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Bidders who buy online at this sale will have the option of having their purchases professionally packed and delivered according to a set range of fees.

The cost of shipping all eligible items will be clearly indicated in advance in the online catalogue and buyers will be emailed immediately after the sale to allow them to take advantage of the scheme.

Prices for delivery start at £20 with discounts offered for multiple deliveries to the same address. The cost will be quoted in four different price bands according to size, but large pieces of furniture, firearms or any lot containing hazardous materials will not be included. Items can be delivered in the UK, Europe and the USA and the cost of carriage (including discount on delivery for multiple purchases) can be calculated instantly online.

"We are aware that many bidders can be put off by uncertainty over the delivery of their lots. This new scheme means that they will know in advance exactly how much it will cost. Following this pilot project it is our intention to make the facility available to auctioneers throughout the UK," said Richard Lewis, COO of ATG Media.