Auction Bidder Registration & Info

(Updated June 10, 2014)

The Old West Auction offers a variety of bidding options: live, online, by phone, or absentee. Registration is free and easy.


Our Auction includes items in all price ranges. Though we draw the top dealers and collectors from around the country and frequently realize record-breaking prices, the nature of the auction business means there are always bargains to be had. Do not be intimidated by the auction process or by estimated prices – there is truly something for everyone at our auctions. We all-too-frequently hear, “If I had known I could afford that, I would have registered to bid.” Don’t miss out!

BUYER’S PREMIUM: Live, absentee and telephone bidders will be charged an 18% Buyer's Premium on each lot purchased, or 15% Buyer's Premium if the total hammer price equals or exceeds $20,000 on a single invoice. Internet bidders will be charged 18% Buyer's Premium plus a 3% Internet convenience fee, regardless of total.

Bidding Options Details:

  • Bid live and in-person at the Auction at the Denver Mart. Registration is on-site and is open during all Auction Preview hours and during all Old West Show hours (please see the Schedule). You will be required to show a photo ID and a valid major credit card for security purposes only.
  • Bid live on the Internet at, or, or Invaluable
    Please note that Internet bidders are charged an additional premium.
  • Bid live on the telephone. Our Auction staff includes professionals whose job is to bid on your behalf during the Auction. You will be contacted by telephone a few lots before the one on which you wish to bid. Your phone bidder will then work with you over the phone during the live bidding process. Phone registration must be completed and approved in advance; please click here for telephone bidder form.
  • Bid via absentee bidding. If you are otherwise unavailable to bid live, you may submit absentee bids. You provide us with the maximum amount you would like to pay for the item and we will bid on your behalf up to that amount. Absentee bidding is safe and confidential. Registration must be completed and approved in advance; please click here for absentee bidder form.

Winning bidders will be responsible for the cost of shipping and insuring purchased items per the Auction Terms & Conditions. Shipping arrangements are handled on-site in Denver by a local, independent UPS vendor on behalf of the Old West Auction unless other arrangements are made in advance. Please contact us for more information.

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