our auctions

Our live auctions, held quarterly, generally consist of 800 lots, ranging from accessories, taxidermy, fine modern & antique firearms, edged weapons & militaria, and section 5 firearms.

These live auctions are supported by a sealed bid auction. This is a silent auction where no incremental bids are accepted; what you write down as a bid is what you pay, plus commission.

We have an extensive online catalogue that provides the opportunity to leave bids in advance of any auction: ONLINE CATALOGUE

Bidding

Terms & Conditions

Before taking part in any of HOLTS Auctions please first download and read our terms and conditions: Terms & Conditions

Privacy policy

If you wish to read about how HOLTS Auctioneers handles your private information and details please read our Privacy Policy.

bidding in person

The simplest way to buy at auction. Turn up, register your intention to bid with us and we will provide you with a bidding number. Use this in the room to attract the attention of our Auctioneers and bid away! Available for our main auctions held in West London.

telephone bidding

Using this approach is almost as good as being there in the room. Once you have registered for a telephone bid one of our team will telephone you on the day, and act on your behalf, upon your instruction in the saleroom. There is no charge for this service, and is available for our main auctions held in West London.

commission bidding

For Quarterly Live Auctions: Please submit a bid through the live auction online catalogue HERE. Your bid will be submitted to the Auctioneer in increments and only taken to its maximum value if necessary. You will be automatically notified if you have been outbid and given the opportunity to raise your bid if you wish before bidding closes. All commission bids must be received by 5.30pm on the day preceding the auction.

For Dedicated Online Only Auctions: Please submit a bid through the online only auction catalogue HERE. You will be automatically notified if you have been outbid and given the opportunity to raise your bid if you wish before the auction closes. (Closing time is clearly shown in the online catalogue and on our website).

For Quarterly Sealed Bid Auctions: Please submit a sealed bid through the sealed bid auction catalogue HERE. Please be reminded that incremental bidding is not available: bids WILL be taken at their maximum value and must be received by the time the auction closes. (Closing time is clearly shown in the online catalogue and on our website).

live online bidding

Bidding live online is a convenient way to bid live on the day, without the stress of leaving home. Simply register with either Invaluable or The Saleroom and you are able to follow the auction and bid live from the comfort of your own home, whilst still being immersed in the excitement and thrill of the auction day. This is available for our Main Sales held in West London. By registering with Invaluable or The Saleroom you will be provided with a password and be able to interact with the sale via your browser.

To register for live online bidding via Invaluable please click:

To register for live online bidding via The Saleroom please click:

NOTE: Invaluable levy a 5% charge of the hammer price of each successful live online bid which will be passed to the buyer.  This charge will be collected by HOLTS and therefore included within the purchase invoice.


Note: Live online bidding will be broadcast via a dedicated 'uncontended' broadband connection that will enable the registered user to view and bid in 'real time'. However, we cannot guarantee the speed of the connection on the client side as a poor or intermittent connection will affect the ability of the client to interact with a live sale.


Buyers Premium


HOLTS charge a premium to the buyer on the hammer price of each lot sold at the following rates:

25% up to and including £100,000
20% in excess of the hammer price above £100,000
VAT is payable on the premium at the applicable rate.
Under each Lot entry in the online catalogue, there is a buyers premium calculator.



The HOLTS App

HOLTS publish each main auction catalogue in a digital format free to download via the HOLTS App, available from both The App Store and Google Play.

The App Store   Google Play

bidding Forms

To request telephone bidding, please download and complete an application form:
TELEPHONE BIDDING APPLICATION FORM

Completed form to be returned to HOLTS administration Office:

  • Fax: +44 (0) 1485 544 463

  • Scanned and emailed to: info@holtsauctioneers.com

  • Post to: HOLTS Auctioneers, Church Farm Barns, Wolferton, Norfolk PE31 6HA, United Kingdom
To submit an absentee bid, known as a commission bid, for any of HOLTS main sales of fine modern and antique guns; please download and complete the bidding form and return it fully completed 24 hours before the start time of the sale:
MAIN AUCTION COMMISSION BIDDING FORM

To submit an absentee bid, known as a commission bid, for any of HOLTS sealed bid sales please download and complete the bidding form and return it fully completed by the advertised deadline:
SEALED BID AUCTION COMMISSION BIDDING FORM

Completed forms to be faxed to HOLTS Administration Office on:
+44 (0) 1485 544 463
or scanned and emailed to:

enquiries@holtsauctioneers.com



licence requirements

Sporting guns, rifles and ammunition will only be released to a valid and appropriate Section 5 / Firearm / Shotgun certificate holder.

PLEASE NOTE: Examination is purely external, firearms are not stripped or function tested as a matter of course, and it is recommended that any purchase is stripped and cleaned, and that the firing and safety mechanisms are checked by a qualified gunsmith before use. It is the responsibility of the buyer to satisfy himself that the purchase meets his requirements before bidding. With special regard to the sealed bid sale, please note that the descriptions of firearms are minimal, and are restricted to status of proof and that the estimates do reflect the general condition of the gun.

Lots marked S1 are Section 1 Firearms and require a valid British Firearms Certificate or Registered Firearms Dealer licence to be produced before it may be released. These will bear red labels in the saleroom.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR U.S. BIDDERS. Please note that under current rulings enforced by BATF any Mauser 98 actioned sporting rifle REGARDLESS OF ORIGINAL APPLICATION that has a thumb recess in the sidewall and loading-clip cut-out in the rear bridge will be refused an import permit into the United States.

Lots marked S2 are Section 2 Firearms and require a valid British Shotgun Certificate or Registered Firearms Dealer licence to be produced before it may be released. These will bear yellow labels in the saleroom. Lots marked S5 are Section 5 Firearms and require a valid Section 5 Authority to be produced before it may be viewed or released. For Section 7 buyers, please refer to Chapter 9 of the Home Office ‘FIREARMS LAW – GUIDANCE TO THE POLICE 2002’ for eligibility and restrictions.

NOTE TO OVERSEAS BUYERS: Please be aware that items classified as Section 5 Prohibited Weapons under UK Law will incur additional shipping charges regardless of their classification outside of the UK.

For current advice and information on restrictions for export please see:   GOV.uk guidance

Antique and Obsolete Calibre weapons are sold as exempt items under Section 58 (2) of the 1968 Firearms act – to be held as a curiosity or ornament only. These will bear green labels in the saleroom.

Guns sold as Stock, Action and Fore-end only are sold without barrels. The original barrels may be available for sleeving purposes, but will only be released cut in the approved manner as per Proof House guidelines. There is a charge of £10 per item this service. THIS APPLIES TO ALL BUYERS REGARDLESS OF LICENCE HELD OR COUNTRY OF DESTINATION.

Before bidding in any of HOLTS auctions please first download and read our terms and conditions:


Terms & Conditions


collection & shipping

FIREARMS SHIPPING PROCEDURE - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
In all instances, the Auctioneers need to be advised that shipping is required. For all licensable weapons and modern air weapons, buyers will need to nominate a Registered Firearms Dealer in their locality. The nominated RFD will be required to supply a copy of their RFD certificate to HOLTS by email or post.

Where required, the purchaser must send his/her Firearm or Shotgun certificate by recorded post to: HOLTS Auctioneers, Church farm barns, Wolferton, Norfolk, PE31 6HA On receipt of the necessary certificate(s), the Lot(s) will be packed and the purchaser will be invoiced. Upon receipt of payment, the Lot(s) will be entered onto the purchaser’s certificate and will be shipped to the nominated RFD with the purchaser’s certificate(s).

All firearms, including modern air weapons and antique guns will be packed by HOLTS and shipped via Parcel Force using the standard ExpressAM service.

For firearms export outside the UK please contact HGSS admin@HGSS-global.co.uk

Please be aware that we are unable to ship any live ammunition.

Sundry Lots that do not require a licence (i.e. not guns or ammunition) will be shipped by HOLTS upon shipping request at payment.

Standard Charges:
Packing & Shipping of up to 3 guns within Zone 1* Parcelforce Express - £35.00, Each additional gun £5.00 up to a maximum of 30kg per consignment. *Zone 1 – England, Wales & Scotland (excluding Highlands & Islands)
Sundries:
Cases/Swords - £20
Non-Licensable Firearms - £25
Clothing/Accessories - £15
Additional Charges:
Van Delivery - £40 Enquiries – logistics@holtsauctioneers.com

Export of goods - CITES Restrictions

As you may be aware several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, such as rhino horn, ivory, coral and tortoiseshell. If you are interested in bidding on a lot containing these materials please make sure you are familiar with all relevant local customs regulations prior to bidding.
It is the buyer’s sole responsibility to obtain any relevant export or import licence.

For further information or advice please contact Julie Burns or Carrie Laver at admin@hgss-global.co.uk


Proof and Condition of Firearms

Firearms sold with a Certificate of Unprovability or Proof Exemption have been examined by a Proof House but not subsequently proved. These firearms are being sold as items of interest or curiosity and are not to be considered as safe to use.

Guns sold as Stock, Action and Fore-end only are sold WITHOUT the barrels.

The original barrels may be available for sleeving purposes, but will only be released cut in the approved manner as per Proof House guidelines. There is a charge of £10 per item this service.


THIS APPLIES TO ALL BUYERS REGARDLESS OF LICENCE HELD OR COUNTRY OF DESTINATION.


the wish list

With a worldwide network of representatives, we are confident that we will be able to assist you in sourcing the perfect gun for you.

The process is very straightforward, let us know your details, together with what you are looking for (with a minimum spend of £1,000) by filling in the form and leaving the rest to us.





client card

Save time checking-in next time you visit HOLTS Auctioneers in London by applying for a Client Card.


Embossed with your name and client number, clients can simply swipe the credit card-sized plastic card at the front desk when registering for a paddle to help speed up the process.

To apply for the free card CLICK HERE.