Terms & Conditions
Before taking part in any of HOLTS auctions please first download and read our terms and conditions: Terms & Conditions
If the items consigned are licensable, please inform your Firearms Licensing department that these items are now with us, pending entry into the next appropriate auction. This is purely an informal notification to keep your firearms department informed of the whereabouts of your firearms. Official notification and the removal of the firearm(s) from your license will take place after they have been sold. You will receive a reminder to do this on your post-auction settlement statement.
Items consigned will be processed and entered into the most suitable of our three auction platforms; a quarterly ‘live’ auction, its counterpart silent auction or one of our monthly online only auctions.
You will receive a pre-auction advice by email or post which will confirm the items entered for auction, their respective Lot numbers and reserve figure (if applicable). Our minimum Lot fee is £15.00 (plus VAT) per lot so under some circumstances, lower value items may be grouped together to make a Lot commercially viable.
Whilst we endeavour to enter all items into the next available auction, under some circumstances consignments may be spread over more than a single auction cycle.
After the auction you will receive a post auction advice informing you of the results of auction. This is now the time to notify your Licensing authorities of firearms now sold.
Any items remaining unsold at the close of a live or sealed bid auction will automatically be listed on our website for a period of two weeks under ‘buy it now’ conditions at the agreed reserve level.
If any items remain unsold from the live auction after this period, you will be contacted to discuss the potential options with regard to re-entry or return.
Unsold items from silent or online auctions will automatically be re-entered into the next auction with a 25% reduction in estimate and reserve unless we receive specific written instructions to the contrary
Free valuation days
HOLTS tour the country ahead of each quarterly auction holding free valuation days, rather in the manner of ‘The Antiques Roadshow’. The days are fairly informal and hopefully informative, and are primarily intended as points of consignment to the next auction. However, we are also happy to carry out valuations for the sake of interest, together with insurance and probate requirements(a charge may be made for the last two services if required in writing).
The days are hosted by two experienced members of staff, who will be able to tell you something about the item you have brought along, and we are always keen to hear of family or related provenance, it is often of interest and can have a highly beneficial impact on the value. We will then suggest a realistic catalogue estimate and reserve (if you are minded to sell) together with a likely hammer price.
To aid the smooth-running of the day we run on an appointment system. This should ensure that you have a degree of privacy and that you’re not kept waiting before meeting one of the team.
To make an appointment then please telephone: 01485 542822
We will be visiting the following venues:
Stephen & Son Gunmakers
Unit 5, Apex Park
Bedfordshire LU7 3RE
HOLTS is represented globally, please contact your nearest Office for further information:
T: +44 (0)1665 602659
M: +44 (0)7970 184092
David Thurgood - Devon, Cornwall, Dorset
Somerset, Hampshire & Wiltshire
T: +44 (0)1297 306123
M: +44 (0)7775 814262
T: +44 (0)1235 868227
M: +44 (0)7768 768587