– All lots are subject to 20% buyers premium + VAT on the hammer price. (24% inclusive of VAT)

For example:

Hammer PriceBuyers Premium at 20%VAT of 20% on Buyers premiumTotal Inclusive Cost


– Ilustrated catalogues can be sent by post, please contact the office to order your catalogue. We offer an annual musical instrument catalogue subscription for £40 (four sales)

– The sale can be viewed on the Monday & Tuesday of each sale week, as well as the morning of the sale(s). If you are unable to view personally we are pleased to offer condition reports upon request. Buyers must satisfy themselves with the condition of lots before placing any type of bid. (Please see terms and condition of sale)

Ways to bid

1. In the room

Get enticed into the auction fever and bid in person in the saleroom.

2. Commission bid

Leave a bid with us. The auctioneer will bid on your behalf. Contact the office to arrange.

3. Phone Bid

A member of staff will contact you before the lot comes up. Best for those who cant be in the saleroom. A member of staff will contact you a few minutes before your lot come up for sale. Please contact the office to arrange. (Limited to items about the value of £500 and above, at the auctioneers discretion)

4. Bid Live

Bid ‘live’ on the internet. Wherever you are in the world you can listen in and bid from the comfort of your own home or office via the internet.

We offer two services for bidding live:

GH Live

To bid live, you will need to complete a registration process and view terms and conditions through our website www.gardinerhoulgate.co.ukGH Live incurs a charge of 2.5% plus VAT on the hammer price.


To bid live, you will need to complete a separate registration process and additional charges will apply.

The-Saleroom.com charge 4.95% plus VAT on the hammer price.

Please visit their website for full terms and conditions

If you are a successful bidder, lots must be paid and collected within 7 days of the sale. We offer a postage service for smaller items. We can recommend carriers for larger or more expensive items. See Packing & Shipping for further details

Auction lot alerts

Are you looking for a particular guitar to add to your collection? We can email you with information of lots that may interest you. All you need to do is email us via the contact us page. Leave your name, email and “buzz” words of items that would interest you. For example “Fender”, “Gibson”, “Guitar” etc. If anything comes up for auction with these keywords in we will notify you at least a week before the sale.