Proxy bids are a great alternative if you want to bid on two items being sold around the same time, or you need to bid from a remote location without reliable internet access.

  1. Register to bid at the auction site

    Registration opens a few days before the auction. You will need to present photo ID (e.g. identity card, passport or driver's license); you may need to place a refundable bid deposit equivalent to 25% of the amount you want to spend or your maximum bidding limit.

  2. Place your bid in person or by phone

    You can place a proxy bid as soon as the auction has gone to catalog – usually two to five days before the auction – or on auction day. Complete and return the proxy bid form in person or electronically.

    Please note: the minimum proxy bid we will accept by phone is 10,000 in the currency of the auction, or 1,000,000 Yen in Japan.

  3. We will bid for you

    We bid on your behalf, up to and including the maximum amount you specify. Your purchase will be obtained at the lowest bid possible.

  4. Find out if you're the highest bidder

    If your bid is the highest bid when the auctioneer says "sold!" the item will be sold to you. If you placed your proxy bid by phone, we will contact you by phone to advise you of the selling price. If you're at the auction site, visit or call the registration counter and we will tell you if you were the highest bidder.

  5. Pay and collect your purchases

    After the auction you will receive an invoice by email or at the registration counter. When your invoice is paid in full, you can collect your purchases and put them to work!

More bidding options

In person at the auction site

Anyone can register and bid in person at our live auctions.

Bidding online in real time

Bid online at any Ritchie Bros. auction around the world.

In a Timed Auction

Check our website, the auction brochure or your auction day listing catalog to find out if items are being sold by Timed Auction.

Questions? Contact Customer Service

USA & Canada 1.800.211.3983

Europe +31.765.242.600

Middle East +971.4.812.0600

International +1.778.331.5939