Eldred's - Auctioneers, Appraisers

Request a Phone Line

Eldred’s has a limited number of phone lines available for bidding on a first come, first serve basis.  Phone bidding is only available for lots estimated to sell for over $500.

To request a phone line:

  1. Please list the lot number(s) on the form with the name or description of the item(s). In the maximum field column enter “phone bid”. Carefully check your Absentee Bid Form. Although we do attempt to check the description against the lot number, bids are scheduled by the number.
  2. Bidders who have not purchased from us before must establish credit prior to placing a bid. A deposit of 10% of the total order is required. This sum will be held by us until after the auction. An alternative is to submit a completed Bidder Pre-Registration Form, or to provide us with a letter of credit from your bank. Eldred's will not accept credit cards for deposits or purchases.
  3. All bidders must sign our Conditions of Sale Bidder Agreement Form, and either mail or fax it to us.
  4. All phone bid request should be submitted in a timely manner to reduce the chance of posting error.  Phone bids must be requested 24 hours before the scheduled auction start time.
  5. On the day of the auction, a member of our staff will call you at the provided number just before your lot is scheduled to be offered. Once the lot has entered the bidding, our representative will inform you of the current bid level and ask if you would like to bid.
  6. At the end of the auction all successful bidders will be notified. The amount of your deposit will be applied toward the purchase price. If unsuccessful, the full amount of your deposit will be returned promptly.
  7. A premium of 20% will be added to the hammer price to be paid by the buyer as part of the purchase price.
  8. Eldred's shall not be held responsible for errors or failure to execute bids. Robert C. Eldred Co., Inc. offers this service as a convenience to its clients and will not be held responsible for errors or failure to execute bids.
  9. All sales are subject to the Conditions of Sale printed in the catalog.
  10. Bidders holding a valid Massachusetts or out-of-state resale number must provide their certificate or a copy thereof when registering, or they will be required to pay 6.25% Massachusetts's sales tax on purchases. A Sales Tax Resale Certificate form must also be completed.
  11. Please adhere to Eldred’s posted bidding increments when bidding.
  • Hours: April-October: Mon.-Fri. 8:30am until 5:00pm
  • November-March: 8:30am until 4:30pm
  • Visits: 53,154,130
  • Site Last Updated: December 12, 2018

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