We want to make the buying process as easy and painless as possible for both seasoned bidders and novices alike. We offer many ways to bid, including in person, online, over the phone, or absentee. Registration is free. Contact us at any time to discuss all of your bidding questions and needs.
- Live bidders may register in person at the auction. If you wish to pre-register, please call our office (480-779-9378) to make arrangements.
- Phone and Absentee bidders must complete the Bid Form and return to us no later than 24 hours prior to the auction.
- Online bidders may register on our site at auctions.oldwestevents.com.
A buyer’s premium of 18% will be added to the hammer price of every lot purchased in person, by telephone or by absentee bid. Online bidders will be charged an 18% premium plus an additional 3% Internet convenience fee, regardless of invoice total.
ABSENTEE AND TELEPHONE BID FORM
Download and print a bid form. Forms must be filled out in their entirety, signed and faxed back to us at 855-779-9378. Forms must be received by noon on the day prior to the auction.
How do I register to bid and what does it cost?
See “Bidder Registration” above. Registration is always free, though a credit card is required to complete your profile.
How does phone bidding work?
We offer phone bidding as a courtesy to our bidders who cannot attend in person. One of our phone bidding professionals will call you during the auction a few lots prior to those you wish to bid on. He or she will then communicate the bidding to you live, and then bid on your behalf as you instruct. Please see the Bid Form for more information.
What is an absentee bid?
You may leave an absentee bid that reflects the maximum amount you are willing to pay for a lot. Our representative will then bid on your behalf as if you were there in the audience. Your maximum amount is a limit not an offer, and we will only bid as high as is necessary to win the bid, up to your limit. Please see the Bid Form for more information.
How do I bid online?
Please visit our custom online bidding page, where you can bid from your computer or download our free App. Successful online bids will be assessed an additional 3% convenience fee above the 18% buyer’s premium, for a total of 21% online premium.
What is a Buyer’s Premium?
Standard in the auction industry, the buyer’s premium is a fee added to the hammer (selling) price of a lot. Auction houses all set their own premiums. Our premium is 18%, with a discounted premium of 15% for invoices over $20,000 (excluding online bidding).
How can I preview the items?
All items may be viewed in person during auction weekend. Please see either the Mesa Schedule or Santa Fe Schedule for exact days and times. We sell a full-color auction catalog here.
Do you guarantee the items you sell?
Our reputation is our greatest asset and we stand behind what we sell. See our Terms and Conditions for details on our limited guarantee.
What happens after the auction?
Live bidders in the audience may pay for and pick-up their winning lots in person until one hour after the completion of the sale, and then again from 9am until noon the next afternoon (Sunday). All remaining items will be marked for shipping. Winning phone, online and absentee bidders who were not in attendance will be contacted within 24-48 hours after the sale. Your items will be released for shipping once full payment has been received. All shipping charges are the responsibility of the buyer and must be arranged directly with the shipper. Please see our Terms and Conditions for more information.
What types of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, checks, money orders, wire transfers, all major credit cards and PayPal. We reserve the right to wait for funds to clear our bank before releasing items for shipping.
How can I see what the items sold for after the auction is over?
We post the Prices Realized on our website as soon as we are able, generally within 72 hours of the completion of the sale.
Where do you get the things you sell?
We sell items on behalf of consignors. Consigning is easy, and we always welcome consignment inquiries. See our Consignments page for more information.
How do you arrive at your estimated prices?
We estimate lots based on what comparable lots have sold for in the past, taking into consideration the current market, which is always changing. It is a “best guess.”
Can I afford it?
Our Auction includes items in all price ranges. Though we draw the top dealers and collectors from around the country and frequently realize record-breaking prices, the nature of the auction business means there are always bargains to be had. Do not be intimidated by the auction process or by estimated prices – there is truly something for everyone at our auctions. We all-too-frequently hear, “If I had known I could afford that, I would have registered to bid.” Don’t miss out.