Online Auctions and Registrations

What types of auctions do you offer? What are the different types of bidding?

In addition to auction listings that you can search for near your zip code, there are two types of auctions available for online bidding through AuctionZip: Live and Timed. Each auction type has an icon associated with it. The Timed icon is a clock, and the Live icon looks like an internet signal strength icon.

Live auctions are real time sales that allow you watch the auction in progress and participate during the sale. The date and time you see listed for Live sales are the time the auction begins. You can place an absentee bid on a lot in a live sale, up until the time that lot is opened for live bidding. If you are the highest absentee bidder, our system will place your bids automatically, one increment higher than the last in-room bid, until we have reached your maximum bid. You can also place live bids during the auction. If you have registered and been approved to bid by the auction house, please follow the steps below:
  1. Sign into your AuctionZip account using your email address and password.
  2. Click Online Bidding in the blue toolbar.
  3. Locate the auction you would like to bid in, and click the Enter Auction button to open the bidder console.
  4. When the blue Bid Now button displays the price you would like to bid, just click the button to place your live bid.
Timed auctions are internet-only auctions that are run for a set duration and available for absentee bidding only. These auctions allow you to place bids until the scheduled end time for a particular lot. Whoever has the highest bid when the time runs out wins the lot. The date and time you see listed for Timed auctions are the time that bidding on the first lot ends.

Do I have to register for an auction before I can start placing bids?

To participate in an AuctionZip Live or Timed auction, you must first register to bid for the sale. Each auction house has different methods for approving bidders, so we encourage you to register for auctions ahead of time so that the house is able to review your registration. You'll be notified by email when your request has been approved. You can also check your status anytime by clicking My Account in the upper right of the page, then Account, and My Auctions to view a list of auctions for which you've registered.

How do I register to bid for an upcoming auction?

To register to bid for an upcoming auction, please follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the Online Bidding page to see a list of all future online auctions.
  2. Click the Register to Bid link that is displayed beneath the Enter Auction or Bid Now button for each sale.
  3. You are now on the Sign-In/Register page. If you already have an AuctionZip account, enter your email address and password to continue to the registration page.
  4. Provide the information requested by the auction house and be sure to check off the confirmation box at the bottom of the registration page to agree to the house's terms and conditions.
  5. Then click Register to Bid. The auction house will review your request to bid and notify you if you have been approved.
  6. If you do not yet have an AuctionZip account, you'll need to create one before you can participate in any auctions on AuctionZip. To get started, click Sign Up and enter the requested information.
You may also save a step and register while placing an absentee bid. If you find a lot you like, simply enter your maximum bid. If you are not logged in, you will be taken to a page where you may either log in or create a new account. If you are already logged in, you will be taken directly to the next step, in which you are asked to enter registration info, agree to the terms and conditions, and review your bid. By submitting the bid, you are also registering for the auction.

I registered to bid in an auction, how do I know if I'm approved?

You'll be notified by email when your request to bid has been approved. You can also check your status anytime by clicking My Account in the upper right of the page, then Account, then My Auctions to view a list of auctions for which you've registered.

What does it mean if my auction registration is pending?

Approval to bid in any sale is at the auction house's discretion. We recommend that you contact the auction house directly if you have any questions about your request for approval to bid.

How to contact an auction house:
  1. Log in using your email and password.
  2. Click My Account in the upper right of the page.
  3. Click Account from the list that displays.
  4. Click My Auctions.
  5. Click the Contact Auctioneer link next to the sale you're interested in.
  6. In the message window that pops up, select Bidding Approval from the subject drop-down, enter your message and click Send.
Please note that any bids placed while you are in Pending mode will not get presented to the auctioneer on sale day if you have not been approved by the time the lot comes up for auction.

Why have I been approved to bid in an auction that I didn't register for?

To allow you to participate in auctions more easily, once you have registered and been approved to bid once with a particular auction house, we automatically submit a request on your behalf for all future auctions with that auction house. This means that you will no longer have to register for each and every auction, and will only need to submit a request for approval if you find a new auction house that you would like to participate with.

Who do I contact with questions about an auction's terms and conditions?

Each auction house has a particular set of terms in place for their auction. You must review and agree to the terms and conditions when registering or bidding in an upcoming auction. Should have any questions about an auction's terms, please contact that auction house directly.