To bid in person at the auction

To be able to bid at a Chorley’s auction, you must register and obtain a bidding number (sometimes called a paddle) from our saleroom office.  If you have not bid with us before, you will be asked to provide proof of identity and current address - a driving licence photocard is ideal as it has your address and photograph.  Otherwise a passport and recent utility bill would be acceptable.

To register for absentee bids

If you are unable to attend the auction to bid in person, you can leave commission bids or register for telephone bidding or online bidding. New bidders will be asked to provide proof of identity and current address.  You can do this in one of two ways:

  1. Email a scan of your driving licence (must have current address) to us at


  2. Submit your credit/debit card details for verification through our secure payment page.  We would ask you to make a payment of £1 (enter this as 1.00 in the amount box below) in order to have your card details checked. You will receive an automatic authorisation reply/receipt upon completion of the payment and will then be authorised to bid with us by any means for all future auctions.  We will refund the £1 after the auction.

To register to bid online

We offer internet bidding, with no additional fees, through our platform Chorley's Live.  The first time you bid in this way, you will first need to create an account.  You will be asked to provide your address and contact details, then verify this with a debit or credit card.  The verification process will take 10p from your card and refund it.  Once you have successfully created an account on Chorley's Live, you will need to separately register for each auction in which you wish to bid.  To do this, find the sale in the Auction Calendar and click Register to Bid, then follow the further instructions.  If you have any difficulties, please get in touch and we will talk you through the process: 01452 344499.

Please note, although there are no fees for the additional service of online bidding, our buyer's premium of 22.5% (27% including VAT) will still be applicable to all winning bids.

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