Buying at Kinghams

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



Viewing is at our auction room at 10-12 Cotswold Business Village, London Road in Moreton-in-Marsh (GL56 0JQ). Details can be found in our sales catalogue. Please call +44(0)1608 695695 to arrange or email 


Condition Reports

The relevant specialist sales department will be pleased to give condition reports on any lot by email. Individual condition reports are not published in our catalogues or on bidding platforms. Buyers are given ample opportunity to view lots before any sale. When bidding, buyers acknowledge that they are fully satisfied as to the description and condition of the lot.  All weights and measures given in the catalogue should be regarded as approximate. Although we will endeavour to answer all condition reports, any requests within 24 hours of the auction starting cannot be guaranteed a response. Note condition reports are not given for interior sales but we will provide further information on request if possible.


Bidding At Auction:


All first time buyers need to register with us. 

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)1608 695695 or emailing You will be asked to show your documents, or fax or email copies.


PLEASE NOTE: You will not need to register with us directly if you have already registered on an online bidding platform.


Bidding in the Auction House

You need to register with us before bidding in the auction house. A paddle number can be obtained by registering 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. Bids must be made at least one hour before the sale starts, but we advise buyers to make bids at the earliest possible opportunity.

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. If you have not bid with us before, you will be contacted for ID as above. 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.


Telephone Bidding

It is usually possible to bid on the telephone by prior arrangement with the office. Registration is required as above. 


Live Online Bidding

Live online bidding is now available for most of our auctions via five bidding platforms including on our Kinghams website. To bid online please register when the auction is live. Please note there is no charge for this service.

Live bidding is also available 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. There is a 4.95% plus VAT charge for this service.


In completing the bidder registration on and providing your credit card details, unless alternative arrangements are agreed with Kinghams Auctioneers Ltd, you:

authorise Kinghams Auctioneers 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 confirm that you are authorised to provide these credit card details to Kinghams Auctioneers Ltd through and agree that Kinghams Auctioneers Ltd are entitled to permit the shipping of the goods to the card holder name and card holder address provided in fulfilment of the sale.


Live bidding is also available via Please note there is a 5% plus VAT surcharge for this service.


Live bidding is also available via Please note you can pay a £3 flat fee for the entire auction with no further internet fees to pay. This is taken regardless of whether you bid and is taken directly from your registered payment card. There is also an option to pay a 3% surcharge plus VAT for this service.


Live bidding is also available via Please note there is a 5% surcharge plus VAT for this service.


PLEASE NOTE: Registering with an online bidding platform or through our website does not automatically register you with us.


Buyer's Premium

25% + VAT on the first £500,000 of the hammer price.

18% + VAT on the excess of £500,001 and up to £1,000,000 of the hammer price.

15% + VAT on the excess of £1,000,001 of the hammer price.


Lot Symbols


Lots marked with an asterisk (*) are subject to VAT on the hammer price. Lots marked with a double asterisk (**) 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 €12,500.

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 €12,500



Lots marked with a Ƒ symbol are subject to the UK firearms/shotgun licencing 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.

We accept payment by:

Cash - up to £9,000 (subject to money laundering regulations)

Debit cards - Visa, Delta, Switch, Connect (we accept a maximum payment of £1,000 by phone)

*We do not accept credit card or paypal payments


Wire transfers should be sent to:

HSBC Bank, 32 Bridge St, Evesham WR11 4RU

Account no:           51655345

Account name:     Kinghams Auctioneers and Valuers Ltd

Sort code:                40-20-27     

IBAN:                        GB31HBUK40202751655345


Please note that a fee of £15 will be added for international bank payments.


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

For collection of lots after the auction please call the office on +44(0)1608 695695 to arrange.

*Please note if payment is not made immediately you could be blacklisted and banned from buying from us in the future.


Sale Results

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


Packing and Shipping

Kinghams Auctioneers offer a packing and dispatch service for lots with a minimum charge of £20 plus VAT (excluding group lots and furniture). Please call the office on +44(0)1608 695695 for a quotation.  Please note we do not offer insurance cover in transit for pictures.

*Please note shipping quotes can take 5-7 business days. Please settle your invoice first and we will issue a new invoice for postage.

We also use the following carriers in our area:

For furniture - Stephen Morris Shipping PLC, 9 Ockham Drive, Greenford, London UB6 0FD. Tel: 02088322222

For paintings - Aardvark Art Services Ltd. Tel: 01253 794673. Email:

For group lots - Mailboxes Cheltenham branch. Tel: 01242 530130. Email: or Pack & Send Oxford branch. Tel: 01865 260610. Email:


Note we are unable to export ivory to a number of countries due to governmental regulations. Buyers are expected to make themselves aware of their local regulations before they bid, but you are welcome to contact us if further information is required.


Storage Charges

Any purchased lots that have not been collected within 30 days from the date of the auction will be subject to handling and storage charges at the following rates:

Small items (such as jewellery, watches, books or ceramics) - handling fee of £20 per lot plus storage charges of £2 per lot per day.

Medium items (such as most paintings or small items of furniture) - handling fee of £30 per lot plus storage charges of £4 per lot per day.

Large items (items that cannot be lifted or moved by one person alone) - handling fee of £40 per lot plus storage charges of £8 per lot per day.

Oversized items (such as monumental sculptures) - handling fee of £80 per lot plus storage charges of £10 per lot per day.


A lot’s size will be determined by Kinghams on a case by case basis (typical examples given above are for illustration purposes only). All charges are subject to VAT, where applicable. All charges are payable to Kinghams at our saleroom in Moreton-in-Marsh.


Storage charges will cease for purchased lots which are shipped through Kingham’s shipping service from the date on which we have received a signed quote acceptance from you.


Anti-Money Laundering

Kinghams has an AML programme to prevent money laundering. Staff are trained to look for unusual transactions, and to take any necessary steps to check and verify our clients. Please note that you may be asked to provide two forms of identification in order that we are compliant with Money Laundering Regulations.