Telephone, internet or absentee bidding must be arranged in advance of the auction. If you are able to attend the auction we always recommend this as the most beneficial avenue for purchase; it will give you an overall sense of the room, the crowd, the auctioneer and how the auction is progressing.
All bidders must register in order to participate in the auction. To bid over the telephone or as an absentee/advance bidder, the buyer must fill out a bid form. This form can be found at our office, on our website or by requesting a form be faxed to the buyer. Fill out the appropriate information and please return it to the office at a minimum of two hours before the beginning of each auction. Telephone bidders will be phoned by the auction house approximately three minutes before the lot of interest comes on the block. Our staff will help guide the buyer through the process of bidding.
*Over the recent months we have made changes to our registration process in order to better secure payments between our buyers and sellers. For all NEW bidders or bidders with NO purchase history with A.H. Wilkens we do now require the following:*
1) A secured deposit of $5000 (Visa or Mastercard). A full form will need to be filled out and emailed back to us at email@example.com or by fax 1.416.360.8900. The deposit will be returned following the auction if you are not successful on any bids.
2) A copy of your identification. The name on your identification must properly correspond to the name you are using on Liveauctioneers.
3) A copy of your credit card, both front and back. The name on the card must match the name you state on the form.
4) Lastly, if you already have an established relationship with another auction house please let us know as this would make the approval process quicker.
For those auctions that are held online, bidders can register to bid through the Live Auctioneers website at www.liveauctioneers.com and clicking on the upcoming A.H. Wilkens auction icon.
In order to bid in the room, participants must fill out a bidder registration form asking for the bidders contact information and signature. Once the form is filled out and returned to our reception desk a paddle is assigned. Raise your paddle when your item (or items) of interest come up for sale, when the auctioneer acknowledges your paddle it means that she has accepted your bid. At the end of the auction bring your paddle to our cash desk for a print out of your final bill.