Buying Stamps

Plumridge & Co have been running stamp auctions for over 120 years

How to Buy stamps in Auction

  • Everyone is welcome to attend our auction in person.
  • You will be required to register on arrival. Please note this can be done via our website at any time.
  • Your bidding number will then be issued.
  • We have ample parking and refreshments are available.
  • Keep up to date with our latest auction information and dates by email:
    Bidding by Absentee Bid form is available for those people unable to attend the sale in person.
    • You can complete and submit an online Bid form below OR, download, complete and return in the post or via email.
    • By sending us a commission bid form you are authorising the auctioneer to execute your bids up to the amount (your maximum) specified and to pay for the lots plus Buyers premium within 7 days on presentation of an invoice.
    • The bid form for our upcoming sale can be found below:

    Bidding Form

    • Please note that you can also download a Bid form via this link
    Download a Bid Form
    • Leave an absentee bid online for complete control over your bids.
    • Log in to view, amend and cancel bids before the sale starts via our website.
    • And, to update your profile and preferences including email notifications.
    • You can register or login to your account via the links top-right of any page on our website.
    • There are no additional charges for leaving a commission bid online.
    • All visitors to our auction platform are able to view full details of all the lots in an auction. However, in order to participate and place bids in an auction, Bidders must register their details and thereby agree to our Terms and Conditions of Sale and the Website.
    • On the top right of any page please click Register > You will be asked to submit your contact details via the online form and accept the Terms and Conditions. An automated email will be sent to the registered email address asking to confirm the validity of the email address by clicking a link to verify. If the link does not work due to browser settings try copying and pasting the link into your browser address bar.
    • Once you have clicked the link to verify your email address your account will be active.
    • You will only need to register your details once, there is no need to register again for subsequent auctions. However for each auction you participate in you will be required to re-accept the Terms and Conditions of the Auction before being able to place bids.
    • Once you have activated your account you will need to Sign In following the link at the top right of the home page using the email address and password you registered with.
    • If you have forgotten your password you can follow the Forgotten Password Link beneath the Sign In box. You will be asked to submit the email address your account was registered with and click Reset Password an automated Change Password Request email will be sent. Follow the link in the password – if the link doesn’t work due to browser settings try copying and pasting the link into your browser address bar. You will then be able to register a new password for your account.
    • If you are still experiencing problems Contact Us. We will be able to issue you with a temporary password to Sign In and you can create a new password in My Profile.
    • You can update your registered contact details at any time in My Profile.
      • In a Live Auction we will normally allow you to submit Absentee bids prior to the auction going Live. Just like a maximum bid in a timed auction, an absentee bid, is strictly confidential and can only be viewed by you. A maximum bid allows you to place a bid for the maximum level that you are willing to bid and the system will then bid on your behalf up to your maximum amount. Your bid will always be at the lowest possible level subject to the reserve price and any other bids placed on the lot. If no other bids are placed on a lot then your bid will be no more than the reserve price for that lot. If other bids are placed on the lot your bid will only be one increment higher than the highest other bid, up to your maximum. If there are two or more equal bids submitted on a lot then the bid submitted first will take precedence. Conflicting bids received online and in the room will be decided at the discretion of the auctioneer. Deleting or reducing registered absentee bids is at the discretion of the auctioneer so please contact them directly. You may increase your maximum bid at any time without any possibility of bidding against yourself.
      • Once bidding on a lot in the auction has gone Live it will no longer be submit an absentee bid. Any subsequent bids on a Live lot are placed via the Bid possible to Now button at the indicated increment
    • You will be sent email alerts confirming your bidding status. The alerts you can receive (depending on your User preferences) are:
      • Email on Bid – confirms the maximum bid level you registered and the current bid at that time
      • Email on Outbid – alerts you if your maximum bid has been exceeded by another bid
      • Email on Reserve – alerts you if the bid you have placed is below the reserve
      • Email on Win – sent to the highest successful bidder on the close of the auction confirming the final hammer price
      • Email on Loss Ending – sent to the underbidder on the close of the auction confirming the final hammer price
    Telephone bidding is available on a best efforts basis for lots of £400 estimate and above. Please request at least 48 hours before the sale.
    Trevor Chinery ( covers our sales.
    Our buyers premium is 15% incl VAT.
    • Lots can be paid for and collected in the auction room on presentation of an invoice which will include our Buyers Premium of 15% (inc VAT). All major debit and credit cards are accepted.
    • For Buyers who won lots by commission or internet bids, invoices inclusive of shipping charges and payable within 30 days, will be emailed or sent by post shortly after the Sale. Settlement by card (online directly from the invoice or over the phone), bank transfer or sterling cheque is all acceptable.
    • Lots will be sent by Special Delivery or similar international tracked and signed for fully insured services.
  • Catalogues are usually available online three weeks before the sale.
  • Auction catalogues which include a Bidding form are available free of charge by request.
  • Subscribe to auction updates and our auction catalogue list.
    • 1. The highest bidder of each lot shall be the purchaser thereof. If any dispute arises as to the highest bidder, the Auctioneer shall determine the dispute and may put up again and re-sell the lot in respect of which the dispute arises.
    • 2. (a) The bidding and advances shall be regulated by and at the discretion of the Auctioneer.
      • (b) Where an agent purchases on behalf of an undisclosed client such agent shall be personally liable for payment of the purchase price to the Auctioneer and for safe delivery of the lot to the said client.
    • 3. (a) The Auctioneer reserves the right to bid on behalf of the clients and vendors, but shall not be liable for errors or omissions in executing instructions to bid.
      • (b) The Auctioneer reserves the right before or during the sale to group together lots belonging to the same vendor, or split up and/or withdraw any lot or lots.
    • 4. Each lot shall be at purchaser’s risk from fall of hammer and must be taken away at his or her expense by a purchaser.
      • (a) If attending Sale, payment before leaving room.
      • (b) United Kingdom, immediately on receipt of pro forma invoice.
      • (c) Overseas, within seven days of receipt of pro forma invoice. On no account will lots be dispatched or delivered before payment. If any purchaser fails to pay in full for any lot within the said time such lot may at the Auctioneer’s discretion be put up for Auction again or sold privately; if upon such a re-sale a lower price is obtained for such a lot than was obtained on the first sale the difference in price and expense of such a re-sale shall be made good by (and debt due from) the purchaser in default upon the first sale.
    • 5. The Auctioneer shall not be liable for any default of the purchaser or vendor.
    • 6. (a) Unless otherwise indicated each lot is sold as genuine and properly described.
      • (b) If after the sale the purchaser of the lot shall prove it to be not genuine or wrongly described the purchaser shall be at liberty to reject the lot provided he or she (i) being within the United Kingdom within seven days or being overseas within a reasonable time of the date of the sale gives notice in writing to the Auctioneer of intention to question as the case may be the genuineness or description of the lot, AND (ii) within thirty days of the sale (or in exceptional cases such time as may be in the Auctioneer’s discretion be allowed for expertising) returns such lot to the Auctioneer. NOTE: The onus of proving a lot to be not genuine or wrongly described lies with the purchaser. Proof of the inability of an Expert Committee to express opinion will not discharge such onus.
      • (c) No lot may be rejected if subsequent to the sale it has been immersed in water or treated by any other process unless the Auctioneer’s permission to subject the lot to such immersion or treatment has been first obtained.
      • (d) Lots stated to contain collections and/or undescribed stamps must be taken with all faults and errors as to numbers (if any), and by reason of the foregoing a purchaser of any such lot shall have no right to reject the same.
    • 7. Commission Bids can be placed by phone to our office or by registered users via our website Timing and availability of this functionality is at the sole discretion of the auctioneer, normally until the business day before the sale.
      • (a) Enter the maximum amount you are prepared to pay for each lot.
      • (b) In the event two or more identical bids are received for the same lot, the one received earliest will be accepted.
      • (c) The auctioneer cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omissions.
      • (d) Bids must be placed in Sterling (GBP)
    • 8. Lots sold are subject to buyer’s commission of 15% inclusive of Value Added Tax on the hammer price.
    • 9. Lots marked ‘T’ before the lot number are subject to Value Added Tax of 20% on the hammer price plus the buyer’s commission.
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    Buying stamps by Private Treaty 

    You can also buy stamps from us by Private Treaty. Please feel free to Contact Us for more information.