Allard Auctions specializing in the sale and auction of Native American artifacts.

Frequently Asked Questions - About Buying

How can I bid at one of your auctions?

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Allard Auctions is a traditional auction house that conducts auctions on-site and in real time. Bidders are welcome and encouraged to attend in person, but for those who cannot, we invite bidders to participate as absentee bidders. Bidding as an absentee is a convenient and effective alternative to “in-person” bidding and about 50% of all absentee bidders are successful on at least one item in the auction. There are several different avenues for absentee bidding that a person can take depending on personal preference (described below). These bidders, along with the in-house bidders, are all competing against each other to obtain the high bid, thereby “winning” the lot. It is understood that all participating bidders have agreed to comply with our Terms and Conditions.

What is Absentee Bidding?

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

TRUE ABSENTEE BIDDING is a written or verbal maximum bid that the auctioneer or clerk will administer on your behalf up to your stated maximum bid. Simply print the form that can be found here and submit it via mail, fax, phone, or email. There is no additional buyers’ premium for this form of absentee bidding. Please see the Buyer’s Guide for more information.

Do you accept Phone Bids?

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Yes, on a limited basis. PHONE BIDDING is a bidding process whereby you bid for yourself live on the telephone with one of our personnel. It is available on items with a low estimate of at least $500 as stated in the item description, and arrangements must be made in advance; the sooner the better because we take them on a first-come, first-served basis. As the item approaches the selling block, an auction representative will call you and you’ll wait on the phone until the bidding on your desired item starts. The representative will relay the bids to you and you respond with “yes” or “no” until the piece is sold.

This method of absentee bidding is becoming increasing popular but it does have its drawbacks. First, because of the limited number of phones and auction representatives available, the low estimate for the item must be at least $500, thus making many of the lots ineligible for this type of bidding. Second, if we are unable to contact you because of phone line problems or you are away from the phone, your opportunity to bid on the item is passed. One way around this is to leave a “back up bid” for the auction representative to execute for you just as if you were on the phone. Please see the Buyer’s Guide for more information.

Is there a fee for Phone Bidding?

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Yes. Successful phone bidders pay an additional 5% on their buyer’s premium (20% total) for any lots acquired through this process. Please see the Buyer’s Guide for more information.

What is Live Online Bidding?

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

The newest type of absentee bidding is ON-LINE BIDDING via the Internet. This is an increasingly popular way to monitor the progress of the auction and to place bids. All you need is a computer and Internet access and you can participate in the auction just as if you were sitting in the audience. Please see the Buyer’s Guide for more information.

What do I need to do to sign up for Online Bidding?

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Go to our page within the or website. We will post our catalog to the online bidding platform website approximately 30 days prior to each auction. You will be required to subscribe as an iCollector or LiveAuctioneers user if you have not already, and then you will need to register for the auction in which you want to participate. There will be a registration link within the site that you will need to click on and follow through with the process. Once completed, you will receive a confirmation of your registration. It is advised that you sign up well in advance to ensure that you have downloaded the current versions of the required software and that your computer is compatible with the bidding platform. We also suggest that you become familiar with iCollector’s or LiveAuctioneer’s website prior to auction day to reduce any anxiety you might have about this form of bidding.

Is there a fee for Online Bidding?

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Yes. The online bidding provider will charge a separate buyer’s premium, currently 5%, for any item that is acquired through this bidding process. Please see the Buyer’s Guide for more information.

What is the Buyer’s Premium?

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

It is a fee that is assessed on top of the hammer price of the item and is a percentage of that hammer price. Our base buyer’s premium is currently 17%. So for instance, if the hammer price of a lot is $100, the total price that you will pay for that piece is $117. Most, if not all, traditional auction houses charge this fee. Phone Bidding and Online Bidding have a nominal fee in addition to the base buyer’s premium.

How do I finalize my purchases?

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

To participate as an absentee bidder through any of the bidding avenues as outlined above, payment and shipping arrangements must be made either at the time that the bids are submitted (on the absentee form or when signing up for phone bidding) or during the online registration process. For the fastest service, we must have a credit card number, a shipping address, and authorization to process the purchases prior to the auction. A professional packing company contracted by Allard Auctions will ship all items. However, if we do not have proper arrangements, shipping will be delayed.

What forms of payment do you accept?

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

We take most major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover). We also accept money orders, traveler’s checks, and bank checks. Personal checks are acceptable from bidders that have established a credit history with us. Payments can also be submitted via Paypal to

Successful online bidders will receive an electronic invoice at the conclusion of each session with payment options and other instructions. There will be a direct Paypal link and for those who don’t use Paypal, a phone number to pay with a credit card.

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