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Online Bidding


If you can't attend the auction we provide a service where you can register online and bid any time up until half an hour before the auction and for certain sales, once the sale has started.Bids left in the presale competitive bidding environment will then be processed into the live auction. We will notify you by email if you have been successful and direct you to our secure pay facility to settle your account.

To get started you must REGISTER -  Registration is free and will enable you to receive updates and to create your own wish list using the lot alert feature. You will be asked to provide your credit card details which facilitate the verification process in a secure environment. Once registered you will need to SIGN IN by entering your email and password.

When signed in, you can place bids with Lawsons bidding system through our online catalogues.  Lawsons catalogues are updated on a weekly basis and are generally available for viewing from Wednesday evening prior to the auction or earlier. Specialist sales catalogues will generally have a longer viewing time.

Lawsons will notify you by email following the auction with an invoice, however it is the responsibility of the buyer to check whether you have been successful. 

Pre-sale Competitive Bidding

Presale bidding enables competitive bidding in real time prior to the commencement of the physical auction. Bidders are able to see the highest current bid and also receive 'outbid notifications' by email. When the presale bidding closes the highest bids are carried through into the live auction. Please remember that the bids placed for presale bidding are real time bids which cannot be amended or retracted and are not treated as commission bids.

For online bidding clients must register, sign in, provide credit card details. Registration will also enable you to request information about a lot and send lot information to a third party. Successful bids will be invoiced by email following the auction. It remains the responsibility of the buyer to determine whether their bid has been successful.

Live Bidding Online during the auction

You can participate live in our Thursday auctions of Fine and Decorative Art and Jewellery through the Artfact Bidding System. The link on the home page is enabled when a catalogue is uploaded and ready to receive bids. Please note there is a processing fee applicable for live online bidding. For further details please see

Absentee or Commission Bidding by Fax and Telephone

 An absentee bid is a one off maximum bid which is left with the auctioneer and executed on your behalf using up the amount required to knock out any competition during the sale and against any reserve price. The Absentee Bidding form can be downloaded here or picked up during the viewing. This can be faxed/scanned or left with reception up until half an hour before the start of the sale. This form enables you to either leave a maximum bid or participate in the sale by telephone. Absentee bids are executed by the auctioneer on your behalf. If you indicate you wish to phone bid, our staff will call you shortly before your lot is due to be sold. If you require a cover bid, which is a bid which is treated as an absentee bid only in the event that the telephone connection fails, this can also be indicated on the form.


Click here for a pdf absentee bid form


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 For larger items both locally and interstate a carrier list is available from front of house. Call Jacqui Teehan on 02 9566 2377.