Frequently Asked Questions

I'm not sure what my items are worth. Can I get a valuation?

Of course! Duggleby Stephenson offer free auction valuations and advice of your antiques, collectables, jewellery and just about anything. Simply bring your item(s) into our Vine Street salerooms for a complimentary valuation, no appointment needed! You can also bring items to The Valuation Office, Beverley every Monday, when valuer Graham Paddison runs a specialist valuation day. For larger items or collections, we can arrange a home valuation - call us on +44 (0) 1904 393 300 to book a complimentary home visit. For a quick quote, you can submit photos of your items through our website here.

How do I consign items for auction?

Once you have received a valuation from one of our specialist valuers, you can tell them that you wish to enter your item(s) into auction. They will write you a receipt and tell you when the next suitable sale is. The week before the auction, you will receive via email a Pre-sale Advice, listing the lot exactly as it has been catalogued and with its estimate. If there are any problems of changes you wish to make, this is the time to notify us.

Van If you are unable to bring your items into our saleroom, for example furniture which is too large for you to transport, then we can arrange a transport service to bring them to our salerooms on one of our fleet of six vans. After a home valuation, the valuer will provide you with a transport quote, and once you have confirmed that you would like your items collecting, our Auction Logistics Coordinator will contact you to arrange a collection date and time.

What happens after my items are sold?

Cheque After the sale, we will send you a Post-sale Advice, listing your lots and, if they sold, how much they sold for. Proceeds will be sent in the following two weeks via BACS or cheque. Please note, payments made by cheque will now incur an administration fee of £1+VAT - payments made via BACS will not incur this charge.

How much do you charge?

£ Valuations and home visits are free. Our seller's commission is 20%, inclusive of VAT and insurance. We also charge a £5 internet listing fee per lot, inc. VAT, and, where applicable, a £10 brochure illustration fee.

Where will my items be advertised?

We print catalogues for all our sales which are available for free at our salerooms. We also publish glossy, illustrated catalogues for our Fine Art and Country House sales, which are also available at our salerooms and are sent to a mailing list of around a thousand clients. Furthermore, all of our catalogues are available fully-illustrated on our website and on, an international auction platform that gives every lot a worldwide audience. We have regular clients across the globe, and our in-house packing, postage and delivery service means we can deliver items to just about anywhere!

Internet We regularly advertise in both local and national print newspapers and magazines, including The Scarborough News, The Yorkshire Post and the Antiques Trade Gazette. This allows us to ensure that your items receive an audience of both online and offline buyers, giving them the chance to sell for the best possible price.

Do you sell [insert item here]?

The chances are, yes! We have over 20 specialist departments dealing with everything from Art to Antiques, from Watches to Wine. Our experienced, friendly and dedicated team of specialist valuers have over 120 years' combined experience, meaning there is almost nothing we cannot sell. We are a Registered Firearms Dealer, meaning we can sell both antique and modern guns; we regularly deal with CITES and as a result are experienced in the sale of restricted items such as Narwhal tusks and Rosewood; we have large indoor storage facilities for motor vehicles - there are no items outside our remit!