Buying at Auction

Matthew Bullock Auction Gallery embraces honesty and fairness in every facet of our business. We are dedicated professionals who focus on ensuring our clients, partners, and co-workers achieve a positive auction experience.

Bidding In An Online Auction

1) Create an account with us by selecting the register icon in the top menu
2) Click the "register" button for a specific auction, accept the terms for that auction, register your credit card info, and you’ll be ready to bid!
3) Submit your bids. All of our online absentee bids are executed in a competitive bidding fashion. Your bids will be executed the same way as a live bidder on our floor.

When using our online bidding platform, your bids will take precedent over other online bidding platforms and the buyers' premium is on average 5% lower.

We offer several other online bidding options including LiveAuctioneers, Proxibid, Invaluable, and AuctionZip. If you choose to use one of these platforms you will need to create an account with them.

After you’ve successfully won a lot you’ll receive an invoice and our in-house shipping department will take care of packing and sending it out unless it’s noted in the description that 3rd party shipping is needed. If 3rd party shipping is needed, we can provide a referral for trusted shipping partners.

Bidding In A Live Gallery Auction

Many of our premier auctions are hosted in the gallery. Preview days are scheduled during the week before the auction to view the lots. The preview periods allow you to personally inspect each item for sale. This is also a time to ask questions of our staff members regarding the auction or an item.

On the day of the auction, gallery doors open 2 hours before the first lot opens up for bidding. For in-house bidding, you’ll need to register at the front desk with a driver’s license and you'll be given a paddle number.

Bidding by Phone In A Live Gallery Auction

Schedule a phone bid by calling 815-220-5005 or emailing with the auction date and lot number. We typically sell 80-100 lots an hour. Because of this, on the day of the auction, one of our representatives will call you 4-6 lots in advance of your desired lot to competitively relay your bids to the auctioneer via telephone. Phone bidding is reserved for items with a value over $500 and your opening bid must be at least 50% of the low estimate and/or above the current bid amount.