How do I bid?

We want to make bidding as easy and intuitive as possible.  The first step is to create an account with us.  Once the account is activated and you are logged in, simply take your time, browse through our site and “bid now” as your preference dictates.  


Timed Online-Only Auctions:

You may leave an absentee bid for any object that interests you.  There is a soft-staggered close; an additional five minutes is added to the close time for every 30 lots being offered (i.e. lots 1-30 begin to close at 6:00pm, lots 31-60 begin to close at 6:05pm, etc.).  If any bids are received within the five minutes prior to a lot closing, the lot time will be extended for an additional five minutes (i.e. lot 1 receives a bid at 5:56pm, the time extends to 6:01pm).  The five minute extension will continue to be applied until no further bids have been placed.  When placing an absentee bid, you are welcome to bid the asking price, or you may enter your maximum bid and the system will competitively execute your bid for you.


Live Gallery or Quarterly Auctions:

You may bid with us in person on auction day, leave an absentee bid, arrange for a telephone bid, or register to bid through one of the online bidding platforms that we partner with (please visit liveauctioneer.com or invaluable.com to arrange live online bidding).


To Absentee Bid:

Simply select the lot of interest in the catalogue and the "bid now" button will access the registration.  Each lot will close for online absentee bidding four lots before it approaches the auctioneer's podium.  When placing an absentee bid, you are welcome to bid the asking price, or you may enter your maximum bid and the system will competitively execute your bid for you.  The website will indicate a "current high bidder" status before the absentee bidding closes online, but the final sale price is determined during the live auction.  Once a lot has closed for online absentee bidding, outbid notifications will not be received.


To Telephone Bid:

Simply select the lot of interest in the catalogue and the "bid now" button will access the registration.  Select the option for "Placing a Telephone Bid" at the bottom of the window.  Telephone bid registration will close one hour before the start of the live auction.  If you have already registered an absentee bid, the telephone bid option will not be available until you have been outbid.  Telephone bids will open at a minimum of $100 in our Gallery Auctions, and half of the low estimate for our Quarterly Auctions.