Auction Formats & Bidding Increments

Bidding Terms and Methods Explained

1. Timed Online Auction with Extended Close

Timed Online Auction with
Extended Close allows buyers to use Schmitt Horan Online, our own proprietary online bidding software to place bids in an online timed auction. In our new Extended Close format, if a bid is placed on an individual lot or item during the final THREE minutes of the timed auction, the close of that auction will be extended THREE additional minutes from the moment that bid is placed. This can happen more than once. Any bid placed during the extended three minutes will also result in an additional three minute extension until there are no longer any competing bids placed during the final three minutes of the timed auction.

Bidding Instructions: When pursuing a specific item we suggest bidders periodically refresh the item manually, most importantly as the item approaches its closing time. The manual refresh button is located on the far right in the row of icons below the image and appears as two arrows in a circuit. Refreshing the item verifies that you are still in sync with the main server. Suggested manual refresh rate is once per minute during the last five minutes.

All bids must be placed on
Schmitt Horan Online. No phone bids or live on-site bidding allowed.

2. Online Auction with Live Close

Online Auction with
Live Close allows buyers to use Schmitt Horan Online,, and to place bids online during the four week auction period as well as to bid "live" through the internet in real time on the final day of the auction. At the publicly announced end date and time, items shall start selling in order by lot number. As each lot is brought across the auction block on closing day, competition will be between live internet bidders and absentee bidders who have previously submitted bids. Bidders may place real time "live" online bids which shall be executed immediately and processed by the auctioneer until fair warning is provided and the item is sold.

All bids must be placed on either
Schmitt Horan Online or Invaluable or Live Auctioneers or Bid Square. No phone bids or live on-site bidding allowed.

Online bids submitted before the "live" close of each lot shall be treated as typical online absentee bids, which the system will execute immediately and bid competitively against other absentee bids - thus, allowing the current demand on any specific item to be known. Your maximum bid will not be exercised unless it is required due to competing bids.

Bidding increments as described in our
Terms and Conditions will be followed. Schmitt Horan & Co. and their staff shall on the close of the auction day, accept and adjudicate live bids until the auctioneer declares the item sold. Schmitt Horan & Co. shall not be held liable for a failure to transmit or accept bids placed over the internet. Items shall be sold in a timely manner on the day of the close of the auction. We expect to average about 60 - 100 lots per hour.

3. Traditional Live Auction

We are presently offering our traditional live auction services. Traditional live auctions include all of the bidding options as Hybrid Live Auction (see above) with the addition of live on-site bidding open to the public. Our auction of April 27 & 28, 2024 will include the option for live on-site bidding at our gallery located at
80 Raymond Rd, Candia, New Hampshire 03034.

4. Discovery Sale at Live Auction

We are presently offering Discovery Sales periodically, which are a variation of our Traditional Live Auction. A Discovery Sale will be an event for live attendees only, with no phone bidding, absentee bidding nor internet bidding. MUST BE IN ATTENDANCE TO BID.

Lots 1 - 300 of our auction of April 27, 2024 will be a Discovery Sale special event where only live on-site bidding shall be allowed at our gallery located at
80 Raymond Rd, Candia, New Hampshire 03034. If you cannot personally attend, we offer a list of qualified agents below that will be in attendance and can execute bids for you at the Discovery Sale for a small fee.

Agents available for our Live Auctions in 2024 are listed below
Watches, Clocks & Antiques
John Kovacik at or (315) 823-1205

Clocks & Antiques
Rick Merritt at or (610) 780-5979

Notes on All Auction Formats

For all auction formats, Schmitt Horan & Co. charges a Buyer's Premium of 20%. There is an additional 3% processing fee for all invoices paid by credit card or Paypal. Bidsquare, Invaluable, and Live Auctioneers charge an additional fee, so clients that employ Bidsquare, Invaluable or Live Auctioneers pay a 28% buyer's premium.

We encourage you to go to our
frequently asked questions section on our home page to learn more about our general bidding practices.


We will make every effort to use the following increments for bidding purposes:
$0 - $500: $25 increments
$501 - $1000: $50 increments
$1000 and above: Auctioneer's Discretion
$1001 - $2000: $100 increments
$2001 - $4000: $200 increments
$4001 - $10000: $500 increments
$10001 and above: $1000 increments
Contact Us
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Auction Gallery
80 Raymond Rd / Candia NH 03034


PO Box 31 / Candia NH 03034