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Charges you should expect at auctioneers; Under Hammer the.

Byline: John Crane, of Cato Crane auctioneers

IT'S well into 2015 and every day people telephone to enquire about auction charges as they compare auctioneers rates.

So what are the charges you should expect to pay on Merseyside this year? You should expect to pay from 10%-20% for your selling commission. There may be a small listing fee and insurance to pay but this is often negotiable with some firms. If your items are being entered into an internet Live Bidding on-line auction you should expect to pay PS3-PS5 a lot as the service is not at all free to the auction company and is actually an extremely expensive carge we have to pay every month; much more than you would imagine to use the top international sites, but we get the results with high prices Removal of larger items is generally a chargeable service at anything from PS30-PS80 an hour depending who you use. The auctioneers with their own transport seem to be less expensive than those who don`t but it is worthwhile trying to negotiate.

The old established auction companies tend to have more reasonable charges as generally they own their premises and have much lower business running costs and there is a reason they have been around for a long time and not about to close down or retire.

I once saw an inexperienced removal company snip all the wires on a chandelier to pack the ten glass arms separately.

The rewiring cost a small fortune and they had an angry client sitting in the dark for weeks!

With the dark nights still here, it might be time to think about spending some evenings reviving some pieces of furniture with a fresh lick of French polish or highlighting the carved sections and corbels with a delicate touch of gilding or replacing or cleaning the tarnished handles to give your treasured piece a 'lift'.

Simple do-it-Yourself French polishing is not a difficult as you might think and will save you hard-earned money by purchasing a few basic materials.

Judith Miller's book 'Trash to Treasure' is very informative about home furniture restoration.

I am holding an Antiques Evening at Bebington Civic Centre with the Rotary club of Bebington and Birkenhead on Friday, February 20, at 7pm. I am giving a talk - Behind the Scenes at Cato Crane`s Auction Rooms - followed by time for discussion; my colleagues will be available for valuations.

On Thursday, February 26, at 6pm there is an opportunity to meet us all again at Linghams Bookshop in Telegraph Road, Road, T Heswall, when I will be talking about Forty Years Of Auctioneering (Or What you Don`t See On The TV) followed by valuation of silver, jewellery, pictures and small antique items you may have.

In the meantime see you in our Auction Rooms or bring items in to us for appraisal for future auctions in Stanhope Street for moderate charges and high priced results. 0151 709 5559.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 14, 2015
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