Selling at Arthur Johnson

Why Arthur Johnson and Sons?

We have perhaps the largest constantly changing selection of furniture and collectables to be offered for sale by auction anywhere in the Midlands. This attracts an enormous number of trade and private buyers.

Last year we had more than 40,000 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 7 days of all your lots having sold. We do not ask you to wait 28 days, as many auction houses do.

Opening Hours

Monday to Thursday 9.00am until 1.00pm and 2.15pm until 4.45pm. Please be aware that we are closed between the hours of 1.00pm and 2.15pm.
Friday 9.00am until 12 noon and 12.45pm until 6.15pm. Please be aware we are closed between the hours of 12.00pm and 12.45pm.
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) or email us at When emailing please be sure to include your telephone number.

We accept entries for our Collectables Saleroom from 9.00am every Monday (except Bank Holidays) up until 1.00pm. We start taking entries in all our remaining salerooms from 2.15pm on Monday. If you are a new client we recommend that you telephone us on the above number.


The standard rate of commission is 15% (plus VAT) subject to a minimum fee of £3.50 per lot. 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 our live webcast sales in Salerooms 1 and 2 we charge an additional entry fee of £1.75 per lot. Each of these webcast lots is uploaded to 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 will normally send a cheque to all our vendors within seven days of all their items having been sold.

Collection Service

Our removal contractors have many year's 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 £42 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. Please note the salerooms are closed between 1.00 and 2.15 pm.

Conditions of Sale

We recommend that you read our Conditions of Sale.

Buying at Arthur Johnson

There is an enormous range of furnishings and other items to choose from each week. Many customers imaginatively mix antiques with contemporary furnishings in their homes by buying from our various salerooms.


Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to some of the most asked questions about buying and selling at Arthur Johnson & Sons?