Valuations

Fellows have been providing specialist auction valuations of antiques, jewellery and watches since 1876.

With over 100 auctions held each year, we offer a quick turnaround for your goods and high prices realised by marketing your consignments to prospective bidders all around the world.

Request a Valuation

Birmingham Valuations

Bring your item to our Birmingham saleroom for a free, no obligation auction estimate.

Opening Times

Monday to Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 3pm
Saturday 11am - 3pm
Sunday Closed

London Valuations

Bring your item to our London office for a free, no obligation auction estimate. 

Opening Times

Monday to Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 3pm
Saturday and Sunday Closed

Online valuations

Click here to request a free valuation. Complete the form giving a detailed description of the item and upload photographs where possible. We'll aim to get back to you within one working day. You'll need to register with Fellows to use this service.

Valuations by post

You can post smaller items to us, via Special Delivery, to Fellows, 19 Augusta Street, Birmingham, B18 6JA. Make sure you include your contact details and any special notes about the item.

House visits

Our Antiques specialists are able to conduct house visits to value larger items or for house clearance enquiries.

We also offer valuations for Probate, Divorce, Insurance, Authentication and Open Market Appraisal.

Probate Valuation

Probate valuation is an important part of the process of administering the estate of a deceased person. It helps ascertain the value of their estate for legal purposes.

The period after a close friend or relative's death can be difficult for everyone involved. We understand that a probate valuation might be the last thing on your mind, however, it is important because it helps:

  • Enable HM Revenue and Customs to establish the correct amount of inheritance tax payable, if any.
  • Establish the appropriate value of any assets and assists with equitable division.
  • Identify, for the executors, any items listed in the will

We understand that dealing with probate can be distressing and therefore we are dedicated to providing a service that is carried out sensitively and completed swiftly*.

 

Our full probate service includes:

  • A written valuation
  • Travel to any location
  • House clearance
  • Safe storage for more valuable items
  • Arrangement for items to be offered at the next appropriate auction
  • Disposal of items unsalable by law

 

Probate Valuation Costs

To receive a quote for this service please email info@fellows.co.uk

Quotes will vary; however, all probate valuations will include a charge for house visits to assess general contents: £125.00 p/hour plus VAT @ 20% (plus associated travelling costs)

*These valuations will satisfy the requirements of Section 160 of the Inheritance Taxes Act, 1984.

Open Market Appraisal

If you would like an appraisal for the value of your items, but aren't looking to sell, you can request an open market appraisal. This appraisal determines an asset's value, as opposed to its price at retail.

This valuation is not for insurance purposes.

Our full service includes:

  • A concise description so that each item can be identified.
  • Travel to any location.
  • House clearance.
  • Safe storage for more valuable items.
  • Arrangement for items to be offered at the next appropriate auction.
  • Disposal of items unsalable by law.

To receive a quote for this service please email info@fellows.co.uk

Quotes will vary; however, all valuations will include a charge of £125.00 p/hour plus VAT @ 20% (plus associated travelling costs)

Divorce Valuation

The stress of divorce makes this a very delicate process and so we recognise it requires a valuer who is equipped to provide a sympathetic and discreet service in assessing the worth of the couple's assets.

A family division valuation uses the 'open market' to determine an asset's value, as opposed to its price at retail. This is to ensure settlements are not based upon previous purchase prices or insurance values which are disproportionate from the current, realisable value to the individual.

Our full service includes:

  • A concise description so that each item can be identified.
  • Travel to any location.
  • House clearance.
  • Safe storage for more valuable items.
  • Arrangement for items to be offered at the next appropriate auction.
  • Disposal of items unsalable by law.

Family division valuation costs

To receive a quote for this service please email info@fellows.co.uk

Quotes will vary; however, all valuations will include a charge of £125.00 p/hour plus VAT @ 20% (plus associated travelling costs)

Authentication Reports

Our team includes specialists in numerous fields of expertise. An authentication report will disclose any after-market customisation to branded watches and jewellery as well as identifying potential replicas.

Please note, an authentication report on its own makes no definitive financial statement.

To receive a quote for this service please email info@fellows.co.uk

Typical charge per item £70.00 + VAT

Insurance Valuation

Insurance valuations are required to provide evidence of value and ownership in the event of loss or damage.

Fellows does not offer valuations for insurance purposes, but can recommend external valuers. Please get in touch for more information.

Selling at auction

Once you have received your valuation, and if you are happy with it, we will help you to consign your item to the next appropriate auction.

Consignment

If you decide to consign your item to one of our auctions, you will sign a contract, and Fellows will take the item in for cataloguing. The seller's contract provides details of your reserve price and seller's commission.

Approximately two weeks before the auction you will receive a letter notifying you of the lot numbers allocated to your items, along with a full colour catalogue (this is dependent on department).

Charges & Commission to Sellers

Our seller's commission charge is 12.5% (plus VAT) on items with a hammer price of over £3,001, or 15% (plus VAT) for items with a hammer price of £3,000 or under.

A marketing fee is charged at £10 (plus VAT) per lot.

There is also a loss/liability charge of 1.5% (plus VAT) per lot.

Receiving Payment

Payment for any sold items is sent out by cheque, after fifteen working days of sale completion. For more information please click here to read the Terms of Business at Fellows.