All auctions at Fontaine’s are open to the public. With ample seating and our new high-end antiques and fine art retail store, we have many options for buying antiques and fine art. We offer several ways to participate, whether you are attending the auction in person or bidding from the other side of the world.
When bidding at Fontaine’s you can leave an absentee bid prior to the auction, bid live from the gallery floor, phone bid or bid live on the internet. Preview times and dates are scheduled for each auction.
Online catalogs are available for viewing free of charge for all cataloged auctions. We also schedule estate auctions several times a year which are uncatalogued. Click on a current auction listed on the home page to access more information.
If you need additional information about an item in the auction, a member of Fontaine’s staff is available to answer questions by email, telephone or fax prior to the auction. The auctioneer will typically sell 80 – 100 lots per hour.
Buying Antiques & Fine Art Online: Internet Bidding
With LiveAuctioneers, Invaluable, eBay Live, Auction Zip and Fontaine’s Live Online Auctions, your bid is a contract;
Place a bid only if you’re serious about buying the item. If you are the successful and winning bidder, you have entered into a legally binding contract to purchase the property bid on from the seller. You should contact Fontaine’s Auction Gallery to resolve any questions before bidding.
When bidding live, DO NOT leave your computer or smart device unattended – electronic bids CAN NOT be retracted once submitted. Only click on the BID NOW, or BID buttons when you WANT to place a bid.
1. Sign up with LiveAuctioneers.com first.
2. Sign up for the Fontaine Auction you wish to bid at.
3. Be sure to read the HOW TO BID on liveauctioneers. Using the Bidding Console
4. You will be approved after your account is reviewed.
5. Registration for online bidding 2 days before the auction my NOT have time to be verified.
6. If you sign up the day of the auction and are NOT from the United States WITH a past good bidding history – you will not be approved to bid.
Hammer Price and Price Realized.
The “hammer price” is the winning bid amount.
A “Buyer’s Premium” and Massachusetts sales tax (6.25%, if applicable) are then added to the hammer price.
The hammer price plus the buyer’s premium is known as the “price realized.”
A buyer’s premium in the amount of 21% of the successful high bid will be added to the amount of the successful bid price for all lots purchased at auction.
Upon the announcement by the auctioneer, the successful bidder becomes the purchaser and is responsible for the full amount owing as allowed by the “Terms of Sale”.
0 – 100 = 10
100 – 500 = 25
500 – 1,000 = 50
1,000 – 2,500 = 100
2,500 – 5,000 = 250
5,000 – 10,000 = 500
10,000 – 25,000 = 1,000
25,000 – 50,000 = 2,500
50,000 – 100,000 = 5,000
The auctioneer has the sole and exclusive power, discretion and authority to regulate the bidding and its increments.
Exemption of Taxes: Only valid resale certificates are accepted as proof of exemption from Massachusetts’s sales tax by U.S. dealers. No Massachusetts sales tax is charged for purchases shipped out of state.
Please refer to the complete “Terms of Sale” on this website, before buying antiques and fine arts with Fontaine’s, as each lot offered for sale is subject to these terms whether bidding in person, through a representative, by phone, by internet or absentee bid.