Important Information

TIMED AUCTION -   Public Viewing 10th - 15th September 2024

For  Auction / Collection enquires please contact -   Chris Sampson, Clerk of Works at Exeter Cathedral. Email: Telephone: 01392 285971 



This is a timed online auction ending on Sunday 15th September 5pm.  Timed Online Auctions are purely online auctions - there is no auctioneer. Similarly, it is not possible to bid by telephone or leave a commission bid direct with Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood. Commission bids can be left via your online bidding account.  On the final day of the auction, lots will start closing from 6pm BST at 30 second intervals.  Please note, if there are lots of last minute bids on a particular lot, subsequent lots could close before bidding has finished on an earlier lot, ie the lots might not close sequentially.

Any bids within the last 5minutes of the scheduled end time of a lot will extend the end time to 5mins after the last bid. This will continue until bidding ceases. For instance, lot 1 is scheduled to end at 5pm. A bid placed at 4.56pm will result in an amended end time of 5.01pm.

Buyer’s premium at  0% 

We advise clients to register at least 48 hours in advance of the auction as you may be asked to provide documents to verify your identity. 



Chris Sampson, Clerk of Works at Exeter Cathedral. Email: Telephone: 01392 285971 



Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood will be handling the payments on behalf of the Cathedral.

Once the auction has concluded, you will receive an invoice by email with a link to our online facility as well as collection and shipping information.  Where auctions finish late in the afternoon or evening, invoices will be sent out the next working day.   

It is our policy not to accept third party payments. The name of the bank account or card holder should match the name of the buyer. Payment will be accepted by:

Bank transfer: Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood’s preferred method of payment is by bank transfer direct into our bank account. Payments must be made from the account of the registered Buyer.

Online via SagePay: clients can pay online up to a limit of £10,000 via SagePay by following this link

Debit card issued in the name of the Buyer by a UK bank and registered to a UK billing address.

Credit card: all major UK issued credit cards registered to a UK billing address and issued in the name of the Buyer, with the exception of American Express and Diners Club. Credit cards registered to an overseas billing address up to a maximum of £5,000 with the exception of American Express and Diners Club.

In cash up to £1,000: subject to relevant money laundering regulations. 

Please note: 

First time buyers: payment over the phone by debit or credit card is permitted up to a maximum of £1,000. For larger payments, please pay online or by bank transfer

To make a payment by telephone, please call: + 44 (0) 1392 413100

We are unable to release items until funds have cleared and become visible in our account.  This generally takes 24 hours and may take longer depending on your bank. Please ensure the sale date and Invoice number is quoted on all payments, so that the payment can be applied to your account without delay.   

In order to comply with current Money Laundering Regulations, it is our policy to conduct appropriate Know Your Client checks on any buyers who transact at the threshold of £8,000 or more. Buyers will be required to provide the following information: 

For individuals, official photo identification (a government issued ID document such as passport or driver’s licence) and a proof of address (utility bill, bank statement or driver’s licence).

For legal entities, a certificate of incorporation (or equivalent), a register of shareholders/directors and ID documentation from the directors and beneficial owners of the business.



Lots are to be collected from Exeter Cathedral -  Monday 16 September - Friday 20 September 2024 between 9am-5pm. The buyer will need to make their own arrangements (e.g. vehicles etc) for collecting and moving all types of stone including any larger pieces. 

Please do not arrange to collect items without having paid online or by bank transfer beforehand.

Please note that lots will not be released until they are paid for in full, and the cost of shipping is payable direct to the company concerned.  We will also need your prior authorisation before we release goods to any packer / shipper.