Buying at an Auction

Making a purchase at Auction Company of America’s auctions is as simple as 1-2-3. The general steps are:

  1. Register to bid (if you’re a real estate broker – download this form)
  2. Bidding
  3. Paying & picking up of items

Bidding in Person

To bid in person, you will need to register for and collect a number before the auction begins. Please remember to bring a photo ID, such as a driving license or passport, with you.

To place your bid, simply raise your bid card until the auctioneer acknowledges you. You will know when your bid has been acknowledged; the auctioneer will not mistake a random gesture for a bid. The bidding increments are decided by the auctioneer. The auctioneer will take increasing bids on each lot, until only one bidder remains. The final bidder purchases the lot. Some lots will have a reserve, which is the confidential minimum selling price previously agreed with the seller. If the bidding fails to reach this price, the lot will remain unsold.

Buyer’s Premium & Tax

Please note that Auction Company of America’s Buyer’s Premium and any local taxes will be payable on all successful bids.


We accept all major credit cards, cash and checks. You may pay for your purchase(s) during or immediately after the auction.

Pickup and Delivery

Upon payment, you may pick up your purchases. All purchases should be picked up immediately unless special arrangements have been made.