Watermans Auction Rooms
Shellbank Lane
Dartford, Kent
United Kingdom



Welcome to Watermans Auction Rooms, a family run business established in 2000. We are a professional and friendly auction house.

We love antiques and unique items and want to share them with you.

Our auctions have a mix of antiques, furniture, art, collectibles, jewellery and more. We want to connect buyers with special finds and help sellers find new homes for their treasures.

Conditions of Sale

General – Any person on the Auction premises before, during or after the sale shall be considered to be there at their own risk and shall have no claim against the Auction house or landowner in respect of any injury they may sustain or any accident which may occur whilst on those premises.
Misrepresentation – The terms of sale in respect of the sale of any Lot or Lots include a term excluding any liability on the part of the vendors the Auction house or servants or agents in respect of any misstatement or misrepresentation whether made negligently or otherwise before the sale is concluded subject to the reasonableness of such exclusion.
Ownership & Goods Description
a) The auctioneer acts as an agent only on the instruction of the vendor. b) Each Lot as set out in the catalogue or as divided or joined with any Lot or Lots at the sale are sold with all faults, imperfections and errors of description. Neither the vendor nor the Auction house is responsible for the authenticity attribution, origin, authorship, date, period, condition or quality of any Lot.
c) Purchasers are deemed to have satisfied themselves by inspection or otherwise as to all such matters as to the physical description and/or condition of any Lot.
d) Neither the vendor the Auctioneer, or their employees, servants or agents make or give any representation or warranty and in the event neither the vendor, nor the Auctioneers are responsible for any representation or warranty or for any statement in the catalogue.
The Auction
a) A Buyers Commission of 20% will be levied on all Lots (plus any associated fees for online bidders). b) The highest bidder before the hammer falls shall be the purchaser and if any dispute arises between two or more bidders, the Lot shall, at the discretion of the Auctioneer, be offered for sale again at the last undisputed bidding and re-opened for bidders. The Auctioneer’s decision on all matters is final. No person shall advance less at each bid than the amount named by the Auctioneer and no bid is to be retracted. Auctioneer may refuse any bid for any or no reason. c) The Lots will be at the full and entire risk of the purchaser after the fall of the hammer. In the event of any Lots being missing on the day of delivery the Auctioneer will not be responsible for any estimated value beyond the price at which they were sold. In the case of part of a Lot being missing such missing part shall be allowed for an equitable portion for which the whole of such Lot was sold at the discretion of the auction house.
d) The purchaser shall give their names and addresses and if required, payment of purchases must be made in full on collection or prior to delivery. If a commission bid is left the Auctioneers may ask for payment details prior to acceptance of bid.
e) Any person damaging any Lot or Lots as a result of handling or otherwise during viewing or at any other time shall be liable to pay for the said Lot or Lots damaged at the reserve figure, Auctioneers valuation or final sale price (whichever is highest).
f) The Auctioneers disclaim liability for paying the vendor until they have received settlement from the purchaser and the agreed time has elapsed.
g) All payments must be in Pound Sterling. Any payments made by bank transfer must take all charges and exchange rates into consideration so that the auction house receives the total amount payable.
h) Payment to be made by bank transfer or cash on collection. Card payments are accepted IN PERSON ONLY and for amounts over £50.
Distance Selling Directive We remind you that if you are a consumer you have no right of cancellation under the Distance Selling Directive (Directive 97/7/EC). The implied terms of The Sale of Goods Act do not apply to Auction Sales of Second Hand Goods (provided opportunity to attend in person – see DTI Directive The Sale and Supply of Goods to Consumers Regulations 2002). If you do not agree to these then please do not buy goods at auction.
Collection Every purchaser must pay the purchase money to the Auctioneer and shall remove purchase(s) within 2 working days of the end of the sale, unless special arrangements have been made to the contrary. If purchases have not been collected within 2 working days of the end of the auction we reserve the right to transfer them into storage at a charge of £5 per lot per day until the goods are removed and accrued storage charges settled. In the event that accrued storage charges exceed the value of the goods we reserve the right to re-sell the goods to recoup storage charges. b) The purchaser is liable for a charge of £5 per Lot, per day (whether or not the Lot has been paid for) starting from the 3rd working day following the sale and continuing until the Lot is removed or resold.
Postage & Packaging – It is the responsibility of the buyer to arrange packaging, collection or postage of any lot/lots purchased within 2 working days of the sale. The auction house accepts no responsibility for any packaging carried out by any member of their staff or on their premises or by a third party. Appropriate insurance is recommended to be taken out by the purchaser and the auctioneer accepts no liability for any loss/damages caused during the postal process.
a) Packing fees are chargeable dependent on the size/quantity of items. Please contact us for further details before the auction or send a shipping request after the auction. b) The buyer must specify which method of shipping they require, i.e. Courier Collection, Royal Mail First/second Class, Royal Mail Special Delivery and the associated charges will apply in addition to any packing costs.
Please note our minimum bid is £5
For quotes on items outside of our in house shipping service please visit:


Postage Packing & Shipping Overseas Buyers: We DO NOT provide a postal service outside of the UK.

UK Buyers: It is the responsibility of the buyer to remove purchased lots within two working days of the auction ending or to arrange postage and packaging.

We can offer a small packing service and postage by Royal Mail, Parcelforce or other courier but we cannot prepare a quote for this until the invoice for your items has been paid.
We are unable to offer our standard in-house packaging for: Knives/Guns, Large items, large mixed lots, Pictures, Mirrors or framed items, furniture and most glass and ceramics. Please contact us for exception requests.

Large Letter £2
Large Jiffy /Small Box up to 2kg £5
Box £10 up to 5kg

We will try to ship lots within two weeks of the auction ending.

The auctioneers accept no responsibility for any packaging carried out by any member of their staff or on their premises by a third party. Appropriate insurance is recommended to be taken out by the purchaser, the auctioneer accepts no liability for any damages caused during the postal process.

For local/large item delivery, our customers often use Phil 07940708128.