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Baldwin's hosts a range of auctions on a monthly basis throughout the year. To be notified of what auctions are upcoming you can sign up to be notified via our newsletter via your account. It is important to pre-register your details prior to auction which will give you access to bid and your unique bidding number for future auctions. Our online bidding system and procedures are described below


Study the online catalogue in advance and make a note of lots which are of interest. Register online with us to take advantage of saving your lots in your account. Visit us to view any particular items in person. Viewing times are published online and in the catalogue.


All customers must be registered with us to bid online, in person or to place bids in advance by email, phone or post. Register online here.


You must be a registered customer to bid in advance or on the day. Bid in advance online via My Account is the easiest way to manage your lots and bids however you may bid by contacting us directly by telephone or email.

Once our catalogues are published, our team receives bids through the post. If you prefer to use this method, please post your bids to arrive 5 days before the auction to the following address:

Baldwin's Auction Department 399 Strand, London, WC2R 0LX

You can email bids to auctions@baldwins.co

Bidding On Auction Day

  1. Bid live by attending the auction in person - Auctions are held in a dedicated space at our auction room at 399 Strand in Central London. Please make sure to register online well before the auction begins and carry valid identification.

  2. Bid live over the internet - Baldwin's offers a live bidding platform to give the option of real time bidding during an auction. You can place bids prior to the auction or during the auction. This service also enables you to view your auction invoices and pay for lots online and imposes no additional charge. Prices realised will be available shortly after the close of the auction.

  3. Bid live by telephone (subject to availability), at every auction, we have specialists who manage bids on behalf of vendors joining the auction by telephone. We ask that you provide no less than a 24-hour notice before the sale. This service is available only for lots with a lower estimate of 1000 or above.

  4. Buyer’s Premium - In addition to the Hammer Price, you must pay us the Buyer’s Premium at a rate of 20% of the final Hammer price of each lot and any VAT applicable.

  5. Value Added Tax - VAT is chargeable on the the Buyer’s Premium at the standard rate (currently 20%). Lots subject to 20% VAT on the Hammer Price are indicated by the Symbol Ω next to the Lot number in the auction catalogue. Lots subject to 5% Tax on the Hammer Price are indicated by the symbol Σ next to the Lot number in the auction catalogue.

  6. Independent Auction Agent - The individuals listed below are recognised by Baldwin's but come without recommendation or guarantee:

  • Trevor Chinery BA (PTS): +44 01205 330026 +44 0133 6220 +44(0)7527 444825 trevortrilogy@aol.com

  • Nick Martin (Love Auctions): +44 (0)1205 460968 +44(0)7703 766477 nick@loveauctions.co.uk

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