HRD Auction Rooms

Next Auction
18th June 2024

Buying Guide

Browsing our auctions

Sign up here to receive our catalogues, or browse our collections in person in the days leading up to each auction. Click here to view our auction calendar, or look to our homepage or social media platforms for regular updates.

Our team of trusted experts are on hand to help. Intending purchasers are welcome to request a condition report up to 24 hours before an auction. Please note however, whilst we endeavour to provide accurate judgements, the ultimate responsibility lies with the buyer, and we recommend that you make every effort to inspect the lots yourself.

Four ways to bid


There’s nothing that can quite replicate the exciting experience of attending an auction in person. Please take the time to register with us before an auction and we’ll be happy to provide you with a bidding number.


To reserve a line and bid by telephone, please get in touch a minimum of 24 hours before an auction. On the day, a member of our team will call you from the auction floor and bid on your behalf upon your specific instructions.


Live stream our auctions and bid in real-time from anywhere in the world, via our online bidding partner, Simply set up an account before an auction begins following our easy how-to-guide:

How to register to bid live via the Saleroom

Please be aware that there is an additional charge for this service, as levied by See ‘paying for your purchases’ below for further details.


If you’re unable to bid live, we welcome absentee bids (also known as commission bids) in advance of an auction. Register your maximum bid for any number of lots, and our auctioneers will bid on your behalf, endeavouring to obtain the items for the best possible price.

We kindly request all absentee bids are placed by 5pm the day before an auction, and cannot guarantee that absentee bids received after this time will be fulfilled.

Paying for your purchases

The final amount payable for all purchasers made by in-person, telephone or absentee bids, includes the hammer price (the auction sale price) and a buyer's premium of 20%, inclusive of VAT.

Online bids include an extra 5.94% charged by the bidding platform.

We accept payments by bank transfer, cash, debit or credit card, though JEWELLERY, GOLD and SILVER must be paid for by bank transfer. We also reserve the right to ask any bidder who is not known to us to pay by bank transfer.

We request that accounts are settled as soon as possible and definitely within two working days of the auction.

If you bid and buy via our online bidding partner, you will receive an invoice by email the day after the auction, which will include a link to pay online.

Receiving your purchases

Your winning items will be yours to take away after purchase.

We ask that purchasers remove their lots from the auction room within two working days of the auction, though please note we are unable to issue items on the day of the auction itself.

On request, we can transport items anywhere on the Isle of Wight. Customers are kindly asked to contact us the day after the auction, between the hours of 9am and 2pm, to arrange this service.

Further afield, we use our in-house packing team and a variety of global courier companies to offer delivery on almost all of the lots we auction. Please note however, we will always advocate a more bespoke service for items of a delicate nature, such as ceramics and glassware, or where the size of the item requires it, and would be happy to connect you with a reliable independent courier who can assist in transportation in these instances.

If in doubt regarding the feasibility of delivery of any given lot, please pose the question to us prior to bidding.

We will automatically allocate a postage & packaging charge to the invoices of all non-Isle of Wight addresses, where items can be posted by us. Starting from £20+VAT, this charge is calculated following the auction and charged in addition to the hammer price and buyer's premium. As standard, items are posted at the buyer's risk. If you prefer to make alternative arrangements, please call our office to remove the postage & packaging charge upon receipt of your invoice.