| How To Bid
If this is your very first time bidding at
Small & Whitfield Auctions, we have explained
below the different ways in which you can bid.
We hope that you will find it helpful.
If you wish to bid in person and attend a sale you will need to first register as a buyer. Sales can get very busy so please allow sufficient time before the sale to register as a bidder. At the reception counter, you will need to fill in a bidders registration form and leave all your details. Once the form is completed you will receive a paddle (a card printed with your personal number for that sale only).
During the sale, simply raise your paddle when you wish to bid in order to attract the auctioneer’s attention. Other bidders who wish to bid on the same lot will bid against you in exactly the same way. The auctioneer will continue taking bids from each bidder until all but one drops out. The highest bidder is the successful purchaser and the auctioneer indicates this by knocking down his hammer. He will then announce the buyer’s number and hammer price.
If you are the successful buyer and do not wish to bid on any further lots you can make payment in full at reception, and once the sale has ended you may collect your lots.
Absentee or ‘Commission Bids’
If you cannot attend the sale, you may wish to leave an Absentee bid. We will bid on any item(s) on your behalf and bid only up to your maximum bid if necessary.
On the back of the registration card simply fill out the absentee form. Mark the lot numbers you wish to bid on, a description of the item with the maximum price you wish to pay.
We will try to contact you on the sale day if you are successful with any Absentee bid(s) or you may wish to phone us to find out if you have been successful.
Alternatively, if you cannot attend the sale you may wish to book a Telephone bid. This method allows you to bid live over the telephone whilst speaking with one of our auction clerks. We will phone you a couple of lots in advance of the lot you wish to bid on and take your bids live over the telephone.
Telephone bids are reserved for lots with a minimum estimate of $500 (we can take up to 3 live telephone bids per lot, so book it early).
Telephone bids are not 100% reliable, so we do ask our telephone bidders to provide us with a cover bid, (a pre-arranged bid amount) that a member of staff may execute on behalf of a telephone bidder in the event he or she cannot be reached.
The buyer’s premium is a percentage the buyer pays in addition to the hammer price.
The current Buyer’s Premium is 13.75% on all the lots incl. GST
Payment / Collection / Storage
Small & Whitfield Auctions are pleased to accept the following methods of payment: -
- Credit Cards – Visa and Master Card
(plus surcharge of 1%)
(personal cheques supported by I.D.)
Payment can be made any time during the sale and collection must be carried out within 24 hours.
A storage fee may be charged for late collections unless alternative arrangements have been agreed upon by management.