Buying at Auction
How To Bid
At Midwest Auction Galleries, there are a number of ways to bid including live at the gallery, via telephone or absentee bid, or here on the website.
Midwest Auction Galleries uses the latest technology and security protocols for bid placement, tracking, acceptance, and transaction.
Nothing matches the excitement of live bidding during an auction. Our professional auctioneers keep the pace up, auctioning 60-70 lots per hour.
Our Gallery has over 1/3 acre of floor space, and auction lots are displayed throughout, with numerous works of art on the walls and the wide variety of other items on tables and floor, all available for close inspection.
We are conveniently located on M-24(Lapeer Road) and ample parking is located just outside our door. And don’t forget, as always-lunch is on us!
Midwest Auction Galleries offers two ways to bid on lots over the internet, both available here on our website.
Pre-Sale Internet Bidding
Approximately ten days prior to an auction, you may visit the Next Sale or Online Catalog links here on the site. Both will take you to our online catalog where you may place a bid on a lot and track the process of the bid, or simply browse all lots. Pre-sale internet bidding ends two hours prior to any auction.
Live Internet Bidding During Auction
During an auction, clicking on the Live Auctioneers logo will enable you to bid on lots as they auctioned and watch the results. Our experienced staff is on the job at each auction, taking live internet bids and updating the auction progress on the Live Auctioneers site.
Absentee & Telephone Bidding
Midwest Auction Galleries offers absentee and telephone bidding prior to, or during auction events. By clicking the link below, you may download the PDF version of our absentee/telephone bid form.
Simply complete and fax the forms to the gallery and your bid will contend with others for your selected item. You may also scan a completed form and email it to the gallery.
Shipping & Taxes
It is the buyer’s responsibility to arrange and pay for shipping. For your convenience we recommend the following companies.
For Large Items
Craters and Freighters
Tel:866-924-5522 or 586-268-4102
Plycon Transporation Group
For Small Items
Michigan Sales Tax
All purchases are subject to 6% Michigan sales tax unless:
- If buyer is not a MI resident and purchases are being shipped out of Michigan.
- If buyer has tax-exempt status including a blanket exemption certificate with permit number and signature.