Online Auctions

With the dawn of the modern age, and the technological boom, auctioneers and buyers alike have had to adapt and adopt in regards to technology.

Nowadays all of our sales are made available to be viewed online with pictures uploaded for each and every lot, as well as a whole host of new bidding methods being made available to buyers.
There are now three different types of auction you may find on our website:

Live only:

This is the traditional method of selling where you can attend in person or leave commission bids with the auctioneer. Fewer and fewer of our sales now operate in this way without any interaction with internet bidders.

Live online:

This form of auction retains the traditional method of selling as with live only sales,but brings the added benefit of buyers being able to place bids online in real time as the auction proceeds. The auctioneer is mic'd up and assisted by an online operator who relays the auctioneers current bid price to the online marketplace. Then those bidding from home, holiday or even hospital can hear the auctioneer, view the lot images and place a quick bid before the hammer falls. It doesn't quite have the same buzz as being here in person, but we know you can't always make it every week!

Online timed:

Many of our Commercial sales are now held as timed online auctions rather than in the traditional manner. This method of selling provides a more automated bidding experience and allows bids to be left in advance or made on the day of closing as the sale progresses. This type of sale allows clients to bid online without attending the premises and is often a more convenient method of sale. As with all our sales, viewing in person is still recommended and made available at times as advertised on the sale information page of our website.

Since introducing online auctions our UK client base has dramatically increased together with the addition of buyers from Asia, Europe, Oceania & The Americas.


Bidding Live Online

Create your i-bidder, saleroom or bidspotter account

If you are new to i-bidder, saleroom or bidspotter, you will first need to create your i-bidder account.
Click Register on the i-bidder, saleroom or bidspotter home page and complete the registration form.
You will only need your email address and a secure password.

Register for the auction

You can view items available to bid on in an auction from the catalogue page.
You will need to register for the auction to participate.
From the catalogue page, click on the orange Connect to auction button.
You’ll then be asked a few details about yourself and securely enter your debit/credit card details.

Leave a max bid

You can place a maximum bid on a lot that you are interested in before the auction starts.
This is the highest amount you are willing to pay.
i-bidder, saleroom or bidspotter will then place bids on your behalf, bidding just enough to keep you in the lead, never going beyond your max bid.

Bid live in the auction

Be sure to note the date and start time for the auction, as you can also bid in real time as the auction progresses.
You will be able to hear the auctioneer call out the bids and follow bidding on screen as it happens.
When your lot comes up, use the blue ‘Bid Now’ button to place your bid. Bid quickly to give yourself the best opportunity to purchase the item.
You will be notified on screen if you are Leading, have been Outbid or have Won the item.