How to Bid - Absentee Auctions

Bidding on an item may be done in one of five ways:

  1. Internet: Bidding online is strongly recommended. Internet bidding is not available for live auctions. Please call us to place absentee bids for live auctions.
  2. Telephone: We accept bids by telephone weekdays from 9 AM to 5 PM (Eastern). For the closing day of absentee auctions, we accept phone bids until 10 PM (Eastern). For live auctions, all bids must be received before 10 AM on the day of the sale. Our phone number is (860) 974-1634.
  3. Email: Email bids should be sent to Email bids will be confirmed upon arrival - if you have not received an Email confirmation of your bid, it has not been executed. Email bids must contain all contact information including Name, Address, and Telephone numbers or they will not be accepted.

We are pleased to receive bids by telephone so that we can answer any questions and assist you in your bidding. You may telephone us at any time (weekdays 9 AM - 5 PM) during the auction, prior to the closing of the sale, to check the status of your bids, to find the current bidding level, to open a bid, or to raise a bid on an auction lot. (These actions are also available as part of our internet bidding system).

Your bid, oral or electronic, grants Norman C. Heckler & Company the authority to protect you up to the amount of your stated bid. Your bid will not be removed once executed.

Norman C. Heckler & Company will not disclose bids pledged by others; only the current bidding level of a lot will be available.

The highest bidder shall prevail. It is the sole right of the auctioneer to settle any dispute between bidders and to regulate the bidding procedure. The auctioneer reserves the right to refuse any bid believed not to have been made in good faith.

Each lot in the sale has an estimate based on current value as an intended guide to bidding.

Increments are as follows:

Up to $250.00 . . . $10.00
$250.00 - $500.00 . . . $25.00
$500.00 - $1000.00 . . . $50.00
$1000.00 - $2500.00 . . . $100.00
$2500.00 - $5000.00 . . . $250.00
$5000.00 - $10000.00 . . . $500.00
$10,000 & Up . . . $1000.00

Incoming bids will be accepted on the closing day until 10 PM Eastern (7 PM Pacific). Only online bids will be accepted after 10 PM Eastern (7 PM Pacific) for auction lots that are still open.

TIMED CLOSING: This auction will close at 10:00 P.M. Eastern on the last day of the sale; however, if there are successful bids on individual items within the last 10 minutes (9:50 - 10:00 P.M.), then the auction will continue for those individual items. For each item that has received bids in the last 10 minutes, the closing of the item is extended until there are no further bids for a continuous 10 minute period. Lots that have no bidding activity in the last 10 minutes will close at 10:00 P.M. Eastern.

Please review the Conditions of Sale before bidding.