Bidding with Simpson's is easy. In person, on the phone, or online - join the auction!
Join the excitement in the auction saleroom at our Houston galleries at 6116 Skyline Drive. You can register during the preview exhibition the week before or the day of the auction at the Registration window in the building lobby.
The auction begins with the first lot and the auctioneer will open each lot in order - starting the bidding at either where advance bidding has already reached or a bit below the reserve price. Competing bids in the room, on the telephone and online then increase by bid increments (see below for bid increment chart) until only one high bid remains. Don't worry about accidentally bidding by scratching your nose, our auctioneers give you sufficient time to make your next bid and will acknowledge that you have the leading bid - but make sure to raise your paddle high!
The winning bidder is noted by the auctioneer and if the reserve price is not met, the auctioneer will “pass” the lot. Any unsold lots are available for purchase offers after the auction.
You can register to be on the telephone with one of our representatives so that you can bid live during the auction. They will call you a few lots before your lot(s) are coming up and will let you know when your lot is open for bidding and how the bidding progresses. When they ask for your interest in raising the bid, please clearly answer “yes” or “no” very quickly so they can offer your bid to the auctioneer.
Requests for telephone bidding must be made at least 24 hours in advance and we require a secondary telephone number so we are sure to contact you.
PLEASE NOTE: The telephone lines for bidding are limited for each lot, so only bidders who are interested in bidding within or above the auction estimate may register for telephone bidding. If you would like to place a bid below the auction estimate, please leave an absentee bid or advance bid online.
Ray Simpson, President & CEO of Simpson Galleries, explains the process of buying at auction from registering to bid to arranging shipping of your winnings.
|Up to $500||$25|
|$500 to $1,000||$50|
|$1,000 to $2,000||$100|
|$2,000 to $5,000||$250|
|$5,000 to $10,000||$500|
|$10,000 to $20,000||$1,000|
|$20,000 to $50,000||$2,500|
|$50,000 to $100,000||$5,000|
|$100,000 to $200,000||$10,000|
|$200,000 to $500,000||$25,000|
|$500,000 to $1,000,000||$50,000|
Bidding directly with Simpson's (in-person, on the telephone or through written absentee form) enjoys a favorable buyer's premium of 19.5%.
|Bidding Method||Buyer's Premium|
|In Person, Absentee, Phone||19.5%|
| Online Platforms: Invaluable, LiveAuctioneers,
|22.5% to 24.5% - please review the
exact fee for the bidding platform of