 10:00-16:00, Pre-booked appointments only. We are unable to provide this service on auction days. Valuations for probate and insurance incur charges. For the first hour, the fee is £130 +VAT and £65 +VAT per hour thereafter. Please call or email us to make an appointment with one of our specialists.
When buying with Opus Auctioneers a premium of 20% + VAT is applied to your bill. If you choose to use an online bidding service, such as the-saleroom.com, there will be an additional 3% +VAT applied to your account & if you are bidding on a timed online auction 4% +VAT will be applied to your account. International buyers will be subject to a £10 surcharge to cover bank fees.
Buying with Opus Auctioneers is a simple process and there are several options available: Bidding in the saleroom: You can attend our fortnightly sales in person. Simply register at reception and you will be issued a buyer number paddle with which you can bid during the sale. Commission bidding: If you cannot attend the auction, you may leave a commission bid. This is your maximum bid which the auctioneer executes on your behalf where they will try to buy the item as cheaply as possible for you. Telephone bidding: An alternative to a commission bid, bidding over the telephone allows you to hear the auction and communicate your bids live to one of our staff members. Internet bidding: Using the-saleroom.com, you can register to bid online for our auctions. There is an additional fee of 3% for this service.
Paying your bill with Opus Auctioneers is an easy and simple process. If you are attending the sale room, you can pay at reception by cash or debit card. If you wish to pay by credit card, there is an additional fee of 2.5% If you are unable to attend the sale room to pay in person, you can pay over the telephone.
After buying at a Opus Auctioneers auction you may arrange collection. If you are able to attend in person, we are open until 5:30 after the auction ends on Wednesday, as well as Thursday and Friday from 9:30-5:00. For your convenience, we are also open on Saturdays between 9:00-14:00. Please call us to book an appointment on Saturdays. If you are unable to collect in person, you may arrange for us to pack your item. If you wish to use this service, please call us. You may then arrange for a courier to collect on your behalf. We ask that all payments and collections are made by the Saturday following the auction. If you are unable to collect your items yourself, for all delivery and shipping enquiries we recommend Part and Parcel : www.partandparceluk.co.uk Email enquiries – [email protected] [email protected]arceluk.com Telephone – 01252 545611
FAQ
To sell your goods with Opus Auctioneers one of our specialist staff will need to see your item. There are a number of ways in which we are able to give you a valuation: Online Valuation You can upload images and details of your item using our online valuation form. Bring your items into Opus If you would like to receive an expert valuation from one of our specialists in person, we offer free valuations at our saleroom in Fairoaks Airport Chobham,. If you are happy with the estimate, our friendly staff will help you to consign your item to the next appropriate auction. If your goods are too large to bring in for valuation, or you would like us to visit your home please contact us and we can arrange for one of our valuers to make a house vist.
There are several types of valuation that can be done by our experts. People sometimes get confused as to why a value may vary between a figure for insurance purposes and what it would be worth when sold at auction. Below is a brief explanation of valuation terms and services all of which are offered at Opus Auctions (UK) Ltd. •Auction Valuation An auction valuation is an estimate, usually given as a range of prices, for example £180-250, that our specialists believe an item will make at an auction. This price is based on a range of factors such as past sale results for similar items, market trends and trade/collectors’ interest. Valuations of this type are free. •Insurance Valuation It is up to the owner of a property to have proof of the worth of their items in the event of an insurance claim being made so this is a popular valuation to have. The sum given will be representative of retail prices in relevant markets, unless the item being valued is a period or antique piece. In this case, values are more reflective of ‘like for like’ replacements bought at auction, from a dealer, at a market or similar. The description should be fully detailed to enable comparable items to be purchased in the event of a claim. Opus Auctions (UK) Ltd charge a time taken/fee per item for this valuation. •Probate Valuation A valuation for probate usually follows the death of the owner of valuables that need to be valued for legal purposes. The values given tend to be lower than for insurance valuations and not as much detail is required. Opus Auctions (UK) Ltd does charge for this service. For more information please do not hesitate to contact us.
The reserve is the minimum sale price the seller is willing to accept. Goods will not be sold below the agreed reserve. The specialists will advise clients on appropriate reserves, and may refuse to offer any item where too high a reserve is requested. Reserves will not be accepted on items with a bottom estimate less than £50. The auctioneers also reserve the right not to accept items which they deem to be unsuitable for auction.
We generally close entries about one week before an auction to allow time for the item to be cataloged photographed and promoted on the internet. If the item is of significant merit we will hold the item for up to 3 months to allow extensive media coverage. We will keep you informed at all times of the time scale we suggest and the intended sale for your item.
Approximately one week before the auction takes place, you will emailed a pre-sales document detailing your items and your allocated lot numbers.
At Opus Auctioneers we like to keep things simple. As long as you can supply us with an email address our fees are: 25% plus VAT on the first £500 and 20% plus VAT thereafter, if you cannot supply and email address there will be an additional charge of £5 per lot.
When an item does not sell, we advise you to contact us to discuss re-offering your goods. To re-enter your goods in the next appropriate sale, we will recommend that the estimate and reserve is reduced. Alternatively arrangements can be made for the item to be collected. This must be done within 7 days of the auction. After 7 days we will not insure your property against loss or damage. When collecting we ask that you provide proof of identification i.e pre sales advice document, or your receipt.
A charge of 10% (plus VAT) based on the middle estimate – plus any other charges incurred – will be levied for any item withdrawn from an auction. If the item has to be returned by post (or any other method) the vendor will be responsible for this charge. These charges are to be paid before the item is returned.
To find out whether your item sold, you can visit the archive, call us on 01276 423270 to contact the relevant expert or account manager. We will also notify you by email within 3 days of the auction.
When we have received cleared funds from the purchaser, which is normally between 14 to 28 days, payment for your sold items will ONLY be paid by bank transfer, therefore when consigning your items we will request your bank details