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


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 at our headquarters in Norfolk.

telephone bidding

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.

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. By registering with Invaluable or The Saleroom you will be provided with a password and be able to interact with the sale via your device connected to the internet.

To register for live online bidding via Invaluable please click:

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

NOTE: Any bids submitted via the Invaluable and The Saleroom platforms will incur a surcharge on 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 £50,000
20% in excess of the hammer price above £50,000
Any bids submitted via the Invaluable and The Saleroom platforms will incur a surcharge.

For UK residents VAT is payable on the premium at the rate of 20%. This is not recoverable under current UK VAT rules. VAT is also applicable to the hammer price when marked in the lot description as follows:

    Items marked † (dagger symbol) are subject to 20% VAT on the hammer price as the goods are newly manufactured.
  • Items marked * are subject to 5% VAT on the hammer price as an antique import
  • Items marked ** are subject to 20% VAT on the hammer price as a modern import
  • No VAT will be applied to the invoice of any buyer residing outside of the UK

Under each Lot entry in the online catalogue, there is a buyers premium calculator.


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:

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:

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:

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


licence requirements


Purchasers must hold a valid licence to purchase the item they are bidding on.

Private buyers resident within the UK who have successfully bid on a Section 1 or Section 2 item must send by Recorded Delivery their original shotgun/firearm certificate to Holts in advance of making payment. The certificate will be checked and completed on day of receipt and returned by Recorded Delivery, at which point payment should be made. Successful bidders not in possession of a valid authority are requested to pay a deposit of 95% of the invoice total with the remaining 5% payable once the certificate has been checked and completed.

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. Please note that by bidding on these items you declare that you are not a Prohibited Person as defined by Section 21 of the Firearms Act 1968 (as amended).

Section 5 items may only be bid on by current Section 5 licence holders without exception. A valid Section 5 authority must be produced in order to view prohibited weapons. Overseas buyers should be aware that items classified as Section 5 prohibited weapons under UK law will incur additional shipping charges regardless of their classification outside the UK.

Buyers of items covered by Section 7 should refer to chapter 9 of the Home Office ‘Firearms Law – Guidance to the Police’ for eligibility and restrictions.

Unless prior arrangement has been made, two weeks after the Sealed bid sale, all Section 5 (and Section 7.1 / 7.3) items will be moved to a Section 5 carriers where storage charges will be incurred.


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.

Please be aware that under current UK restrictions, no modern or antique firearms, edged weapons (or component parts) of Russian origin can be exported outside of the United Kingdom.

For further assistance with any of the above please contact HOLTS Account Department.


Please note that the descriptions of firearms in the catalogues are restricted to external examination and the status of proof. Firearms are not stripped 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.



Control of exports, and associated imports into the EU, is carried out by our shipping team who can be contacted on: worldwide@holtsauctioneers.com Telephone: +44 (0)1485 542822

Third party shippers must provide us with correct proof of export. In the event that they do not, then you will be liable to pay all VAT (and duty if applicable).

Goods will not be released until all outstanding charges have been met. Collection will be by arrangement.

Buyers should make arrangements with Mrs Laura Arnold in advance of the sale date should they wish to pay by cheque. All major debit and credit cards accepted.

Purchasers are responsible for shipping charges and licensable items can only be sent to a registered RFD.

Purchases may be collected on the day of the sale or by appointment from our gunroom in Norfolk. Cleared funds need to have been received and the necessary licence produced. It may be possible by prior arrangement (minimum seven days notice) to organise collection from a valuation day or delivery to a Registered Firearms Dealer.


Bladed products are not for sale to people under the age of 18. By bidding on an edged weapon you are declaring that you are 18 years of age or over. Upon collection photo identification will be required if a person appears under 25, to prove that they are over 18 years old Please be aware that we are unable to send edged weapons or bladed products by postal courier to a UK residential address (Offensive Weapons Act 2019).


We are unable to send ammunition and cartridges.

Storage charges will be waived until further notice.

HOLTS Auctioneers deal in GBP only.


Items that have been imported by us from the EU will also be marked with the code for the country of import e.g. FR, DE, IT etc. If any of these are purchased by an EU resident the lot(s) can be reimported for you with no liability for import duty or import VAT. The export and associated import will be administered by us and our agents so that your purchase is an easy process for you. We will ask you to repay to us costs incurred in delivering your items to you and these will be clearly identified and added to your invoice. Additionally, European buyers not buying an item imported from the EU will be asked to repay to us your country’s import VAT (and duty if applicable).

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

Terms & Conditions

collection & shipping


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:
Chordline - www.chordline.co.uk - info@chordline.co.uk
HGSS – admin@HGSS-global.co.uk
PDQ Freight - www.pdq.uk.com - info@pdq.uk.com
PBS International Freight - www.pbs-int.co.uk - info@pbs-int.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)
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.

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.


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.