Yes, on a limited basis. PHONE BIDDING is a bidding process whereby you bid for yourself live on the telephone with one of our personnel. It is available on items with a low estimate of at least $500 as stated in the item description, and arrangements must be made in advance; the sooner the better because we take them on a first-come, first-served basis. As the item approaches the selling block, an auction representative will call you and you’ll wait on the phone until the bidding on your desired item starts. The representative will relay the bids to you and you respond with “yes” or “no” until the piece is sold.
This method of absentee bidding is becoming increasing popular but it does have its drawbacks. First, because of the limited number of phones and auction representatives available, the low estimate for the item must be at least $500, thus making many of the lots ineligible for this type of bidding. Second, if we are unable to contact you because of phone line problems or you are away from the phone, your opportunity to bid on the item is passed. One way around this is to leave a “back up bid” for the auction representative to execute for you just as if you were on the phone. Please see the Buyer’s Guide for more information.