Methods of Bidding

Methods of Bidding

There are several ways in which to bid at auction; either in person, by leaving a commission bid, arranging a telephone bid or bidding live over the internet

Bidding in the room

Each time you wish to bid on an item raise your paddle to attract the auctioneer’s attention who will continue to take increasing bids from interested parties until all but one person drops out. The auctioneer will then bring the hammer down and record the final bidder’s paddle number and the hammer price. Please remember, when the hammer goes down you have made a legally binding contract with Morphets.


Commission Bids

This is for the convenience of buyers who cannot attend the sale and can be done in a number of ways.

If visiting the saleroom ask at Reception for a form, fill in your details and then write down the lot number(s) and the highest price(s) you wish to bid up to. Take care to enter the correct item lot number and description.

Alternatively if viewing the sale on Morphets website you can easily register to bid and select lots for your bid basket, review and submit your commission bids directly to us no later than one hour prior to the commencement of the sale. Please note the website will not be checked for bids after this time.

The Auctioneer will then execute the bid on your behalf for the lowest possible price.


Telephone bidding

For those wishing to engage more directly with the bidding but who are unable to attend the sale a telephone bid can be arranged. You will receive a call from a bidding clerk shortly before your lot is to be offered who will then relay your bids to the auctioneer. As available lines can quickly become booked bidders are advised to request a telephone bid as early as possible and for the Fine Art and Antiques catalogue sales no later than 5pm the day before the sale. Please click here to request a telephone bid


Internet Bidding via or

All Morphets sales are sold live on the internet via and which enables you to watch, hear and bid in real time from your computer. Please remember that clicking the bid button is a commitment to buy.

Before the sale you will be able to browse lot descriptions and images in the online catalogue.

To bid online you will need to register for the auction on or

You will see the lots on your computer screen at the same time as they appear in our auction room and your bids will be relayed directly to the auctioneer. A live audio feed will allow you to experience the atmosphere of the sale and to hear your bids being relayed as you make them.

Please note levy an additional charge of 3% of the hammer price (plus VAT), or you can pay a flat fee of £3 (inclusive of VAT) to register for an individual auction with no additional surcharge on any lots bought via their website for that sale. Lots purchased via attract an additional charge of 4.95% + VAT of the hammer price for lots purchased via their website.

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