Our Services

Complete Estate Auction Service

We are committed to providing our customers with a professional, knowledgeable staff that will work with you to choose the best venue to liquidate your inventory. We specialise in auctioning the entire contents of your home onsite, saving you time and money. This hassle free service ensure that your movables are not damaged in transit and your home is emptied within hours of the auction.

We will conduct the sale in a professional manner by using a computerised clerking system to account for each items auctioned, advertising through multi media promotion, sale and processing, distribution of items to buyers and collection of all funds. After the sale, you will receive a detailed summary of each auction lot and a cheque within 10 working days of the auction.

Estate Buyouts

In the event that we may not be able to perform an auction for you, we may still be able to assist in removing your items from your location.

We would evaluate the items and make a cash offer to remove everything. This service includes collecting all you items as well as cleaning your home on our way out.

Call us for a free consultation on 082 330 3163 or email us on bolandauctions@mweb.co.za

Valuations and Appraisals

Boland Auctions is known and respected for our knowledge and experience. We work as an organized team to see that our clients receive the personal attention and detail they deserve. Our Appraisal Team performs evaluations on a daily basis and our specialists are trained to give accurate assessments on virtually anything. Some of our more frequent appraisal requests include:

  • Collectibles
  • Family Heirlooms
  • Furnishings
  • Artwork
  • Vehicles
  • Helicopters
  • Green houses/nursery

Appraisals determine the value of personal property for different purposes: estate resolution, insurance assessments, donation or gift valuation, property liquidation, fair market value estimation, and replacement cost. In many of these instances, certified appraisal reports are recommended and/or requested by an attorney.

Our appraisal service includes the following:

  • Our Sworn Appraiser Alistair Brown will schedule an appointment to meet with you at your convenience.
  • The appraisal will be charged at 1% of the value of the goods appraised with a minimum fee of R1000. Great care is taken to complete the appraisal within a reasonable and efficient timeframe.
  • The report will be printed, reviewed and certified with the appraiser’s signature. It will include a description and opinion of value for your property.
  • You, or a recipient designated by you, will receive a bound copy of your certified written report by mail in a timely manner. We will also include two additional copies to be given to your attorney, your insurance company, your accountant or anyone else of your choosing.

For further information or to schedule an appraisal, call 082 658 6633 from Monday-Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm or email us at bolandauctions@mweb.co.za

Rent an auctioneer/ Professional Auctioneer Services

Do you need a professional auctioneer to call your sale? Maybe you are planning a benefit, fundraiser, charitable or corporate event or maybe you have the ability to set up and account for your own sale.

Whether it be to sell artwork, wine, jewelry, donated services or anything else, our auctioneers will always liven up the crowd & show everyone a good time while collecting the most amount of money for your cause.

We are happy to provide our customers with rent and auctioneer for the event. You handle your merchansie, you collect the money, we will just come in for a flat fee and auction for you. No extra fees, no advertising costs.  Call us on 082 658 6633 or email us on bolandauctions@mweb.co.za

We also offer a variety of ides to help your event be a huge success.

Social responsibility and Charity

Conducting auctions as fundraising events for charitable causes is not only a way of assisting charities to reach their financial goals, but also an excellent platform for educating the audience on how an auction works.

Boland Auctions realizes the importance of giving back to the community that has supported us for the past 14 years.

By donating time and skills, we add the unmistakable energy of an auction and entertainment value to a charitable event. We are requested to conduct many charity auctions each year as part of our social responsibility commitments.

Some of the charities that we’re help include:

1. The Rock Shelter
2. Worcester School for the Blind
3. St. Johns and Paarl Boys High Old Boys annual wine auction.


One of the critical success factors to auctioneering is the marketing , promotion and communication of items and assets to be auctioned.

Boland Auctions has it’s own in-house marketing expert who handles the entire marketing mix to increase awareness of upcoming auctions to ensure that the right buyer is informed about the impending auction.

Absentee bidding

Absentee bidding is a great option for anyone who can attend preview but not the auction itself, or for bidders who attend the auction but need to leave before some of their lots of interest are auctioned. Absentee bids are accepted throughout the auction as long as they are submitted at least an hour before the lot is expected to sell.

We typically auction 90 – 100 lots per hour. You can pick up an absentee bid form from the registration desk We donot accept absentee bid requests by email; a signed form must be submitted in person to the registration desk on the day of the auction. All absentee bid forms must include the bidder’s complete personal information. All absentee bidding forms allow for a 10% over allowance. For example, if your bid is R200, we will bid up to R220 for you to try win the item for you.

Bidders leaving bids are aware of this policy and take it into consideration when deciding on their total bid amounts. Please be aware, however, that you will still be responsible for paying for your items even if you have chosen not to preview in person and they are not as expected. All lots are purchased “voetstoots”, regardless of how you placed your bids. Therefore, we strongly recommend previewing carefully prior to using any of these methods.


Why auction?

Auctions are fast becoming the first choice for all sellers and not just those who need to sell quickly. Here are just a few Auction Advantages offered by our Full-Service Auction Company.

  • Effective in weak as well as strong markets.
  • Equipped to auction in your home or at our warehouse.
  • Accelerated and expert marketing.
  • Maximises potential values.
  • One-day event.
  • Significantly reduces personal expenses.
  • All items sold “voetstoots”.
  • Less personal stress and spent hours.
  • Efficient and professional bookkeeping and itemised receipts.
  • Converts all items into cash, not just your best items.
  • No hidden expenses.
  • One public auction – many potential and serious buyers.
  • Free on-line advertisements
  • Our auctions are handled by our highly skilled auctioneers

The Auction Experience

Auctions are unique in experience, in sound, and in practice.

Many auction attendees find the experience addictive. They say that there’s nothing quite like the thrill of finding something they want and then bidding against others who want the same thing.

But you don’t have to be a seasoned auction attendee to be able to experience the thrill of auctions. We gladly welcome new bidders to our auctions, and though almost everyone has heard the old story about the person who attended an auction, scratched his nose and came home with an item he’d not intended to buy, pay no heed to that myth.

“People who have never been to an auction before should certainly give it a try,” said John Roebuck, CAI, AARE, president of the National Auctioneers Association. “Don’t be intimidated, go and have fun!”

Feel free to just get your feet wet. Don’t think you have to go to your first auction ready to bid. Attend an auction or two in your area to get a feel for how they are conducted. Watch and listen, then move on to bidding if that makes you comfortable.

Always remember that at an auction you’re free to ask a question if you don’t understand something. We want people to continue coming to our auctions, so ask a question to a member of our team and we’ll find the answer for you.

When you arrive at our auction, register and you’ll receive a bidder number. Read the rules printed on it. Again, ask questions if you don’t understand a policy. Inspect the merchandise you’re interested in, as most is auctioned “voetstoots” (As is, where is). This means it is not guaranteed. When you buy an item, you become responsible for it. And, keep in mind that you are liable to pay for the items you purchase before you leave the auction, even if you aren’t taking everything with you that day.

In order to bid at an auction, you need to make contact with the auctioneer. To bid, hold up your bid card in your hand or shout “yes”. The auctioneer will make eye contact with you.

You can remove yourself from the process at any time by shaking your head “no” or saying “no” if the auctioneer turns your way. Should an auctioneer misinterpret any of your signals, simply report the mistake right away.

Terms and Conditions

Below is a list of Terms & Conditions that will apply to each auction.

  • By registering, you agree to be bound by the Terms & Conditions of our sale.
  • Announcements made from the auction block will take precedence over any written or advertised information.
  • The Auctioneer reserves the right to withdraw items, relot items or add items from the sale.
  • All items are sold “voetstoots” with no warranty of any kind expressed or implied.
  • Buyers shall rely entirely on their own inspection and information.
  • All items must be paid in full and removed on the day of the sale. Large items may need to be held until the end of the sale. You are responsible for removal of your own items.
  • Items are sold to the highest bidder. In the event of a tie or dispute between bidders, the auctioneer may reopen
  • The Auctioneer reserves the right to accept bids in any increment he feels is in the best interest of his client, the seller.
  • The auctioneer reserves the right to reject the bidding of any person whose conduct, actions, or adverse comments he feels are not in the best interest of the seller.


What I need to do on arrival

  1. Register as a bidder. (Pay refundable deposit if required)
  2. Ensure that you have enough money to pay for the goods that you have purchased.
  3. Ensure you understand the conditions of sale
  4. Ask our friendly team at the registration team if you have any questions
  5. If you lose your bidders card, please report this to registration asap.
  6. Please remember that there is a 14% buyers commission + 14% VAT on all goods knocked down to you.

As a first-time bidder, what do I need to know before I bid?

Before bidding, read the terms and conditions very carefully so that you know what to expect regarding bidding, payment, removal of your items, and a number of other important details. This Frequently Asked Questions section may also provide the answers to many of your questions. Our most important word of advice is that you should thoroughly preview the items you are planning to bid on, know the most you are willing to spend, and have a way of getting your purchases home before you start bidding. Once you have bid on an item and won it, you own it. If you have not previewed or have paid more than you planned, you will still be expected to honor your bid and remove your items promptly. Just be sure to know what you are buying and pay only what you think it’s worth, and you will be an expert bidder in no time at all.

How to bid?

Ensure you are a registered bidder. This is compulsory. To let us know you want to bid, just raise your numbered bid card to get the attention of the Auctioneer. After the Auctioneer has acknowledged your bid they will know to keep checking back with you for additional bids. If the bidding exceeds your limit, simply shake your head “no” when the Auctioneer looks to you for another bid. If you continue and are the successful bidder, hold up your bid card so the number can be recorded. We also recommend that you then write the lot number and winning bid amount on your catalogue so you will have a record of your purchases. Remember, you are legally bound by your bid.

When are you open?

Our operating hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 4:30. For our Warehouse auctions, we receive goods on the Monday prior to the auction from 8:30 to 16:00.

When is viewing?

The day before the auction. For our Warehouse auctions, it’s on the Thursday, all day.

Where are you located?

Our warehouse is located at the R44 and R45 4way stop between Paarl and Wellington.

When is your next auction?

Please check our “Upcoming Auctions” page for up to date information. Generally, Boland Auctions holds their general warehouse auction every Friday at 10:00

What is your buyer’s premium?

14% Buyers commission plus 14% VAT. You can pay via Cash, Bank guaranteed cheques or Electronic funds transfer.

How can I see photo’s of items on your auction?

We try our best to upload pictures as soon as we possibly can, but as we receive goods only a day or two in advance it is not possible to load them all. Our suggestion is to come to the hall and view the items in person. The old fashioned way .

Do you accept consignments? If so, how do I consign?

Boland Auctions is happy to accept quality consignments! However, we cannot tell you what your items are worth, without seeing them in person and meeting with you. Please feel free to call us on 082 330 3163 or email bolandauctions@mweb.co.za to arrange an appointment.

Why would someone sell at auction instead of pricing their items?

Auctions are fast and efficient, and they reflect the true fair market value of merchandise. When an item is “priced” it is usually either underpriced or overpriced. Either way, the seller takes a risk. If the price is too low, it sells to the first bargain hunter who finds it. He then sells it for the profit that should have been the seller’s. If the price is too high, the item does not sell. It then has to be advertised again at a lower price or negotiated through haggling with one person at a time. At auction, all serious potential buyers are brought together to compete, and the seller is assured of fair market value. It is a time-honoured process that is also hassle-free.↑

Can you really get a bargain at auction?

Absolutely. It happens at every auction. However, keep in mind that, like beauty, a bargain is in the mind of the beholder. One person might say, “That guy is nuts to pay R900 for an antique” while the buyer is thinking, “I just got a bargain at R900! I saw a doll just like this in an antique shop for R1200.” Just don’t be fooled by those TV shows promising you can make a quick buck by buying at auctions. It might be possible to buy a battleship for R1, but you have to remove it from the bottom of the ocean by the end of the week! That is where another old adage kicks in: “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”↑

Do items come with guarantees?

No. At public auction, all items are sold “Voetstoots” (as is). Once you have won the item, you own it and there are no refusals, markdowns or returns. For this reason, it is important to preview items of interest and be sure of what you are bidding on.

What does “fair market value” mean?

Fair market value is the price for which an item will be sold on the open market by a willing seller to a willing buyer, neither of whom is under compulsion to buy or sell as of a specific date. As such, it is the price that an item will fetch at a well-advertised auction. Common factors that come into consideration are age, condition, quality and rarity. Auctions are the last niche of the free enterprise system, where the laws of supply and demand prevail.

Do you post a schedule of your auctions?

The best way to make sure you are always notified in advance of our auctions is to join our email list. Prior to each auction, we send out a brief reminder of the event confirming the viewing date. We DO NOT sell our list to marketers or send you “spam” emails. We do keep our auction calendar updated regularly, so be sure to check back often for newly posted events.

How do I register for an auction?

Complete the necessary form at the registration desk and you will be issued with a bid number. This number is only valid for that specific auction. The next time you come, you’ll have to register again and you will be issued with a new number. Please return your bid number to the registration desk after each auction.

What is a “reserve”?

A reserve is a confidential minimum sale price set by the seller. For example, if a seller does not want his item to sell for less than R500, then R500 would be the reserve for that lot. Typically auction companies that work with reserves charge a “buyback” fee to the seller if the item does not sell. The buyback fee is usually a percentage of the highest bid received at the auction, and it is used to help offset some of the auction company’s costs for marketing and auctioning the unsold item. Boland Auctions try as far possible not to have any reserves on good auctioned.

What is a “Preview”?

A Preview is a free public showing of property to be auctioned. The Preview is an opportunity for buyers to closely examine individual items prior to the auction. Typically, for a Friday morning auction, Preview is all day, on the Thursday prior to the auction It is strongly recommended that all buyers preview items prior to bidding on them as all auction sales are final.

What is a “lot”?

A lot is either a single object or a group of objects offered for sale as a unit. All merchandise at our auctions is sold in consecutively numbered lots via catalogue.

Where does the bidding start?

Bidding starts wherever the auction audience wants to start it; however, it is important to remember that it is not where the bidding starts that matters, it is where it ends that determines the value of the item. For example, the Auctioneer might ask for R400 to start. If no one bids, he will decrease the starting bid amount a little at a time until someone bids. As a result, the item might end up starting at R200 and end at R300, but it also may soar well past the initial ask of R400 and sell for R800. It is the market value of the item that determines its worth; the starting bid is not a significant factor.

What is a “buyer’s premium”?

A buyer’s premium is the portion of the auction company’s commission that is paid by the buyer. It is used to help keep the consignor’s commission lower while ensuring the auction company is still able to cover the cost of auctioning merchandise. The buyer’s premium is added to the successful bid and becomes part of the total sale price. Boland Auctions levies a 12% buyers commission with 14% VAT.

Is it okay if I come to the auction just to watch?

Absolutely! We encourage anyone and everyone to attend and watch the auction. You will be entertained and amazed at the process. Best of all, it’s free and it’s fun.

Do I have to attend an auction to bid on a lot?

No, you may bid via absentee bidding or phone bidding. Please be aware, however, that you will still be responsible for paying for your items even if you have chosen not to preview in person and they are not as expected. All lots are purchased “voetstoots”, regardless of how you placed your bids. Therefore, we strongly recommend previewing carefully prior to using any of these methods.

If I decide to absentee bid, do you start the bidding at my full bid amount?

No. Your bid will be executed by a member of the Boland Auctions Team and will be handled competitively with the bidding audience. The exception would be if we have to start your bid close to your full bid amount in order to eliminate other absentee bidders with lower bids than yours (these bidders are called “underbidders”). For example, if you left a bid for R150 and someone else left a bid for R120, we would have to open the bidding above R120 to eliminate the underbidder’s lower bid.

Why did I win the lot for more than my total absentee bid amount?

It has always been our policy to bid to a maximum of 110% of your full amount for you so that you do not lose the lot at exactly your total bid amount. For example, if your bid is R200, but as the bidding begins and alternates, you end up at R200 and another bidder ends up at R210, we will bid R220 for you to try win the item for you. Bidders leaving bids are aware of this policy and take it into consideration when deciding on their total bid amounts.

What do I do when I am done bidding?

Whenever you are ready, go back to the registration desk and hand in your bid number. After making payment by cash, EFT or bank guaranteed cheques you will receive an invoice listing your purchases, the buyer’s premium. While supplies last, we provide basic packing materials such as boxes and newspaper.

How soon do I need to remove my purchases?

Due to space constraints and concerns about damage to merchandise, we strongly prefer you remove your purchases the day of the auction. Boland Auctions runs on a tight auction cycle and must reclaim our space as quickly as possible so we can begin setting up for the next event. For anyone who is not able to immediately remove some or all of their items, we also offer pickup hours on Monday following the auction from 10:30 – 12:30. Items left beyond Tuesday will be considered abandoned, so please do not bid on items you will not be able to remove in a timely manner.

Can I put items in an upcoming auction?

Yes, we would be happy to serve you as our client. Feel free to contact us on 082 658 6633 or email us on bolandauctions@mweb.co.za