You can now leave bids directly through our website! Every lot in our online catalog has a bid form at the bottom of the page. By signing up for a free member account, you can now bid on and "favorite" items, right through our website.

Creating a Account

It is free and very easy to create a new account. Browse our online auction catalog (CLICK HERE TO VIEW IT), and simply follow one of the prominent links to do so (located at the bottom of each specific lot's page, in the bidding section).

On the sign-up page, fill out our quick registration form. We ask for a credit card number for verification purposes only. Your number is never seen by us or anyone else, and if you are a successful bidder, you can pay any way you'd like. Hit the "Submit!" button and that's all there is to it. You are ready to bid!

Existing members need not fill out a new registration form. Simply log in as before and you are all set.

How to Bid

Each item page in our online catalog has a bidding form beneath the item photographs. If you aren't logged in, the website will ask you to do so. Once you've logged in, you will be able to bid on any and all lots you'd like to bid on.

Enter a legal bid (i.e., one that falls on a correct increment) in the bid box and click the "Bid" button. You will then be asked to confirm your bid. If the bid amount is correct and you want to place it, click "Bid" again. Your bid will not post until you have clicked it on this second step, so make sure you do so.

A note about bidding increments: You will see "Bidding Notes" beneath the bid form, which explain which increments are legal for which dollar amounts. For bids beneath $1000, we ask that your bid fall on a $25 increment. For bids of $1000 or more, we ask that you fall on either a $100 or $250 increment. For example, $375 is a legal bid, because it is evenly divisible by $25. $4200 is a legal bid because it is evenly divisible by $100. $380 is not a legal bid. $4210 is not a legal bid.

Once you've bid on an item, if you are logged in and return to that item's page, your maximum bid will appear beneath the item description / photos. You can increase your maximum bid by simply bidding again with a higher dollar value. You cannot, however, decrease a bid you have already placed. We want to make sure that we bid only as high as you want us to bid, and not a penny more. To avoid any confusion or technological difficulties that could result in us bidding an erroneous amount, we ask that you please call us if you wish to decrease or withdraw a previously placed bid. We are more than happy to assist you on the phone if you wish to alter your bid.


You can make lots your "Favorites" to come back and bid on them later, see how they did in the auction once sale day rolls around, etc. A prominent "Make Favorite" link is displayed by the lot number on each item page.

How Internet Absentee Bidding Works

Crocker Farm is a real, live, traditional auction, not an eBay-style or "absentee" auction. The action for each lot happens in real time, usually within a minute or two, at our auction gallery in Sparks, MD. The bids you make now are the maximum amounts that you authorize us to bid on your behalf when the live auction actually occurs (in the case of our next auction, October 26, 2019 at 10am) and your pieces are sold.

In this way, your (and everyone else's) internet bids are kept completely secret until auction day, when they are entered into our bid book, given to our auctioneer, and then executed as the sale progresses.

The auctioneer will bid on your behalf against any other bids--absentee, phone, internet, and live floor bids. He will bid for you competitively. This means you could theoretically bid, say, $2000 on an item and win it for $500. We do not "run" your bids or start the bidding at your bid. As people who have attended hundreds of auctions ourselves over the decades, we have seen auctioneers handle absentee bids a variety of different ways. We handle your bids in the same way we always believed auctioneers should handle ours. In other words, we are very concerned with executing your bids in an honest and scrupulous manner.

Please familiarize yourself with absentee bidding for more details on how your internet bids are bid for you.

More Help

If you have any problems whatsoever with the sign-up or online bidding process, or just want to ask us questions about anything at all, please feel free to contact us.

After the Auction

If you are a successful absentee or phone bidder, you should receive an invoice from us the week after the auction; we generally send invoices on the Monday after each sale.

We offer full-service packing and shipping to deliver your items to you.

Other Ways to Bid

Click here to return to our bidding page for info on all of our other bidding methods.

Terms and Conditions

Please familiarize yourself with our terms and conditions before bidding.

How-To's on All of Our Bidding Methods

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