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Insurance, Probate and free valuations

Antique and Fine Art Valuations

If you are considering selling something at our Auction we are happy to provide a verbal valuation free of charge.

For smaller items, it is preferable for you to call into our office with the item. For larger items (such as furniture or for large quantities of items) please email photographs to us (please submit your photographs using the box to the right), post photographs to us or, in some circumstances, the Auctioneer can arrange to visit you at home.

If you wish the items to be valued before leaving them with us for sale, please contact the office to check the Auctioneer will be available when you bring them in.

Probate and Insurance Valuations

We are able to provide written valuations of individual items or on the entire contents of a property for probate or insurance purposes. This is subject to the items being available for the Auctioneer to inspect.


The fee for carrying out this valuation will be 2% of the total valuation, subject to a minimum fee of £260.00. All charges are subject to VAT. (Travelling expenses may be charged, please discuss with Auctioneer).

Probate Valuation

Whenever Personal Representatives wish to make an application for a Grant of Representation, it is necessary to include on the Inheritance Tax forms a valuation of the Deceased’s personal chattels.

The valuation must be based on “the price that the property might reasonably be expected to fetch in the open market” (section 160 IHTA 1984).

To enable you to provide the Inland Revenue with the correct valuation please ensure that all property belonging to the Deceased is available for me to inspect including

The entire contents of his/her home at the time of death

  • Any items stored elsewhere e.g. with a bank
  • Any items ‘on loan’ to friends or relations

Please ensure that no items are removed prior to my visit including any items that may have been specifically given to a beneficiary in the Will (if any).

If the Deceased gave away any personal chattels in the last 7 years, these may also require valuing. Please check with your legal advisor. I can also arrange to value these, if required.

When we meet, I will take details of the items in each room. I will then provide an itemised written valuation on each item of value and will include an overall figure for the sundry items in each room. The sundry items are items that I would be unable to accept for sale by Auction and would need to be sold elsewhere (e.g clearance firm, car boot sale). Please let me know when we meet how many copies of the valuation you will require.




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