Making a purchase at Clarke Auction Gallery is simple. The general steps are 1) registering to bid. 2) bidding. 3) paying. 4) picking up or shipping your property.
Bidding in person
To bid in person, you will need to register for and collect a numbered paddle before the auction begins. Please remember to bring government-issued proof of identity, such as a driving license or passport, with you. If you are a first-time bidder, you will also be asked for your address, telephone number, signature, and a valid Visa or MasterCard in order to create your account.
To place your bid, simply raise your paddle 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, and will usually not exceed ten percent of the previous bid. The auctioneer will take increasing bids on each lot, until only one bidder remains. The final bidder purchases the lot.