• The Old Royal Military College
  • Remnantz
  • Marlow
  • Buckinghamshire
  • SL7 2BS
  • Tel: 01628 488188
  • Fax: 01628 488111
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Buying at Auction


To many people the thought of buying at auction can be a little overwhelming; the thought of lifting one's arm in a crowded saleroom may seem to be a little frighting but at Bosleys this is not the case. We hold several sales a year in Marlow with helpful and knowledgeable staff in attendance; each sale attracts a large number of collectors, museums and dealers which creates a friendly and exciting atmosphere. For those unable to attend the auction, with modern technology introduced by Bosleys you can experience the auction by bidding live through the internet from the comfort of your home or office. Our large size colour illustrated catalogue is now recognised as one of the standard Military collectors reference works, due to the accurate descriptions and clear photographs. Each catalogue contains in the region of 500 lots all carefully vetted and guaranteed original. Every lot carries an estimate printed in the catalogue 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, of the period and as described.


Each describes approximately 500 lots and will arrive up about two weeks before a sale giving you ample time to peruse the wide selection of items. Each lot is fully described indicating condition and those illustrated are professionally photographed ensuring that the lots you see in the saleroom or receive through the post are exactly what you expected from the catalogue description. Many of the lots will be accompanied by a potted history of the original owner or with details of the regiment concerned. You can take advantage of receiving additional information or help by telephoning Remnantz prior to the auction where your questions with be answered by a friendly member of staff conversant with the items in the sale.

Sale day (currently all sales online)

On sale day all the items are displayed in our Ravon Court saleroom. The saleroom has ample parking and complimentary tea and coffee facilities. After registering you will find the lots clearly displayed and access to items will be via one of our friendly, knowledgeable porters or staff. For those unable to attend the sale we offer a full confidential postal bidding service or you can take advantage of our online live internet bidding service. This enables you to sit in the comfort of your home and bid live as though in the auction room itself. We can also arrange the postage and packing of purchased items. Ravon Court is situated in the county town of Stafford centrally based in the UK it offers easy access by road and railway. Bosleys are proud to offer their view, buy and clear policy. This enables you to view items while the sale is in progress, bid for them and clear in the least possible time.

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, however our Ravon Court Saleroom now offers collection facilities, by prior arrangements. 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