Step 2: Register & Bid


Register to Bid

The time has come and you’re preparing to bid. What’s next? Before you can bid you have to register. Whether you plan to bid in person or online, you can register for any sale in advance via our auction calendar.

All bidders are required to create an account. You will be asked to provide your full contact details, along with a government issued photo ID and proof of address. For certain transactions, you may be asked for a financial reference and/or a deposit as a condition of allowing you to bid.

If you plan to bid remotely with Christie’s LIVE™ or submit an online absentee bid, you must first create an online account. If you already have an account that you use to bid offline, provide that account number to link all your activity.

If you plan to attend the sale to bid in person or bid over the phone, you should register in advance with the local saleroom’s Bid Department.

Choose a Bidding Method

In Person

Bidding in person offers a thrill like no other. You will need to register in advance with the local saleroom’s Client Service with your photo ID and a proof of your address to collect a paddle before the auction begins. New clients are encouraged to register 24 hours in advance of a sale to allow sufficient time for us to process your information.


Online with Christie’s LIVE™

Bidding is now easier than ever before on our online and mobile live-bidding platform. Christie’s LIVE™ with real-time live streaming video brings the excitement of the saleroom right to you — wherever you are. Available both on desktop and now optimised for mobile devices, clients can place bids or view an auction in real time on our iOS app or from your mobile web browser on iPhone and Android.

Clients who wish to bid with Christie’s LIVE™ should register by 8am the morning of the sale. Once you’ve registered, you can enter the online saleroom from 30 minutes before the start of the sale, or at any point during the sale. Just visit the Auction Calendar, find the sale you want, then click the "Join auction" button to the right. This will launch Christie's LIVE™ where you’ll see live-streaming video of the auction in real time and an easy-to-use interface for bidding against competitors on the floor.


By Telephone

If you prefer to bid by phone, we will call you from the saleroom and bid on your behalf. To register, contact your local saleroom's Bid Department.


By Absentee Bid

What if you’re unable to attend an auction? Simply place an absentee bid (also commonly referred to as a written bid) at least 24 hours before the sale and we will bid on the item for you. It's easy. Just submit your maximum bid online by selecting the lot you wish to bid on. You can also download the Christie's Absentee Bid Form and fax or email it to the Bid Department.

To find out how you fared with your absentee bid after the auction, view auction results online in real-time or contact our Client Service Department, +44 (0)20 7839 9060 or +1 212 636 2000, Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, local time.


Online-Only Auctions

In addition, Christie's conducts sales with all bidding taking place exclusively online. Online-only bids can be submitted throughout the duration of the bidding period (typically a 2-week window), as detailed in the lot description.

Visit our auction calendar to browse and bid in upcoming Online-only auctions.

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