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How to Bid



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Lawsons offer multiple sales every week, each with various items that suit your needs whether decorative, functional or investment based. We upload catalogues on a weekly basis which ensures our buyers always have something to look at on the Lawsons website.

Bidding at auction is easy and straightforward, simply find the lots you are interested in and place your bids, we will notify you if someone outbids you and any last minute bids trigger a bid extension which means you will always have a chance to secure your items.


Registering to bid at Lawsons is simple. Just click the link below and follow the steps to create your account today.

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Auction and Product Notifications

Lawsons Auctioneers have a mailing list to notify clients of our upcoming and current auctions. You can subscribe to the mailing list via the Lawsons website. There is also a lot alert service available to clients who have created an account where you can enter keywords and receive an email when a catalogue contains lots that match your chosen keyword/s.

Browsing the Website

The Lawsons website contains all of our upcoming sales on the homepage so that you can find what you’re looking for with ease. There is also a search function located on the homepage and within each sale catalogue.


Most of our in-room sales are open for viewing prior to the auction, the information relating to this will be available in each catalogue. Our staff will assist buyers with information on items being offered and are happy to advise on auction procedures. Each auction catalogue with viewing availability, location and times is posted on this site prior to the viewing and auction.

Pre-sale estimates are intended as a guide to prospective purchasers as to the likely range within which bids may be successful, depending on the competition for each lot. Reserves if any are always set at or below the lower estimate as is company policy.

Condition Reports

Condition reports can be requested via the online catalogue of each sale. Clicking the enquiry button below the relevant lot will connect you with the department managing that particular sale. In the case of sales that take place outside of our normal premises and/or business hours, those requests are answered as soon as possible and may take longer than our in-room sales.


Creating an Account

All intending purchasers are required to register their name, contact details and to provide credit card details in order to complete the registration process. New buyers may be asked for further identification such as a driving licence or passport details.

Types of Bidding

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Absentee Bid

Absentee bids for our live call auctions can be placed via the website or over the counter at Lawsons. An absentee bid is recorded in the auctioneers book and allows the auctioneer to bid on behalf of yourself against any competing bids during a live sale.

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Telephone Bid

Lawsons offers telephone bidding for clients who wish to secure higher value items in our live call auctions. A staff member would call the telephone bidder during the auction and bid on their behalf in the saleroom. Telephone bidding is not available for low value items or in any of our timed online auctions.

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Bid In-Person

Buyers may also choose to bid live in the rooms by physically attending our live call auctions.

How to Register

Registering to bid at Lawsons is simple. Just click the link below and follow the steps to create your account today.

Register to Bid

Auction Types

Online Auctions

Timed online auctions take place solely via the website. Unlike live auctions, online auctions have a posted end time rather than a start time. Bids are accepted on all lots until the posted end time and the highest bidder at the end of the sale is the winning bidder of that lot.

Any bids that are placed within the last five minutes of a lot closing will trigger extensions. Each successful bid within this time will add an additional 5 minutes to the countdown timer and lots can be extended up to two hours in total from the posted end time of an auction.

Live Auctions

Live call or traditional auctions have two stages of bidding. There is pre-sale absentee bidding which takes place via the website, then there is live in-room bidding. Our pre-sale bidding, including telephone bid requests, close 30 minutes before the beginning of the live auction to allow our staff to prepare for the live auction.

Then the auctioneer will go through each lot in order to allow live bidders the opportunity to secure their desired items. Once the hammer has fallen, no further bids would be accepted on any lot in question.

Bidding Increments

Current Bid


$10 – $199 $10
$200 – $299 $20
$300 – $499 $25
$500 – $999 $50
$1,000 – $1,999 $100
$2,000 – $2,999 $200
$3,000 – $9,999 $250
$10,000 – $99,999 $500
$100,000 + $1,000
* Please note, during a live auction the bidding increment may be dictated at the auctioneer’s discretion.


Conditions of Sale

Buyers should carefully inspect items and satisfy themselves as to the condition of each lot, as this is not necessarily stated in the catalogue.

All items are sold subject to the terms and conditions printed in the auction catalogues, displayed in the saleroom and in the information below.

Terms & Conditions

Buyer’s Premium

Lawsons buyer’s premium is applied to all lots purchased at auction and set at 25% for timed sales and 27% for live-call sales inclusive of GST with the exception of motor vehicles which attract a 16.5% buyer’s premium.



After an auction has finished, invoices will be sent out via email to all buyers. If you don’t receive an email but think that you should have, it’s a good idea to check your junk or spam folders, if you find your invoice there, be sure to mark Lawsons as a safe sender to ensure they reach your inbox next time.

You can also see your successful bids and items purchased in your My Auctions dashboard.

Forms of Payment

Our preferred method of payment is via the online payment portal. A link is located within the emails sent out to buyers who are successful.

We also accept credit card, EFTPOS and cash payments over the counter.

Credit Card surcharge 1.5% (Visa, MasterCard, American Express)

Live Online Bidding – Processing Fee 2% (Only for winning bids made via the live online bidding portal)

Due to the busy nature of our business, we prefer not to take payments over the phone and ask that all buyers pay online or in person.


Lawsons does not currently offer a pack and post facility.

Please see our list of recommended carriers. Alternatively, you are welcome to engage a carrier of your choice.

Recommended Carriers


Items are typically due for collection within 24 hours of the sale ending or as otherwise stated in the sale comments or in the body of the email containing your invoice. Due to the number of sales we hold and the limited space we have, storage is not an option at Lawsons but clients are welcome to engage a third party to provide this service should they wish.

Each successful bidder is issued a unique invoice number pertaining to the items purchased in each sale. That invoice number acts as authority to collect the associated lots so if you want someone to collect on your behalf, make sure they have the invoice number when they attend to collect.



a range of antique furniture in the auction gallery