Online antique auctions offer considerable advantages over the in-house variety. Online is the most comprehensive way to reach a national network of vendors and collectors. It is the ideal way to connect buyers and sellers everywhere, not only in the UK and Ireland but also internationally.
Online auctioneers offer their clients a range of specialist services, starting with appraisals and valuations. Antique vendors and collectors can participate in online auctions with complete confidence and total privacy. Vendors can expect discretion, quality service, the best prices and strong clearance rates.
The online bidding process, offering live audio and video streaming, enables people to participate in any of the antiques auctions, no matter where they are. The bidding platforms for desktop and mobile devices allow clients to navigate all aspects of an auction without attending in person. This form of auction has become almost an imperative since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic when it quickly became prudent to avoid attending gatherings in confined spaces.
Catalogues can be accessed online and interested parties can research the full catalogue of lots on offer from the safety and comfort of their lounge room or office. Online catalogues can be browsed by category or searched for specific items. Potential buyers can make further enquiries on an item of interest prior to auction to satisfy themselves about the condition of the item.
Registered buyers can lodge an interest in a particular antique or collectible when they register on the online auction platform and will receive alerts when the desired items become available and receive reminders when the auction is coming up.
Buyers register for each auction online, create an account, and select the maximum they are prepared to pay for an item to ensure they always purchase at the best price. When the online auction commences, the salesroom will place their bids for them but they only bid enough to keep you ahead of other bidders and they cease bidding when they reach the client’s preset maximum. If no-one bids more than your maximum then you have won that lot.
If buyers don’t preset a maximum amount for an antique of interest, live bidding online is a simple process on their computer or mobile device. Buyers can watch and hear the real-time auction and place bids on items of interest themselves or set the 'auto bid' option.
Buyers can lodge an interest in a particular antique or collectible when they register on the online auction platform and will receive alerts when the desired items become available and receive reminders when the auction is coming up. The entire online process has been systematically streamlined for convenience, fairness and positive outcomes, not only for the buyers but also for the benefit of the vendors and auctioneers.