Selling at Arthur Johnson

Why Arthur Johnson & Sons?

We have the largest constantly changing selection of furniture and collectables to be offered for sale by auction anywhere in the Midlands together with an impressive online presence including our AJ Live auction platform. Consequently, our auctions attract an enormous number of trade and private buyers.

We have more than 50,000 buyer registrations, including international buyers. We are therefore able to offer your items to the widest possible audience. It is always our aim to arrange payment within 14 days of all your lots having sold. We do not ask you to wait 28 days, as many auction houses do. 

Opening Times

Monday to Friday 9.00am until 5pm. 

*Please note - Saleroom 5 (Machinery & General) is only able to accept entries from 10am

Saturday 9.00am until 2.00pm.


How to Sell

We will be happy to discuss what you have to sell and how best to enter items in a forthcoming sale. In many cases we recommend a free home visit. We suggest that you contact us (on 0115 9869128) use our contact for here or email us at directly [email protected]. When emailing please be sure to include your telephone number.

We accept entries from 9.00am every Monday (except Bank Holidays) up until 1.00pm in saleroom 2 (Antique & Vintage Collectables), and from 9.00am until 5.00pm in all other salerooms. 


The standard rate of commission is 15% + VAT subject to a minimum fee of £4.95 + VAT per lot (whether sold or unsold). We are happy to discuss reduced rates for high volume consignments. Please note that we do not make any additional charges for insurance.

For items included in live webcast sales in Salerooms 1 and 2 we charge an additional entry fee of £2.25 per lot. Each of these webcast lots is uploaded directly to both our website and where the auctions are broadcast to a international audience.

If a customer's lots are being sold over several weeks we can make interim payments after each sale on request.

Pre-sale Advice

If you wish to place a reserve price on any of your items we are happy to advise you.


We pride ourselves on paying our clients promptly. We always aim to make payment by bank transfer (or cheque, if requested) within 14 days of the date of the sale.

Collection Service

Our removal contractors have many years' experience in moving antique furniture and other effects. They provide a very efficient, friendly service and their charges for bringing items into the salerooms are based on a rate of £45 per hour for a van and 2 men. We will pay the contractors on your behalf and deduct the costs from the sale proceeds.


For clients who wish to bring their lots to the salerooms themselves, there are ample car parking and unloading facilities. 

Conditions of Sale

We recommend that you read our Conditions of Sale here.