Absentee Bidding at Tennants

Absentee Bidding at Tennants

Taking part in an auction at Tennants has never been easier, whether you want to bid in person in the saleroom or browse lots and bid on the go.

If you are unable to attend the sale in person, there are easy alternative ways to take part in the sale:

Online Bidding

Create or log in to your My Tennants account to submit absentee commission bids online, or bid live online through Tennants Live Bidding (a surcharge of 1.5% plus VAT of the hammer price in addition to the standard buyer's premium and other charges will be payable).


You can also register to bid live online through www.the-saleroom.com (a surcharge of 4.95% plus VAT of the hammer price in addition to the standard buyer’s premium and other charges will be payable to the-saleroom.com).

Commission Bidding

You can place an absentee bid, and the auctioneer will bid on your behalf to obtain the lot as cheaply as possible. To make an absentee bid you can complete a bidding form at reception, telephone us, or submit your bid using your My Tennants account by clicking the ‘leave a bid’ button next to the lot details. You should give us the maximum hammer price you are prepared to pay, remembering to take into account the buyer’s premium and any taxes and charges payable on top of the hammer price.

Commission bids must be submitted by close of business on the day before the sale. If identical bids are submitted, the person who bid first will take precedence.

Telephone Bidding

You can take part in the sale by bidding over the telephone for lots with a lower estimate over £500 in the Fine Art Sales and £200 in all other sales. Telephone lines must be booked by close of business on the day before the sale, and are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.


Condition Reports

Once you have found your item, a condition report written by one of our specialists and extra images can be requested through the online lot listing or by contacting us.


We are continuing to monitor all developments relating to the Covid-19 virus outbreak and are adhering to government recommendations. Please be assured that every precaution has been taken to ensure the safety of our staff and clients. 

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