If you have never bid in an auction, it may seem like an intimidating experience. But participating as a bidder can be exciting! We try to make the experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
All auctions are free and open to the public. If you’ve never bid with Cowan’s, you’ll need to register on our website or register in person with a member of our auction staff. Registration must include a valid mailing address, phone number, email. Some bidders may be asked for additional identification or bank validation. If you are bidding in person, you will receive a card with your bidder number.
Our auctioneers speak clearly so it’s easy to follow the bidding. As the bidding progresses, the auctioneer announces the current high bid and what amount is needed to advance the bidding. If you wish to bid, simply raise your card. The auctioneer will nod or otherwise acknowledge your bid.
Some lots have a reserve – a minimum selling price. If the bidding fails to reach this price, the lot will remain unsold. A reserve cannot be higher than the low estimate value.
You will receive soon an email with account validation instructions.