How to buy at Kent Auction Galleries Ltd

If you find an item in our catalogues that you love and just have to own, bidding is easy!

Register for auctions

To bid you need to register with us. You can register to bid directly with us to leave absentee bids or bid live at the auction. We just need your name/address/telephone number/email address to register you and give you a bidding number. You can do this in person, by telephoning 01303 246810 or emailing us at

Alternatively, you can register and buy online at You can follow the auction live without registering. NOTE: Additional Buyers Charges apply if bidding through site.

Bidding In person

You can attend the auction and bid live once registered. You will be given a card with your auction bidding number for that day which should be returned after the auction.

Absentee/Commission bids

If you can’t attend the auction you can leave bids by either by filling out one of our Commission Bid forms which are available in our saleroom on viewing days or by clicking ‘Enquire/Bid’ next to the lot details in our catalogue. We are also happy to take your commission bids over the telephone. The auctioneer will bid up to your maximum amount on your behalf and will always endeavour to buy the lot as cheaply as possible for you subject to any other bids or reserve prices.

If you are leaving absentee bids you will receive an email from us to confirm they have been received or you can see any entered online in your MyELA section on

Lots may have a reserve price, which is the confidential minimum selling price previously agreed with the seller. If the bidding fails to reach this price the lot will remain unsold.

Live bidding online

Our online auctions are hosted by giving you the facility to bid live whilst the auction is in progress. Real-time audio brings the excitement of the auction right to your desktop so you can bid from the comfort of your home or from anywhere in the world!  Our online auction software is administered by Easy Live Auctions.

By telephone

We can only accept telephone bids for our Antiques & Fine Art Auctions. Telephone lines are limited so please book well in advance of the auction.

Bidding increments

Please note that our minimum bid is £6. When leaving a commission bid, bidding live online or bidding in person our accepted bidding increments are as follows:

£6, £8, £10, £12, £15, £18, £20, £22, £25, £28, £30 – this pattern continues until £50
at £50 bidding increases at a rate of £5
at £100 bidding increases at a rate of £10
at £200 bidding increases at a rate of £20
at £1,000 bidding increases at a rate of £100
at £2,000 bidding increases at a rate of £200
at £3,000 bidding increases at a rate of £250
at £5,000 bidding increases at a rate of £500

The auctioneer may use their discretion regarding increments depending on bidding interest.

Before bidding we strongly recommend that you take time to read our Conditions of Sale


We are open for viewing on the Thursday and Friday before an auction and for one hour before the auction commences.  Our viewing times are as follows:

Thursday 10am to 6pm
Friday 10am to 7pm
Saturday 9am to 10am

Condition reports

Please remember that the condition of an item is not always mentioned in the catalogue description and we therefore strongly recommend that if you are unable to view items in person you obtain a condition report by clicking ‘Enquire/Bid’ next to the lot details in our catalogue.

Viewing the catalogue online

Our online catalogues are being regularly updated with new items as they come in. You can view them on our own Catalogues page

If you would like to be added to our mailing list please let us know and you will receive an update by email when the catalogue is complete. This is usually the week before the date of the auction when it will also be available to view at

Catalogue subscriptions

Printed catalogues are offered for sale on viewing days at a cost of £2 for Victorian & Later Effects Auction & £5 for Antiques & Fine Art Auction

We offer a yearly subscription for our printed catalogues which are sent by post:
Vintage, Modern & Collectables Catalogue Only £40 for one year
Antiques, Fine Furnishings, Art, Fashion & Collectables Catalogue Only £25 for one year
Both Catalogues £60 for one year
(All options include a copy of our Christmas Auction Catalogue)

After the auction

If you have won an item, you will receive an email confirming you have won an item with your invoice. Invoices can be paid online using our secure payment facility.  Payments are required to be made strictly within 3 days of the auction.

Buyers premium

All purchases are subject to a buyers premium of 15% of the hammer price. VAT is charged on the premium only, not on the hammer price.


We accept the following methods of payment:


  • Debit Card
  • Credit Card
  • Cash


All items should be paid for and collected within 3 days of the auction. Any items not collected within 3 days of the auction will incur a storage charge of £5 per day per lot unless by prior arrangement.
Kent Auction Galleries Ltd. accepts no liability if condition differs from that stated at the time of purchase if items are not collected within this time.

Delivery & shipping

We offer a delivery service throughout Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Essex and parts of London for larger items such as furniture. Charges are based on a cost of £25 per hour for 1 man or £35 per hour for 2 men including time taken for loading/unloading, transporting and distance between premises.

We offer a packing service and can take your items to the Post Office to be sent by Royal Mail. Where this is not cost effective you are welcome to arrange your own collection by courier. Packing fees are chargeable dependent on the size/quantity of items, small items that fit in a jiffy bag have a charge of £2 and a box with multiple items is £5.  Please contact us for further details or send a shipping request after the auction. We can ship worldwide dependant on the item(s), contact us for further information.

Specific Interests?

Receive email alerts when we have items that match your interests by simply giving us your email address and a keyword. This can be something general such as ‘stamps’ or ‘books’ or something more specific such as ‘Lalique’ or ‘Cartier’ or sign up to receive auction updates.