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Getting Started
What is Invaluable?

Invaluable is the world’s leading online marketplace for fine art, antiques and collectibles. Working with more than 4,000 of the world’s premier auction houses, dealers and galleries, Invaluable helps buyers from 200 countries connect with the things they love.

With best-in-class online bidding technology, along with a fixed-price retail platform, Invaluable provides sellers with e-commerce and marketing solutions, as well as auction management software. Recently called “one of the fastest growing e-commerce sites in the art world” by Blouin ArtInfo, Invaluable has also been recognized by Deloitte’s 2015 Technology Fast 500™ and the 2015 and 2016 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® program.

Whether you're looking to add to your collection, decorating your home, shopping for a gift or on the hunt for a hidden treasure, Invaluable makes it easy for you to find rare and one-of-a-kind pieces at every price-point.

What are the different ways to shop on Invaluable?

There are a couple different ways to shop on Invaluable, including bidding in both live and timed auctions. If there is something you wish to purchase from an auction house on Invaluable, you have the option to bid live in real-time during the auction, or place an absentee bid prior to the sale, allowing you to get in on the action ahead of live bidding that takes place once the auction kicks off. Once a live auction begins, Invaluable bidders gain access to an online bidding console so that you can follow and participate in the auction in real time.

How can I contact an auction house?
There are a few ways that you can get in touch with an auction house that sells on Invaluable!

Follow the steps below if you need to contact a seller whose auction you’ve registered for, whose items you’ve placed absentee bids on, or whose items you’ve saved. These messages will be sent through Invaluable’s message center.
  1. Log into your Invaluable account.
  2. Hover over the user icon/name in the upper right, and click Auctions, Bids, or Saved Items from the drop down menu.
  3. From the Auctions and Bids pages, click View Options from below the item or auction, then Contact Seller.
  4. From the Saved Items page, click the envelope icon next to the seller’s name.

Follow the steps below if you have not registered, bid, or saved items from the seller.
  1. Go to the Auction House profile page. You can do this by clicking the seller’s name on a catalog or item page, or by searching the Auction House Directory.
  2. Click Contact Auction House to send a message through the Invaluable message center.
  3. Alternatively, a phone number should be listed at the top of their profile page as well.
  4. If the seller has multiple locations with multiple phone numbers, click Read More to see this additional information.
How can I sell items on Invaluable?
In order to be a seller on Invaluable, you must have the proper business and/or auctioneer’s license to operate in your state or country. If you are interested in learning more about how to connect your business with 3 million art and collectible buyers, please visit this page and provide the requested information.

If you are an individual and are interested in consigning items, please note that Invaluable is not able to sell items on your behalf. We encourage you to get in touch with one of our auction house partners directly to inquire if they are accepting consignments.
How does online bidding work?

Through Invaluable, you can enjoy the excitement of bidding in auctions around the world from the comfort of your home. You can place an absentee bid before the auction begins, allowing you to get in on the action ahead of live bidding that takes place once the auction kicks off. Once a live auction begins, Invaluable bidders gain access to an online bidding console so that you can follow and participate in the auction in real time. 

How can I get more information about an auction or item that I found on your site?

If you would like more information about a piece available on Invaluable, we recommend you contact the auction house, gallery or dealer directly. Contact information can be found on the Auction House and Gallery pages in the Directory. You can also click “Request Info” on the right hand side on each item page.

I am an artist or copyright holder. How can I report an item that is in violation of my copyright?
Invaluable is committed to providing a safe marketplace for buyers and sellers. If there is an item for sale which infringes on your trademark, copyright, or celebrity’s right of publicity, please email us at [email protected].

Please complete and send us this legal form which affirms that you are the intellectual property owner, or authorized to act on their behalf and include a link to the item in question.
Do I have to create an account to use your site?

No, you are not required to create an account to browse Invaluable but creating a free Invaluable account is simple and takes less than 3 minutes.

With a free Invaluable account you can:

  1. Purchase “Buy Now” items, as well as place bids in Live and Timed auctions
  2. Send messages directly to Invaluable’s auction house, gallery and dealer partners
  3. Sign up to receive email alerts for upcoming items that match your interests, as well as “follow” sellers you are interested in receiving updates from
  4. Search the past 12 months of auction price results
Are there fees for bidding online?

Creating an Invaluable account is free. We offer optional paid subscriptions that allow you to view price information of pieces sold in the past 5 to 15+ years.

For “Buy Now” items, buyers are responsible for shipping, handling, and other fees including applicable taxes, if any. For auctions, buyers are responsible for the fees for items won at auction, in addition to tax and shipping. Each auction house may charge a buyer's premium (which is an additional fee that a winning bidder is required to pay above the auction price) as well as other shipping, handling, and other fees including applicable taxes.

Can I view a live auction without placing bids?

You are certainly welcome to watch a live auction without bidding. This can be a great way to familiarize yourself with the process of bidding at auction. Of course, if you find an item of interest that is being offered, we hope you’ll go ahead and place a bid to join the action.

View our glossary of auction terms 

Buyer’s Premium: Percentage additional charge on the hammer price of a lot sold at auction, which is collected by the auction house as their commission on the item.

Absentee Bid or Pre-Bid: A bid placed before the start of an auction.

Live Auction: Live auctions are simulcast events that allow people to bid for items online using Invaluable's live bidding software, at the same time as bidders on the auction floor.

Lot: An item or collection of items to be sold in a group at auction.

Max Bid: The maximum amount that you are willing to pay for the item; this is entered when placing an absentee bid.

Realized Price: The hammer price that an item was sold for.

Reserve: The minimum price that an auctioneer will sell their item for.

Timed Auction: An auction in which the auction house designates a set end time for all items to close, at which point the auction is over and the highest bidder is the winner.

Verified/Unverified: A realized price may be listed as Unverified if the auction house has not verified the price result. If a realized price is listed as Verified, then the auction house has confirmed that it is the correct price result.

Watched Lot: A lot with online bidding on Invaluable that has been saved to your member account. Watched lots make it easier to refer to lots of interest within your account.

Your Account
How do I create a free Invaluable account?

Creating a free Invaluable account is simple and will allow you to: participate in Live and Timed auctions, access complete upcoming auction catalogs from trusted auction houses around the world, send messages directly to Invaluable’s auction house partners, receive email alerts for upcoming lots that match your interests, and search the past 12 months of auction price results. 

To register with Invaluable, just follow these steps:

  1. Click the Sign Up link at the top of the page.
  2. Enter your email address and password, then click Create Account
  3. Enter your personal information on the registration page, then click Sign Up
  4. Set up keyword and category alerts now and click Finish, or click Skip This Step
  5. You’ll see a message confirming that your registration is complete!
I’m trying to create an account but it says my email address is invalid, what should I do?
If you are getting an error message that says “Please enter a valid email address”, please confirm that you have typed your email address correctly. If you're entering your email address correctly but are still getting this error, then you might already have an Invaluable account registered to that email address! You can try logging in as a returning user instead, or follow the steps below to reset your password:
     
  1. Click the Log In link in the upper right of Invaluable.com
  2. Click the Forgot Password? link.
  3. Enter the email address associated with your account and click Request Info.
  4. If Invaluable has an account that corresponds to that email address, you will receive an email with a link for you to click on to reset your password.
Why can’t I sign in with my email address?
If you already have an account with Invaluable and are getting an error that your email address or password is incorrect, please click Forgot Password to receive an email with instructions to reset your password.

If you requested a Forgot Password email and received an error that no user is registered with that email address, please click Sign Up in the top right to create a new account.
I forgot my sign in information. What should I do?

If you already have an Invaluable account and are having trouble signing in, please follow the steps below:

  1. Click the Log In link in the upper right of Invaluable.com
  2. Click the Forgot Password? Link.
  3. Enter the email address associated with your account and Request Info.
  4. If Invaluable has an account that corresponds to that email address, you will receive an email with a link for you to click on to reset your password.
How do I change my password?

You can change the password for your Invaluable account by following the steps below:

  1. Sign into your Invaluable account using your email address and current password.
  2. Click on the user icon in the upper right corner of your screen.
  3. Navigate to My Account > Edit Profile & Email Preferences.
  4. Enter your new password then click Save Changes.
How do I update my name and address?

You can update the personal information in your Invaluable account by following the steps below:

  1. Sign into your Invaluable account using your email address and password.
  2. Click on the user icon in the upper right corner of your screen.
  3. Navigate to My Account > Edit Contact Info.
  4. Make any necessary updates and click Save Changes.
How do I update my billing and credit card info?

You can update the billing and credit card information in your Invaluable account by following the steps below:

  1. Sign into your Invaluable account using your email address and password.
  2. Click on the user icon in the upper right corner of your screen.
  3. Navigate to Subscriptions > Edit Billing Info OR click the Billing Info link in your dashboard.
  4. Select a card that you have on file and click Edit to make changes or click Add A New Card to add new credit card info.
An auction house said that I have unpaid items in my account, what is this and how can I fix it?
An auction house will file a dispute if you won an item during an auction and have not made payment. When the dispute was filed by the auction house, you would have received an email notifying you of an unpaid item reminder. If you cannot find an email about this, there should also be a copy of the message in your Invaluable message center.

As disputes are filed by the auction house, you will need to to contact the auction house directly to resolve the dispute or unpaid item.
I contacted an auction house about disputes they filed against me but they haven’t responded, what should I do?
If you have tried to contact the seller by email and phone but have not heard back, please contact us for further assistance. We will contact the seller on your behalf to request an update. Note that dispute resolution is at the sole discretion of the auction house, but we will assist you in communicating with them about it.
If I update my info after registering or placing a bid, will the auction house get my latest info?

Information that you’ve updated in your account will be provided to auction houses that you register with for future sales. If you’ve updated personal information required by an auction house that you have already registered with, please contact the auction house directly to confirm the most up to date information.

I have a paid Subscription. How do I change its renewal method or cancel it?

To change the renewal method of a current paid subscription, please follow the steps below:

  1. Sign into your Invaluable account using your email address and password.
  2. Click on the user icon in the upper right corner of your screen.
  3. Navigate to Subscriptions >Subscription Info
  4. Select the option to turn auto-renewal on or off and click Save.
How do I close my account?
If you no longer wish to have an active Invaluable account, please contact our Customer Care team. We can unsubscribe you from all emails and place the account on hold. Should you wish to use the account in the future, you will need to contact us again to re-activate your account.
Appraisals and Consignments
What is an appraisal?
An appraisal is an expert assessment of the value of an object. An appraisal is an essential first step if you are hoping to sell an item in your possession or know more about your own objects.
Can you appraise or sell an item that I have?
Invaluable is not licensed to appraise or sell items directly, but you can learn more about resources for seeking an appraisal by clicking here.
What types of items can be appraised?
No matter how obscure your item is, the right appraiser should have years of auction experience and will do their best to find out as much information about your item as possible. Typical items include furniture, jewelry, paintings, silver, and decorative objects.
How much does an appraisal cost?
Prices for appraisals vary depending on the services involved, the appraiser’s expertise, and their individual pricing options. You can also find free appraisers online; however, most will not possess proper accreditation and are far more likely to provide an incorrect valuation.
Is an appraisal a guarantee of consignment value?
Appraisals are guides that indicate the estimated fair market value of an object but are not a guarantee of the object’s value at auction. If you are interested in consigning an item, work with an auction house specialist who will be able to provide a pre-sale estimate that reflects his or her expectations for its sale at auction.
How can I consign my items?
While you are unable to consign items through Invaluable directly, if you are ready to find a seller, you can use Invaluable.com to search and find auction houses that might be a good fit.

We recommend doing a search for past items, so that you can see which houses have sold items like yours and reach out to them. You can do this by entering keywords or artist names in the search bar at the top Invaluable, and on the search results page click the Past Items option on the left side of the page. You can also do a search of past items by clicking here.

To contact an auction house, go to their auction house profile page and either click "Contact auction house" to send a message through Invaluable, or call the phone number listed at the top of their profile.

We encourage you to create an account to learn more about our extensive Price Archive. With a free Invaluable account, you can view up to 12 months of past auction results that you can use to see what items similar to yours have sold for previously.
Auctions and Registration
What types of auctions do you offer? What are the different types of bidding?

There are two types of auctions available for online bidding through Invaluable, Live and Timed. Each auction type has an icon associated with it. The Timed icon is a clock, and the Live icon looks like an internet signal strength icon.

Live auctions are real time sales that allow you watch the auction in progress and participate during the sale. The date and time you see listed for Live sales are the time the auction begins. You can place an absentee bid on a lot in a live sale, up until the time that lot is opened for live bidding. If you are the highest absentee bidder, our system will place your bids automatically, one increment higher than the last in-room bid, until we have reached your maximum bid.

You can also place live bids during the auction. If you have registered and been approved to bid by the auction house, please follow the steps below:

  1. Sign into your Invaluable account using your email address and password.
  2. Click Auctions > Upcoming Auctions
  3. Locate the auction you would like to bid in, and click the Happening Now button to open the bidder console.
  4. When the teal Bid Now button displays the price you would like to bid, just click the button to place your bid.

Timed auctions are internet-only auctions that are run for a set duration and available for absentee bidding only. These auctions allow you to place bids until the scheduled end time for a particular lot. Whoever has the highest bid when the time runs out wins the lot. The date and time you see listed for Timed auctions are the time that bidding on the first lot ends.

 

Do I have to register for an auction before I can start placing bids?

To participate in an Invaluable Live or Timed auction, you must first register to bid for the sale. Each auction house has different methods for approving bidders, so we encourage you to register for auctions ahead of time so that the house is able to review your registration. You’ll be notified by email when your request has been approved. You can also check your status anytime by hovering over the user icon in the upper right of the page, then clicking Auctions to view a list of auctions for which you’ve registered.

How do I register to bid for an upcoming auction?

To register to bid for an upcoming auction, please follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the Upcoming Auctions page to see a list of all future sales.
  2. Click the Register to Bid link that is displayed beneath the Happening Now or View Items button for each sale.
  3. You are now on the Sign-In/Register page. If you already have an Invaluable account, enter your email address and password to continue to the registration page.
  4. Provide the information requested by the auction house and be sure to check off the confirmation box at the bottom of the registration page to agree to the house’s terms and conditions. Then click Register to Bid. The auction house will review your request to bid and notify you if you have been approved.
  5. If you do not yet have an Invaluable account, you'll need to create one before you can participate in any auctions on Invaluable. To get started, click Sign Up and enter the requested information.

You may also save a step and register while placing an absentee bid. If you find a lot you like, simply enter your maximum bid. If you are not logged in, you will be taken to a page where you may either log in or create a new account. If you are already logged in, you will be taken directly to the next step, in which you are asked to enter registration info, agree to the terms and conditions, and review your bid. By submitting the bid you are also registering for the auction.

I registered to bid in an auction. How do I know if I’m approved?

You'll be notified by email when your request to bid has been approved. You can also check your status anytime by hovering over the user icon in the upper right, then clicking Auctions to view a list of auctions for which you've registered.

What does it mean if my auction registration is pending?

Approval to bid in any Invaluable sale is at the auction house's discretion. We recommend that you contact the auction house directly if you have any questions about your request for approval to bid.

How to contact an auction house:

  1. Log in using your email and password.
  2. Hover over the user icon in the upper right, then click Auctions from the dropdown menu.
  3. Click the white envelope icon next to the selected sale.
  4. In the new message window, select Bidding Approval from the drop-down menu, enter your message and click Send.
  5. Please note that any bids placed while you are in Pending mode will not get presented to the auctioneer on sale day if you have not been approved by the time the lot comes up for auction.

Why have I been approved to bid in an auction that I didn’t register for?

To allow you to participate in auctions more easily, once you have registered and been approved to bid once with a particular auction house, we automatically submit a request on your behalf for all future auctions with that auction house. This means that you will no longer have to register for each and every auction, and will only need to submit a request for approval if you find a new auction house that you would like to participate with.

Who do I contact for questions about an auction’s terms and conditions?

Each auction house has a particular set of terms in place for their auction. You must review and agree to the terms and conditions when registering or bidding in an upcoming auction. Should have any questions about an auction's terms, please contact that auction house directly.

Bidding
How do I leave an absentee bid before a Live auction begins?

Placing a bid before the auction begins is typically referred to as an absentee bid. This allows you to get in on the action ahead of the live bidding that takes place when the auction kicks off. You can place an absentee bid on a lot in a live sale, up until the time that lot is opened for live bidding. If you are the highest absentee bidder, our system will place your bids automatically, one increment higher than the last in-room bid, until we have reached your maximum bid.

How to leave an absentee bid:

  1. When you find a lot you’d like to bid on, enter the maximum amount you are willing to pay for that lot and submit with the Leave Bid button.
  2. If you are not logged in, you will be taken to a page where you may either log in or create a new account. If you are already logged in, you will be taken directly to the next step.
  3. If you have already been approved to bid in this auction, you will just need to review and confirm your bid. If you have not yet been approved you’ll be taken to a page where you are asked to enter registration info, agree to the terms and conditions, and review your bid.
  4. When you submit the bid you are also registering for the auction.
Will the auction house be able to see my maximum absentee bid?
Placing a bid before the auction begins, typically referred to as an 'absentee bid', allows you to get in on the action ahead of live bidding that takes place once the auction kicks off.
Our SecureBid technology places bids on your behalf without ever revealing the maximum amount you’re willing to pay. SecureBid will place bids on your behalf at the opening price and will only continue placing higher bids if there is competitive bidding. We try to win the item for you at the lowest possible price.
How do I bid in real-time during a Live auction?

Once a live auction begins, Invaluable bidders gain access to an exclusive online bidding console that simulates all of the aspects of being at the auction house in person. If you have registered and been approved to bid by the auction house, you can place live bids by following the steps below:

  1. Sign into your Invaluable account using your email address and password.
  2. Click Auctions > Upcoming Auctions.
  3. Locate the auction you would like to bid in, and click the Happening Now button to open the bidder console.
  4. When the teal Bid Now button displays the price you would like to bid, just click the button to place your bid.
How does bidding work for Timed auctions?

Timed auctions are internet-only auctions that run for a set duration of time and are available for absentee bidding only. These auctions allow you to place bids until the scheduled end time for a particular item. Whoever has the highest bid when the time runs out wins the item.

Timed auctions allow auctioneers to set reserves for their items, as they aren’t there to monitor the bidding live. A reserve is the minimum price that an auctioneer will sell their item for. Depending on bids placed, a “reserve not met” or “reserve met” message will display next to the bid box for any lots with reserves. If the reserve price has not been met by the time the auction ends, the item will not be sold.

Another unique feature in our timed auctions is extended bidding. Invaluable does not allow sniping. If a bid is placed within the last 5 minutes of a lot's scheduled end time, we extend the sale by 5 minutes from the last bid. This way other bidders have a chance to place a bid. Extended bidding continues until 2 hours after the last lot’s scheduled end time.

How do I know if an item is authentic?
We encourage you to thoroughly review items before bidding and to request any additional information from the auction house prior to the auction, so that you will feel confident in completing the transaction if you are the winning bidder.

You may want to request a detailed condition report, more photos, or additional details that are not in the item description. Note that all images and descriptions are provided by each auction house, so it is best to contact them directly with any questions you have.

We at Invaluable take all feedback very seriously, and we expect all of our partner sellers to represent items honestly and accurately. If you have concerns about any items on Invaluable that you feel have not been satisfactorily addressed by the seller, please contact our Customer Care team.
What is a bid limit? How do I increase it?

Some auction houses set a limit on the amount a bidder can bid for the duration of a sale. You may request to increase this limit prior to the auction. Please follow the steps below to contact the auction house:

  1. Sign into your Invaluable account using your email address and password
  2. Click on the user icon in the upper right.
  3. Click Auctions.
  4. Click Request Limit Increase to the right of the sale
  5. Write your message to the auction house and click Send.
How do I increase my absentee bid?

To increase the maximum amount of your absentee bid, please follow the steps below:

  1. Sign into your Invaluable account using your email address and password.
  2. Hover over the user icon/name in the upper right, and click Bids from the drop down menu.
  3. Click View Options next to the lot you’d like to increase your bid on, then click Increase Bid.
  4. You'll be taken to the lot page where you can enter a new maximum absentee bid.
Is there a way to cancel an absentee bid that I already placed?

Yes, however there are different rules for cancelling bids in Live and Timed sales.

  • For Live Auctions: You can cancel an absentee bid placed in a Live sale up until the time that lot is opened for live bidding.
  • For Timed Auctions: You can cancel an absentee bid placed in a Timed sale up until two hours prior to the auction’s first lot end time, and a maximum of three bids may be cancelled per session.

To cancel an absentee bid, please follow the steps below:

  1. Sign into your Invaluable account using your email address and password.
  2. Hover over the user icon/name in the upper right, and click Bids from the drop down menu.
  3. Click View Options next to the lot you’d like to cancel your bid on, then click Cancel Bid.
  4. A window will pop up asking if you’re sure you want to cancel your bid, and you will need to click Yes to confirm the bid cancellation.
I accidentally bid on an item, what should I do?
Absentee bids can be cancelled through your Invaluable account. For live auctions, you can cancel an absentee bid up until the time that lot is opened for live bidding. For timed auctions, you can cancel an absentee bid up until 2 hours prior to the auction’s first lot end time.

If you accidentally placed a bid during a live auction, you will need to contact the auction house directly to explain the accidental bid and see if they are able to assist you. If your accidental bid was the winning bid during a live auction, please note that the cancellation of a sale is at the sole discretion of the auction house.
Where can I view all of the bids I have placed?

To view a list of the bids you have placed on Invaluable, please follow the steps below:

  1. Sign into your Invaluable account using your email address and password.
  2. Click on the user icon in the upper right.
  3. Click the My Bids link.

At the top of page, you can click the link to switch between viewing your upcoming and past bids

What does it mean if I am the high bidder on an item?

Being the high bidder on an item means that you currently have the highest absentee bid on Invaluable.

  • For Live Auctions: Being the highest bidder on a lot in a live sale is not a guarantee that you will win the item, as your bid will be competing with live floor bids. Our system will place bids on your behalf on increment until your maximum bid amount is reached. If your absentee bid was highest, your bid history will show you the time when your bid was presented to the internet clerk during the live auction.
  • For Timed Auctions: If you are the highest bidder when a lot in a timed sale closes for bidding, you will be the winning bidder of that item.
What does it mean if my bid is pending?

If a bid is pending, that means that the auction house as not approved your registration to bid.

Please note that any bids placed while your approval is pending will not get presented to the auctioneer on sale day if you have not been approved by the time the lot comes up for auction. Approval to bid is at the discretion of the auction house, therefore, if you have any questions about your registration please contact the auction house directly.

How can I view the bid history for an item I bid on?

You can view the bidding history on any lot you placed a bid on in your Invaluable user dashboard. To do so, follow the instructions below:

  1. Sign into your Invaluable account using your email address and password.
  2. Hover over the user icon/name in the upper right, and click Bids from the drop down menu.
  3. Select the toggle next to Past to view past bids instead of current bids.
  4. This will show you a list of your past bids. Click the link to View Bid History to see the complete bidding history on a lot.
How do I know if my bid was accepted?

You can view the bidding history on any lot you placed a bid on in your Invaluable user dashboard. To do so, follow the instructions below:

  1. Sign into your Invaluable account using your email address and password.
  2. Hover over the user icon/name in the upper right, and click Bids from the drop down menu.
  3. Select the toggle next to Past to view past bids instead of current bids.
  4. This will show you a list of your past bids. Click the link to View Bid History to see the complete bidding history on a lot.
What does absentee push mean in my bid history?
Absentee push is what happens if there is a maximum absentee bid on the lot at the same amount of a live bid being submitted. Since the absentee bid was placed prior to the live bid, the absentee bid takes priority and is presented to the clerk.

For example, if an absentee bidder has a maximum bid of $100 placed on a lot, our system submits bids on behalf of that bidder until their maximum is reached. When the lot opens for bidding, if the ask price reaches $100 and a live online bidder submits a bid at this amount, our system would notice that there is an absentee bid that should be presented to the clerk at this amount instead.
What does it mean if a lot I bid on was passed?
During a live auction, the auction house has sole discretion to accept bids from a variety of sources (floor, internet, phone) as well as the option to pass a lot during a sale. The house may do this for a number of reasons, such as the bidding not meeting a reserve or the item being removed from the auction.

If you have questions about why a specific lot was passed, please contact the auction house directly to inquire.
Payments
How do I know if I won an item?

If you win an item, you will receive an email with information regarding the lot and your winning bid. Additionally, all information regarding your bid is displayed in the lot details section of the bidder’s console if you participate in a Live sale, as well as in your My Invaluable account.

In the Bidders Console of a Live Sale:

  1. If you win an item, a brief “Congratulations” message will appear in teal in the left section of the console, along with a shower of confetti!
  2. When the sale progresses, a teal overlay reading “YOU WON!” will appear over the lot that you won.

From your My Invaluable Account:

  1. Log in to Invaluable
  2. Click the user icon in the upper right
  3. Click Lots Won. Next to your bid you should see the lot and your winning bid amount.
When will I receive my invoice?

Invoices are typically sent by the auction house within 24 to 48 hours after the sale concludes. If the sale took place on a weekend or holiday, you may want to allow extra time for the house to send the invoice. If you have inquiries about the status of your invoice, it is best to contact the auction house directly.

How do I pay for the item I won?

Each individual auction house on the Invaluable platform determines their preferred method of payment. Some may prefer cash or a check, while others accept credit cards or offer the option to use PayPal. You can find the specific methods accepted by the auction house you’re working with in their terms and conditions. Typically, the auction house will send an invoice to the email address associated with your Invaluable account within 24 to 48 hours after the sale concludes, which will include payment instructions. 

If I win an item, are there additional fees?

When you win an item on Invaluable, you will receive an invoice from the auction house that outlines the additional fees, which include the buyer’s premium, the Invaluable service fee and any applicable taxes. The auction house may also apply additional fees for shipping and handling of the item.

What is Buyer's Premium Parity?
Invaluable is working with many of our auction house partners to ensure that winning bidders on Invaluable do not pay more than they would on the auction floor. This means that successful Invaluable bidders that bid with parity houses will pay the same as anyone attending the auction in person or participating by phone.

To identify these houses, we have created a purple badge that will appear on catalogs and individual lots that do not charge an additional online fee.

Please note, this badge does not indicate the absence of a buyers premium, only parity with the auction floor.
I thought I won an item but the auction house says I did not. What should I do?

Though infrequent, it is possible for a clerk to accidentally sell a lot to the incorrect bidder. If you believe that you won a lot but the auction house refutes your claim, it is best to communicate with the auction house directly to determine why the miscommunication occurred. By doing so, both auction house and bidder can come to a clear resolution of the situation.

What is online payment on Invaluable?

We are pleased to introduce the ability for buyers to submit payment via credit or debit card directly through Invaluable for items won from participating auction houses. Auction houses offering online payment will be noted with credit card icons. You can also check the “Payment” tab on lot details page or look in the terms and conditions section to find the specific methods accepted by the auction house you’re working with, as not all auction houses offer this option.

How does online payment on Invaluable work?

When registering to bid with a participating auction house, enter your preferred credit or debit card information. If you win an item during the auction, you can conveniently pay with the card on file after you receive your invoice, or you will also have the option to enter information for another card after the auction through your MyInvaluable account.

How will I know if an auction house offers the online payment option?

Auction houses offering online payment will be noted with credit card icons. You can also check the “Payment” tab on lot details page or look in the terms and conditions section to find the specific methods accepted by the auction house you’re working with, as not all auction houses offer this option.

Can I use the Invaluable app for iPad and iPhone to pay for my items won at auction?

Yes, if an auction house offers payment through Invaluable, you can pay for your items using our app for iPhone and iPad.

Can I use the Invaluable mobile site to pay for my items won at auction?

Unfortunately online payments are not accepted through Invaluable’s mobile site (m.invaluable.com) at this time, though it does indicate which houses offer the online payment option. Please navigate to the full desktop site, or download the Invaluable app for iPad or iPhone, in order to pay for your item.

Which credit cards are accepted through online payments?

For participating auction houses, you can now pay for your items with any major credit or debit card (Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover), in addition to previously available payment forms. As noted, accepted credit cards and other methods of payment vary by auction house, so please check the "Payment" tab for details under the item you are interested in.

How soon after I win an item will I be able to pay online?

With online payment, you will be able to pay for your items as soon as you receive an invoice from the auctioneer. If you do not pay within four days of receiving your invoice, the auction house has the option to automatically charge the credit card you have on file for your won items.

Are there any restrictions on which items can be paid for using online payments?

There are certain restrictions on which items can be purchased using online payments. Certain types of items, including firearms, ammunition, alcohol, tobacco products, e-cigarettes, cars, boats, real estate and airplanes cannot be purchased using online payment. If you are purchasing one of these items, please check the “Payment” tab in lot details for other acceptable forms of payment. You will be notified in your invoice if an item is not eligible for online payment, and you will be asked to contact the auction house directly.

Can I also pay for shipping costs using online payments?

This varies by auction house. Please check the “Shipping” tab on the lot details page for information on shipping your won items. If you are using a third-party shipping vendor, you will receive a separate invoice for shipping and handling.

Shipping
How does shipping work?

Each auction house has a particular process to arrange shipment of items. There are many factors taken into consideration to determine the proper shipping method, including weight, value, type of lot and distance it must travel. It is best to review the terms and conditions for the particular Auction House you’re working with before placing a bid, and to contact that house directly. 

I haven’t received my items yet, when will they ship?
Each auction house and gallery has their own shipping terms, so the shipping process varies. Some sellers may have an in-house shipper, others may put you in touch with a shipping company they work with, or you may need to arrange shipping with a shipping company near the seller.

If you aren’t sure, we recommend contacting the auction house or gallery directly for clarification. You can also review the invoice you received, as that may include shipping details as well, or shipping terms of the seller.

To review any shipping terms from a sale:
1. Hover over the user icon in the upper right of the page.
2. Click Purchases to view your won items.
2. Click the item you need more information about.
3. Scroll down and expand the Payment & Shipping section.
Can you provide me with a tracking number?
Invaluable is not able to provide you with a tracking number or shipping updates, as we are not in possession of the items listed. Please contact the auction house or gallery directly to request any shipping updates. If you have tried to contact the seller by email and phone, but have not heard back, please contact us for further assistance. We will contact the seller on your behalf to request an update.
I have questions about the package I received, who should I contact?
If you received your items but something appears to be missing, damaged, or not what you were expecting, please contact the auction house or gallery as soon as possible. Each seller has their own policies for handling post-sale concerns, so they are the best ones to speak with about resolving any issues. If you have tried to contact the seller by email and phone, but have not heard back, please contact us for further assistance. We will contact the seller on your behalf to facilitate communication.
Search and Price Archive
How do I save an item that I’m interested in?

Saving items that interest you allows to you easily reference the items in the future. If the item is in an upcoming auction, you’ll also receive an email alert the day before the auction. To save an item, follow the steps below:

  1. Log into your Invaluable account.
  2. Navigate to the item you’re interested in.
  3. Click the heart icon to the right of the photos.
  4. The heart icon should turn pink, indicating that you’ve saved the item.
When you’re signed into your account, you can easily view your saved items at any time by clicking the heart icon in the top right of Invaluable.
How do I save a Search?

To save a specific search, complete the following steps

  1. Log in to Invaluable
  2. Perform a search using the search bar in the upper right corner
  3. Click Save to my Saved Searches at the top of the search results page
  4. When saved, Save to my Saved Searches will read Saved to my Searches
How do I search for a particular artist?

There are multiple ways to search for the works of a particular artist in Upcoming Auctions, the Price Archive, and your personal Alerts.

How to search for an artist in an upcoming auction:

  1. Type the name of the artist in the search bar
  2. Press enter, or click the magnifying glass icon

How to search for an artist in our Price Archive:

  1. Click Price Archive at the bottom of the page
  2. Type the name of the artist in the Keywords text box
  3. Click Search

How to search for an artist and add them to your Alerts:

  1. Log in to Invaluable
  2. Click the user icon in the upper right corner
  3. Select Keyword/Artist Alerts under Manage Alerts
  4. Under Add Artist Alerts, search for artist by name and click the artist’s name

The Artist's name will now appear in your list of Artist Alerts

What is the Price Archive? How does it work?

The Invaluable Price Archive is an expansive database of prices realized spanning decades of auction sales from all over the world. The Price Archive is a fantastic resource for collectors, buyers, institutions, researchers and art enthusiasts.

To access the Price Archive, you must create an account with Invaluable. Any user may search auction data, but certain advanced search functionality and auction information may require a subscription.

To search the Price Archive, simply log in to Invaluable and click Price Archive at the bottom of the page. Type in desired key words or phrases and click Search.

I saw something about paid Subscriptions. How is this different from the free account?

With a free Invaluable account, you will have access to up to 12 months of past auction prices. If you would like to find auction prices further than the past 12 months, you may be interested in one of our subscriptions.

We have varying subscription levels to our Price Archive: our Premium subscription provides access to the last five years in the archive, and the Professional provides access to the last 15+ years. In addition to unlimited searches, every subscription level also includes special access to the most exclusive catalogs, including Christie's and Sotheby's.

Emails and Alerts
How do I set up email alerts for keywords?

To set up email alerts for keywords, complete the following steps:

  1. Type the name of the item or term you are looking for into the search box at the top of your page, then hit ENTER. This will take you to a search results page.
  2. Once on the search results page, click the "Follow this Keyword" button to the right of your search term. If you are not signed in to an Invaluable account, you will be prompted to sign in or create an account.
  3. The plus sign (+) inside the button will change to a checkmark to indicate you are now following that keyword.
How do I remove alerts that I have saved?

To remove saved alerts, complete the following steps:

  1. Log in to Invaluable.
  2. Hover over the user icon in the upper right of the page.
  3. Select one of the options under the Following section: Keywords, Artists, Sellers, or Categories.
  4. Click Edit List and then click Remove next to the alerts you're no longer interested in.
  5. Click Done to save your changes.
How do I unsubscribe or update my email preferences?

If you no longer wish to receive emails from Invaluable including the weekly newsletter, featured auction emails, pre-approval emails, or personalized alerts, complete the following steps:

  1. Log in to Invaluable.
  2. Hover over the user icon in the upper right of the page.
  3. Click Email Preferences in the list that appears.
  4. Uncheck the boxes for any emails you would like to unsubscribe from, or click Unsubscribe from all emails if you no longer wish to receive any of these emails.
  5. Click Save My Preferences when you're done.
Do you offer text message alerts?

Invaluable offers text message alerts for bidders leaving absentee bids on a sale. Text message alerts allow bidders with absentee bids to receive text message (SMS) alerts if outbid and when the lot they bid on is coming up to auction. Mobile alerts not available on all carriers. Normal text messaging fees from your carrier may apply.

To receive text message alerts, complete the following steps:

  1. Log in to Invaluable
  2. Navigate to the desired sale and lot
  3. Leave an absentee bid
  4. When reviewing and confirming your bid, check the box next to I would like to receive text (SMS) alerts at and select the appropriate country and provide your mobile number.
  5. Read the auction house’s Terms & Conditions and check the box next to I have read and agree to this auction's terms and conditions.
  6. Click Place Bid
Do you offer notifications in the Invaluable mobile app?
If you use Invaluable’s iOS or Android mobile app, you can manage notifications in your account in the app. To do so, follow the steps below:
  1. Open the Invaluable app on your mobile device
  2. Go to Account
  3. Select My Notifications
  4. Go to Settings
  5. Slide the toggles on or off as desired to chose which notifications you want to receive

What types of notifications can I receive in the Invaluable mobile app?
There are 5 types of notifications available to manage and receive in Invaluable’s iOS and Android mobile apps. They are listed and described below:
  1. I’ve been outbid: If you have an absentee bid placed on an item in a live or timed auction and another absentee bidder outbids you, you will receive a notification. You will not receive a notification if you are outbid by a live bidder when the lot opens for bidding during a live auction.
  2. My saved item is coming up: If you saved an item in a live auction by clicking the heart icon on the item, you will receive a notification when that item is 5 lots away in the auction. For timed auctions, you will receive a notification 5 minutes before the lot's end time.
  3. My bid is coming up: If you have an absentee bid on an item in a live auction, you will receive a notification when that item is 5 lots away in the auction. For timed auctions, you will receive a notification 5 minutes before the lot's end time.
  4. My registration status is updated: You'll receive a notification when your registration for an auction is updated from pending to approved.
  5. Invaluable’s Top Auctions: This is a notification advertising the catalog of one of the top auctions on Invaluable.
Technical Support
What are the minimum system requirements for viewing or bidding in Live auctions?

For Windows Users:

  • OS: Windows 7 & 8
  • Browsers: Most Recent Google Chrome, Most Recent Firefox, Most Recent Edge
  • Internet Connection: DSL/Cable/FIOS, T1 or higher
  • RAM: 1 GB or higher

For Mac Users:

  • OS: X10.6, 10.7, 10.9
  • Browsers: Most Recent Google Chrome, Most Recent Firefox, Most Recent Safari
  • Internet Connection: DSL/Cable/FIOS, T1 or higher
  •  RAM: 1 GB or higher

Mobile Access:
Invaluable is proud to offer some of the most advanced mobile bidding capabilities available in the industry. See below for more details on accessing our marketplace through your preferred mobile device.

Smartphones:
We recommend active bidders of Invaluable access our site content through our iPhone app, available now in the App Store. Android users can access the site at http://m.invaluable.com. Please note that price database access is only available through the desktop site at this time.

Tablets:

We do our best to ensure Apple tablet products support a consistent experience on Invaluable.

If you have an iPad with iOS 8 or above, please download our iPad app, which allows you to bid live in real-time using our 'swipe to bid' technology.

If you have an iPad with iOS 7 or lower, and you are unable to upgrade to iOS 8, you may still bid through Invaluable.com on your iPad. We strongly encourage using a hard-wired Internet connection for the best speed and functionality. Please note that the website has not been thoroughly vetted for use on Android and Amazon tablet devices.

Do you have an app I can download on my phone?
We have an app available to download in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. You can learn more and find links to download the app by clicking here!
I’m trying to watch a live auction, but keep seeing a spinning wheel and it says “Attempting to reconnect…”. What’s wrong?
Your bidder console connection may be failing due to a firewall or an antivirus installed on your computer.

If you are at a corporate office or in a public place, such as a library, there may be a firewall on the network that is blocking the connection. Please try to open the bidder console off of this network to determine if that location’s firewall is the problem.

If you have an antivirus program on your computer, please try to temporarily disable the antivirus and re-open the bidder console. If you have disabled your antivirus but still cannot connect to the auction, please contact us for further assistance.
Who should I contact if I experience a technical issue while bidding?

Most technical issues and questions are addressed in this Help section. Should your issues persist or if you have additional questions, please contact Customer Care.

Marketplace Standards
What are Invaluable's Marketplace Standards?
Invaluable updated our Marketplace Standards on June 7, 2018. This update prohibits the sale on Invaluable of any items that glorify or promote hate. Invaluable recognizes the historical significance of World War II and understands that some artifacts represent important periods of human history, including those plagued by great injustices. We believe these items should be preserved for study in museums and monitor the sale of them on our marketplace. Modern reproductions or new items that are emblazoned with Nazi symbolism or other hate groups are not permitted on our marketplace.

We also have prohibited “assault-style” semi-automatic rifles, Class III weapons, bump stocks and Rhino horn from the marketplace. If an auction house’s catalogs contain such items, bidders will see a blank screen until the auctioneer moves on to the next non-restricted item in the sale.
I’m trying to bid in a sale, but I keep seeing a blank screen. Is live bidding not working?
It’s possible that the auction you’re participating in contains items that are prohibited under Invaluable’s updated Marketplace Standards policy. If an auction house’s catalog contains such items, bidders will see a blank screen until the auctioneer moves on to the next non-restricted item in the sale. We thank you for your patience as the auction house moves through their catalog.
Account Verification
What is account verification?
To comply with recent regulatory changes in the European Union, Invaluable has implemented a new verification process for bidders who plan to bid €7,500 or more at an EU-based auction.

You can learn more about these changes by clicking here.
Why do I need to verify my account?
To comply with the Fifth EU Money Laundering Directive, a mandatory verification process will go into effect for all bidders who intend to transact with an EU-based auction house at a value of €10,000 or greater.

If you are bidding €7,500 or more at an auction based in the EU, you will be asked to first verify your account. As of January 2020, bids above €7,500 placed by unverified users will not be accepted in EU auctions.
Do I have to pay to verify my account?
No, the verification process is free to all bidders transacting on either the Invaluable marketplace or a website powered by Invaluable White Label.
Is verification a secure process?
Yes, verification is secure. Our partner, Jumio, is PCI Level 1 compliant and regularly conducts security audits, vulnerability scans, and penetration tests to ensure compliance with security best practices and standards. They are a trusted global leader for AI-powered verification.
How often will I need to get verified?
You only need to go through verification once to bid on the Invaluable marketplace. Your verification will be in effect as long as the information provided in your documents continues to match the name and billing address listed in your Invaluable account.

Please note, if you are bidding on any websites based in the European Union powered by Invaluable White Label, you will be required to complete a separate verification to remove your bid limit on that site as well.
What is my bid limit if I am not a verified user?
If your account is not verified, your bid limit will be €7,500 to allow for any additional fees beyond the hammer price, including shipping and buyer’s premium, when bidding with EU-based auction houses.
Will there be any kind of bid limit once I am verified?
There is no further €7,500 bid limit once your account has been verified. However, you will still be subject to bid limits set by individual houses, which they enforce at their discretion.

To check the bid limit for auctions you've registered for, go to the Auctions section of your account.
How long does the verification process take?
The verification process is quick and can be completed in about 5 minutes.
Is there a way to expedite verification?
It is not possible to expedite verification. Please be sure to complete your verification process well in advance of bidding live.
What documents are needed?
You will need a government-issued ID. Passports, driver's licenses, and identity cards (including residence permits) are accepted forms of government-issued IDs.
Will this require a background check?
This verification process does not require a background check.
How do I know that I've been verified?
After completing the process, you will see a verification status badge on your Invaluable profile page once you have been verified.

Verification Status
What happens if my verification fails?
If your verification fails, we will update your verification status on your Invaluable profile page. You will be able to try again in the event that a typo or unintended error was made during the initial verification process.

Verification Failed
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