Humbert & Ellis Auctioneers
The Saleroom, Spella Barn,
Lower Boddington
Daventry, Northamptonshire
NN11 6XX
United Kingdom
+44 (0) 1327 359595
+44 (0) 1723 260587



Humbert & Ellis Ltd. is one of the UK’s leading auction houses, specialising in regional, national and international sales of Fine Art, Antiques and Specialist Collectables.

Our history and heritage is important to who we are today. The name Humbert has been synonymous with auctions since 1842, five generations later under the stewardship of Principal Auctioneer and Managing Director Jonathan Humbert the renowned family firm continues to serve clients all over the world with auction and valuation services.

In March 2017 we announced the appointment of Francesca Ellis as Operations Director with immediate effect and the change of company name from J P Humbert Auctioneers Ltd to Humbert & Ellis (Auctioneers & Valuers) Ltd.

Today, Humbert & Ellis Ltd provide a full international auction service with a highly experienced team delivering true customer service. We offer a comprehensive range of specialist and general sales throughout the year along with valuation services for probate, insurance and family division.

With substantial sale rooms in Northamptonshire as well as two international online bidding platforms, we are well positioned to offer clients a global reach for the best opportunities, whether buying or selling.

Above all, we ensure customers get best price from buyers in the room, phone bidders and through our hi-tech live worldwide internet bidding – all supported by a very pro-active PR and Marketing department that frequently achieves mainstream press coverage.

In summary Humbert & Ellis Ltd. has the heritage and the infrastructure to meet any auctioneering and valuation needs. From high net worth clients and art investors to first time collectors, from country estate sales to local house clearances, we deliver the premium service – but without London premium prices.

Please familiarise yourself with our Terms and Conditions. By making a bid you agree to abide by the same.

Payment is by bank transfer only.

Payment for all purchased lots is required within three working days of the sale.

Collection should be made by 3pm on the Thursday following the sale. Collection is strictly by appointment only.

Our buyer’s premium is 25% inclusive of VAT

Lots purchased online will attract an additional charge for this service plus VAT at the rate imposed.

Viewing & Condition Reports

Due to Covid-19 restrictions viewing will be by appointment only for specific items - photos are displayed online and condition reports will be given on request.

Prospective purchasers must satisfy themselves as to the authenticity of any lots offered. All catalogue descriptions are given in good faith.


Customers are not able to bid in the room. We have online bidding across multiple platforms for our live auctions and can arrange commission or phone bids up to 10am on the day of the sale.

Full T&Cs
• Vendors are reminded that the terms of engagement and conditions of sale are incorporated into Humbert & Ellis Ltd entry form.

• Humbert & Ellis Ltd have absolute discretion to divide any lot, to combine any two or more lots or to withdraw any lot from the sale, to refuse bids, regulate bidding or to cancel the sale, without prior notice.

• Humbert & Ellis Ltd act only as agents for the Vendor. At his discretion, the Auctioneer may bid on behalf of the Vendor for all goods that are being offered, subject to reserve or otherwise.

• The highest bidder shall be the buyer, The Auctioneer may, at his sole discretion, determine the advance of the bidding or refuse a bid. If during the auction, the Auctioneer considers that a dispute has arisen, he has absolute discretion to settle the dispute or re-offer the lot for sale. The Auctioneers may only re-offer if a bidder contests a matter immediately, and before the offering of the next lot.

• The Auctioneers accept no responsibility for the accuracy of any statement, whether printed in the catalogue, published on the Internet or made verbally, as to grading, authorship, attribution, genuineness, origin, date, age, provenance and condition. All such statements are statements of opinion and are not to be taken as being, or implying, warranties, guarantees or representations of fact. The Auctioneers reserve the right in forming their opinion to consult and rely upon any expert or authority considered by them to be reliable.

• Ample opportunity is given for inspection. Each purchaser, by making a bid for a lot, is deemed to have knowledge of all the conditions of sale and to have satisfied themselves as to the physical condition and accuracy of the description of the lot, including, but not restricted to, whether the lot is damaged or has been repaired.

• All lots are sold as shown, with all faults, imperfections and errors of description. However, if within 7 days of the sale of any lot, the buyer gives notice in writing to the Auctioneers that the lot sold is a forgery and if within 14 days of giving such notice, the buyer returns the lot in the same condition as it was at the time of sale, to the Auctioneers premises and there is shown, to the satisfaction of the Auctioneers, that having regard to the catalogue description, the sold lot is a forgery, the Auctioneers are authorized to, and will, rescind the sale and refund the purchase price received by them. This right is limited to the buyer and may not be assigned.

• Each lot, at the fall of the hammer will be at the risk of the purchaser and will be taken away at the purchaser's risk and expense, on the day of sale unless prior arrangements have been made with the Auctioneers. In the event of any liability upon the Auctioneers in respect of any loss this shall be restricted to a maximum of the price paid by the buyer.

• The title of the goods shall not pass to the buyer until the purchase price has been paid in full and including the premium at the stated rate.

• At the fall of the hammer, the purchaser shall give his name and address, and may be required to pay immediately a percentage of the purchase price. If the buyer fails to comply with these requirements the lot may, at the Auctioneer's sole discretion, be put up again and resold. No lots may be taken away until paid for in full and a pass obtained from the Auctioneers.

• If any lots are not paid for and removed in accordance with the provisions of the Conditions of Sale, than the Auctioneers may, without prejudice, to any other right they may have, remove, store, and insure the lots at the expense of the defaulting buyer. If after the expiry of seven days, the purchaser is still in default, the Auctioneers may resell the lots, either by public auction, or private contract. The purchaser, making such default, shall be liable for any deficiency arising from such resale, and for resulting expenses, any surplus arising shall belong to the Vendor.

• The Buyer's premium shall be the same for all buyers where the service offered is the same, therefore, bidders in the room, shall pay a premium of 25% inclusive of VAT, on the hammer price, and all agree that the Auctioneers, when acting as agent for the Vendor, may also receive commission from the Vendor in accordance with the Vendor's conditions.

• Buyer`s Premium 25% inclusive of VAT. Lots purchased online with will attract an additional charge for this service in the sum of 4.95% of the hammer price plus VAT at the rate imposed.

• Humbert & Ellis Ltd reserve the right to illustrate any lot offered for auction, and will use such photographs/digital images, both before and after the auction, at their discretion.

• The export of any lot from the United Kingdom, or import into another country, may be subject to licenses being granted. It is the buyer's responsibility to obtain any relevant import or export licenses. The denial of any such license or delay in obtaining a license shall not justify the rescission or cancellation of the sale.

• Items purchased must be collected and removed from the premises by 3pm on the Thursday following the sale. Thereafter, there will be a handling charge of £25 plus a daily storage charge of £2 per item. Continued failure to collect will result in goods being sold without further notice, without reserves, to recover costs.
Postage and Packaging

We are happy to suggest Mailboxes Etc, Banbury on 01295 277733 who will collect, pack and post items both internationally and nationally.

At the auctioneer’s absolute discretion we will post and pack unbreakable items. We advise checking with the office that a lot is able to be posted in house before bidding.

There is a £10 handling charge for the first item, irrespective of size. Each additional lot carries a handling charge of £2. P&P is at cost via Royal Mail Special Delivery, Parcelforce or UPS (tracked, signed, compensated services).
We will only be able to offer cheaper postage options if the buyer takes full responsibility in writing for any lost or damage in transit.

We cannot ship deactivated, inert or edged weapons outside mainland UK.