Book Bids

How to bid if you cannot attend an auction?

Did you know you can buy items in our auction without being there in person… If you are unable to attend an auction, you can submit a ‘Book Bid’ where we will bid on your behalf during the auction, up to a maximum price you have pre-agreed with us.

We will always endeavour to buy the item for the lowest price we can, within your pre-set limit. After the auction we will contact you to let you know if the item was won.

Book bids are also commonly known as ‘Absentee Bids’ or ‘Commission Bids’.

Important aspects of Book Bids;

• Tell us the maximum amount you would be willing pay for each item – we will bid UP TO this figure in the auction. Should the auctioneer start the bidding at a lower price, you may be successful winning the item below your Book Bid. Similar to eBay’s ‘Maximum Bid’, we’ll treat this strictly as your maximum bid and you’ll only ever pay the sale price as a result from the natural bidding during the auction.

• To submit a book bid, you can easily register online through our website and record your book bids direct from the auction catalogues – it’s the quickest and safest way to communicate to us your bids for an auction. Visit ‘My Bids’ or click ‘Login’ to get started!

• You can leave Book Bids in person if you visit the Sale Room before the auction, alternatively we request ALL book bids are placed using our website, rather than email or Facebook messages.

• Castle Auctions will endeavour to notify you on the same day as the auction, or the next working day, however you are advised to contact us to check the success of your bids.

• If you win any items in the auction, you have entered into a binding contract to purchase the items and are required to pay and collect the items on the same day, or within a maximum of 2 working days.

If you have any questions or require any help, please contact us anytime.


Conditions of Sale & Descriptions

Prospective buyers are advised that all Lots are sold as seen, without warranty or guarantee and they should therefore thoroughly check the condition of Lots before bidding.

Whilst every effort has been made to produce auction catalogues with accurate descriptions, no guarantee can be given and a purchaser must satisfy him / herself as to the authenticity of the description.

The Auctioneer neither has nor professes any expert or other knowledge of any Lot sold and each Lot is sold as seen with all faults and errors or mistakes of description and all written or oral representations as to description, quality or fitness are excluded. The buyer shall be deemed to have inspected the Lot he buys and if he buys without so doing he shall do so at his own risk.