Amersham Auction Rooms
Amersham Auction Rooms




Absentee Bidders' Service

Absentee Bids of less than £20 will not be executed

If, for any reason, a potential Buyer is unable to attend an auction, a 'free' Absentee Bidding facility is available.

The system is operated fairly and without bias, but it must be stressed that the Directors and staff of Amersham Auction Rooms cannot accept responsibility for any consequences of a missed or failed bid.

This can be initiated by the absentee bidder completing a form provided for the purpose, available at the Auction Rooms and when completed, this should be handed in to the office

Alternatively, the same instruction can be transmitted to the Auctioneers via the online catalogue, as follows:

  • Absentee Bidders Service Select the appropriate current catalogue.
  • Scroll to the Lot Number required
  • Press ‘Absentee Bid’ on the bottom left of the lot description
  • Enter the maximum amount to be bid.
  • When all your Absentee Bids have been made, scroll to the top of the screen. The number of bids entered is shown in brackets next to the 'Shopping Trolley'.
  • Click on the 'Shopping Trolley' icon.
  • The Absentee Bidders Instruction form will then appear, fill in your details. You can still amend your bids at this point.
  • Enter the Bidder's name and press 'Submit Your Absentee Bid'

Additional information, together with estimated prices, is available to bidders from knowledgeable and helpful Auction Room staff, by telephone, e-mail, prior to placing a bid. When requested by Absentee Bidders, the Auctioneers will attempt to provide a Condition Report on specific items. Whilst every effort will be made to be as accurate as possible, all Condition Reports are provided without responsibility. If a potential bidder is in any doubt whatsoever about an item’s condition, a physical inspection is advised.

Absentee Bids by Telephone

Sometimes, prospective Buyers who are unable to attend an Auction may wish to conduct their bidding over the telephone, during the auction.

  • This facility, subject to lines being available, will only be offered when the Auctioneers expect the hammer price to exceed £100.
  • The prospective Buyer must also confirm a willingness to make known their opening bid. This information may be requested when telephone lines are limited, in relation to the number of people requesting their use on a particular lot.
  • Telephone bidding is accepted on a ‘first come, first served basis’ so prospective buyers are encouraged to book lines early and certainly not later than 10am on the day of the Auction.

Conditions Associated with Absentee Bidding

  • Instructions from Absentee Bidders must be received by e-mail before 9.00am on the day of the Auction.
  • Other absentee bids must be received before 10.00am.
  • Payment may be made in cash, or in person by the cardholder, by debit/credit card. Payment is not acceptable by telephone or e-mail but alternatively, through inter-bank transfer. See Payments & Collection
  • Cheques are not accepted
  • Bids will be subject to the Terms & Conditions of Sale as published elsewhere on this website, as printed in each catalogue and as displayed in the Auction Rooms.
  • Subject to other bids or reserves, lots will be purchased on behalf of the bidder at the lowest possible price.
  • A Buyer's Premium of 17.5% plus VAT will be levied on the hammer price of each lot.
  • Unless specific arrangements have been made prior to any auction taking place, purchased goods must be paid for and collected by 11.30am the Saturday after the Auction.
  • Absentee Bidders Instructions may be cancelled at any time before the auction takes place but cancellation cannot be guaranteed once an Auction has commenced.
  • During the Auction, bids are executed by a Bidding Clerk on behalf of the Absentee Bidder. The registered maximum bid simply indicates to the Bidding Clerk, when the Absentee Bidder's limit has been reached.
  • Every effort will be made to contact successful Absentee Bidders on the day of the Auction.

Live bidding via

Live online bidding facilities are also offered as an additional service to prospective buyers at all our auctions. For further information and registration, please click on the blue tab on the homepage or at the beginning of each catalogue

Frequently Asked Questions
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What is an Absentee Bid?
If, for any reason, you are unable to attend an Auction, facilities exist for bids to be executed on your behalf. This is a free service and appropriate forms are printed in each catalogue, available on request from the Auction Rooms or this can be down-loaded from the website
Is there a cut-off date/time for the dispatch of Absentee Bidders Instructions?
If posted or delivered by hand, please ensure these arrive before 10.00am on the day of the auction
Can I bid over the telephone?
Yes: but only where the sale price is expected to exceed £100 and even then, you may be asked to confirm whether you are prepared to make a minimum opening bid. This is because telephone
Can I leave a bid by telephone/fax/e-mail?
Yes. If you are in any doubt as to the arrangements, please contact the Auctioneers
If I leave an Absentee Bid, how do I find if I was successful?
If you are successful, we will endeavour to contact you on the day of the auction
If I complete an Absentee Bidders Instruction, will I automatically pay my maximum price?
No. Your bids are executed by a Bidding Clerk on your behalf, just as though you were in the room yourself; and your registered maximum bid simply indicates to that person, when you limit has been reached
Do I have to pay a charge for registering an Absentee Bid?
This is a free service
How do I submit a bid by e-mail?
There is a facility on our website to register and submit e-mail bids via the catalogues
How do I know my bid has been received?
You will receive an automated response from the website and then a ‘Received with thanks’ from the saleroom
Is there a cut-off date/time for the dispatch of Absentee Bidders Instructions by e-mail?
All e-mailed bidding instructions must be received by 10.00am on the day of the auction
Can I cancel an Absentee Bidders Instruction?
You may cancel a bid at any time before the auction but we cannot guarantee this will be effected once an auction has commenced
What is a telephone bid?
On some occasions, prospective buyers who are unable to attend a sale conduct their bidding over the telephone. This arrangement has to be made in advance with the Auctioneers and is subject to conditions
Can I do on-line bidding?
Yes. Via and if you are unfamiliar with the process or require further information, please click on the Quick Link, found on the homepage, for information and registration





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