The Sealed Auctions platform provided by Sotheby's provides a secure and safe environment for buyers from all over the world to bid on high-end vehicles, luxury products, and fine art.
Please select the amount you would like to bid and click “Place Bid.” If your bid is greater than the current high bid ¹, you will be the new high bidder, otherwise you will see where your current bid ranks. If your bid is ranked 11th or lower your ranking will be shown below the leaderboard.
You may elect to raise your bid at any time while the lot is still open for bidding ².
For a sealed bid auction, you will only be able to see your own submitted bid - not the high/winning bid (unless you are the high bidder). The delta between bidder positions will not be disclosed.
If you were the high bidder, but a bid placed by another bidder exceeds your bid, you will be notified via the email address you have set in your account preferences, and the lot page will indicate you have been outbid by the change in your ranking.
If a bid is placed within the final 90 seconds that causes that bidder to be ranked in the top 3, or if a bid is placed by the top three bidders, the auction timer will be reset back to 90 seconds to prevent a bidder from trying to place a high bid in the final moments of the auction. This also gives the new bidder time to consider raising their bid further if they are not the high bidder.
Some lots may be subject to a reserve price or the minimum amount that a seller will accept as the winning bid. The reserve price will remain confidential. For lots with a reserve price, your bid must meet or exceed the reserve to win the lot. If any bid meets or exceeds reserve, that will be noted. In the event you are the highest final bidder, but your bid has not met the reserve price, the lot will not sell.
If you are bidding on a lot that is “offered without reserve,” you will win the lot if you are the high bidder at the time bidding closes.
|Current bid||Minimum increment|
|Current bid0 - 999||Minimum increment25|
|Current bid1,000 - 2,490||Minimum increment50|
|Current bid2,500 - 4,999||Minimum increment100|
|Current bid5,000 - 9,999||Minimum increment250|
|Current bid10,000 - 24,999||Minimum increment500|
|Current bid25,000 - 99,999||Minimum increment1,000|
|Current bid100,000 - 499,999||Minimum increment5,000|
|Current bid500,000 - 999,999||Minimum increment10,000|
|Current bid1,000,000 - 2,499,999||Minimum increment20,000|
|Current bid2,500,000+||Minimum increment50,000|