Guide to Buying

Buying at Fellows

Buying at Fellows couldn't be easier!

We offer a variety of bidding methods, from experiencing the auction in person, to placing bids on our website or via the telephone bidding. We also partner with external bidding platforms so that you can bid live from the comfort of your own home.

Whether you are looking to buy something special for a loved one, invest in a piece of jewellery or discover antiques to furnish your home, Fellows auctions has a sale to suit all budgets and tastes.

Our specialist valuers take in consignments of antiques, jewellery & watches from all over the UK. After conducting a thorough cataloguing process, all of our sales are available to view in person at our Birmingham saleroom and online on our 'Upcoming Auctions' page.


Registering to Bid

After browsing our catalogues and deciding you would like to place a bid on an item, you first need to register with Fellows. Our online registration process is quick and simple. You only need to register with us once to enable you to bid on any future auctions. Once you have a Fellows account, you will able to manage your bids, compile a personalised wish list, view your bidding results and manage your payments

If you decide to attend an auction in person, the first time you visit Fellows, you will be asked to register for an account and provide and proof of identification each time you visit.

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Commission Bidding Explained

Bidding Methods

We offer different methods of bidding at Fellows, providing you with a convenient and flexible auction experience;

  • In person at our Augusta House Saleroom
  • Leaving Absentee Bids via our website
  • Telephone Bidding on the day of the auction
  • Live Online Bidding

In Person

There is nothing quite as exciting as bidding in person at a live auction. We regularly welcome customers from around the UK into our sale room in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter. If you choose to bid in person, you will need to provide either your driving license or passport so that we can give you a paddle number. Once the auction has started, take a seat and the auctioneer will announce the bidding increments for each lot.

If you wish to bid on an item, please raise your hand or paddle (number given to you at the start of the auction). If there is no one else bidding against you, the auctioneer will bring down the gavel on your winning bid. If you are unable to attend in auction, there are three alternative methods of bidding.

Leaving Absentee Bids via our website

You can leave an absentee bid, up to 30 minutes before the sale start time, requesting Fellows to bid on your behalf up to the maximum amount you have stated. You can place an absentee bid by either logging into your online Fellows account

Telephone Bidding on the day of the auction

We can also arrange for you to bid by telephone, enabling you to talk directly to a member of our staff in the sale room itself. Your operator will relay the auctioneer’s bids back to you and, on your instruction, bid on your behalf. Please call 0121 212 2131 to arrange a telephone bid. You must arrange this by 4pm the day before the auction.

Live Bidding

There’s nothing like the thrill of placing a live bid at auction, here at Fellows we offer a online bidding service, complete with live audio and video so you can watch the auction as it happens.

Live bidding enables you to participate in all of our auctions from the wherever you are with the choice of several bidding partners including;


To register with The Saleroom:

The Saleroom has a live bidding charge of 3% (plus VAT) or 3.6% (inclusive of VAT).

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To bid with Live Auctioneers:

Live Auctioneers also has a live bidding charge of 3% (plus VAT) or 3.6% (inclusive of VAT).

Visit Website

To bid with Easy Live Auction:

Buyers can choose whether to pay a live bidding charge of 3% (plus VAT) or 3.6% (inclusive of VAT) of the hammer price, or a fixed fee of £3 per sale.

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In order to take part in live bidding, you will need to register with one of the aforementioned bidding platforms.

Please note that buyer’s premium applies to all winning bids placed during live bidding and additional charges apply.

Buyer's Premium

Fellows recommend that all bidders and buyers read our conditions of buying and buyer’s premium available here or at the back of our catalogues.

The buyer shall pay:

On the first £100,000 of the Hammer Price (of any individual lot) the buyer will pay the hammer price and a premium of 23% (plus VAT) or 27.6% (inclusive of VAT)

On the excess over £100,001 of the hammer price (of any individual lot), the buyer will pay the hammer price and a premium of 15% (plus VAT) or 18% (inclusive of VAT).

Items marked with * contain VAT at 20% on the hammer price.

Buyers will pay a commission charge of an additional 3% (+ VAT) of the hammer price if lots are successfully purchased online via Live Auctioneers and Normal Buyer's Premium applies. The seller authorises Fellows to retain beneficially the premium payable by buyers.


Payment and Shipping Options

If your bid is successful, we will prepare an invoice for you and send it via email at the end of each auction. You can also view any invoices once logged into your My Fellows account.

We offer a variety of different payment methods to encourage quick and easy transactions, allowing you to receive your winning lots as soon as possible.

You can pay by secure online payment, by cheque, by bank transfer, in person or by telephone.

Online: Pay via our secure payments page here (you will need your invoice number)

By cheque: please make all cheques payable to Fellows Auctioneers Ltd and send it to: Fellows, Augusta House, 19 Augusta Street, Birmingham, B18 6JA. Please note that your items will not be posted until your cheque has been cleared.

In person: you can pay in person and take your items home on the day of the auction. We are able to accept Visa, Mastercard, Switch, Solo, Delta, cheques and cash.


Bank Transfer:



Sort Code 40-11-18

Account No 84821718



IBAN: GB94 HBUK 4011 1884 8217 18



HSBC Bank plc

130 New Street


B2 4JU



telephone: call +44 (0) 121 212 2131 and have your card details ready.


We offer an excellent in-house shipping service for our Jewellery, Watches and Coins & Medals auctions, providing that the items weigh less than 2kgs and have a value of less than £20,000.

New Postage Charges in place from 1st April 2016

The new charges apply for all items under £20k in value and under 2kg in weight Outside the UK the charge will be £30

Within the UK, hammer totals under £100 will cost £10 Hammer totals over £100 will cost £20

Due to the size and vulnerability of the items in our Silver and Antique & Fine Art auctions, we are unable to post these items in-house. Please check the cost of shipping before bidding on these items.

If you would like to organise your own shopping we suggest:

IJK Couriers

07917 500522


Alban Shipping

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