Placing absentee bids is a great way to participate in the auction if you are not going to be available during the auction. Simply put, you provide a maximum bid amount for the lot, and we execute your bid against other competition during the auction.
Please note that there are two ways to bid by absentee: First you may register using the Registration tab you see on the menu bar (left side of this page.) We then contact you with instructions, but typically all you have to do is email us your bids at least 24 hours before the auction.
Second, you may also place absentee bids (or "pre-bids") using the electronic platform/online catalogue. To do this, all you need to do is open the catalogue, register, and enter your bids into the online platform/catalogue. This method is the more convenient, and the system bids on your behalf; however, remember that any bid placed on the online platform, whether it be an absentee or a live bid, is subject to an additional 3% added to the buyer's premium.
Tips for absentee bidders: Remember that the estimates provided in the catalogue are meant to be a guide as to what we believe the hammer price will be. In other words, if you place an absentee bid within the estimated range, then you have a fair chance of winning.