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Buying at Auction

After you have looked through our catalogue, examined and asked questions about the items, you are ready to bid. There are at least three ways in which to bid at Hodgins:

  • In person
  • Absentee bid
  • By telephone

On the day of the sale, follow the procedures for bidder registration. If you are a new client, you will be asked for a driver's license and a major credit card. Once you have filled out the bidder registration form with your name and address, you will receive your bidding number.

When the lot that you wish to bid on comes up, simply raise your bidding number so the auctioneer may acknowledge your bid. Contrary to what you might have seen in movies or on TV, scratching your nose or coughing is not acknowledged as a bid, so you need not worry!

Don't worry if you are too busy to attend an auction. Hodgins can bid on your behalf. With absentee bids, simply decide on your maximum bid for a particular lot and complete the absentee bid form. We will attempt to buy the lot for you at the lowest price possible, and never for more than the maximum amount you indicate. To submit an absentee bid, please print out the Absentee Bid Form, follow the instructions and fax the form to our office.  For further information on absentee bid procedures, see Placing Absentee Bids.

If you wish to feel as though you are actually in the auction room when you bid, even if you are miles away, try telephone bidding. To arrange phone bidding, please contact us before the sale date. We will then call you during the auction just prior to the lot that you are interested in comes up for sale. You will then be bidding on the telephone through one of our representatives. You'll be involved in the auction action as your bids are relayed to the auctioneer. There is no charge for this service but Hodgins reserves the right to limit the number of telephone bids on each item.

If you are the successful bidder, you may collect your purchases in person, or have Hodgins Art Auctions Ltd. assist you with shipping arrangements. The price you pay will be the amount of the final bid (the hammer price), plus a buyer's premium on the final bid price. Of course no transaction would be complete without adding the GST!

Why not come in and watch a sale? All auctions at Hodgins Art Auctions Ltd. are free and open to the general public.

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