Auctions & Private Sales
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Sell Your Art Through Barnes Thomas

Selling fine paintings

Auction Valuations

The first step to selling through us is to obtain a valuation.
Auction valuations are free and can be obtained in the following ways.

You can email us a brief description and an image.


You can post us a description and photograph.

Although we are able to estimate the value of your property from photographs and descriptions, an accurate valuation requires seeing the object first hand. Therefore without seeing the object the estimate given is purely a guide.

Please allow a few days for a response to emails and letters requesting valuations.

We can visit you at home. Please call our office and we will happily make you an appointment for us to come and visit you at home. We will assess your objects and make a thorough report. Our visit will be followed by a written valuation of your property which is for sale, usually within 3 working days.

Send photos and a description of your artwork to us
by Email:,

by Post:
Barnes Thomas County Auctioneers
The Old Customs House
53 Chapel Street
TR18 4AF

in Person: (please call in advance),
by Phone: 01736 368203 (+44 1736 368203 outside UK)

Agreeing pre-auction estimates & reserves

We will research your items and calculate a mutually agreeable auction estimate. You have no obligation to sell through us until you have agreed to do so.

Consignment receipt form

When you have consigned your goods for sale with Barnes Thomas County Auctioneers we will discuss your requirements with you and record these on a consignment form. This document is your instruction to us to sell. It is your contract with Barnes Thomas County Auctioneers and your receipt of the property that you have consigned to us. This form specifies our terms of business.

Agreeing sale terms and reserves The consignment form includes details of your wishes about the price at which you would be prepared to sell each item.

You have three options:

Entirely without reserve. Your property will be sold for the highest bid received, with no minimum price specified.

Subject to the Discretion of the auctioneer. The item will be sold at a price that is at the discretion of the auctioneer. This means that you are giving permission for your goods to be sold for between 10% & 20% below an agreed figure.

Subject to a reserve. Your item will normally be sold at or in excess of your agreed reserve. However, in certain circumstances, your lot may be sold at a figure below that agreed reserve.

Confirmation of goods entered and confirmed illustration charges

Prior to the auction Barnes Thomas County Auctioneers will inform you of the lots being entered in to forthcoming sale along with description of your lot (s) as it will appear in our catalogue. Illustration charges will be detailed. If any changes need to be made, please instruct us of them at this point. This form will need to be signed by you and returned to our office.

Charges Sellers commission rates 12% + VAT

All vendors have a minimum commission charge of £10.00 +VAT per lot.

Handling charges
1.5% +VAT of the hammer price. For unsold lots the amount to pay is based on the average of the highest and lowest estimates, this is also charged at the rate of 1.5%. The auctioneers will hold all goods on their premises and in their custody covered against the risk of fire, theft and water damage. The auctioneer will not be responsible for any accidental breakage or damage caused by himself or his staff.

Unsold lots
You will be charged a fee of £5.00 +VAT per lot plus handling as stated above. Other fees that will be charged are Illustration fees (as above). You, the vendor, are then responsible for collecting your property from Barnes Thomas County Auctioneers. If you wish to re offer your property in another auction you can do so, please discuss this with our staff.

Illustration charges
We highly recommend that your objects are illustrated in our catalogues. All illustrations are at a fixed rate of £10.00 +VAT.

Please note that Illustration & restoration charges are only incurred by prior agreement with you the vendor.

Additional charges
There may be additional charges for restoration, storage, packing, custom duties and import tax, if appropriate.


We can often arrange to collect works of art and paintings free of charge from within the UK (Consignment value must be more than £2000). Please contact our office for further details. For larger items we will organise transportation on your behalf, this however is at your own cost. Alternatively you can make your own arrangements.


Payments are made in sterling cheque usually 30 days after the sale date, providing that we have been paid in full by the buyer for that lot (s). A statement of account will also be sent to you with your payment detailing charges. Charges will be deducted before the settlement cheque is despatched.

Full terms & Condition of Sale are available here.

Barnes Thomas County Auctioneers | The Old Customs House | 53 Chapel Street | Penzance | Cornwall | TR18 4AF    
Open Mondays & Tuesdays 10am-4.00pm  Fridays 10am -4.00pm