Bidding at Auction
There are several ways how you can bid on items in one of our auctions:
Our auctions are open to the public with no obligation for the attendees to bid. It is possible to arrive early in order to allow for some time to look over the lots you are interested in. Usually our auctions last for six to ten hours, but there is no need to come for the beginning of an auction and stay for the entire sale; you may come and go as you please.
Should you choose to bid at the auction, you must register for a bidder’s number. A valid driver's license or ID is required. By registering for a bidder number, you are agreeing to our terms of sale.
Once the auction begins, the auctioneer will announce the lot number and bid increments. You can bid by raising your number. Photos of the current lot are shown on a screen next to the auction block in order to make it even easier for you to know what is being sold. Before the auctioneer sells a lot, he gives a fair warning, and then announces the sale price and bidder number.
When you are finished bidding on the lots in which you are interested, please go to our cashier’s counter. You can pick up a preliminary invoice, or pay and get a receipt. You will need your paid receipt in order to pick up any merchandise.
Anyone unable to attend the auction may still participate in the auction by bidding on the telephone. Please fill out our Absentee Bid Form and check the telephone option. You can fax, e-mail, or mail the form back to us. During the auction one of our staff members will call you approx. 5 lots before the lot you are interested in comes up for sale. They will communicate with you what bid the auctioneer is asking and execute your bids at your discretion. Please know that if we cannot reach you via telephone, you are missing your opportunity to bid. You do have the option to leave a “back up bid”. The person calling you will bid up to that amount on your behalf, only if they can not reach you via telephone. We only have a limited number of telephone lines available, so please register your bid early! We sell approx. 100 lots per hour, so plan accordingly.
Telephone bidding is offered as a convenience to our customers, the auctioneers and staff are not responsible for errors or failures in executing bids!
Absentee bids work exactly as if the bidder were in the salesroom biding up to a pre-determined price limit, except that the price limit is confidentially given to Berner’s. One of our staff members will bid on your behalf alternately against other bidders until your bid limit is reached. All absentee bids are executed competitively, we do not open bidding with your top bid, but bid up to the amount you have left, only if necessary. Please fill out our Absentee Bid Form. Please understand that sometimes it is possible for a lot to sell to the other bidder for your maximum bid.
Absentee bidding is offered as a convenience to our customers, the auctioneers and staff are not responsible for errors or failures in executing bids!
Most of our auctions are available on the internet for live online bidding. Our auctions can be viewed live on berners.com, artfact.com, invaluable.com, and auctionzip.com.
In addition to pre-auction preview and bidding, it is also possible to bid live online during the day of the auction. First time online buyers need to register. Once you have a username and password, all you need to do is log-in to bid online.
Please understand you can only place, manage, or delete your online absentee bids until two hours prior to the start of the auction. After that time, all bids placed are final, and bidding is only possible through the live auction platform. All lots purchased online are charged an additional 5% buyer’s premium.
We are taking consignments for our monthly fine art & antique auctions. You can consign individual items or extensive collections.
In consigning property to our auction, the seller retains ownership until the successful sale of the item at auction. When property is consigned to Berner’s Auction Gallery, we devote the expertise of our specialists and professional staff to achieving an outstanding price at auction. Our services include:
Opening hours for consignment drop-offs are: Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
An outright sale allows the seller the advantage and convenience of immediate payment. Many sellers prefer this method of sale rather than consigning their property to auction and awaiting payment after the successful sale of the items. We purchase many different types of items, one piece to entire estates.
If you are interested in selling your antiques, please contact us to set up for a free no-obligation evaluation.
Berner’s Auction Gallery does not handle any shipping in house, however we work closely with our local UPS store. It is the buyer's responsibility to pay all fees associated with shipping and packing.
Local UPS Store #3844Scott & Melissa Mowbray
1166 E. Dayton - Yellow Springs
Fairborn, OH 45324
Phone: (937)-754-9999 Fax (937) 754-9170
Terms and Conditions
Terms & ConditionsPAYMENT
21% Buyer's premium on all credit card purchases, 18 % if paid by cash or check. 5% Fee for online winning bids. Buyer's premium is considered part of the total purchase price. Cash, certified check or personal check if known by the auction company, MasterCard, Visa, American Express & Discover accepted with proper identification. First time customers and invoices greater than $5,000 require payment by certified check, bank check or wire transfer only. Berner's reserves the right to hold merchandise purchased by personal check until the check has cleared the bank.
ABSENTEE/TELEPHONE BIDDING/ONLINE BIDDING
As a convenience to customers, absentee bids and phone bids are executed by Berner’s Auction Gallery personnel in a fair, competitive and confidential manner. Phone bid arrangements must be made 24 hours prior to start of the auction. Berner’s Auction Gallery is not responsible for failure to execute absentee or phone bids. A valid credit card must be submitted to register for any absentee/phone bid. Berner’s reserves the right to verify the said card has at least the amount of the bid available in credit/and or charge $1.00 verification fee for new bidders. We do not require the purchase be made with the credit card. At most auctions live online bidding is available. There is an additional 5% fee for online bidders. It is the buyer's responsibility to contact Berner’s Auction Gallery to arrange payment. Successful bidders are expected to pay for their purchases immediately. Berner’s Auction Gallery will email an invoice to you within 24 hours from the date of the sale. If you have not contacted Berner’s Auction Gallery to arrange payment within 48 hours after receipt of invoice, we reserve the right to charge the credit card associated with your auction registration for the amount of your invoice plus shipping.
All items are sold "AS IS, WHERE IS" with all faults. Neither Berner’s Auction Gallery nor the consignor make any warranties or representations of any kind or nature with respect to merchantability, fitness, property, value nor of any other kind, express or implied. All items are available for your examination before the sale. Written and oral descriptions are our opinions and should in no way be construed as a guarantee of any kind as to authenticity, age, condition, materials or any other feature of items being sold. Berner’s Auction Gallery attempts to catalog every lot correctly and will attempt to point out any defects but will not be responsible or liable for the correctness of the catalog or other descriptions of the lot including genuineness, attribution, provenance, authenticity, authorship, completeness, condition of property or estimate of value. All measurements are approximate. Antiques, by the very nature of their age, have wear that reflects their years of use. As a result, honest wear earned from use is to be expected and is sometimes the proof that an item is an antique. Normal wear will not be listed. Buyers who would like to know the fine points regarding condition should call. We recommend prospective bidders examine all items in which they have an interest. By placing a bid, either in person, by phone, absentee or via the Internet, you signify that you have examined the items as fully as you desire to or that you have chosen not to examine them. If you require absolute certainty in all areas of authenticity, and the results of your evaluation leave uncertainty in your mind, we recommend you have an expert examine the lot for you or do not bid on the item in question. We do not give refunds! All sales are final!
WITHDRAWAL OF LOTS
Berner’s Auction Gallery reserves the right to withdraw any lot at any time before the auction without liability. Berner’s Auction Gallery and any of its employees or consignors reserve the right to bid on any merchandise offered in course of auction with the permission of Berner’s Auction Gallery.
The successful bidder is the highest bidder acknowledged by the auctioneer. In the event of any dispute between bidders, or in the event of doubt on Berner’s Auction Gallery's part as to the validity of any bid, the auctioneer will have the final discretion either to determine the successful bidder or to re-offer and resell the article in dispute. If any dispute arises after the sale, Berner’s Auction Gallery sale record is conclusive.
The Auctioneer has the right to reject any raise of bid not commensurate with the value of the item being offered. Berner’s reserves the right to establish a stated minimum bid, the right to reject or accept any or all bids, or the right to withdraw items from the auction before completion of the auction. The seller of the property may not withdraw lots without confirmation from Berner’s. If the seller requires a minimum bid, it must be stated in writing on this contract and approved by Berner’s. Berner’s reserves the right to keep the merchandise until after the completion of the sale and to charge the seller commission and/or compensation for unsold lots. No reserve will be higher than the stated low estimate.
All sales are final and all items must be paid for each day of sale and buyer must have paid receipt to pick up items. All items must be paid for before taken from premises. The purchaser assumes full responsibility for items at the fall of the hammer. All property should be removed from our premises no later than 4:00 P.M.. of the fifth business day following the end of the auction. Unless prior arrangements have been made with Berner’s Auction Gallery, items not removed by the specified time will be charged storage and handling fees. Removal deadlines are strictly enforced.
Berner's works closely with a local UPS store. It is the buyer's responsibility to pay all fees associated with shipping, insurance and handling.
If we are prevented by fire, theft, or any other reason whatsoever from delivering any property to the purchaser, our liability shall be limited to the sum actually paid, by the purchaser for such property.
All sales are subject to Ohio and Clark County sales tax of unless purchased for resale and proper tax exemption form has been completed, the purchaser must possess a valid tax-exempt number. Berner’s Auction Gallery must have a blanket exemption certificate with permit number and signature on any tax exempt sale.
Berner’s Auction Gallery follows all Federal Firearms Regulations.
ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS OF SALE
Bidding on any articles indicates acceptance of these terms.
If any applicable conditions herein are not complied with by the purchaser, Berner’s Auction Gallery at its option may either (a) cancel the sale, retaining as liquidated damages all payments made by the purchaser or (b) resell the property at public auction without reserve or minimum selling price, and the purchaser will be liable for any deficiency and costs, including handling charges, expenses of both sales, the commission on both sales at regular rates, all other charges due hereunder and incidental damages.
These terms and conditions of sale, as well as the respective rights and obligations of Berner’s Auction Gallery and any purchasers or bidder at any sale of Berner’s Auction Gallery, shall be governed by and construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of Ohio.
The auctioneer is licensed and regulated by The Ohio Department of Agriculture - Auction Division.
Jacob A. Berner
James A. Berner
Licensed & bonded in the State of Ohio