Auctioneer Features and Services

LiveAuctioneers is the premier live auctions marketplace connecting buyers and sellers of antiques, fine art, and collectibles. We broadcast thousands of auctions annually on behalf of auction houses, sellers, art galleries, dealers, interior designers, and antiques dealers. Our bidder audience is the largest of any online auctions site with bidders in 181 countries. Live format with time pressure delivers immediate results — our sellers report stronger online sales, and better overall results ignited by the online bidding dynamic.

Using LiveAuctioneers’ tools and features, you can track and analyze performance while tapping into the global Internet marketplace to build your business:

  • 34,000,000+

    ANNUAL BIDDER VISITS

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  • $25,387,000,000

    IN BIDS PLACED

  • 3,600+

    AUCTION HOUSES

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  • #1 in Industry

    PAYMENT RATE

1,211,625

Bidders Worldwide

Seller Testimonials

“In a nutshell, I wouldn’t be in business without LiveAuctioneers. Our auctions average a 35-40% sell-through with the site, and on many occasions we’ve approached the 50% mark online. LiveAuctioneers has brought us customers from all over the world, including some very good regular buyers in Turkey, Israel and other countries.”


“This last sale was a huge success and the participation through LiveAuctioneers was one of, if not the, highest, so far. It was one of our higher-end sales. We’re seeing a shift in the population that typically bids with us online—a good shift.”


“Online bidding is the staple of any successful auction these days. And having a great online bidding system, like LiveAuctioneers, is critical.”


“Thanks so much for an awesome auction. You all have been a huge part of our business. It seems almost flawless and the bidders seem to find the process so much easier. You all have really built something valuable!”


“Thank you for your help in getting us started. Had it not been for the assistance of your tremendously helpful staff, the auction would not have been the success that it was. Our low estimates were in the $120,000 range, and actual sales were $264,000. Not bad at all!”


Yes, LiveAuctioneers Has That and More

Live Bidding

This allows bidders to place bids at the same time as the auction is actually taking place. The process is similar to telephone bidding, but much faster. Bidders can bid online using their computer, or via iPhone, iPad or Android apps.

Absentee Bidding

Once visitors have found an item that interests them, they can leave a bid online. A simple bidding form on the item description page allows them to leave a maximum bid before the sale starts. The bid is recorded and presented to the auctioneer via the live console when the auction starts.

Auctioneer Dashboard

The go-to for everything involving a LiveAuctioneers account. From step-by-step auction set-up to bidder registration and approval, it’s all organized, along with email messaging, access to marketing services and helpful guides and forms, just a click away.

Our Network

Our live network runs on multiple server clusters located in two different regions of the US to ensure redundancy. Our East Coast and Southern US data centers have fully redundant battery power, generator back-up and massive connectivity, utilizing such reliable network providers as Level 3, Global Crossing and Congent. A team of technologists dedicated to network and server maintenance ensures the reliability of a complex custom system configuration to handle millions of live bidding transactions daily.

Catalog Set-up

Item descriptions, images, estimated selling prices and contact details encourage visitors to view your catalogs before registering to bid. After a catalog has been published on LiveAuctioneers, registered bidders can view items and leave absentee bids, or wait to bid live on the day of the sale.

Bidder Management — Approve, Block, Set as Regular

This feature enables your company to review and approve bidders based on past online activity. It can be done manually or with set criteria, which automatically approves bidders meeting those conditions.

Inbox Messaging

This makes communication with bidders easy and centralized, offering you the chance to receive and reply to bidder questions throughout the auction process. All bidder conversations are threaded, linked to bidder profiles, and can be sorted info folders.

Statistics Tracking

Tracks how many times each item was viewed, number of visitors and referring URLs.

Self-Service Upload

Makes it possible for you to upload images and catalogs directly into the LiveAuctioneers system 24/7.

Automated Online Console

The automated console has the same look and feel of a standard auction, with the key added benefit of running an unmanned online auction, if you prefer.

End-of-Auction Report

A performance report sent via email with critical statistics: sales totals, visits, hits, bidder registrations and more from a recent auction.

Live Items Widget and Live Catalog Widget

Live Items Widget displays live items directly on the your website in a 220×200 window. Live Catalog Widget displays the entire catalog on your website in the gallery layout.

QR Code

A QR code image can be added to your print ads, allowing smart phone users to go directly to your catalog.

Staff Permission Levels

Permission access levels for your staff can be set within a LiveAuctioneers account.

Weekly Newsletter

This newsletter is sent to bidders weekly, with links to upcoming auctions.

Help Files

This comprehensive tool helps to answer questions about running a sale online, including demo videos and detailed steps.

Bidder Contact and Invoicing

This feature enables you to contact winning bidders with customized emails or invoices within minutes of the auction close, avoiding the time-consuming task of invoicing. LiveAuctioneers’ fully automated system also allows a buyer to complete his/her purchase online.

PayPal

The platform receives automated bidder payment notifications from PayPal.

Accounting

This makes it easy to track auction accounting information.

White-Label Platform

This option allows you to customize the live bidding console and run live auctions directly from your website.

API Integration

Your auction management software can seamlessly integrate with LiveAuctioneers’ database through this function.