You can bid at any point during our timed auctions’ bidding windows – just look for the start and end time on each auction’s webpage.
You just need to tell us the most you’re willing to pay, using our set bidding increments (find out about increments here), and we do the rest.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to remember these increments; we’ll help you when you bid.
Here's an example of timed bidding increments:
|Opening bid / Current price||Bid increment|
|£1 - 20||£1|
|£20 - 50||£2|
|£50 - 200||£5|
|£200 - 500||£10|
|£500 - 2,000||£20|
|£2,000 - 5,000||£50|
|£5,000 - 10,000||£100|
|£10,000 - 20,000||£200|
|£20,000 - 100,000||£500|
You tell us your ‘max bid’, and we bid intelligently for you, only bidding enough for you to meet the reserve or stay in the lead. (Don’t worry, we won’t tell a soul your ‘max bid’ unless another bidder goes above it.)
You’ll see your ‘current bid’ when you log in and view the lot (often it will be less than your ‘maximum bid’).
If someone bids higher than your ‘max bid’, we’ll let you know so you can decide whether to bid more.
When the timed auction ends, the person with the highest bid wins the lot (as long as the reserve’s met of course).
To make sure our auctions are always fair and free of ‘sniping’, if a bid’s placed in the last two minutes of the auction, we extend the auction by ten minutes.