What sort of items do Haywards sell?

As a full-service auction business, Hayward’s is able to take a wide variety of items others won't. From entire house lots and individual collections, to specialty items such as engineering equipment, tools, fine art and collectables.

Because of this, Hayward’s Auction House attracts buyers from all over the country which ensures great prices for your items.


The team of experts at Hayward’s know the market inside and out. They can provide you with accurate auction estimates for all of your items for free! For rare and unusual items, we have a network of experts who assist with appraisals when necessary.

Bring your items into the auction rooms located at 5 Carroll Street or if you have photos, submit the form on this page and get a free estimate or appraisal. For larger amounts of items or house-lots, please contact us and a free on-site appraisal can be organised.

Acceptance of items

Items can be dropped off at our rooms at 5 Carroll Street during normal business hours, including Saturday mornings (9am to 12pm). Please contact us first if you are intending to drop of items, so that you can make an appointment. Please note that we are unable to take in goods on Wednesdays.

If you are intending to bring a large number of items, please contact the team beforehand to arrange a time so we have plenty of staff on hand to help.

Picking up of items

A packing and pick-up service is available for customers who can’t bring their good to the auction house. Plastic crates and packing materials are available for customers who prefer to pack items themselves. This reduces the transport charges.

Seller Fees

A 23% (20%+GST) commission rate applies to all goods sold through our Antique & Collectable, Art and other speciality auctions. A 30% (26%+GST) applies to all goods sold through General & Tool Auctions.


Payment is made within 14 days after the sale of the last item by internet banking. An option to pick up a cheque from the auction rooms is available if preferred. A detailed remittance is provided on payment.

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Hayward's Auction House make clearing and selling items from an estate simple, which is why we are the number one choice for estate clearances in Otago.

The process starts with a free, no-obligation appraisal where one of the team will meet with you at the property and discuss what will work best for you. We advise our customers to contact us as early in the process as possible, so that we can ensure that all the items of value are identified.

A large number of local lawyers, trustees and executors prefer to work with Hayward’s Auction House. Hayward’s make the process easy and transparent to ensure the smooth sale and best possible price for your items.

We would genuinely recommend Hayward’s Auction House to anyone who, like us, was looking to downsize the family home.

John, Bridgette and their team were professional, beyond helpful and nothing was too much trouble.

We were particularly impressed with their ethical stand on items such as ivory and appreciated their on-gifting of less saleable items to local charitable organisations.

Onsite Auctions

It can be easier and more cost effective to hold an auction away from the auction rooms. Hayward’s staff can work with a board of trustees (or customer) to collect and sort all the items, catalogue, photograph, and run an auction without removing everything to the auction rooms.

Hayward’s advertises the auction and makes sure that all items are picked up and paid for in a timely manner.

Throughout Hayward’s were focused on helping us get the most for the assets. Hayward’s have a very good understanding for how running auctions on site can make a real difference to the success of an auction.

Stock Clearance and Liquidation Auctions

Hayward’s Auction House has experience with stock clearance and liquidation auctions, having been often asked by liquidators to sell off business assets. This is achieved by either on-site or in-house auctions.

In recent years we have asked John and Bridgette to assist us by auctioning various company assets as part of our work as company Liquidators. We have always found them to be helpful, reliable and timely in dealing with these matters. They have been successful in achieving realistic prices for the goods auctioned and have always been open and transparent in all our dealings. We therefore recommend Haywards Auction House unreservedly.