• The Old Royal Military College
  • Remnantz
  • Marlow
  • Buckinghamshire
  • SL7 2BS
  • Tel: 01628 488188
  • Email : sales@bosleys.co.uk
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Buying at Auction


To many people the thought of buying at auction can be a little overwhelming. With modern technology you can take part in the auction by bidding live through the internet from the comfort of your home or office. Every lot is illustrated in the online catalogues and every lot carries an estimate in order to assist you. Because of Bosleys international reputation, consignments arrive not only from this country but from all over the world, offering you the best possible selection of items available at any saleroom in the United Kingdom.


With the ever increasing number of reproduction items entering the market of military collectables, it is of paramount importance that you can buy with total confidence. Bosleys ensure this by carefully examining every item that is submitted from the cheapest cap badge to the most expensive helmet or sword. Unlike other salerooms, Bosleys representatives attend most arms / militaria / medal fairs and markets so as to maintain up to date information on the latest reproduction items to enter the collectors market. Due to this knowledge, Bosleys are happy to guarantee every item they sell, as original, and of the period described.

Sale day (currently all sales online)

Buyers Premium

Although many specialist auctions charge a great deal, Bosleys buyers premium is only 22% on the hammer price; VAT is chargeable on the premium only, not on the hammer price; ie the total cost of a lot which hammers for £100 is £126.40.

Bidding Live

This is certainly the 21st Century advance in auctioneering, as Marlows aucions are on Bosleys Live (extra 2%), EasyLive (extra 3%) and Saleroom (extra 4.9%) platforms to enable you to bid live at your home or workplace from any part of the world. After logging into our live bidding platform, you will see photographs of each item and hear the auctioneer as the sale is being conducted you will be able to bid live as though in the room itself and this gives the advantage of being enable to “go just one more”, if needs be, to secure your item.

Telephone Bidding

Only for buyers who do not have access to the internet, Bosley offers a telephone bidding service. In this case a representative of Marlows will call you and take your bidding instructions live as your lot is sold. This service is available for lots over the value of £200 and bidders are expected to bid from the lower estimate and above.

Postage and Shipping for Public Auctions

Bosleys are unable to offer an in-house packing service. Postage / Shipping is handled by an independent professional firm, Mail Boxes Etc of Windsor, who we have enjoyed a 20 year partnership and who’s MBE shipping rates remains among the lowest in the UK. All lots bought through live bids/commission bids and all remaining at the end of the sale are collected by MBE four working days after the sale, collection arrangements must be made by the close of business on the thitd working day