Selling at Barsby Auctions

We receive items from all parts of Australia. Over 90% are from private estates and individual sellers whether consigned through probate, downsizing, moving abroad or just changing interiors.

We strive to make the process of selling a smooth, straightforward, enjoyable and most importantly a profitable one!

We are a boutique ONLINE auction site and believe we offer a very personal service. Each client is important and much valued at Barsby Auctions Pty Ltd. We are Sydneys local & friendly Art, Antiques & Collectables auction house.

We regularly sell to buyers worldwide and throughout Australia.


We extensively advertise all our auctions in Local Newspapers and the Sydney morning Herald. Our full catalogues, complete with hundreds of illustrations, are published on our own website. We have a large data base and target those buyers with specific interests in addition to those who have previously registered or purchased from us.

Our catalogues are available from a number of Australian and international websites. We allow live bidding through and

Free Valuation for Sale (Please see also “valuation services” page)

We are always happy to provide verbal valuations FREE of charge, either at the saleroom or at your home. Customers intending to bring items to the saleroom are advised to telephone and book an appointment, to ensure a valuer is available. Alternatively, where possible, we will give an estimate of value from an emailed image or photograph.

Reserve Price

This is the minimum price at which the item will be sold. It will be agreed in advance between the vendor and ourselves at a level that is mutually acceptable. Once the item is catalogued, the reserve figure cannot be increased. It is normal to allow the auctioneer a minimum 10% discretion on the reserve price but, if required, we can firmly fix the price

Applying a reserve price is entirely optional and if no reserve is required, we will provide an estimate in the catalogue which we believe can be achieved or bettered. It is worth noting that items offered with realistic estimates often attract greater interest and can therefore surpass expectations.


Our commission rates are highly competitive within the auction industry, although when comparing our commission rates with other auctioneers, please take into account any additional or hidden charges, For example a fee per lot, insurance, Illustrations etc.

Commission Rates. Our vendor’s commission is fixed at 16% (17.6% including GST) plus a lotting fee of $4.40 per lot.
On site house contents sales and single owner collections rate are negotiable depending on total value.
Withdrawals. A fee of 16% +gst of the average estimated selling range high and low estimates will be levied if any item is withdrawn once it has been officially catalogued.
Unsold items. We do not charge for unsold items. These items need to be collected within three days of receipt of notification of your sale result(s), unless we agree to re-enter the item into the next suitable sale. We will generally review the reserve figure and decrease it by up to 20% for the next auction.
Illustrations. We do not charge for illustrating items in either the printed catalogue or the internet catalogue although we reserve the right to illustrate or not any lot consigned for sale and to further use such in any pre or post sale promotion.
Pre-sale Information. We will send a pre sale advice letter approximately one week before an antiques auction, which will list the items consigned to the sale, their lot number, reserve price and catalogue estimate. It is very important that this information is carefully checked and if something is incorrect that you contact us immediately. Any alterations a client requests can only be made prior to sale. You are very welcome to come and view the sale.
Post-sale Information & Settlement. Generally within one week of an antiques auction we will advise you by post of your results. At this point you will need to arrange collection of any unsold items or discuss with us about re-entering into another sale. We will send a statement and cheque for the balance - typically within three weeks of the sale. In the unlikely event that we have not received payment for a lot, we cannot account to the vendor until such payment has been made.