Whittaker and Biggs operate one of the busiest and most successful auctions in the area. Whether you are looking for Property, land or furniture we are able to assist you. Click on the links below for further details:
Household Good and Antiques
Whittaker and Biggs operate one of the busiest and most successful auctions in the area.
Auctions of general household furniture and effects are conducted on a weekly basis, and comprise some 650-750 lots. Catalogues are available to download prior to sale day.
Antique & Collectable auctions are held every three months. We attract a large attendance at all the auctions, both private and trade buyers and in particular the fine art and antique auctions attract buyers from the length and breadth of the country, including overseas buyers. Catalogues are available to download prior to sale day.
The general auctions consist of a fascinating and diverse mix of garden furniture and equipment, pictures, books, carpets, rugs, electrical items, ceramic and glassware, jewellery, watches, reproduction and other furniture. Catalogues are available the day prior to the auction.
In addition, we hold specialist On Site Dispersal and other specialist auctions throughout the year. Our auction dates are available here.
Entries are always welcome and collection can be arranged if required, anything from single items to full house clearances.
Our Valuer and Auction Room Manager, Neil S Ashley FIA, is available for pre-sale verbal appraisals without charge or obligation.
We offer a Valuation Service for Insurance, Probate or Family Division.
We can arrange full or part house clearances. A member of our staff will be only too pleased to visit the property and discuss, free of charge and without obligation, the clearance in question. If you decide to proceed, all saleable items will be brought to our auction rooms and auctioned accordingly, any items we consider unsuitable for auction will be appropriately disposed of. We can, if required, clear the whole property on your behalf, making the process as stress free as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why sell by auction?
Our auctions attract a wide range of trade & private buyers and offer the best possible exposure to potential buyers. We can advise on the best auction for your items and if necessary, store the items until the auction. We make the selling process as simple and stress free as possible. Our commission rate are amongst the lowest in the country with prompt pay out, with a fully itemised statement.
How do I know if the items I have are suitable for one of your auctions?
You are welcome to bring any items along to the Auction Room (Monday – Tuesday 9:00am – 4.30pm); where there will be staff available to assist and advise. For larger goods or quantities of items we will come to your home. Alternatively, email photographs to us and we will give you an idea of the item’s value.
We recommend that you contact us in advance to ensure a valuer is available.
Can I put a Reserve Price on my items?
We are happy to discuss and agree a reserve price on your items, this being the lowest figure you would expect with the potential to achieve more.
What about New furniture?
We welcome entries of new furniture from manufacturers and retailers looking to dispose of end of lines or overstocked items.
What do I have to do to enter an item into an auction?
You can bring items along to our auction room during our acceptance times (Monday – Tuesday 9am – 4.30pm) (Other times by arrangement). If you are unable to deliver your goods to us, we can arrange collection on your behalf. Prior to bringing entries to us please contact us in advance to discuss your items and to enable us to advise you on which of our forthcoming auctions would be most suitable.
Will my item be catalogued?
All entries into our auctions appear in our catalogue. The lots also appear on our website, enabling them to be viewed worldwide, so enabling maximum viewing potential.
All auctions are open for public viewing on the evening prior to the auction between 3.00p.m. – 7.00p.m as well as one hour before the start of the auction.
How soon will I receive payment?
We will send a BACS payment or cheque to you normally within 10 days of the auction. We will also send a statement detailing the prices achieved and charges.
What happens if a lot doesn’t sell?
If an items does not sell we can arrange for it to be offered in the next suitable auction.
Buying at Whittaker & Biggs
Buying at auction is easy and fun!
Of course the best way to bid is to attend the auction and enjoy the atmosphere and excitement. If however this is not possible here are the following options;
You are welcome to leave a bid with us and the auctioneer will bid on your behalf.
These must be arranged prior to the day of the auction. (Antiques & Collectable Auctions Only)
Before placing a bid
Prospective purchasers should always thoroughly examine any items they are interested in before placing a bid and before the auction commences. Buyers are responsible for satisfying themselves concerning the condition of the lots and the descriptions in the catalogue. Whilst every care is taken to provide an accurate description in the catalogue, it is based on a statement of opinion.
Buyers need to register before bidding. You will need to complete a registration form and you will then be given a bidding number.
A buyers premium of 20% (including VAT) is payable in addition to the hammer price. For example if the bid price is £100, it will cost you £120 (this includes buyers premium and VAT).
We accept Cash and all major credit/debit cards, (except American Express) there is a 2.5% charge on all credit cards. Cheques are only accepted by prior arrangement.
All items must be paid for and collected by 12 noon on the Tuesday following the auction, after which the Buyers premium is increased to 20% plus VAT and storage charges will also be applied.
Whittaker & Biggs can offer a delivery service. For further information contact Neil S Ashley FIA.
We offer FREE valuations every Monday at our Congleton auction room from 10.00am - 1.00pm where free verbal sale valuations are given.
We provide a professional valuation service for private clients, solicitors and professional advisers.
An inventory of the contents of your house is a valuable record. We tailor make each valuation depending on the clients' needs and provide a professional document for your records. We offer a strictly confidential service at competitive rates. We are always happy to visit you to discuss your specific requirements and the proposed valuation, and will also provide a quotation for the work to be undertaken.
We prepare valuations for:
- Retail Replacement - which can include a fully illustrated inventory
- Probate - we will liaise with solicitors to prepare a full inventory and arrange the clearance of the house if required.
- Capital Gains Tax
- Family Division
- Current Market Values
- Tax Advice - as affected by the sale of works of art and antiques.
- Conditionally exempted works of art - working with clients, accountants or solicitors.
These consist of on farm sales of farming implements and tools with a wide range of commodities covering the farming, horticultural and smallholding clientele. Including tractors and agricultural vehicles, machinery, agricultural implements, all types of horticultural equipment, garden furniture and miscellaneous contents.
Sales on behalf of farmers who are coming out of the industry and contractors offering collective sales are increasingly popular and we are becoming more diversified and are receiving more instructions to conduct sales of a wider range of commodities.
We have experienced staff and specialist on site computer systems which will ensure that the sale runs professionally and efficiently.