Fieldings Auctioneers has announced the launch of its first online-only auction following a nationwide lockdown in light of coronavirus.
Following a “strong demand” from clients and a review of its working practise, the group said it has taken steps to adapt its services and auctions will now resume online on 20 May and 21 May, live and online.
The auction house had temporarily closed its saleroom to the public on 23 March in line with government advice. Following the closure, the house said it had adapted to “provide a new working environment and to maintain the highest level of customer service and safety”.
The group will now use online auction platforms the-saleroom and Easy Live Auction to provide a “full auction experience” to clients.
All sale items will be illustrated online ahead of the sale with additional images and condition report information through the online auction platforms and its own website.
Customers will be able to bid live and in real time through both online platforms, and can leave an absentee bid online by selecting the ‘Leave a Bid’ on the Fieldings Auctioneers website.
Bidding by telephone will also be enabled, with telephone bidders asked to contact its office with details of the lots they are interested in. Telephone bidding will be limited to lots over £200 and subject to availability, however.
In addition, Fieldings will offer free storage of any purchases at its saleroom until collections become less restricted. Other arrangements for collection must be made strictly by appointment only.
The auction house said that it continues to “monitor the situation and follow government advice”, and will keep customers informed of any changes to its service and schedule.