How do I register to bid with Bonhams?

Whether you wish to bid on an item in person, online or via the telephone, the first step is to register and receive approval from our Bids team.

Register online: New bidders can create an account with Bonhams. Once you have created an account, go to the page of the auction you would like to bid in and click 'Register'.

Register in person: Visit your local Bonhams auction room and ask to register to bid. On the day of the sale, registered bidders will be given a paddle at the Client Services desk for bidding in the room.

Register for telephone bidding: If you would like to place bids live via the telephone, you will need to register in advance. Complete a Bidder Registration Form and return it by email to our Client Services team in advance before the auction. Please note that telephone bidding may be subject to a minimum lot value.

Register to leave an absentee bid: An absentee bid allows you to leave a maximum bid for the auctioneer to fulfil on your behalf. You need to register your absentee bid in advance of the auction by returning a Bidder Registration Form to the Client Services team.

Approval to bid: Proof of identity and address must be provided before you can start bidding. Check our How to get approved to bid page for the documents required for individual and corporate accounts.

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