Frequently Asked Questions

Buying with Flints

We hold a monthly collectors auction on the third Wednesday and Thursday of each month. These sales include a broad mix of items from our ever-popular cameras/photographica to paintings, ceramics, jewellery and more.

Twice per year, we hold our Fine Photographica & Instruments of Science auctions which are the largest in the UK.

For a complete list please visit our upcoming auctions.

Viewings are welcome by appointment, please see our appointment book page or alternatively please call us on 01635 873634 and we will be happy to make the appointment for you.

You can request condition reports through our website. Condition reports can also be requested by phone and email. Please ensure you get your requests in quickly as if received on the day of or night before the sale, they may not get answered in time.


When you bid in one of our auctions, you pay the hammer price, plus a buyer's premium of 25% + VAT. Some lots may incur additional Artist's Resale Right chargers or Import Duty, this will be clearly stated on the lot.

For any lots purchased via the Flints website, there will be no surcharge for bidding. If bidding through, LiveAuctioneers or Invaluable, you will be subject to an additional commission charge on the hammer price of 5% + VAT. These charges will be payable on top of the hammer price and our buyer's premium.

There are many ways you can bid with Flints, for a full guide please visit our How to Bid page.

Payment can be made via credit card, debit card or bank transfer. Please note we no longer accept cash or cheques.



Yes! We understand how frustrating it can be when you have to arrange your own 3rd party shipping so we offer a complete in-house shipping service. For our full guide on shipping, please visit our Flints Shipping Service page.

Selling with Flints

Please visit our full guide here - Selling with Flints.


We pay the net sum due to you four weeks after the day of the auction, subject to payment of purchased lots.

Valuation FAQ

Our valuers deal with all manner of antiques, collectables, fine and decorative art - and of course cameras and scientific instruments. For a full list of the categories we sell, please visit our department's page here.

We suggest that you submit a small sample of the collection through our online valuation portal and mention that these are part of a larger collection.

Alternatively, if you wish to submit a large number of photographs, we recommend using WeTransfer and sending them to Please use the 'Message' section on WeTransfer to enter your name, phone number and email address.

One of our values should be in contact with you within a couple of days, usually by email. Sometimes, items require further information or discussion, we may contact you by telephone.


We can't emphasise this enough to our clients as this can dramatically de-value your item(s). Microscopes are an object with deal with on a regular basis and if you clean and polish the brass so you can see your face it in, you will be removing around 50-70% of the value of the item.

Some objects such as lenses can and should be cleaned prior to sale, however, our specialist valuer would be able to advise upon this.

General Enquiries

Our regular opening times are Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm, with viewings for auctions by appointment.

Just complete our Online Registration Form and you will receive an email with a link to verify your email address. You may need to check your junk mailbox. Once you've verified your email address, you are all set!


Please check that you are entering your username and password correctly. If you have forgotten your password you can re-set this by clicking the Forgotten Your Password? link.

If you continue to experience problems with your account please call us on 01279 817778.

Firstly, carefully check the password and username you are entering is correct. If you have forgotten your password, you can reset it by clicking the Forgotten Your Password? link.

We produce full-colour printed catalogues for our Fine Photographica & Instruments of Science auctions which take place twice per year. Our past auction catalogues and be sent out complimentary and there is a £10 charge for all current catalogues. Please contact us on 01635 873623 or email us at