How Our Public Auctions Work

We hold Cheshire Stamp Auctions public auctions and Stampbid Internet auctions several times throughout the year, both are sold by an auctioneer and you can watch and participate online.- and at Cheshire Stamp Auctions you can also join us for lot viewing and the auction itself at our offices in Knutsford.

Exactly as the full - public auction below (you can send pre-auction bids and we hold the auction live online where you can leave autobids, bid in real time and watch the action) BUT as we don't offer lot viewing and an auction room event we give the same 'satisfaction or return' guarantees for each lot as in our mail bid sales.

Also we only offer live bidding and autobidding on on Stampbid sales.

Lots are available for viewing at our auction rooms prior to the auction.

Each lot is sold with a 22% Buyers Premium which is inclusive of an amount in lieu of VAT. Please note that this is slightly higher than the buyers premium in our Mail Bid Sales. 

Unlike in our Mail Bid Sales the collection, accumulation & multi-item lots are NOT satisfaction guaranteed and cannot be rejected by the purchaser. Any lot described or otherwise listed as a collection, or stated to contain a collection, or containing items which are not described cannot be rejected by the purchaser and is taken by that purchaser with all (if any) faults, lack of genuineness and errors of description and number of items in the lot. It is your responsibility to make any enquires which we will make reasonable efforts to answer accurately and to view the lots prior to the auction should you deem it necessary. See the Public Auction T&Cs.

Our Public Auctions are held at our auction rooms at the Sandafayre offices. An auctioneer conducts the auction and you can:
  • Participate in person (refreshments provided, please collect a paddle number before you bid!)
  • Participate by bidding on our website, our auctioneer then executes your bid on your behalf during the auction (pre-auction bidding closes on our website 3 hours before the start of the auction).
  • Participate by bidding ‘live’ during the auction by using OUR online platform which becomes available 30 minutes before the auction begins. If you are registered and logged onto the website the ability to bid live is available (THERE IS A 3.6% FEE ON THE HAMMER PRICE for using this service, it is charged by the platform provider, we make no income from this)
  • Bid live on (charges apply butat the time of writing they are the best value)
  • Bid live on (charges apply, currently 5.94% on the hammer price) if you register for our sale on their site you will be charged this amount even if you bid on our live platform as we share their technology.
The lots are sold at one bid-step above the next highest bidder, or at the reserve price.

Audience at a stamp auction laughing

Unlike our Mail Bid Sales we cannot manage your total expenditure and if you have complex instructions and cannot attend or bid 'live' on the Internet then we suggest you engage an agent to bid on your behalf, please contact the office for details of Auction Agents we expect to be in attendance.

Lots will not be released before payment. We have a very good shipping department which can despatch your lots; invoices will include a shipping charge.

If you have authorised us to charge your credit card number we will despatch your lots within 72 hours of the sale close time, otherwise we will send & email your invoice which must be settled immediately (see our Public Auction T&Cs.)

You can withdraw any bids which you have given to us to execute on your behalf at any time prior to the start of the auction. Our staff are busy during the auction and we cannot guarantee to act on instructions emailed to us less than 15 minutes before the beginning of the auction or during the auction nor can we guarantee to be available to answer telephone messages during the auction.

We settle our vendor accounts 4 weeks after the auction. Late accounts are charged at 5% of the outstanding amount and 2% per month thereafter. We take paying our vendors seriously and will enforce this.