How do I get approved to bid?

We're legally required to verify your identity before you can bid. See below for the documents we need and how to send them to us.

Once you've provided your documents, please allow four hours for us to approve your account.

For individuals:

  • Government-issued photo ID showing your full name, date of birth and address (e.g. a driving licence or passport)

If your photo ID does not show your address, we'll need to see a proof of current address before you can receive your purchases.

If you already have a Bonhams account, please upload your document here. Otherwise, you can create an account and upload this document during the signup process.

For businesses and corporations:

If you wish to bid on behalf of a business, please contact us to create your account. We'll ask for these documents:

  • Certificate of incorporation showing the company's full name and registered address
  • Documentary confirmation of each beneficial owner owning 25% or more of the company
  • Government-issued photo ID showing your full name, date of birth and address (e.g. a driving licence or passport)
  • Proof of current address if your photo ID does not show this

If you're not a company director, we'll also need a letter on company letterhead confirming your authority to act.

For trusts, institutions, estates and other entities:

We welcome bids on behalf of trusts, institutions, estates and other entities. Please contact us for assistance.

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