Ahh...the fun part!
Attending in Person:
Chose a seat with a good view and watch your competition. Many auction buyers develop a bidding style. Some buyers jump the bid higher than the auctioneer's call to establish dominance over the competition. Others affect a nonchalant posture and discreet bidding style so a competitor will begin to doubt the value they set on the piece. When an item of interest comes before the auctioneer, raise your paddle high. Timidity at auction can signal uncertainty, which encourages the experienced auction buyer to bid further. Write the amount you want to spend where you can easily glance at it. If the bidding passes the amount you feel comfortable with, put your paddle down. If the other bidders drop out first, the auctioneer will hammer the item "Sold!" to you, and you'll feel a rush of excitement. You won!
Bidding LIVE via Computer:
Enjoy the the auction from the comfort of your home or office. Our gallery auctions are broadcast LIVE via the Internet. Bid via your computer at the SAME TIME that we are auctioning in the gallery! This amazing technology allows you to see digital images of each lot as they are brought before the Auctioneer together with a live audio/video feed of the action in the auction room. A simple screen allows you to submit your bid, which is relayed to the Auctioneer by an Auctions Neapolitan representitive. For more information, please call 239-262-7333. (We are unable to answer questions during the auction, so please call no later than the day before an auction.)
Absentee and Telephone Bidding:
If you are unable to attend the auction in person but wish to participate, you can arrange a Telephone or Absentee bid by calling the auction house, or you can submit your absentee bid through our web site. Absentee bids are an authorization for the auction house to bid "up to, but no more than" a specific amount on your behalf. In all cases, rest assured that your bid is treated fairly. Bids are submitted in standard increments in competition with other bidders.
All auction lots are subject to a reserve, but many do not have set reserves. A reserve is a pre-established confidential minimum price agreed upon between a seller and Auctions Neapolitan & Gallery below which the lot will not be sold. Generally, if a reserve is set at all, it will be a percentage of the low estimate. At no time will the reserve be higher than the low estimate.
NOTE: Sellers are not permitted to bid on their own property. Auctions Neapolitan & Gallery acts as an agent for the Seller and prohibits any Seller from bidding on his own property. It is important for all bidders to know that if a reserve price (pre-established agreed price at or above which the seller agrees to sell) the auctioneer may open the bidding on the lot by placing a bid on behalf of the seller and may continue bidding for the seller by placing responsive or consecutive bids, but only up to the reserve amount. The auctioneer will not place consecutive bids on behalf of the seller above the reserve.