Bidding with Wright is secure and simple. We offer various bidding methods for your convenience and make registration as easy as possible. Below you will find complete descriptions for each bidding method along with detailed instructions for submitting your bid request. If you have any further questions, we are available by email, phone or fax to assist.

There are five ways to participate at auction. Click on the bid type below for an explanation of the method and its benefits.



Phone and Absentee


Online and Mobile

How to Register

All phone and absentee bidders must register prior to the day of the sale; bidders who choose to bid live in the auction room can register on the day of the auction in a matter of minutes. Floor 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 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

Bid Form

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.

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.

Instructions for Bid Form Creation


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 review the bid information thoroughly.


You will be able to quickly and easily view results on our website on the evening of the sale. Additionally, if you are the successful bidder you will be emailed an invoice that includes all the information you need to make payment and begin the shipping process.