All second-hand or new movable goods (furniture as opposed to building) are likely to be auctioned by an auctioneer: furniture, works of art, and old paintings but also design furniture, vintage leather goods, jewelry, etc. Vehicles (used car, utility, collector’s car, etc.) and professional equipment (tools, construction, and catering equipment, cheap fashion clothing online bidvaluable, IT and office automation, stocks, etc.) are also offered throughout the year. Finally, intangible assets such as goodwill, taxi licenses, or drinking establishments are now listed in public auctions.

How do I find the items and sales that interest me?

Browse sales ads sorted by category or search by keyword for an artist, style, or item. Our search engine allows you to filter according to several criteria (by region, date of sale, or estimate). And so as not to miss any sales, Entrenchers offers you a free e-mail alert service that is triggered by keywords and automatically informs you as soon as the coveted lot is offered for auction. Another service to stay informed: subscribe to our weekly newsletter and receive free auction news and trends every Thursday by e-mail. As you browse, you finally have the option of adding to “My favorites” the lots you want or the sales that interest you.

Who can bid?

Any person of full age, responsible and solvent, can bid and buy (excluding sales of regulated lots). Auctions, organized by judicial auctioneers or voluntary sales operators, are public; everyone has the right to attend as a spectator.

What are the conditions of sale?

Always displayed at the point of sale, they supplement the general conditions applicable to any public sale. They specify the point’s specific to a given sale: clauses limiting liability concerning the condition of the lots, sales costs and terms of payment, conditions for collection of purchases, etc. They may vary from one sale to another, which is why you should always read them before bidding because the fact of bidding implies the adoption of the conditions of the sale.

How to bid on-site during an auction?

At the time indicated, at the point of sale, the sale begins with the reading of the conditions of sale. Then, the first lot is put up for auction. Each lot is presented by its description. After the announcement of its starting price by the auctioneer, the auction can begin. To participate, a clear sign (simple gesture of the hand) is enough to indicate to the auctioneer that you wish to place a higher bid. In this case, the amount of the auction is left to its discretion. If you want to make a specific bid, it is recommended that you announce the amount out loud, but the auctioneer can refuse it.

How to Buy at Internet Auctions: Live Sales and Secret Buy Orders

Live sales are sales broadcast live on the Internet from our platform Two services are available to you after registration:

Live auction: you can participate remotely in a real-time auction. Installed in front of your computer from your home, your holiday resort, or the office, you follow the fire of the auctions and the comments of the auctioneer during the sale (with sound and video). At any time and with a simple click, you can bid as if you were in the room on the lots you want. Secret purchase orders: for those who could not be free on the day of the sale, the platform offers a service for depositing secret purchase orders. These are carried out automatically and computerized.  Bidders then benefit from the guarantee of the purchase at the fairest price if they win the auction.

How to send a fixed purchase order?

You have the possibility of leaving a purchase order with the auctioneer, one of his collaborators, or the expert of the sale by setting a maximum bid. The auctioneer will act on your behalf in your absence, according to the instructions contained in the purchase order, in order to try to buy the lot like fine jewelry online auction bidvaluable etc.  

How to buy at auction by phone?

You can ask the auction house to bid over the phone, live, for lots of a certain value (check with the auction house). Before the sale, you will be asked for a written and signed document, accompanied by bank references. This service is subject to acceptance by the auctioneer.

How do I know if I’ve won the prize?

The word “adjudge” is pronounced by the auctioneer, usually accompanied by a hammer blow that closes the auction, formalizes the conclusion of the contract of sale, and transfers the property. The buyer becomes the owner of the object when the auctioneer pronounces the ritual “awarded”. The hammer blow has no legal value.

If you are the last bidder, the one who placed the highest bid, the item will be awarded to you unless the bid level is too low or if the reserve price set by the seller (below which he does not wish to sell the property) is not reached. The lot is then withdrawn from the sale. Finally, if two bids of the same amount are carried out simultaneously, the auctioneer can put the object up for sale again. When the auction resumes, it will be awarded to whoever makes a higher bid.

Indoors, immediately after the auction, the buyer must make himself known to the auction house. And if he no longer wishes to participate in the sale, the buyer goes to the collection station. There, a tender slip (in other words an “invoice”) will be given to him. This indicates the number of the lot purchased its characteristics, catalog references, and price. Once the receipt has been paid, the buyer can take possession of the lot and proceed to its removal.


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