Hammer auctions are the traditional kind of auction where lots are hammered at some physical location with bidding on-site.
You can of course participate by showing up in person.
Some auction houses also accept phone bids. Contact the auction house for this.
Some auctions offer live bidding – participating online as the auction happens.
You can participate online by leaving an absentee bid (pre-bid) before the auction starts.
As with online auctions, your bid is the maximum amount you're willing to pay. When the auction takes place, we will bid on your behalf, as favorably as possible, up to that amount.
Absentee bids are usually not shown to others on the item page. They are most often hidden because the actual bidding doesn't take place until the day of the auction. Until then, absentee bids can be changed freely. Some auction houses do however choose to show the absentee bids before the auction.
Other hammer auctions have so called open absentee bidding. This means thar you, and other bidders, bid against each other i the same matter as an online auction. You can see if the reserve price has been reached. You can still place a higher maximum bid which is hidden from other bidders and we will place the bids on your behalf following the bid increments. The open absentee bidding ends as soon as the hammer auction starts. The final price will be set later on the hammer auction.
Note You can not withdraw an open absentee bid and since the item is sold on a hammer auction the right to withdraw from purchase does not apply.
Note that also late, regular, absentee bids can be placed on and item.
Your absentee bid will contend against absentee bids left by others and any bids called out on-site.
Try to place your absentee bid as early as possible: in the event of a tie, the first placed absentee bid wins.
Absentee bidding closes a while before the auction will take place. The time at which absentee bidding closes is shown on the item page. Before that time, you can place and change absentee bids. However, you can not lower your open absentee bid lower than the next bid increment.
When the hammer auction has ended the auction house need to verify the bids. Because of this it can take around an hour or up to a day until we send out the emails about won auctions. Often you can still pay and collect the item at the auction house.