Timed Auctions A Step-By-Step Guide

The latest addition to GFL Fine Art online is the incorporation of Timed Auctions. Please read the following guide for more information on how to bid in one of GFL Fine Art’s timed online auctions.


Step 1: Registration

1.    Timed Auctions Menu:

You can view our current timed online auction by clicking on the Timed Auctions link in the menu on GFL Fine Arts website. On this page you will be able to view the online catalogue of artworks that are currently live at auction. Click the images for more information and to bid.

2.    Register for a GFL Fine Art Account:

To register for GFL’s timed auctions click here or select My Account in the dropdown menu under Timed Auctions. Follow the prompts on this page to register. Once you have created an account with GFL you can return to this page to log in during future visits, to bid in future auctions, or to manage your purchases, addresses and account details.

Clicking Bid on an artwork for the first time will direct you to the registrations and login page before you are able to bid.

GFL Fine Art requests that you are familiar with our Timed Auctions Conditions of Sale when registering. You can read the Conditions of Sale by clicking here or by selecting Conditions of Sale in the drop down menu under Timed Auctions.

3.    Browse the online catalogue:

Once the auction is live, artwork descriptions, images, estimates and bidding is available in the online catalogue throughout the duration of the auction. For a condition report or to arrange an inspection we encourage you to contact our specialists by emailing sales@gflfineart.com or by calling (08)9386 8577.

Step 2: Bidding

4.    Place a bid:

Bids may be submitted by clicking the blue Bid button under the artwork description on the artwork’s webpage. Bidding increments have been set prior to the auction by our auctioneer. Bids increase by either $10, $20, $50 or $100 based on the estimated value of the artwork. You may enter the maximum bid that you are willing to go to and our bidding platform will place incremental bids on your behalf as much as is required to ensure that you remain the highest bidder (up to your maximum bid). In cases when two equivalent maximum bids are submitted, the first bid received will take priority. If you are outbid at any time you will receive an email indicating this. You may then choose to enter another bid or not.

5.    Monitor your bids:

Once you have left a bid on a lot, you will be notified on screen if you are the highest bidder. If you are subsequently outbid, you will be notified by email and provided with a link to the artwork to increase your bid should you choose to do so. We encourage you to monitor your lots over the course of the auction to ensure that you remain the highest bidder up until the close of the auction.

6.    Auction closes:

An end time is displayed for each lot in the online catalogue. Lots will close in two minute increments.

7.    Your purchases:

If you remain the highest bidder, you will receive an email upon close of bidding notifying you of your purchase(s). To check the status of a particular lot, visit the individual lot page while logged into your GFL Fine Art account.

Step 3: Payments and Shipping

8.    Payment:

You will receive an email shortly after the auction prompting you to the payments webpage, there you can see your total charges (including buyers premium) along with payment instructions and a shipping quote. Payments of check or direct deposit are accepted. For more information on shipping please click here, or visit the Shipping link on the dropdown menu under Timed Auctions.

Please refer to our Conditions of Sale under any uncertainty and contact sales@gflfineart.com or phone (08)9386 8577.