There are many different ways of bidding at Trevanion & Dean.

We offer a variety of ways to bid at our auctions, you can experience the auction in person, place absentee bids or bid by telephone.  We also use online bidding so that you can bid from the comfort of your own armchair

All bids are treated in strictest confidence.

Our buyers commission charge is 20% + VAT if you wish to bid online, you can bid live through our website here for an extra 2% + VAT

Room Bidding

Why not enjoy the thrill and excitement of bidding in person? It’s easy and simple. Register at reception and receive a bidder number.

When the lot you are interested in is offered, signal to the auctioneer that you wish to bid by using your bidder number.

If you are successful the auctioneer will bring the gavel down and read out your bidder number.

Absentee Bids

If you are unable to attend the auction in person we can bid on your behalf.  

You can complete an absentee bid form and hand it to a member of staff at the auction house or email us with your bids to

Absentee bid forms are available at the sale room, the amount that you enter on the absentee bid form should be your maximum bid, remember, you may end up paying less than your limit, depending upon other bidders.

Telephone Bids 

If you wish to telephone bid, either email or telephone us to reserve a telephone line for you.  Potential buyers will be asked to confirm your name, address, telephone number(s) (including at least one land line), sale date, lot number and brief description of your lot via email, please send this information to

On the auction day a Trevanion & Dean representative will telephone you from the sale room.

Telephone bids CAN NOT be booked on the morning of the auction, requests for telephone bids are accepted until 5pm the day before the auction.

There are a limited number of telephone lines available per lot, please book your line early to avoid disappointment.

Bidders must be prepared to bid at least the low estimate.

Telephone bids are not available for lots estimated £50 or under.  In this instance, if you cannot attend the auction in person, please leave an absentee bid or bid online.

Bid Live Online 

You may prefer to bid live online at one of our auctions.  It’s easy to register online and you can watch the auction and place bids wherever you are in the world.

You can bid live on our auctions here

You will be charged an additional 2% + VAT for this service.