How to use Sworders Live 


Can’t get to our auctions? Wherever you are in the world, you can bid in real-time on any of our live sales directly and pay the same as you would in the room. Not bidding? You can also watch and listen to the sale live from the comfort of your own home.


To bid live through our online bidding platform follow these easy steps:

Step 1: Register

  • Sign in/register an account on our website - sign in/register. If you are registering with us for the first time, after completing the online registration form you will be sent an email with a link to verify your email address. Please click on this link to verify your account. If you do not receive your verification email, please call us on 01279 817778.

If you have previously registered an account on our website but have not yet registered a bank card (necessary to be approved for live bidding), you can do so by:

  • clicking on your username/name on the far right of the main menu bar (if you are not signed in this will show as ‘My Account’)

  • clicking on the option for ‘Settings & Emails’

  • fill in your card details under ‘Register new card’. Once card details are registered, you will be approved to bid live in our sales.


Step 2: Join the Auction

As soon as the auction is about to begin, a ‘Bid Live’ button will appear against the sale in the upcoming auctions list (both on our homepage and in our calendar of events here).

  • Click ‘Bid Live’

  • Accept the Terms and Conditions

  • Click the ‘Bid Live’ button on the auction catalogue

  • Switch on the audio and video buttons so that you can hear and watch the action


Step 3: Bid

  • Wait for your lot to be offered

  • Bidding increments are displayed under the lot detail on the left of the screen

  • If you are happy to bid the ‘asking bid’ amount, press the blue bid button quickly

  • If your bid is accepted, the bid button will turn green and you will see the message 'you are in the lead'

  • If you are outbid, the blue bid button will reappear and you must decide if you are prepared to bid the next increment up

  • If you win your lot, you will receive an invoice from us as soon as the auction has ended

  • Please always remember, whether you are bidding in the room or online, bidding is a contractual commitment to buy

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