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COVID-19 Auction Room Update

We hope you have been keeping safe and well.

We are delighted to announce that we are now open and looking forward to resuming our monthly Auctions!

The health and wellbeing of our customers and staff is our first priority. To keep everyone safe, we will be implementing social distancing measures in line with the Government guidelines and will be limiting the number of customers in the Saleroom at any one time.

Please read the following carefully to help us to ensure we can resume our Auctions safely:

Collections from previous Auctions
We would ask that Collections are made alone where possible and that payment is made over the phone or via card when you come to collect.
If you have made payment over the phone please attend the office and ask for your receipt and paperwork. If you need to make payment when you arrive, please go to the office for this. We will then ask you to go back to your car and drive round to the back entrance to collect your Lots.
You will be required to show your paperwork to confirm payment has been made before collection. You may be asked to wait outside in your car if there are customers already collecting, we would be grateful for your patience at this time.
If you have large items to collect, we would ask that where possible you bring someone along to help you carry this out to your car, whichever member of staff is in the Saleroom will show you where the Lots are.

Deliveries for the July Auction
Due to the limited time we have before the Auction on 16th July 2020, we will only be taking entries for this Auction on the following days:
Thursday 2nd July until 4.30pm

 Friday 3rd July from 9am to 4.30pm

We would ask that customers bring in a maximum of 10 Lots each for this Auction. This is to ensure that we have time to process the Lots and produce the catalogue in time for the Sale.
We would also ask that you bring a list of your lots in with you with any reserves detailed that you can leave with us, to limit the amount of time that you are at the Saleroom. Please ensure your name, address, contact number and an email address is clearly detailed on any paperwork.

Viewing (Amended times)
Viewing dates for the July sale are strictly as follows:
Tuesday 14th July: 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Wednesday 15the July: 9.00am – 7.00pm

Please note that there will be viewing on the morning of the sale, however as we will be restricting the number of buyers in attendance to the Auction, we would ask that viewing be kept to the above dates where possible as anyone not booked in to attend will be asked to leave the premises once the Auction starts to ensure we do not exceed numbers.

Viewing will take place from the back entrance of the Saleroom, possibly with a one way system in place. We require all customers to wear gloves whilst viewing which will be provided at the entrance. Please ensure that you follow any instructions from staff, as well as reading and adhering to signage on the walls and the floor. If we have large numbers viewing, there may be a delay in you entering the Saleroom, so please be prepared for this.

Sale Day – Thursday 16th July at 12pm
We will be taking bookings for attendees to this Auction from Monday 13th July (To ensure the catalogue is available) and this will be done on a first come, first served basis.
The Auction will be split into 3 sections –

  1. Lot 1 - Lot 150 (approx.): Boxes
  2. Lot 150 – Lot 400 (approx.): Cabinets/Smalls & Lots on tables by the Rostrum
  3. Lot 401 – End:  Furniture, Pictures & Rugs

We will be asking customers to book into which section they would like to attend and once that section is over we will ask those customers to leave the Saleroom to allow the next group in. We are happy for people to attend all three sections, but they must be booked in or we will not be able to accommodate this.
With this is mind we would ask that where possible, you attend the Auction alone and adhere to the social distancing measures in place at all times.
Registration for this Auction will be required for all customers, regardless of whether you have an account with The Portcullis Auction Room or not.
You will not be able to enter the saleroom unless you have completed a registration form with your name and contact details.

The Portcullis office will be CLOSED and all registration and payments will be done in the market office as you come through the main doors of the building. This ensures we can limit contact and adhere to social distancing guidelines.
If you wish to leave Commission Bids, the forms will be available at the market office. Completed forms should be placed face down in the tray at the office for processing.
Please note that online buyers cannot collect on the day of the sale, Lots can be collected from 11am on Friday morning.
Collections from the July Auction
Once payment has been made (on the day at the market office) we require all customers to go out of the main doors and take their cars to the rear entrance of the saleroom with their paperwork for collection.
You will not be permitted to re-enter the saleroom from the internal entrance. You will need to hand over your paperwork to the staff member and wait outside for the Lots to be brought to you.
To collect large items you will need to wait until the sale is completed and once possible, we would ask that you and one other person go in to the Saleroom when instructed by staff to collect the Lots(s).
Finally, we would ask you to:

Please follow Government advice to limit your contact with other people
Wash your hands regularly using soap and water in the facilities provided

Wear gloves and/or a mask where possible
The Auction is available online with audio on

easyLiveAuction.com & the-saleroom.com

We would encourage as many people as possible to utilise this service at this time.

We appreciate that the above is a lot of information, however we feel that it is important for us to give you as much notice as possible to the changes that have been made and we hope that this will mean we are able to hold an auction that is safe for everyone.
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any further questions and please note that any emails sent in the last couple of months that have not been replied to yet are being processed now, we apologise for the delay and will be in touch as soon as possible.
We look forward to welcoming you back to The Portcullis Auction Room,
McCartneys LLP
fineart@mccartneys.co.uk / 01584 878822


Important Notice
Following a review of our online platforms, please note that Portcullis Auction Room has made the decision to trial the easyLiveAuction.com as an alternative online bidding option for our customers from 20th June 2019.
We will be trialling this platform for 6 months and in this time it will be replacing UKAuctioneers – so our last sale with UKAuctioneers will be 16th May 2019.
During this time we will continue to use the-saleroom.com.
We would like to thank all of our customers in advance for your patience whilst we implement this new system at The Portcullis Auction Room.


McCartneys Portcullis Auction Room based in the historic market town of Ludlow hold monthly auctions of items to include Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian furniture, antique silver and jewellery, porcelain and pottery, paintings and objects of art.

With the introduction of internet bidding, the Portcullis Auction Room has been able to gain a global reach whilst maintaining its provincial auction house identity. We pride ourselves on having a high level of honesty and professionalism, which sees both buyers and vendors returning their custom.

We hold monthly auctions of Fine Art, Antiques and Collectables, which commence at 12pm on the third Thursday of the month. Viewing is held on the Wednesday prior to the auction from 9.00am – 7.00pm & on the morning of the auction from 9.00am – 12.00pm. Catalogues are available from the office for £1.00 each or can be downloaded from our website in the 'Forthcoming Sales & Catalogues' tab above.

The auction room is easily accessible and has convenient loading and unloading.

Please contact the office on 01584 878822 if you require more information on the above or would like to book in items for auction.

The Portcullis Auction Room

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Overton Road





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