Bidding with Wright is secure and simple.
We offer various bidding methods for your convenience and make registration as easy as possible.
To participate and bid at an auction that you cannot attend, complete the following Bid Form to submit absentee bids or request a telephone call for specific lots.
Wright offers live online bidding. To participate, register now and then return to our website on the day of sale to watch and bid live in real time.
With the Wright iOS app you can submit bids in advance of an auction or bid live in real time during the sale from anywhere using your mobile device.
Bid in Person
All auctions are open to the public. Registration only takes a matter of minutes and all you will need is photo identification and a credit card. You can complete registration when you arrive on the day of sale. Auctions take place at our Chicago gallery located at:
1440 West Hubbard Chicago, IL 60642
If you have any questions regarding bidding, we are available to assist.
t 312 563 0020
f 312 235 4182
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I watch the auction live online?
Yes. On the day of the sale we will have a link to a video feed for the sale on our homepage. You may also bid through this portal if you register. You may register day of sale, or in advance at https://live.wright20.com/. In addition to watching live on your computer, you can watch using the Wright iOS app or via the third party, Live Auctioneers.
How do I register to bid live online?
In advance of the sale you may register to bid live online via Wright directly at https://live.wright20.com/. You will be asked to create a username and password as well as to provide billing information and credit card details. You will then be asked to select an auction for which you plan to bid. Once you register you will be provided a paddle number and on the day of sale you can participate live from your desktop. On the day of the sale, you will be able to participate and watch the sale live from our website.
Please note that you must to register for each auction that you would like to participate in. The account you create at the above link will work with our mobile app as well; download the Wright iOS app to view all lots, follow artists, request condition reports and/or leave absentee bids.
How do I register to bid by absentee, phone or in person?
To register for phone or absentee bidding, you must begin with a bid form. You can use our secure online form to submit your billing and bid information; all details will be transmitted confidentially directly to our bid department. Alternatively, a blank bid form can be found in your catalog or you may download one here. Simply complete the form and fax it to the Wright Bid Department at 312.235.4182.
To bid live in the auction room you can register on the day of the auction in a matter of minutes. Bidders may arrive up to two hours before the start of the auction or any time prior to the auctioning of the first lot on which they wish to bid.
All bidders who register will need to provide:
- Complete contact and billing information
All bidders who register to bid by phone or absentee must also provide a completed Bid Form with:
- A list of the lots on which you wish to bid
- The bidding method specified for each lot
- Day of sale phone numbers and/or maximum absentee bid amounts
What bidding method is right for me?
Absentee bids — also referred to as left, order or commission bids — allow you to place a maximum bid amount on individual lots. During the sale, Wright will bid on your behalf up to that amount, making every attempt to secure the lot at the most competitive price.
Why absentee bid? Absentee bidding allows you to participate in the auction even if you are unavailable on the day of sale.
When bidding by phone, Wright will call you during the sale just before yourspecified lots are to be auctioned. This enables you to bid live, with the Wright phone representative acting as a liaison between you and the auctioneer. You will be bidding in real time, as if you were in the auction room itself. Because it is live, you do not have to reveal, or determine, your maximum bid until you are bidding.
Why phone bid? If you are unable to attend the auction, this method allows you to bid most competitively. You can go head-to-head with other floor or phone bidders, giving you the most control over your bidding activity.
Online and Mobile
With the Wright iOS app you can submit bids in advance of an auction or bid live in real time during the sale. Manage your bids, track lots and follow along from anywhere using your mobile device!
In addition, Wright auctions are posted to third party sites such as Live Auctioneers and Artsy so you may participate in live, online bidding from your computer. These sites will administer registration, process and execute all bids; your bids will be electronically transferred to Wright during the sale.
Why bid mobile or online? Mobile and online bidding allows you to follow the auction in real time and to bid live at your discretion during the sale or to submit absentee bids in advance.
Bid in person
You can come to the live auction on the day of sale: it is free and open to everyone. Registration takes a matter of minutes and all you need is photo identification and a credit card. You will receive a paddle and can then bid on any lot in the sale by simply raising your paddle when the lot opens. Auctions take place at our gallery in Chicago at 1440 West Hubbard, one block south of Grand and two blocks east of Ashland.
Why bid live? Being at the auction also gives you the most control in bidding and the most knowledge about any competitors.
Will I receive confirmation of my bids?
Yes. After your phone or absentee bid form has been electronically submitted or faxed, Wright Bid Department will send confirmation that your bids have been received. This is your opportunity to review all critical bid information to ensure it is correct; this will also serve as the official bid form for your records. This step is quick and easy, though very important, so please review the bid information thoroughly and reply accordingly.
How will I know if I won a lot?
Within a couple of hours of the sale conclusion, the sale results will be posted to our website. If you are the successful bidder you will receive an invoice that includes all the information you need to make payment and begin the shipping process, within 24 hours of the auction.
When will my lot come up at auction?
The activity on the day of sale will set the pace but generally we expect an auction will move at a rate of 60–70 lots per hour. Our auctions typically start at noon central time with lot 100 or lot 1. On the day of sale you can follow the auction live at wright20.com or you can call the gallery at 312.563.0020 to check in.
Can you explain how to complete the bid form?
When completing the bid form, for each lot you may indicate the method by which you would like to bid: phone or absentee or with a phone/absentee combination. Be sure to include Day of Sale Phone numbers for phone bidding and maximum bids for absentee bidding.
When completing the bid form for phone, absentee or a combination of both, there are some important details to include on the bid form.
For Phone bidding, select the ‘phone bid’ box for each lot you wish to bid by phone and Wright will call you to bid on the day of the sale. Additionally, you will need to provide at least one Day of Sale Telephone Number on which you will be reachable the day of the auction for bidding. We encourage you to leave more than one, as the auction is a live event and we would want to be sure to reach you.
For Absentee bidding, enter your maximum bid amount (not including buyer’s premium) for each lot you wish to bid absentee and Wright will competitively execute your bid for you. All absentee bids must be on increment with Wright’s specified increments:
|* additional increments will be at the discretion of the auctioneer.|
If a bid is placed off increment, the bid will be rounded down to the nearest on-increment dollar amount. If two identical absentee bids are registered by different bidders, the bid received earliest will prevail.
For Combination phone/absentee bidding, include your Day of Sale Telephone Number as well as a maximum bid amount (not including buyer’s premium) for each lot you wish to bid Phone/Absentee. We will call you for bidding on each lot you specify for phone bidding on the day of the sale. If Wright reaches you by telephone for bidding, your absentee bid will be void and you will bid live with the bidding representative; if we do not reach you, we will execute your absentee bid on your behalf.
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