To bid in the saleroom on auction day, buyers must register for a bidding number either during the viewing or on the day prior to the auction commencing. By act of registration, you are deemed to have read and agreed to the terms and conditions of the Auctioneer’s Association of New Zealand, a copy of which is displayed and can be found here by clicking Terms on our Homepage. The auction starts when the auctioneer starts the first bid, and it ends when the auctioneer makes it clear that the bidding is closing. If you are unable to attend the auction in person, you can elect to bid by telephone or leave a maximum absentee bid. Telephone bidding must be arranged with McCormack & McKellar prior to the auction and is only acceptable for lots valued at over $100. A member of staff will telephone you during the auction to relay your bids to the auctioneer and the room. You may arrange an absentee or phone bid by visiting your desired auction’s page and clicking the absentee bidding link at the Lot No. McCormack & McKellar will ensure these bids will be executed as cheaply as possible depending on other bids and/or reserves. Please check lot numbers carefully. We recommend that you physically inspect the item that you wish to purchase prior to placing a bid. Purchase of item/s without prior viewing are made at your own risk. charge. • For Buyers: our buyers premium is 17.25% including GST For more information on buying at our auction and payments please see the Buyers Guide Please contact us if you have any queries about buying at our auctions.

Buyers Guide


Our expert team here at McCormack and McKellar has sold for individuals, families, corporations and institutions, from single items to extensive collections. With our years of experience, we will guide you through the auction process from the beginning to the end. We can discuss the market value of your items with you either by visiting our premises or requesting our assistance online or by email. We suggest that first, if possible, email a photo of the item/s and relevant dimensions, plus any history and general condition to us. We can also make an appointment to visit you at your home should you wish. We will suggest estimates to offer the item at auction and whether reserves need to be put in place. We are well connected and well respected not only in Canterbury, but the whole of the South Island. We have excellent relationships with clients across various sectors which enables us to reach the right buyers for your goods. Our extensive data base of subscribers extends nationally as well as worldwide and are kept well informed of our upcoming auctions. We advertise an upcoming auction extensively and in a number of ways, including through our website, e-mail, social media and the local newspaper, ensuring we reach all the potential buyers for your items both nationally and internationally. McCormack and McKellar sell on behalf of the vendor, with payment made to the vendor within 14 days of the auction date. There is no charge for storage, or if your item does not sell. Please contact us for more information on selling.

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