How to Bid at Time & Again Galleries
If you are new to Time & Again Galleries, welcome. We will be glad to verify your credit.
It’s a quick few steps to get us the information we need. In addition to contact information, this may include driver’s license number, credit card number, references. Call us anytime, but always by 10 a.m. on the day prior to the sale.
If you have bid with Time and Again Galleries in past sales, welcome back. We have your information on file.
You can bid with us by telephone, internet (using Live Auctioneers), or come to our sale. After you have registered and previewed our sale, please feel free to contact the gallery with any questions you might have pertaining to the items you are interested in, ie. conditions, estimated value, measurements, age, etc. Our qualified staff will do their best to guide you, but keep in mind, the ultimate determination of value is place upon you, the bidder. Make sure that you have a clear idea of how much you want to bid on an item beforehand because once you have successfully bid on an item, you own it.
Bidding is performed in increments – examples following: $25, $50, $75, $100; $500, $600, $700, $800; $1,000, $1,250, $1,500; etc.
Four Ways to Bid
On the day of the sale, visit our front desk and one of our qualified staff members will check you in to begin your bidding experience. You may also register during preview, in which case you will be able to bypass registration on the day of the sale. Our doors open at least two hours before any auction and registration continues during the sale, so you will have plenty of extra time in case you’re in a hurry. After establishing your credit (if you are a first time bidder), you will receive a paper paddle with your bidding number on it and then you’ll be set to go! Just pick a chair, sit back, relax, and enjoy the auction.
Time & Again Galleries’ partnership with Live Auctioneers
allows you to bid online in real time. To bid through Live Auctioneers, click the link below or go to the Live Auctioneers site
, locate the link to our sale (by search or by scrolling through the sales in date order) and follow the directions for qualifying and registering. To insure that you are qualified before the sale begins, we strongly advise you to register as soon as possible. Registration closes on Live Auctioneers one hour before the sale begins.
Note: Live Auctioneers also offers a mobile app for iPhone, Android or Blackberry at that lets you view our catalogues and bid online through your phone.
If you want to bid live with us by phone, we can arrange for an agent from our staff to call you. Your agent is your advocate in the room and will do everything he can to win you your lot(s). He (or she) will call a few minutes before your lot comes up for sale. He will introduce himself, tell you the number of the lot currently being auctioned and confirm the lot number(s) on which you have chosen to bid. He will tell you when your lot is up next. When the auctioneer opens the bidding, he will tell you what you need to bid to stay in the competition as the bids move up. Request a phone line as early as possible. We always take phone bids from registered bidders until 4 pm on the day prior to the sale and thereafter — if possible — at our discretion.
This is like leaving a bid on an eBay auction. Left bids (also known as absentee bids) give the auctioneer permission to bid for you as if you were in the room, starting on your behalf at the lowest possible selling price and, as long as there is competition, bidding for you, if necessary, up to the maximum amount you have designated. We accept absentee bids by phone or fax. We will even do our best to enter bids during a live auction if the call is received sufficiently in advance and from a registered bidder. That said, absentee bids are time stamped, so the earlier an absentee bid is submitted, the better. The earlier of two identical absentee bids will win that day.
Keep in mind that if two bidders have the same bid, it is at the discretion of the auctioneer to determine which bidder wins the item. In general, the live bidder will always take priority over the phone/absentee/online bidder.
A bid is a contract to buy
Virtually all auction houses sell property “as-is, where-is.” That means every purchase — with rare and specific exceptions — is a final sale. Read Time and Again Galleries’ Terms of Sale before you buy. Please ask us about any part you don’t understand. Everything that’s up for auction is available for inspection a full week prior to the sale. If physical inspection isn’t an option, there are online condition reports and photos and we are glad to hear from you by phone or e-mail if you still have unanswered questions. Such due diligence on your part assures that you’ll be satisfied when your bid wins the day.