What should I expect when bidding with Bonhams?

New bidders must register to bid and get approved with Bonhams.

Bidding in person: On the day of the sale, please visit our Client Services desk at the auction house. Once your registration is complete, you will be given a paddle for bidding in the room.

Bidding by telephone: About five lots before your lot is announced, a Bonhams representative will call you directly from the saleroom to prepare you to bid in real time. We will talk you through the progress and place bids on your behalf until you are successful or tell us that you want to stop bidding.

Bidding online: Bonhams offers the option to place bids live via our website or app, as if you were in the room. Once you have registered, visit the online catalog and click 'Place bid'. When you are logged in, you will see a live video and audio of the auctioneer – you can jump into the bidding by clicking the 'Bid' button.

Leaving an absentee bid: An absentee bid allows you to leave a maximum bid for the auctioneer to fulfill on your behalf. You can leave an absentee bid using our website or the Bonhams app.

Before placing a bid, buyers should read through the Conditions of Sale specific to the auction. This information can be found on the auction page or printed catalog.

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