Buying at Auction  

Buying at Auction

About Leslie Hindman Auctioneers
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Buying at auction is an easy and approachable way to acquire items of interest. We conduct over 60 auctions annually in categories such as fine art, jewelry and furniture. We offer a variety of bidding options, including live bidding in person, online, on the telephone or with an absentee bid.

All auction catalogues are available online. View a schedule of our current and upcoming sales here.

Setting up an Account and Registering

Set up an account with Leslie Hindman Auctioneers so that you can track items, request condition reports, place bids and participate live during our auctions. Create alerts in your account so you never miss something you are interested in, and sign up for emails by category so you know when auctions are happening.

Create an account here.

Regardless of your bidding method, all participants must 1) have an account with Leslie Hindman Auctioneers and 2) be registered for the specific sale in which they intend on participating. Please reference the tabs below for your preferred bidding method to determine how to meet this criteria.

Ways to Bid

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1) Create an account (first time bidders only): Create an account here.

2) Register for the sale:

  • Go to lesliehindman.com
  • Click ‘Bid Online’ in the top right hand corner of the website
  • Find the sale in which you’d like to bid
  • Click ‘Register to Bid’
  • You will be prompted to log in using your username (email/client number) and password
  • You will be asked to confirm your mailing address. Make any necessary changes, and then select ‘Submit’
  • Review and click ‘I agree’ to the terms and conditions
  • At that time our Bid Department will receive your request and send a confirmation email confirming you are registered for the auction
  • After receiving this confirmation, you can refresh the website in order to start placing bids

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1) Create an account (first time bidders only): Create an account here to place telephone bids online 0r submit a Bid Form.

2) Register for the sale: Not applicable.

Up to 24 hours in advance of an auction, you may submit a Bid Form by email to bid@lesliehindman.com or by faxing it to 312.280.1211. By submitting this form you agree to our Conditions of Sale and will be registered for the sale.

Buyers may also place telephone bids by logging into their online account through the “Login/Register” button in the top right corner of our website. You will find this feature when you “view lots online” from the catalogues page. Simply click the “Bid and Track” button for the corresponding lot, and you will be walked through the steps of placing a telephone bid. Please note we can only accept telephone bids for lots with a low estimate of $300.00 or above unless noted differently online. Bids may be placed online up to two hours in advance of an auction.

On the day of auction, a staff member will call you approximately five lots before your item is scheduled to be sold. They will communicate to you the bidding activity in the room and will relay your bids to the auctioneer at your discretion.

If you are successful, an invoice will be both emailed and mailed to within 24 hours.

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1) Create an account (first time bidders only): You can create an account here to place absentee bids online or submit a Bid Form.

2) Register for the sale: Not applicable.

An absentee bid is the highest price you are willing to pay exclusive of buyer’s premium and applicable sales tax. Absentee bids are always confidential, and bids are executed at the lowest price possible by the auctioneer according to reserves and competing bids. If there are tied bids, the bidder who registered first is given precedence. All absentee bids are time stamped. You do not need to be present or available during the auction to participate as an absentee bidder.

To place absentee bids, you may submit the Bid Form by email to bid@lesliehindman.com. By doing so you agree to our Conditions of Sale. From there, you will be registered for the sale and your bids will be recorded for the auction.

Buyers may also place absentee bids by logging into their account through the “Login/Register” button in the top right corner of our website. You will find this feature when you “view lots online” from the catalogues page. Simply click the “Bid and Track” button for the corresponding lot, and you will be walked through the steps of placing an absentee bid. Bids may be placed online up to two hours in advance of an auction.

If you are successful, an invoice will be both emailed and mailed to within 24 hours.

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1) Create an account (first time bidders only): To save time the day of the auction, create an account here.

2) Register for the sale: Register for a paddle either at the preview or on the day of the auction, and pick up your paddle at the auction.

Our auctions are free and open to the public with no obligation for attendees to bid. There is no need to come for the beginning of an auction and stay for the entire sale; you may come and go as you please. Registration requires your full contact information, photo identification, credit card information, your signature and agreeing to the Conditions of Sale.

Once the auction begins, the auctioneer will clearly announce the lot number and bid increments as the bidding begins and proceeds. To place a bid, raise your paddle to the auctioneer for his or her recognition. When all of the bidding is through, the auctioneer will give fair warning, sell the item to the final bidder and announce the price and successful paddle number. When you are finished bidding on the lots in which you are interested, please return your paddle to the front desk, examine your invoice and make arrangements for payment and pickup.

Conditions of Sale

All sales are governed by our Conditions of Sale. Please fully read and understand the Conditions of Sale prior to placing any bids. When registering for a sale online or submitting a bid form, you will be prompted to agree to our conditions of sale. Any questions should be directed to our Client Services department at 312.280.1212 or info@lesliehindman.com.

Bidding at the Auction

After carefully previewing and assessing the condition of the property of interest and reading, understanding and agreeing to our Conditions of Sale you may place a bid. Please note that some sales are “online only,” meaning you may only participate through the designated online bidding platforms available for the sale. In these instances, in-person and telephone bids are not accepted. Our bid increments are:

Bid Amount Increment
$0 – $200 $10
$200 – $500 $25
$500 – $1,000 $50
$1,000 – $2,000 $100
$2,000 – $5,000 $200
$5,000 – $10,000 $500
$10,000 – $20,000 $1,000
$20,000 – $50,000 $2,000
$50,000 – $100,000 $5,000
$100,000 – $200,000 $10,000
Over $200,000 Auctioneer’s Discretion

 

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