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How to bid online for Christie's and Sotheby's auctions

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With a click of the mouse, you can attend some of the most prestigious auctions anywhere in the world because auction houses like Christie's and Sotheby's have taken their auctions online. It's easy to sign up and bid at these auction houses, here's all you need to know to bid on beautiful items around the world.

How to bid online for Christie's and Sotheby's auctions

Christie's auctions

Christie's auction house offers a comprehensive website that gives auction goers a look at all their auctions around the world. You can filter them by city, or by your particular interest, such as collectibles, art, interiors, or jewelry.

The first step in the bidding process is to look at their calendar and find an interesting auction; then you begin the registration process. The site asks for your contact information, e.g., name, address, phone, and then asks you for your bank information.

You'll have to provide your bank account and bank information to finish registering with the site. Once you're approved and registered, you can begin bidding on items, maintain a calendar with your chosen auctions, and even attend auctions live online. You can bid on anything in any auction once your account is set up.

Sotheby's auctions

Sotheby's also offers online bidding for their worldwide auctions (Sothebys.com). Like Christie's, it's quick and easy to register for online bidding. The site offers an online calendar, and registration is a one-step process that takes only a few seconds to complete.

Fill out your contact information, and you're ready to begin choosing auctions and bidding on their contents. Sotheby's offers everything from art to wine at their auctions, and you can choose the currency you use to pay for your purchases, so you can bid from any location worldwide.

The difference between Sotheby's and Christie's online auctions

One important difference between the two auction sites is that Sotheby's doesn't offer all of their auctions online while Christie's does. Sotheby's also offers "Bid Now," and if you register for an online "Bid Now" paddle, you can bid from anywhere in the world using your computer or mobile phone. They also offer "icollect," a collection management storage facility to virtually store all of your collection including registration and identification paperwork.

Signing up for either one of these sites offers you several benefits, from early catalog releases to newsletters regarding upcoming auctions (if you choose to receive them). By becoming a member, you also can purchase auction catalogs to help you decide just what items to bid on. Discover another world of online high-end auctions when you register with these sites, and uncover some of the most stunning pieces of art, furniture, and wine you've ever encountered.

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