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! We are currently running online auctions only making it even simpler for you!

Register for auctions

To bid you need to register with our online bidding platform

When you register you can choose to pay a £3 flat registration fee or 3% of your total hammer price. (Please note this fee is over and above our buyers premium)

Once registered you can then find the item you are interested in and place your maximum bid online. If you are outbid you can bid again at any time until the online auction ends at 8pm on Sunday. If you bid close to the end time of any lot, a further 10 minutes will be added to that lots end time.

If you are having difficulty placing bids online please email us with your name/address/telephone number/email address and the lot number(s) you are interested in.  Our email address is or alternatively telephone us on 01303 246810.

PLEASE NOTE: Additional Buyers Charges apply for online auctions of £3 or 3%. This is additional to our buyers fees.

Absentee/Commission bids

Once the auction is open you can leave your bids at anytime and 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.

If you are having difficulty placing bids online, you can telephone us on 01303 246810.

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 of the duration of our online auctions. Our viewing times are as follows:

Thursday 10.30 am to 6pm
Friday 10.30 am to 7pm

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.  An additional £3 flat fee or 3% of the hammer price is payable for all our online auctions. VAT is charged on the premium only, not on the hammer price.


We accept the following methods of payment:

It is much easier for you and for us if you pay your invoice online via our 3D Secure Payment Service.  Otherwise we accept the following payment methods:

  • 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.