You can make a purchase at Dominic Winter Auctioneers by using any of the following methods:

In person: Being present at the auction provides the convenience of being able to remove the lots that you have purchased when the sale ends, provided you choose to pay by credit or debit card, guaranteed cheque or cash. Please bring your own boxes as we are unable to provide these for you.

Online bidding: You can bid live online at our auctions via our own website ( after completing the registration process or alternatively you can live bid on or

Please note successful bids made via live bidding cannot be invoiced or paid for until the day after an auction. A live bidding fee of 3% + VAT (Dominic Winter website or or 4.95% + VAT (the-saleroom) will be added to your invoice.

Commission bid: Also called an 'Absentee bid'. A member of our staff will bid on your behalf and attempt to purchase the lot as cheaply as is permitted by other bids or reserves. Commission bids can be posted or or emailed to us (please remember to provide your full name and address), or you can enter a commission bid on our website after completing the registration process. 

Telephone bid: You can contact our office to arrange a telephone bid. A member of our staff will telephone you a few minutes before bidding commences on your specified lot and will bid on your behalf, according to your instructions. This service is normally only available on lots with a minimum pre-sale estimated value of £300.

Increments: Our bidding increments are as follows:


By Cheque : Sterling (please allow 5 working days for the cheque to clear before collection of purchases)

Cash: Payments can be made at the Cashier's office, either during or after the auction. No credit or debit card payments will be accepted via phone unless by prior arrangements with the auctioneers. We will accept card payments in person at the auction rooms if presented with the relevant ID confirming address details.

Overseas payment: Due to the high bank charges levied on many foreign cheques, we request payment is made by the following method:

By direct transfer to our bank: Bank details will be supplied with invoices.

By Credit Card: There are no charges for paying by credit card and this method is only available by PRIOR ARRANGEMENT DIRECTLY WITH THE AUCTION HOUSE and a maximum figure is applicable on request. We do not accept American Express.

Commission rates: Most purchases are subject to a Buyer Premium (commission) of 20% of the 'hammer' price. If the lot is marked with an asterisk (*) in the catalogue then the lot is subject to VAT on the Buyer Premium and the total Buyer Premium will be 24%.

Collection: Lots can be collected from our saleroom on receipt of payment only. Alternatively, we will send you an invoice 3-4 days after the sale, which will include a quote for shipping if you are a UK resident. If you are overseas we will provide you with a shipping quote (if the item can be shipped in-house) or give you the contact details of our shipping partners.


UK Shipping

We are not specialist shippers. Some items, such as framed & glazed or fragile goods, will require specialist handling and buyers will be asked to use Mailboxes or Pack & Send (details below).

For non-fragile goods and items of reasonably small size, we offer an in-house packing and shipping facility. When possible, purchases will be sent by either Royal Mail Special Delivery or next-day courier service. The charge for this service is will be added to your invoice and is variable, subject to a minimum charge of £15 plus VAT per parcel. Please note shipments to the Highlands and Islands may be significantly more expensive, please contact us for a quote before bidding.

For larger packages and fragile goods, we recommend Mailboxes or Pack & Send. They collect fully paid-for purchases from us twice a week and liaise directly with the buyer. These companies will require payment direct to them for their services. 

For more information, please contact Sarah Ball by telephone on 01285 860006 or email

Mailboxes : 01793 525009 or

Pack & Send : 01635 887237 or


Overseas Shipping

For overseas buyers, very small and light items can be packed in-house and shipped using Royal Mail International Signed-For service. The charge for this is variable and will be added to your invoice, please contact us for a quote before bidding.

This service only applies to items that meet the following criteria:

  • Single parcels with a value less than £500, up to 2kg in weight and maximum dimensions of 600mm x 150mm x 150mm
  • Single tubes with a value less than £500, up to 2kg in weight and maximum dimensions of 900mm long x 70mm diameter

For purchases that do not meet the above criteria either by value or size, we now offer in-house shipping by DHL for items that are not fragile or framed & glazed. Please contact Sarah Ball on +44 (0)1285 860006 or via email with your shipping requirements and, if possible, we will provide a packing & shipping quote.

If we are unable to assist, we will recommend one of our external shipping specialists:

Mailboxes : 01793 525009 or

Pack & Send : 01635 887237 or


On arrival of the goods in your country, Import Duties & Taxes may be payable before goods are released to you. These charges vary for each country and are entirely your responsibility, we have no way of knowing what they will be. If you do not pay these charges, your goods will be returned to us 


Export Licenses

Export Licenses may be required for certain items before they can be exported from the United Kingdom to other countries. It is the responsibility of the buyer to arrange these Licenses. We can assist with this if required for a fee, please contact us for more details if you require assistance.