Omega Auctions

Buying at Omega Auctions

Buying is simple, firstly view the catalogue (available two weeks before auction date):

  • On this site (
  • On
  • Sign up to our newsletter to receive catalogue by email as soon as it is available
Then come along to our pre-sale viewing, which is usually the day before the auction and also a few hours prior to the auction start. If you are unable to attend in person condition reports are available for most lots on request.


Bids can be made by the following methods:
In person – buyers attending the sale must register at reception prior to bidding. A bidding number will be allocated to each person registering before the auction begins. If you are a first time bidder you will be asked for your name, address, telephone number and email address in order to create your account and will need to provide ID. To place your bid simply raise your bidding card until the auctioneer acknowledges you. The bidding increments are decided by the auctioneer and will usually not exceed 10% of the previous bid. The final bidder purchases the lot. Lots may have a reserve price, which is the confidential minimum selling price previously agreed with the seller. If the bidding fails to reach this price the lot will remain unsold.  

Absentee bids, also known as written/commission bids - buyers unable to attend a sale can leave absentee bids with the auctioneers. Commission forms may be handed to us during the viewing days or sent via email to by 7pm on the day prior to the sale (please note that we cannot be held responsible for not receiving any bids by email, please telephone to confirm receipt if necessary). We will always endeavour to buy the lot as cheaply as possible on your behalf subject to any other bids or reserve prices.  

By telephone – prospective purchasers who are unable to attend the sale can may be able to use this method of bidding. A member of our saleroom staff will call prior to the relevant lot coming under the hammer. The client can then bid over the telephone being fully aware of how that particular sale is progressing. Please note that telephone lines are limited, so please book a call with us in advance and by no later than 7pm on the day prior to the sale. Telephone bids are only accepted on lots with a low estimate of 200 or more and you should be prepared to bid up to the low estimate. If your maximum bid is below the low estimate, you will need to leave an absentee bid instead.  

Online via Once registered with, you can bid from the comfort of your own home, wherever that may be, so long as you have access to the internet.

Buying charges

Purchases made in the room are subject to a buyers premium of 24% (including VAT) for most sales. This includes telephone bids and absentee bids placed directly with Omega Auctions. For example, if you bid up to £100, you will pay £124 in total. Live from Utrecht sales are subject to a buyers premium of 25% (including VAT) for room bidders and 27.5% (including VAT) for telephone bidders. The buyers premium may also vary for one-off specialist sales, so please check the auction catalogue for details.  

Winning bids placed online via any live bidding site (such as or are subject to a buyers premium of 30% (including VAT) for most sales. For example, if you bid up to £100, you will pay £130 in total. The online buyers premium may also vary for one-off specialist sales (including Utrecht), so please check the auction catalogue for details.


Payments can be made by:  
  • Cash (up to £8,000)
  • Bank Transfer
  • Debit card (via Chip and Pin in person or via online payment link)
  • Please note that as of 1st January 2018, we no longer accept credit cards

There is a surcharge of 3% (including VAT) for international cards, however no charge is made for the use of UK debit cards.

Collection and Delivery

All items bought in the room should be paid for and collected by 5pm on the day of the sale unless agreed in advance. Commission, telephone and online bids must be paid for and either collected or delivery arranged where applicable, within 2 working days of the sale.  

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