Humbert & Ellis Auctioneers


Selling at Humbert EllisLtd.

Fine art, Antiques & Collectables Sales:

These are held monthly and consist of between 800-1000 lots and are usually held on a Thursday at 5pm. Viewing is on the day of the sale from 12pm or by appointment. The lots are sub-divided into Silver, Jewellery and Gold, Watches, Medals and Coins, Ceramics, Glassware and Metalware, Collectables, Books and Maps, Clocks etc.

Specialist Sales:

These are held regularly on Thursdays at 11.00pm and encompass such sales as Sporting & Country Pursuits, Motor Racing Memorabilia, Cigarette Cards & Stamps, Vintage Toys and Dolls, International Militaria etc. Suitable items may be held back from other sales specifically for these sales. Viewing is on the day of the sale from 9am or by appointment.

Accepting Items for Sale:

We are happy to accept items for sale Monday-Friday 9am-3pm (at other times by prior arrangement) but encourage prospective vendors to come along to the salerooms between 9am and 12 midday to book items in. We cannot accept furniture which does not comply with the 1988 Trading Standards fire regulations, gas appliances or refrigerators must be in ‘as new’ condition. The sale of endangered species of flora and fauna are regulated under the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora & Fauna (CITES). The Auctioneer has absolute discretion on entries. Entries close 14 days prior to sale.


Valuations for items consigned to our sales are free of charge. Valuation for other purposes incur a charge. Please ask at the office for details of probate, insurance, taxation and family division.

Valuation Days:

We undertake monthly valuation days at St Albans, Berkhamsted, Harpenden, Milton Keynes, Stony Stratford, Northampton, Daventry, Rugby, Towcester, Brackley.


There are costs involved in selling any item at auction.

• Lotting Fee. £6.00

• Insurance. 1.75% of hammer price (sold) or middle estimate (unsold)

• Commission. 15%

VAT is payable on all our charges. The lotting fee and insurance are due and payable even if the items do not sell. These charges are applicable each time the lots are entered for sale. Payment (without interest) will be made to the Vendor @ 60 days after the sale provided that full payment has been made by the purchaser.


An item may have a reserve placed upon it (minimum £100) so long as the Auctioneer deems it ‘reasonable’ and that it is appropriate to the catalogue estimate. The Auctioneer will work to a 10% discretion of the reserve during the sale if necessary. The Furniture and General sale is not subject to reserves.

Unsold items:

Any item that fails to sell will automatically be entered into the next available sale unless the vendor specifically withdraws the item and removes it from the saleroom. Any reserve will be reduced by 15%. Lotting fees and insurance are due on each re-entry of the item. There are no storage charges for items awaiting sale. N.B. If after one month, the vendor has not collected unsold items, they will be sold, unreserved, without prior notice to the vendor, to recover costs. It is therefore incumbent upon vendors to ‘keep track’ of their items and remove them from the salerooms ASAP. Payment: Payment (without interest) will be made to the Vendor approximately 60 days after the sale and after deductions of commission, VAT, expenses (where applicable) provided that full payment has been made by the purchaser.


Value added tax is levied at the current rate on all charges.


We will be pleased to quote for collection and delivery of items with out own fully insured transport. Please ask at the office for further details. Local area delivery/collection is charged at the following rates plus VAT.

£40 per hour (min 1 hour) for van and man (light items and boxes of smalls, etc)

£50 per hour (min 1 hour) for van and two men (small amount of furniture)

£60 per hour (min 1 hour) tail-lift 7.5 tonne lorry and two men (heavy furniture)



Unsaleable items left at the salerooms after advice to be removed will be disposed of at a charge of between £2 and £30 per lot.

House Clearance:

We are able to provide a comprehensive house clearance service to suit your needs. Whether you need a full clearance or selected items collected. Rates are £100 per hour plus any disposal charges. Upon arrival at the salerooms, we will sort, combine and divide lots to make best use of them. We are happy to take instruction from private individuals or professional representatives. Please contact the office for further details. We also undertake on-site sales for private vendors, deceased estates, farms and businesses.