our auctions

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

These main auctions are supported by a sealed bid auction, where we place items of a lesser value. This is a silent auction where no incremental bids are accepted; what you write down as a bid is what you pay, plus commission.

Our latest addition to our arsenal of auctions is an always live, rolling online auction. Items entered into this auction will be presented to our worldwide client base, and will be available to bid on for one month. Our specialists appraise each item individually, and decide which sale will achieve the best possible result for you, and your property.

Bidding

Terms & Conditions

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

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 Invaluable 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 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 HERE.

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 Holt’s 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

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

25% up to and including £5,000
22.5% in excess of the hammer price above £5,000
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 Holt's App

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


The App Store   Google Play

Catalogue Subscription

We produce a comprehensive soft-back catalogue. This is available by annual subscription.

"Holt’s printed auction catalogues are much more than a simple list of items coming up for sale. Attractively laid out, fully illustrated and packed with technical and historical information they make for great reference works with an unlimited shelf life."- Chris Beaumont

Please note: there is an additional charge of 3% for subscriptions paid by credit card and an additional 4% for American express payments.

UK Subscribers
Soft-backed edition. Price: £119.99 + Postage Buy online now
Non UK Subscribers
Soft-backed edition. Price: £143.99 + Postage Buy online now

To read Holt's Auctioneers refund policy for catalogue subscriptions:   Refund Policy





bidding Forms

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

Completed form to be returned to Holt's administration Office:

  • Fax: +44 (0) 1485 544 463

  • Scanned and emailed to: info@holtsauctioneers.com

  • Post to: Holt's Auctioneers, Church Farm Barns, Wolferton, Norfolk PE31 6HA, United Kingdom
To submit an absentee bid, known as a commission bid, for any of Holt's 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 Holt's 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 Holt's 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 Holt's auctions please first download and read our terms and conditions:


Terms & Conditions


collection & shipping

overseas shipping

Wherever you are located around the globe Holt’s preferred partner HGSS are able to ship your purchases.

Please contact Harry Gordon at HGSS for all matters regarding the shipping of firearms and all other items purchased from our Auctions.

For further information or advice please contact Harry Gordon on
harry@hgss-global.co.uk

Shipping to the UK

If you are a UK client and have bought a licensable item, there are a variety of ways in which you can receive your Lot.

Collect the gun after the Auction
If you attend the auction and are successful in your bid, once payment has cleared and you present the appropriate licences (if relevant) you are free to take your items with you from our Salerooms.

Collect the gun in person from Holt's Auctioneers Head Office
This is the simplest way. Simply contact our Main Office to arrange a convenient time for you to collect your gun. The gunrooms are on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk and open 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Collect the gun in person from one of Holt's regional valuation days
Every three months we hold Valuation Days throughout the country. If there is a day close to you, and you would like your items taken to one of these days, contact the Main Office and they will arrange for this to be done. Please be aware though, Holt’s are only at these locations for one day, so items cannot be left for collection another time, and there may be a little delay if the day is busy. The best thing to do is arrange an appointment to collect your gun, and remember to bring your licence with you.

Request the gun to be shipped to your local RFD
Once you have bought a gun from us, contact your local RFD to make sure they are happy to receive the gun for you, and be aware they may charge you for this. Then contact us to request that we ship the gun to your RFD. There is a charge for shipping, please contact domestic@holtsauctioneers.com for a quote. Then, send us your licence (original, not a copy) via recorded delivery and we will enter the gun details onto your licence. The licence is then returned to you, and the gun is shipped to your local RFD. All you need to do then is go to your local RFD with your licence and collect the gun, and notify the police that you have done so.

Non-Licenseable Items
With accessories and non-licensable items, we can arrange to have them shipped to you by courier. There is a charge for shipping, please contact domestic@holtsauctioneers.com for a quote.


Shipping to European Destinations

Delivery to a Holt’s Representative
Holt’s has a network of representatives around Western and Eastern Europe that are able to import and export items.

Delivery by road to some of our representatives occurs once per quarter following the auction, the price for this service starts at £75 for up to three guns (£10 per gun thereafter) for private individuals.

This does not apply to Section 5 Firearms.The service is also subject to licenses, availability and only available to clients FRANCE, HOLLAND, BELGIUM AND GERMANY who are able to collect from the representative. Please contact mark@hgss-global.co.uk to confirm this service is available to your destination.

Delivery to a European firearms dealer
We are able to delivery to most registered firearms dealers’ throughout Western Europe, please contact us and your local dealer to ascertain if they are able to process the import paperwork and are able to receive items from Holt’s. The price of delivery is subject to location and quantity.

For further information or advice please contact Harry Gordon: harry@hgss-global.co.uk

Non-Licenseable Items
With accessories and non-licensable items, we can arrange to have them shipped to you by courier.

For further information please contact Harry Gordon: harry@hgss-global.co.uk


Worldwide Destinations

Holt’s Auctioneers are able to organise delivery and collection from around the world through the use of our shipping agent.

For further information or advice please contact Harry Gordon on harry@hgss-global.co.uk

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 Harry Gordon on harry@hgss-global.co.uk


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 Holt’s 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.