This year the Egypt Exploration Society is raising much needed funds to help rehouse its library and archive collections. We will therefore be auctioning a variety of rare, antique, and valuable books alongside more general tomes on Thursday 13th June 2019, from 18:00 (event starts at 17:00). As well as over 100 volumes, auctioneer John J Johnston will also have some unique  Egyptological experiences around the UK for auction. Take a look at the list of items below to see what’s available and read on to see how you can bid and help us raise funds for our precious and irreplaceable collections.

How do I bid?

Well, that’s easy – you can bid on the night by turning up to enjoy the auction (with nibbles, wine, and cocktails). Just email [email protected] to let us know if you will be attending so that we can ensure we have enough drinks. There is no cost to attend the event, but any donations on the night are gratefully received and will go toward the collections. Or you can bid by email in advance.

Bidding by email in advance

You will find below downloadable spreadsheets detailing the items available. New lists will be added at intervals before the auction itself so that you can follow the highest bids made in advance for each item. YOU DO NOT NEED TO ATTEND THE AUCTION TO BID FOR ITEMS – see note about postage and packing below.

If you would like to bid for an item (or multiple items) then please email [email protected] with:

  • Your full name
  • Your address
  • Contact number (by bidding, you understand we may contact you about the auction)
  • The item number(s)
  • Your (separate) bid for each item

When the next list is available here on the EES website, you can check to see if your bid (indicated by your initials) is leading. If not, then consider submitting a bid higher than that listed.

  • First list (27/05/2019)
  • Second list (03/06/2019) – your last chance to send an advance bid; bids must be received by 13:00 on 6 June 2019
  • Final list (07/06/2019) – if your bid is the highest on this list then please email [email protected] by 17:00 on 12 June 2019 with the highest amount you are willing to spend. This will not be shared with other bidders though the auctioneer may start at or below the highest bid in the final list.

Collecting your items

If your bid is successful then we will send you an email detailing the total owed as well as any postage and packing costs in order to post your items to you. If you would prefer to collect the items from the EES London office (and didn’t already do so on the night) then please do this within two weeks of the auction. The EES London office will be open as usual from 10.30 to 16:30, Mondays to Thursdays, for collection of items. The full cost must be paid before collection, and the full cost including postage and packing must be paid before we post items to you.

Terms and conditions

By bidding for any lot you agree to be bound by our terms and conditions

Download the auction terms and conditions