Buying at Whittaker and Biggs


Internet Bidding

Currently, our auctions are online only with these attracting worldwide bidding. With live streaming video and audio being provided the auction can be experienced 'as it happens' both from the comfort of your own home or via your smartphone from anywhere across the globe (as long as you have a good internet connection.


Commission Bid

You are welcome to leave a bid with us and the auctioneer will bid on your behalf.


Telephone Bids

We offer telephone bidding on any lot that's valued at £50.00 or above.


Before placing a bid

We offer condition reports on all lots in our auction and recommend requesting a condition report before bidding. Please remember it is the buyers responsibility to satisfy themselves with the condition of the lot. Further images can be provided upon request. 



Buyers need to register before bidding. Currently under Covid-19 restrictions this can be done through or alternatively contacting our office on 01260 279858.


Buyers Premium

A buyers premium of 20% (including VAT) is payable in addition to the hammer price. For example if the bid price is £100, it will cost you £120 (this includes buyers premium and VAT).



We no longer accept cash or cheque payments, we only accept all major credit/debit cards, (except American Express) or bank transfers. 



All items must be paid for and collected by 5PM on the Tuesday following the auction, after which the Buyers premium is increased to 20% plus VAT and storage charges will also be applied.

Whittaker & Biggs can offer a local delivery service.  For further information please contact us.


Postage and Packaging

For smaller items, we offer in house postage and packaging using Royal Mail. We do not offer postage and packaging for ceramics and glassware. All items are posted within 10 days following the auction and are posted using Royal Mail Tracked and we can add the Tracking information to your invoice. For any other items, we can provide a list of our trusted couriers who are able to post and pack for you.