The dates and times of the auction will be published on our website and on the online platform where the auction will be held. If you do not have a purchase history with our company, you may be required to leave a valid credit card number and a refundable deposit to bid. If you are interested in a particular lot and would like a condition report or additional images, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The presale estimates published online refer to the range in which similar items usually sell for at auction. The auctioneer will normally open the bidding at around half the low estimate.
BIDDING ***BIDDING AND PAYMENT ON SELECT AUCTIONS MAY ONLY BE MADE ON AND THROUGH LIVEAUCTIONEERS.COM. IN THESE AUCTIONS, IN-HOUSE ABSENTEE AND PHONE BIDDING MAY NOT BE POSSIBLE, AND PAYMENTS CAN ONLY BE MADE THROUGH LIVEAUCTIONEERS***
Bidding Live Online
We are not currently holding on-site auctions, but as long as you have a reliable internet connection, you can follow and bid in our auctions live online. Please register to bid on the online platform by 12pm EST the day prior to the auction, to ensure you have been approved. We try to confirm registration right away, but it’s best to allow several hours.
Please note, if you need an increase in your bid limit, contact us at least 24 hours in advance. Please also note the online buyer's premium differs slightly from the premium when you bid directly with Bonaventure Auctions, LLC.
Telephone bidding is available for lots with a low estimate in excess of $1,000. One of our phone bidding team members will call you a few lots beforehand. They will let you know your lot is coming up shortly and once the bidding on your lot begins, they will ask if you would like to bid a specific amount- please answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ as quickly as possible – others will be bidding at the same time so the pace could move rather quickly. Overseas bidders and clients bidding from a cell phone are asked to leave a backup bid, which will function as an absentee bid (see below) if we are unable to reach you. Requests for telephone bidding must be made before the sale day.
PLEASE NOTE: Our phones lines are limited, so we can only accommodate telephone bidders willing to bid at or above the low estimate. If your maximum bid is below that amount, please leave an absentee bid or register to bid online. Phone bidders are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. If the number of bidders outnumbers our available associates, bidders will be asked to leave absentee bids or bid online.
Buyers unable to bid online or on the telephone can still participate by leaving an Absentee Bid. We will confidentially execute bids on your behalf, up to the maximum amount you request. If it is not an incremental amount, it will be automatically rounded down to the nearest increment (please see table below). We will continue bidding for you until your maximum bid is reached, or until the bidding ends. If all other bidders drop out before your maximum bid, the lot will be yours for the amount that was reached.
PLEASE NOTE: Please contact us to register for Absentee Bidding. At the Auctioneer’s discretion, if the number of absentee bids by any one bidder is considered excessive, bidder may be required to bid online. Bids must be left at least two hours before the start of the auction.
PLEASE NOTE: **For select auctions, all payments for online bidding must be made through the online platform. For other auctions, the following applies: Bonaventure Auctions LLC accepts wire transfers, in addition to cash and certified checks. Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover are accepted for domestic purchases totaling under $5,000. Credit card payments are subject to a $5,000 limit. Federal law requires that we report payments above $10,000 made by cash or certain other cash equivalents. At our discretion, new bidders may be required to pay a refundable deposit to receive approval to bid. Combination payments are not accepted.
For our international clients: all payments must be made by wire transfer only, with transfer fees to be paid by the buyer.
If you bid directly with Bonaventure Auctions (by absentee, or by phone) the buyer’s premium you will pay is 20%.
Bidding Method Buyer’s Premium
Absentee, Phone 20%
Online bidding* 25%
*Please note the online percentage includes online bidding and payment.
Appropriate State sales tax is due on all purchases collected by Bonaventure Auctions unless we have a valid resale certificate on file.
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