Selling couldn’t be easier with Lonsdales. Our state of the art online auction platform allows anyone to view and bid for your lot in advance or on the day ensuring you get the best price possible. In addition our team will be on hand to help all the way through to make it as easy as possible. If you have any queries please email us at or call us on 01524 233430..


We recommend you get an auction estimate for anything you are looking to sell with us. You can submit images and description by email to or call us on 01524 233430 to make an in-person appointment. We will then recommend auction estimates for your property. A low and high estimate, eg £1000-1200, will be shown in the catalogue as a guide price for prospective bidders. In addition, we always recommend setting a reserve price, this being the minimum figure we would accept as a selling bid at the auction. The reserve price is confidential information between the auctioneer and the seller. We will not set a reserve price higher than the low auction estimate printed in the catalogue.


You can deliver your property to us or one of our agents nationwide by prior appointment. For each sale you have items entered into, you will receive a pre-sale advice letter or email ahead of the sale with full details of your items including lot number, full catalogue description, estimate and reserve if appropriate. A letter will be issued for you to sign which lists our terms and conditions and allows us to sell the items on your behalf. The letter will have a unique reference number which should be quoted on all correspondence.


We will hold a number of sales throughout the year with the next sale being on 26 October 2023. We ask that all entries must be delivered to us at least six weeks in advance of the auction date so we are able to market them in plenty of time to attract interest. If you are unable to deliver your property in person, please contact us for help and advice. If necessary, transport by a third party carrier can be arranged, however charges will apply.


The auction catalogue is also available online at our website at least a month before the sale.


Your property will be on exhibition for a minimum period of at least two days prior to the auction, allowing prospective bidders to view and make any necessary enquiries with our staff. Private viewings are available by prior appointment from the time the item is first advertised up to the sale date.


It is a public auction and in addition to the live online bidders, there will be absentee bidders who have left instructions with the auctioneer, and others bidding live by telephone with our staff. Written confirmation of the sale results will be emailed to all consignors on the first working day after the sale.


You will be sent a statement confirming full details of the lot, hammer price and details of all charges to be deducted. Settlement is normally made by bank transfer 28 days after the auction, always subject to receipt of payment from the buyer, but we aim to do it as fast as possible and expect to reduce this time considerably. We act as agents and cannot be held responsible if the buyer does not pay.


Commission is charged at 15% of the hammer price. We are always prepared to discuss commission terms with Registered Firearm Dealers consigning regular lots or for the sale of private collections and other valuable consignments. There is a minimum commission charge for each lot of £15 whether it is sold or not. Consignments of low value can be bundled together to make them more commercially viable.
Whilst on our premises, your property is automatically covered for risk of loss and liability until ten working days after a sale. There is a charge of 1.5% (minimum fee of £1) of the hammer price for this on all lots sold or the reserve price if it is unsold.
Withdrawn lots will be subject to a fee based on a sale price of 50% of the lower estimate or reserve plus any agreed costs that may have been incurred.*
Our commission and fees are subject to VAT where applicable.


Lots will be available for collection at our premises in Lancashire by prior appointment from 9am on the following working day after the auction. Buyers are urged to arrange collection of purchases within 10 working days of the auction and are reminded that risk of loss passes to the buyer after this date and storage charges may be applicable.*
We can arrange for lots to be packed and dispatched by courier and delivered to nominated Registered Firearms Dealers within the UK. This will be arranged at the buyer’s risk and Lonsdales reserves the right to charge for its time and packing materials. Buyers are reminded that they are responsible for arranging their own insurance cover while the goods are in transit.
Unsold property may be reconsigned in the next available sale with a revised estimate and reserve. If it is not reconsigned, then a reduced commission of 50% of the Seller’s commission may be payable calculated as if the property sold for its reserve price (where applicable) plus relevant expenses.*

* Storage charges of £2 per day may apply if not collected within ten working days.