Online Auction

Auction Basics

An ancient and elementary form of commerce, auctions have long been the best way to establish the value of unique and rare items. Today, modern innovations such as broadcasting sales over the Internet and accepting bids online in real time allow you to participate in our auctions from anywhere in the world.

Who can attend an auction?

All of ACF auctions are free and open to the public, and there is no obligation to bid

Who are the auctioneers?

ACF Professional are trained professionals, often with decades of experience. The auctioneer initiates the sale of each lot by briefly describing the item and then starting the bidding at a price that is lower than its reserve .

How does bidding work?

After the auctioneer starts the bidding, they will accept incrementally higher bids until a sole bidder remains. This final bidder purchases the lot. However, if the bidding fails to reach the reserve price , the lot will pass unsold.

What types of auctions does Sotheby’s hold?

Acf auctions generally comprise fine arts, antiques and decorative arts, books and manuscripts, jewellery and wine in sales dedicated to each collecting area. Occasionally, however, Sotheby’s offers unusual items of great rarity or value — .

About ACF Auctions

Looking to sell?

ACF handles sales in more Antiquities, African Art, Impressionist & Modern Art, Old Master Paintings, Contemporary Art, Jewellery, Furniture, Watches and Wine.

Tips for Successful Buying & Selling

Consignors AND savvy buyers rely on our expertise when searching for the finest property available

Buy with Confidence

When you wish to acquire fine art, jewels, antiques or other valuable property, our knowledgeable specialists. Or, if you’re a novice collector, ACF can provide basic guidance.

Interested in buying?.

Sell for Top Dollar

If you have interest in selling a work through ACF You will be asked to register or log-in to begin your auction estimate request.

Need Assistance?

For. One of our specialists will be delighted to help with your enquiry.

How to Buy at Auction

Four ways to find out what’s for sale:

Register to Bid

In-Person Registration
you will need to create an account and provide a government-issued proof of identity such as a driver’s license or passport. A bank reference may also be required. You will also have the opportunity to record your communication details (email or post) and shipping preferences (collect or ship).

Online Registration
If you require further assistance while registering to bid, please contact the Bids department using the contact information below:

Place Your Bid

– Saleroom

Bid in person to experience the live excitement of an auction first hand.

– Online

Participate in real time – Telephone

– Absentee

Submit an Absentee Bid and allow the auctioneer to execute this on your behalf.

Pay for Your Purchase

Successful bidders may pay on the day of the auction, immediately after buying. Buyers may pay by bank transfer, cheque or cash (subject to any restrictions and legal limits).

Receive Your Property

team can arrange expert and insured shipping and convenient delivery of your property..

simply provide your delivery address when you register for a sale

How to Buy at Auction

Looking to sell? Visit our easy Auction Estimate Service page.

ACF experienced staff will guide you through a simple and seamless buying process: from selecting a work, to placing a successful bid, to shipping your purchase.

ways to find out what’s for sale:

1. Browse our e-catalogues on or mobile device.
2. 
Visit our pre-sale exhibitions, which are open to the public. 

3. Register to receive e-mail alerts so that you never miss a sale in your area of interest..

Register to Bid

In-Person Registration
To register in person to bid at the sale location before the auction begins,
Online If you require further assistance while registering to bid, please contact the Bids department using the contact information below:

Place Your Bid

– Saleroom

Bid in person to experience the live excitement of an auction first hand.

– Online

Participate in real time – Telephone

Register to Telephone Bid – Absentee

Submit an Absentee Bid and allow the auctioneer to execute this on your behalf.

Pay for Your Purchase

Successful bidders may pay on the day of the auction, immediately after buying.

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Looking to sell?.

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Register to Bid

In-Person Registration

Online Registration

If you require further assistance while registering to bid, please contact the Bids department using the contact information below:

Place Your Bid

Pay for Your Purchase

Successful bidders may pay on the day of the auction, immediately after buying.

Receive Your Property

quote. For property purchased in any of our other salerooms, please contact that office directly to arrange for the transport of your purchases.

Auction Basics

An ancient and elementary form of commerce, auctions have long been the best way to establish the value of unique and rare items. Today, modern innovations such as broadcasting sales over the Internet and accepting bids online in real time allow you to participate in our auctions from anywhere in the world.

Who can attend an auction?

All of ACF auctions are free and open to the public, and there is no obligation to bid

Who are the auctioneers?

ACF Professional are trained professionals, often with decades of experience. The auctioneer initiates the sale of each lot by briefly describing the item and then starting the bidding at a price that is lower than its reserve .

How does bidding work?

After the auctioneer starts the bidding, they will accept incrementally higher bids until a sole bidder remains. This final bidder purchases the lot. However, if the bidding fails to reach the reserve price , the lot will pass unsold.

What types of auctions does acf hold?

Acf auctions generally comprise fine arts, antiques and decorative arts, books and manuscripts, jewellery and wine in sales dedicated to each collecting area. Occasionally, however, Sotheby’s offers unusual items of great rarity or value — .

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