Buying with Reeman Dansie

At Reeman Dansie we ensure that the buying process is an enjoyable experience and we would encourage anyone who hasn’t attended an auction to try it. Our auction house is conveniently situated on the edge of Colchester with plenty of parking. Viewing days and times for each sale are published on our catalogues page and our auction staff are always on hand to answer any questions and to assist with all aspects of bidding at auction.

New clients wishing to bid in our auctions must first register with us. Registering is a very simple process where you will be asked to provide:

  • A completed Buyers Registration Form, available from our Auction House in Colchester. You can find our contact details here.
  • Personal ID (i.e. passport, driving licence, current utility bill)
  • Credit/debit card details
  • We are able to register bidders over the phone, or by email, we just require proof of identity (preferably photo id) and valid credit/debit card details.

Website Bidding

We provide online bidding for all our specialist sales via our own website.  To bid online simply register or log in to your account and visit our site on the day of the sale.  Please note that if you bid through our website you will be charged an additional 3% (plus VAT) commission on the hammer price. 

Alternatively you can bid via To bid online, simply register with and visit the site on the day of the sale. Please note that if you bid through, you will be charged an additional 4.95% (plus VAT) commission on the hammer price.

We are happy to provide condition reports for online and absentee bidders and to supply additional photographs on any lot. We ask that condition report requests are submitted at least 24 hours prior to the sale. (Whilst every care is taken to give an accurate condition report, we accept no responsibility for any omissions or errors in our reports. It is the buyer’s responsibility to view the lots and satisfy themselves as to their condition.)

Absentee Bidding

For clients unable or not wishing to attend our sale we are happy to accept absentee bids. Absentee bids can either be left in person with our office team, phoned or emailed to us. We simply require lot numbers and descriptions and the maximum bid which you wish to leave. Absentee bids are then transferred to our auction pages and the auctioneer will bid on your behalf, if the lot can be purchased at a lower price than your maximum bid our auctioneers will always endeavour to work in your interest.

Telephone Bidding

We are happy to accept phone bids for our Fine Art and Collectors’ sales. Phone bids may be arranged in person with our office team, by phone or by email. We simply require the lot number and details of the lots which you wish to bid on and contact phone number / numbers. Our phone bidders will call in advance of your chosen lot / lots and bid on your behalf during the sale.
Telephone bids must be booked by 4pm the day before the sale but can be arranged earlier, we have limited lines and certain lots can be over-subscribed for phone bidding, in such instances we conduct a first come, first served basis and we encourage clients to book well in advance or risk being disappointed.


A buyer’s premium of 20% subject to VAT (24% in total) is payable on all auction lots. Payment can be made by cash (up to £7500), cheque supported by a banker’s card, payable to Reeman Dansie Ltd (subject to auctioneers discretion), debit or *credit card. *Credit card payments are accepted up to a maximum of £300

We ask that payment and collection should be made by close of business on the Saturday following the sale. 

Uncollected Antique Sale furniture lots are removed after 4 days externally stored at an extra cost of £10 collection and £1 a day, per lot.

Timed Online Sales

In a timed online auction, there is no auctioneer taking bids from a live audience in a room.  Instead, each lot can be bid on for a defined period of time. Bids are placed online. At the end of the period, the bidder who has submitted the highest bid wins the lot, provided the bid exceeds the reserve price. Timed online auctions take place using the bidding platform on and typically last for two weeks. Further information on how to bid is available via the following link :  

Please note that if you bid on a timed online auction, you will be charged our standard buyer’s premium of 20% subject to VAT (24% in total) plus an additional 3% (plus VAT) timed online bidding charge on the hammer price.

Postage & Packaging

Reeman Dansie do not provide an in-house postage and packing service. However, we can provide
the following details for independant shipping companies:

ATD Shipping 01903 742233

Jentel Packing 01268 776777

If you wish to have an item shipped to your address, these shippers are able to visit Reeman Dansie to assess the item and suggest a quote.

ATD Shipping and Jentel Packing operate independently of Reeman Dansie, so postage and packaging will need to be organised and paid direct to their team. Upon being paid, ATD Shipping or Jentel Packing will send their team to Reeman Dansie to collect the item and organise shipping.