Buying at Auction 

There are multiple ways to buy at auction with Keys, below are listed some of the ways that you can do this


Payment, Collection and Delivery 

Payment is due as soon as the auction ends, and successful bidders may pay in person on the day of the sale or online via the email invoice which they will receive after the auction. Please note the collection details for each sale – as a general rule, all lots should be paid for and collected within a maximum of seven days of the sale. In some cases we can assist with delivery or postage; please see the relevant online catalogue for details. 
If you have any questions about buying from our auctions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Telephone Bid 

For our fine art and specialist sales we offer a telephone bidding service, whereby a member of staff will contact you and relay your bidding via the telephone to the auctioneer. Please note that telephone line availability is limited, and that telephone bidders will be asked to also leave a standing bid at the low estimate on the lot. 

In Person 

Buyers are welcome to attend the auction, and to bid in person on the lots being offered. All bidders need to register with the auctioneers office (or online) prior to bidding.


You may leave a bid prior to the auction on our website, or bid “live” during the auction from your computer, tablet or phone. The auction will be relayed live via a video feed, and once registered to bid you simply click a button to convey your bids in real time to the auctioneer. 

Absentee Bid 

If you are unable to attend the auction, or would prefer for us to bid on your behalf (up to a maximum amount), you may leave an absentee, or commission, bid. These can be submitted via our website, by email (in which case we will acknowledge receipt), or by filling in a form at the salerooms.