Buying At Antique Reader
Whether you’re bidding with a mouse, a phone, or a paddle, every experience buying at auction is unique and exciting. Antique Reader experts will gladly inform you about the history and condition of items, and assist you with the auction process. Conditions of Sale
We offer the following online bidding platforms for you to participate in AR's auction from the comfort of your own home. Buyer's Premium on all live online auctions are 23%. Please read the Conditions of Sale.
There’s nothing quite like the thrill and drama of participating in a live auction. To bid in person, you’ll need to arrive in enough time to register and receive a paddle number before your lots of interest are offered. If it is your first time bidding with us, please bring a form of picture identification, such as a passport or driver’s license.
Registration typically opens 30 minutes prior to the auction start time. Visit the registration desk to register and receive a paddle number. You are then welcome to take a seat in the auction gallery.
Over the Phone
Call us at 718-661-2400 Monday - Friday | 9AM - 5PM Eastern Time to register your phone bid.
Join the action of a live auction on the telephone. Phone bidding is offered as a convenience at most AR auctions.
Fill out the AR Absentee Bid Form to request phone bidding. You may submit the form while at an AR auction preview, or print it and fax it back to the AR location where the auction will take place at least twenty-four hours before the start of the sale. Please write “phone bid” in the “bid price” column to indicate that you wish to bid by phone.
AR provides a convenient way to leave absentee bids, also known as left bids or order bids. These bids will be executed for you by the auctioneer during the sale.
Your absentee bid should be the maximum amount that you are willing to bid. The auctioneer will bid competitively for you up to that amount, meaning that you could potentially end up winning your lot for less than your absentee bid price.
All absentee bids should be submitted no later than one hour prior to the auction start time.