Each auction starts with an online session, this part of the auction usually includes the first 300 lots, we use the Live Auctioneers platform to allow bidders worldwide to participate in the auction, registration on Live Auctioneers is free, once you have registered with Live Auctioneers you can sign up for out next scheduled auction.
A note on participation, Live Auctioneers, as other platforms such as Invaluable have a certain number of bidders that bid on items with no intention of paying, this causes a problem for auction houses who have contractual obligations with their consigners, therefore we only auto-approve bidders with a proven track record.
If you are a recent member, have active disputes, or have limited auction history on the platform, you will not be automatically approved. In such cases contact our office so we can verbally confirm all contact information & briefly go over the more important terms of sale.
Notable terms of sale are:
- All items need to be paid within 7 business days from the day of sale.
- All items must be picked up. Pick up has to be arranged within 10 business days from the day of sale, a $10 storage fee, per lot per item will be applied unless prior arrangements have been made.
- All shipping done by third party shippers, we will take your items to a shipper of your choice, we do not ship in-house, note that shipping internationally can be costly, get multiple quotes.
- All items sold as is, as found, all sales final.
Once the online session has finished, we continue the auction with our second "in-house" session, these items can be viewed on our photo gallery on Auctionzip (ID 1210). Bidding on these items will have to be arranged by absentee bids, phone bids, or by actual participation.
The buyer’s premium on any item purchased using the Live Platform is 25%, regardless of method of payment.
If you buy directly from us, by absentee bid or phone bid, the buyer’s premium is 20%. In addition we offer a 3% discount if you pay by cash or check.
Absentee Bids forms, received on auction day after 4pm will not be processed by HVA.
Of course you can call us to leave a bid or bids.