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Buying & Selling

Buying with Lawrences

Below you will find some of the terms used in the auction industry which will help to explain how it all works. If, however, you would like any further information or clarification then please contact us direct.

Hammer Price

This is the price that the lot sold for at auction. In addition to this price you will have to pay a buyer’s premium charge. Certain lots may be subject to additional charges (such as Artist’s Resale Right or, occasionally, VAT on the hammer price) but this will be clearly indicated in the catalogue.

Buyer's Premium

A premium of 30% (25% plus VAT) will be charged on top of the hammer price on all lots.

VAT is not applicable on books and unframed maps.

Additional Charges


Any lots purchased online will be subject to an additional 5.94% (4.95% plus VAT) which is applied by


Pictures and original prints by European artists are subject to a resale royalty if the hammer price exceeds 1000 Euros. This has now been extended to include living artists and all European artists who have died since 1942.

The buyers of such lots agree to pay Lawrences this royalty and we shall forward it to the artists’ collecting agents.

The rate varies as follows:
€1000.00 to €50,000 - 4%
€50,000.01 to €200,000 - 3%
€200,000.01 to €350,000 - 1%
€350,000.01 to €500,000 - 0.5%
Exceeding €500,000 - 0.25%

ARR is capped at €12,500

Please note ARR is calculated in euros. The Euro rate of exchange will be based upon the European Central Bank rate on the day of sale as all invoices are issued in Pounds Sterling. Please speak to Richard Kay if you have any questions.


In some cases, you may be liable for the payment of any VAT on the hammer price but this will be clearly indicated in the catalogue.

Viewing days

At the viewing days before the sale you will be able to view all the lots on offer and to ask advice from our specialists.


On-site parking is available but spaces are limited and we cannot accommodate all visitors at peak sale times.  Additional parking is available in the town centre within short walking distance.

Lot Numbers

Each item to be auctioned carries a number to identify it.


This is an approximate guide to the price that a lot is expected to realise.


Your name and address are registered into the computer and a numbered paddle is issued for you to bid with on the day. You indicate that you would like to bid by waving your paddle. If you are successful then your number will be announced by the auctioneer as the winning buyer.

Commission Bid

You can leave your bids with us and we will endeavour to buy on your behalf as cheaply as possible. The bidding does not start at the price you indicate. You can commission bid via our website by first creating an account.

Telephone Bid

If you wish to bid, a limited number of telephone lines are available if you are not able to come to the auction but wish to bid in person.

Arrangements for this service should be made at least 24 hours before the start of the sale. A member of our staff will call you from the Saleroom shortly before the item comes up for sale. Please note that we cannot accept applications for this service on the day of the sale.

Online Bidding

If you would like to bid online, this is available via Please note that all our Catalogued Sales are online but very few of our General Sales.

An additional charge of 5.94% (4.95% plus VAT) is made by for bidding.


Bidders are strongly advised not to rely solely on the webcast audio to place live bids as both the audio and video can lag behind the sale by a varying degree. Please place live bids only by the textual information displayed on the bidding window which will accurately reflect the current state of bidding.

Selling with Lawrences

If you are thinking of selling an item then we would be delighted to help. The notes below will help you to determine the best way that we can realise the highest value for your property.

If, however, you would like any further information or clarification then please contact us direct.

We will charge you a commission on the sale of the Goods calculated as a percentage of the Hammer Price at the following rates:

Catalogued Lots Selling for more than £1,000 – 10% plus VAT 

Catalogued Lots Selling up to £ 1,000 – 15% plus VAT 

General Sales 15% plus VAT on all lots.

There is a minimum lot fee of £10/lot in our quarterly catalogued sales
and £5/lot in all other sales, including our general sales.

Free Valuation Mornings

We hold free valuation mornings every Monday between 9.30am – 12.30pm (excluding bank holidays) at our Crewkerne Salerooms and every Friday between 9.00am - 11.30am at The Castle Hotel in Taunton.   

We also hold free valuation mornings once a month at the Holburne Museum in Bath from 10.00am - 12.30pm, followed by home visits upon request. Home visits in Bristol are also available. Please see our calendar for dates or contact us for details. 

On the last Thursday of each month, we conduct home visits in Minehead and Sherborne, by appointment.

We also offer free valuations at many other locations throughout the South West.  Please contact us for details.

House Visits

For clients not able to visit the Salerooms or for valuations of larger items, we can arrange visits to clients' homes free of charge. Please contact us for details.

House Clearances

With weekly general sales, we are able to process house clearances quickly and efficiently. Our specialists check through items and if it would be better sold in one of our catalogued sales it will be retained for inclusion in the relevant specialist sale.

If you would like to know more about this service then please contact:

Chris Flower
Tel: 01460 73041

For further information, please see our full Terms & Conditions

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