Guide to Selling at Keys

Our experienced team of valuers offer free, no-obligation advice on selling any item, and appraisals of value

We are always delighted to guide new clients through the process of selling at auction.

Thinking of Consigning?

Consignments are always welcome and are accepted continually, whether for our weekly general sales or for our specialist fine art sales, with items being assigned to the next available suitable auction.

Please note that entries for all sales are currently being accepted by appointment only, due to the ongoing covid restrictions – please contact us to make arrangements to deliver to us. We have arrangements in place for non-contact deliveries to be made for all sales.

For entries to our monthly Antiques sales and for our specialist sales, we invite all potential sellers to make an appointment in the first instance with one of our valuation team who will assess your items and provide an estimate of expected auction value.
For large collections, or for contents of properties, we are delighted to attend and inspect your items at your convenience. Please contact us in the first instance to make an appointment.
We can provide collection for your items, from a single piece of furniture up to entire property contents, to assist with transportation. Please ask for details.

Online Valuation

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Cataloguing and Sale

Once your items are with us, they will be sorted for entry into the most appropriate sale and allocated a sales date. A description is given for your items, and they are then photographed and listed online.
Reserves (minimum sale prices) may be placed on items in agreement with our staff (these are usually placed at time of delivery to us).
A notification is sent to you by email just prior to the sale to confirm date of entry, and any reserve or estimate placed on your items. You can, of course, follow the sale online.

After the Auction

After the auction, you will receive a preliminary sales notification by email stating how much your items sold for, with a full breakdown for each individual lot (subject to conditions of sale). If any lots are unsold, they are handled in accordance with our terms and conditions – lots are usually entered into one sale with a reserve, a second sale with reduced reserve, and a third sale with no reserve. Unreserved items which fail to attract our minimum bid should be collected promptly upon receipt of sale notification.
Payment is made directly into your bank account by BACS after 14 days, after deduction of seller and any transportation charges as agreed.

Our Charges

Our charges are intended to be transparent, simple and straightforward.
Our standard commission rate is 15% of the sale price.
There is also an entry, or Lotting, charge for each lot which varies per sale, as follows:
  • Weekly Sales – £2.50 per lot
  • Commercial & Garden Sales (incl small machinery) – £2.50 per lot
  • Monthly and Specialist Sales – £3 per lot
  • Fine & East Anglian Art Sales – £10 per lot (including glossy catalogue entry with photography)
To include handling, presentation, photography, internet listings, and insurance.
If you wish to arrange collection (from a single item to complete property clearance), please contact us for quotation.
(please note that all of our charges are subject to VAT at the standard rate)
Commercial & Machinery Sales and Vehicles have different entry rates – please contact us for details.