BUY WITH LAWSONS
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.
CREATING AN ACCOUNT
Registering to bid at Lawsons is simple. Just click the link below and follow the steps to create your account today.
BROWSING AN AUCTION
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 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.
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.
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.
Buyers may also choose to bid live in the rooms by physically attending our live call 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 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.