With the rapid-fire patter of the auctioneer, the subtle nods, raised hands or waived catalogues of the bidders and the echo of the hammer falling, a live auction is an exciting place to be. Even if you’re following and bidding online or by phone there’s still the thrill of the chase, the chance you could grab a bargain or beat another bidder to your prize.
Taking place at The Imperial War Museum, Duxford, the National Motorcycle Museum, West Midlands and the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton H&H Classics’ live auctions are always a great day out in great company. Our live auctions online are conducted to the same high standards as our in-person events and your dream classic car, motorcycle or automobilia could be just a click or phone call away.
Buying a classic at auction may be a little daunting at first, but H&H Classics’ specialist team are always on hand to help. To find out more read the guide below or get in touch today.
Before the auction
When you arrive at the auction you will need to register as a bidder and provide photo identification. Online bidders can register for an account at any time on the website.
You’ll probably already have an idea what you’re interested in, but the auction catalogue and online listings will give you lots of valuable information about the classic motorcar, motorbike or automobilia that takes your fancy. For online auctions there’ll also be photographs and video footage to study and you can always ask our specialists questions before the bidding starts.
If you’re attending in person then you will be able to inspect every lot that’s for sale and take a look at any supporting paperwork in the Documents Office. If you can’t make it to the venue then you can request Condition Reports and additional photographs.
At the auction
Now comes the fun part – bidding. If you’re online then just watch and click, if you’re on the telephone then simply tell your representative when to bid, and if you’re in the crowd then you’ll need to make sure the auctioneer can spot you. Usually a little wave should do the trick. Once the auctioneer has taken your bid then they will always come back to you to increase it if you have been outbid. Don’t worry you won’t be forgotten!
Another way to bid if you can’t attend the auction is to place a Commission Bid, which is essentially the highest price you’re willing to pay. If your Commission Bid is higher than the last bid at the auction then the lot is yours to keep
After the auction
If you’re lucky enough to have been the highest bidder then you’ll have to pay for your prize in full by 1pm the day after the auction at the latest. You can pay by bank transfer, debit card and credit card. You’ll also have until 1pm the following day to drive away your new pride and joy or we can arrange safe transportation for you if you prefer.
We also accept Telephone Bids by completing and submitting a form, which can be downloaded by clicking here.
Buyers’ fees for automobilia and motorbikes are charged at 15% of the sales price and for cars the fee is 12.5%. All fees are subject to VAT.