What you can expect when buying at BIDLIT

We want to give our buyers a great buying experience. We are committed to continually improving our service to meet the needs of the long distance buyer so if you feel we could improve any aspect of our service then please let us know.

Request a condition report and additional images

We highly recommend that potential bidders gather as much information as possible regarding a lot before placing a bid. We offer an image and condition report service by telephone and email. Please note condition reports are provided as a complimentary service and only reflect the opinion of BIDLIT Auctioneers and are NOT a statement of fact. Additionally, a condition report only details flaws or restorations and does not take into account any issue(s) consistent and commensurate with age. Furthermore, images provided as part of the condition report and item description form part of this opinion and they should be studied with care. When you have decided which lot(s) you would like to receive condition reports on, please contact us.

A request must be made by 1pm 2 days prior the sale. To make a request please email or complete this form.


In order to be able to bid, prospective purchasers are required to provide their name, address and contact details.


There are many ways of buying at auction – in fact it has never been easier.

Buying with BIDLIT is an easy process. Like with any auction house, you submit your bid and hope that it’s the highest one. On the auction day, the winning bid wins the item, it’s as simple as that. Once you’ve seen something that catches your eye in the auction sale, there are plenty of ways to place your bid.

  • Online – Live Auction

    You can register via BIDLIT.COM and bid live online while the sale is in progress. Watch the auction, leave absentee bids or bid live from your smartphone or desktop with BIDLIT Live platform and app. There are no additional fees to bid online beyond our standard buyer’s premium and applicable sales tax.

  • Bid in person in the saleroom

    We are now welcoming customers into our premises to bid in
    the room, but please note this is by appointment ONLY.

  • Telephone Bidding

    You can bid via a person on the telephone acting as your bidder in the room. You will be called approximately 5 lots before your lot. In the event we are unable to connect or signal is lost, you can leave a commission bid on registration.

  • Absentee Bidding

    Leave your bid with us. You can leave an absentee or commission bid stating the maximum amount you would like the auctioneer to bid up to on your behalf for a lot. You can either complete a form when you’re viewing, call or email us with your details.


    BUYER’S PREMIUM The purchase price payable by the Purchaser shall be the total of the final bid price PLUS A PREMIUM OF NINETEEN PERCENT (19.5%) on any individual lot in the amount up to and including $1,000,000; SEVENTEEN PERCENT (17.5%) on any individual lot on the amount in excess of $1,000,000. This premium is in addition to any commissions or other charges payable by the consignor. Please NOTE 3% will be added to all credit card payments.


    You are required to pay all state and local sales and use taxes, and if applicable, any federal luxury tax, on the total purchase price, except to the extent an exemption applies. Currently, the Illinois sales tax rate is 6.25%. If you would like to claim a sales or use tax exemption, you are required to provide us with a fully executed, valid, complete and accurate resale certificate and any other documentation we may reasonably require to verify the exemption. You will be required to pay taxes at the time payment is made on your product.


    As a convenience, BIDLIT offers IN-HOUSE packing and shipping services domestically - FOR ALL ITEMS, INCLUDING HEAVY FURNITURE AND ALL OVERSIZED ITEMS and internationally - IN-HOUSE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING CAN BE PROVIDED ONLY FOR ITEMS THAT FIT INTO A LARGE USPS FLAT RATE BOX. We will contact you after the sale with a quote.
    All successful absentee bidders on lots eligible for in-house shipping, will receive a shipping quote from BIDLIT to be sent with their invoice. This shipping quote includes the cost of standard shipping as well as charges for materials and labor. Please indicate any special shipping instructions on the bid form. Purchases paid by personal check will not be shipped until funds have cleared our bank.