Durrants began conducting auction sales in 1853 and since that time we have continued to undertake sales and valuations throughout Norfolk and Suffolk.

From our Auction Rooms in Beccles we conduct monthly auctions of antiques and fine art, with periodic specialist sales attracting buyers from across the world.

Our team of valuers and auctioneers provide advice on the sale of antiques and collectables as well as preparing valuations for inheritance tax, capital gains tax, insurance and family division. With professional staff, magnificent auction rooms and our own removal vehicles we are able to offer a comprehensive and cost-effective service to executors, solicitors and private clients.

Our Services


Collection and clearance
We are able to undertake:

The Auction
With two auction rooms, cafe and reception area, our facilities at The Old School House, Peddars Lane, Beccles offer a superb experience for the buyer or seller alike.

Advice for sellers

The closing date for entries into the Fine Art and Specialist Sales is two weeks prior to the sale.

Should an item fail to reach the reserve price, fixed by the vendor, it will be re-offered the following month and subsequent months with the reserve reducing by 25% each month until the item is sold, unless instructions to the contrary are received from the vendors.

Unfortunately we are not able to accept all entries, and reserve the right to turn away unsaleable items. Our standard Vendor's commission of 12.5% plus VAT will be charged up to £1000 - rate negotiable thereafter. In addition, each lot will be subject to a lotting fee of £2 plus VAT. Please contact us directly to discuss your specific requirements.

Advice to purchasers

All purchasers are required to register for a bidding number; this makes the buying process much easier and quicker. The number is permanent and valid for future auction room sales. We operate a commission bidding system and a telephone bidding system with five phone lines. This enables buyers who are not able to attend the auction in person to bid for the lots that they are interested in. If you wish to book a telephone line to bid for a particular lot then it is advisable to contact the Auction Rooms well in advance of the sale day. Written commission bids can be accepted up to 9am. on the day of the auction. The auctioneer will bid on your behalf up to the maximum bid that has been left. If the bidding in the rooms stops before the maximum bid that has been left, then the auctioneer will only bid once more on your behalf. To leave a commission bid, either contact us by e-mail or in person at the auction rooms. Our buyer's premium is 15% (plus VAT on premium) which is added to the hammer price on all lots.

Arrangements for payment

We are able to accept many payment methods including:

Please note we are no longer taking "card holder not present" payments for new buyers. Payment therefore must be made via bank transfer, cheque, cash or card payments in person. Buyers who have bought before or are known to the auctioneers may be allowed to pay over the telephone but please check before bidding.

Payment for Purchases

We require settlement of all purchases on the day of sale or if purchased by remote bidding, immediately upon advice of your purchase. Once satisfactory settlement has been received, removal of the items can then be arranged.

Postage / Shipping

We are unable to post items to successful buyers. We are pleased to offer successful bidders expert packaging and shipping with Mailboxes Etc. Upon notification of your purchases please settle the account with our auction office then contact Mailboxes Etc to arrange collection. For further information please contact Mailboxes Etc. via their website or on 01206 368881.

Please note that goods will not be released to couriers unless they are delivering to the address that the buyer has used for registration. Courers are instructed not to take alternate delivery instructions once dispatched.

Storage is charged for lots which are not removed from the saleroom immediately after a sale.

Please see our full Terms and Conditions for more information.


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