There are four easy ways to bid at our auctions, and, of course, all bids are confidential.
By absentee bid
If you are unable to attend the auction we can bid on your behalf. You can leave an absentee bid online by selecting the 'Leave a Bid' option on your chosen lot.
Alternatively you can complete an absentee bid form and either hand it to a member of staff or fax it to 0131 557 8668. Please note that our bid department may contact you for further details.
You can download a copy of the absentee bid form here
Download PDF Absentee Bid Form
Either way, the amount you enter on the form should be your maximum limit. We will bid up to that limit for you, and remember you may end up paying less than your limit, depending on other bidding on the day.
In the room
Simply register at reception, or on auction days at the cash office. You may need to provide identification. Once you have registered you will be handed a numbered paddle to use in the saleroom. When the bidding begins on your lot raise your paddle to bid. When the bidding stops the auctioneer will bring down the gavel and read out your number if you have won the lot.
If you would like to bid by telephone, our clerk will call you from the saleroom on the auction day, just before your lot(s) come up, and will then relay to you the events in the room, and bid on your behalf live at the auction when instructed to do so.
If you would like to bid by telephone please contact our team prior to the auction with your details of the lots you are interested in and your full name, mailing address, telephone number(s) and email.
You can download a copy of the telephone bid form here
Download PDF Telephone Bid Form
Once our team have processed your bid request you will receive an email confirmation.
Please note that all absentee and telephone bid requests must be received at least an hour before the auction.
Bid live online for free
Many clients prefer bidding live online at our auctions. It’s easy to register with us online, you can watch the auction as it happens and place bids from the comfort of your computer.
Lyon & Turnbull Live is powered by Auction Mobility. There will be no additional live bidding fees applied for this service (unlike many other providers).
Bid Live Online
Bidding on the move - The Lyon & Turnbull Live App
Lyon & Turnbull Live is also available for both Apple and Andriod mobile devices. To browse catalogues, leave absentee bids and bid live in all auctions from your device download the free app from the App Store (for Apple devices) and Google Play (for those on Andriod).
You will need to create a new account to use Lyon & Turnbull Live - once created it will give you access to live bidding facilities both from your desktop and through our app.