Buying at Woolley & Wallis

Please click here for current arrangements for visiting our saleroom and offices. 

Timed Online Auctions

Click here for information on how to bid in a timed auction. 

Buyers Premium

Each lot is subject to a Buyer's Premium of 25% plus VAT (totalling 30% inclusive) on the first £500,000 of the hammer price and 12% plus VAT (14.4% inclusive) thereafter. 

Sale Results

These will be posted on our website shortly after the sale.

Online Catalogues

Our specialist sales catalogues are available online about two weeks before the sale.

Viewing the Sale

All our auctions are on view at least two days prior to the sale and details will be found in the relevant catalogues and department pages.

Condition Reports

The relevant department will be pleased to give condition reports on any lot, where practical. All weights and measures given in the catalogue should be regarded as approximate. The colours printed in the catalogue are not necessarily true.

Registering to Bid

Please note that registering to bid closes at 3pm the day prior to the auction.

All first time buyers need to register with us. Once registration is complete you will be provided with a permanent paddle number which can be used in all future sales.

To register, you will need to provide two forms of identification:

  1. A passport or photographic driving licence
  2. A utility bill or document showing your name and address

You can register in person or by contacting the office on +44 (0)1722 424500 or emailing You will be asked to show your documents, or fax or email copies.

Bidding at Auction

See below for the different options for bidding. Please note that you may be asked to provide two forms of identification, even if you have bid with us before, in order that we are compliant with Money Laundering Regulations.

Bidding in the Saleroom

You need to register with us before bidding in the saleroom. A paddle number can be obtained by registering with us as described above.

Commission Bidding

If you are unable to attend the sale you can leave a commission bid. This will be executed on your behalf by the auctioneer who will purchase the lot as cheaply as possible bearing in mind any reserve price and other bids.

If you already have a paddle number and have also registered with our website, the site offers you the facility to place Commission Bids online. You may be contacted for ID, as above, even if you have bid with us before. If this information is not received your bids will not be taken. We do suggest telephoning the office prior to the sale to confirm that your bids have been received.

Please note that it may not be possible to execute commission bids left on the day of the sale itself, so please make sure these are placed well in advance.

Telephone Bidding

It is usually possible to bid on the telephone by prior arrangement with the office. Registration is required as above and should be carried out by 3pm the day before the sale.

Live Online Bidding

Live online bidding is now available free of charge for most of our auctions via, enabling you to take part in the bidding from anywhere in the world, live as it happens. To bid online you need to register at, subject to approval. Please register by 3pm the day prior to the auction. 

PLEASE NOTE: Registering with or through our website does not automatically register you to bid with us.

In completing the bidder registration on and providing your credit card details and unless alternative arrangements are agreed with Woolley and Wallis Salisbury Salerooms Ltd, you:

  1. authorise Woolley and Wallis Salisbury Salerooms Ltd, if they so wish, to charge the credit card given in part or full payment, including all fees, for items successfully purchased in the auction via, and
  2. confirm that you are authorised to provide these credit card details to Woolley and Wallis Salisbury Salerooms Ltd through


Lots marked with a dagger (†) are subject to VAT on the hammer price. Lots marked with an omega (Ω) have been temporarily imported from outside the EU and are subject to VAT at 5.0% on the hammer price and the buyer's premium. In online catalogues, the Sales Tax % column indicates the rate of VAT on hammer price.

Cites Regulations

Lots marked with a (λ) symbol may be subject to CITES Regulations when exported. Please click here for further information.

Artist's Resale Right/Droit De Suite

Lots marked with a (‡) symbol are potentially subject to a levy.

Droit de Suite is a royalty payable to a qualifying artist or the artist's heirs each time a work is resold during the artist's lifetime and up to a period of 70 years after the artist's death.

Royalties are calculated on a sliding percentage scale based on the hammer price excluding the buyer's premium. The royalty does not apply to lots selling below the sterling equivalent of €1,000 and the maximum royalty payable on any single lot is the sterling equivalent of €10,000.

Droit de Suite, which is not subject to VAT, will be added to the buyer's purchase price and then passed on to the relevant collecting agency.

Please enquire for the accepted exchange rate on the day of the sale.

Royalties for Droit de Suite are as follows:

4% Up to €50,000
3% €50,000.01 - 200,000
1% €200,000.01 - 350,000
0.5% €350,000.01 - 500,000
0.25% In excess of €500,000
Up to a maximum levy of €10,000


Lots marked with a Ƒ symbol are subject to the UK firearms/shotgun licensing regime, and may only be viewed and/or purchased by individuals with appropriate licences. Such lots are offered on an auctioneers' permit, and must be collected prior to the expiry thereof.

Payment and Clearance

Payment is due immediately after the auction in pounds sterling. If you are a first time buyer we will need your name, address and bank details and will require funds to be cleared before purchases can be released.

Card payments where the card-holder is not present will only be accepted for transactions up to £1,000.

The following methods of payment may be made: bankers draft, cashiers cheque, personal cheque, travellers cheques, debit and credit cards and cash up to a sterling equivalent of €10,000.

Wire transfers should be sent to:

Lloyds Bank plc, Blue Boar Row, Salisbury SP1 1DB.
Account no. 00957707
Sort code 30-97-41
IBAN no. GB20LOYD30974100957707
BIC code LOYDGB21063

Credit cards: Visa, Mastercard and American Express.

Debit cards: Visa, Delta, Switch, Connect

Where practical, payment can be made and purchases collected during the auction.

Company VAT no: 631 9832 29

Storage charges will be levied on all lots not collected within 30 calendar days of the sale. This will include a handling fee of £20 (+ VAT) per consignment and a storage charge of £2 (+ VAT) per lot per day. No goods will be allowed to be collected until these charges have been paid.

Packing and Shipping

Woolley & Wallis do not offer a packing and dispatch service but the following are carriers in our area.

Alban Shipping +44 (0)1582 493099
Alban Shipping offer collections and deliveries throughout the UK on their weekly Round Britain own van service. Alban Shipping offer professional packing, shipping worldwide via all modes of services, with comprehensive insurance. For more information visit, or contact our sales team on 01582 493099 or by email on

Kimdan Ltd. 07973 389436

Mailboxes 01962 622133

Pack & Send Newbury +44 (0)1635 887237
Pack & Send provide high-quality packing and a range of shipping solutions including express, economy, air, road and sea to 220 destinations worldwide. Their warranty option provides full peace of mind on items to any value. They also provide pre-auction quotes.
Visit for more details.       

Terms and Conditions

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