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Bidding Information
Please read the Terms and Conditions for each sale before registering to submit an absentee or telephone bid, or to bid in the gallery. Terms and conditions are printed in the catalog, posted in the gallery, and viewable online. You may also call us at (800) 822-1417 to register if you are a regular bidder.

Be sure to request a condition report on any item if you cannot view it in person. Bidding without a condition report results in no return privileges. If you requested and received a condition report prior to bidding, you have limited return privileges as outlined in our Conditions and Terms Policy. You may request a written condition report on any item by contacting us at with the sale date, lot number and a short description, or by calling our galleries at (800) 822-1417. We will fax or mail you a condition report.

In the case of Absentee and Telephone bids, our representatives will bid on your behalf to achieve the lowest possible price. Some of our auctions offer live internet bidding, where additional terms and conditions may apply.

All lots are sold AS IS and ALL SALES ARE FINAL. Neither we, nor the consignor are responsible for the accuracy of any printed or verbal descriptions. Absentee bids will be executed when possible as a convenience to our clients. John McInnis Auctioneers will not be held responsible for any errors or failures to execute bids.

Auction currency and bid increments must be in US Dollars, and the bidding limit does not include the buyer's premium, sales tax and/or shipping costs. In the event of a tie absentee bid, the decision will be made in favor of the earliest form received. Tie bids with the gallery audience will go to the person present in the Gallery. Bids that do not comply with the proper bid increments will be rounded down to the nearest proper bid increment.

Bid Increments
$0 - $99 bid increment is $10
$100 - $499 bid increment is $25
$500 - $999 bid increment is $50
$1000 - $1999 bid increment is $100
$2000 - $4999 bid increment is $200
$5000 - $9999 bid increment is $500
$10000 and above bid increment is $1000

A 20% deposit may be requested for all absentee and telephone bids. Your deposit may be made with a check or a credit card. We require a copy of your resale certificate or driver's license. John McInnis Auctioneers must receive a signed copy of the absentee bid form along with the requested 20% deposit by 5pm on the day prior to the auction.

Phone bidding is offered on a first come, first serve basis as a courtesy to our clients. Arrangements for telephone bids must be completed by 5pm on the day prior to the auction. We cannot accept incoming calls for telephone bids during the auction. Telephone bidders must agree to bid at least half the low estimate. One of our representatives will attempt to contact you approximately 3-5 minutes before the desired lot is offered for sale. We average 100 lots per hour, and the starting time for each live auction is posted on our website.

To submit absentee or telephone bids simply print a copy of our Absentee Bid Form on your printer. List each lot number, description, and maximum bid amounts on the form. Sign the form in pen and deliver or fax the form to John McInnis Auctioneers.

Our fax number is 978-388-8863. If you are bidding in the gallery, keep your paddle raised high until you reach your maximum.
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