Our next main auctions
Please see our auction schedule for the latest details
Our Next Auction of Fine Modern & Antique Guns:
20th September 2021
Antique & vintage guns & accessories, taxidermy, books, edged weapons & militaria
21st September 2021
Modern, sporting guns and accessories
Our next Sealed Bid Auction
Written or online bids to be received at
HOLTS Administration by:
10:30am GMT Thursday 1st July 2021
Pre-Auction viewing available by pre-booked appointment:
(From Thursday 10th June)
Monday to Friday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Weekend Viewing 19th & 20th June 10:00am – 3:00pm
2021 main auction dates
All future auction dates are subject to confirmation
13th December 2021 - Antique & vintage guns & accessories, taxidermy, books, edged weapons & militaria
14th December 2021 - Modern, sporting guns and accessories
If you wish to attend the viewing please check times and register in advance:
Telephone: +44 (0)1485 542 822
Watch & listen to the sale live. A casual non interactive "watch and listen" service is available from 15 minutes before the start of HOLTS main auction. Registration is not required to view casually, but if you do wish to bid live online during the auction please register via Invaluable - please click HERE.
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.
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. 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
"In the gunroom"
HOLTS publish a series of articles by leading sporting writers in the printed catalogue. These highlight items of particular historical interest or curiosity that feature in that sale. The articles can be accessed at leisure here: