Buying at auction

Cordy's encourages you to attend any auction from which you wish to purchase so you can accurately view and bid live within the auction room; if however this is not practical then Cordy's can supply you with a condition report and arrange various absentee bidding options. Buyers are reminded that the highest bidder at the fall of the hammer is entering a binding contract.

Here's a brief guide to buying from Cordy's.

Website Login

You will need to be registered on the Cordys website to bid online. Click the Login button and then Don't have a Cordy's account? Register now... Once this is completed, you will receive an email with a link to confirm your registration. Clicking the email will take you back to the Cordys page and your account will now be registered. You will see your name at the top right of the Cordys website (unless you log out). This is your permanent account and you will need to complete full details (address, phone number as well as email) to be able to buy at auction.

Buyer Registration

Login is different from registration. You must register for each sale you wish to bid in. To do this; click the sale you wish to register for and chose the Register Now button. Once you Accept the Buyers Terms and Conditions, your registration will be complete.

Once registered you can leave absentee bids on lots and create a Wish List (this will save items you are interested in to one location). To do this, go to each lot of interest and click Wish List.

Once registered/logged in you will be able to leave absentee bids for upcoming auctions and to bid live at a live online auction.


Online bidding

Cordys have two types of online auctions

  1. Weekly Collectables Auctions: These are online from Thursday evening until 6:30pm on Monday evening (or Tuesday if a Public Holiday falls on a Monday). You can place your owns bids during this time.

    At 6:30pm the auction will start closing in batches of 10 lots every two minutes. You can then bid in real-time. Lots will auto-extend (for two minutes) if bid on within two minutes of closing, for a maximum of 10 times.

  2. Monthly Antique Live Auctions: This auction is both a live online auction and a physical auction (which takes place in our Mt Eden showroom with an auctioneer). You are welcome to attend and bid in the room.

    The live auction runs concurrently with the physical auction and you can bid online in real time once it is underway.

Bidding in person

The live auction is held at our Mt Eden showroom. Bidders will need to register prior to the auction; they will be given a bidding number which they must show to the auctioneer if they are the successful highest bidder on any lot or lots. A clear intention to bid should always be made.

Absentee bidding

Absentee bids (for the monthly Antique auction only), can be placed free of charge either by contacting John Cordy by phone or email with instructions, or by placing your own bids on the website as above.

For weekly Collectable auctions, you are responsible for placing bids yourself on the website as above.

Lots will always be bought as favourably as allowed by other such bids, bidding in the saleroom and any reserve. See 'Conditions of Sale'.

Telephone bidding

With adequate notice Cordy's can arrange to phone you prior to a nominated lot(s) so long as the associated estimate is around $1,000 or more (this applies to monthly Antique auctions only). Landlines are preferable. Cordy's accepts no liability for lack of connection for whatever reason. Bidders are reminded not to hesitate during this process as the auctioneer will not be showing preferential treatment.

After you buy

Buyer's premium

The purchaser shall pay to John Cordy Limited (Cordy's) a premium of 17% of the hammer price together with G.S.T. on such premium at the current rate, effectively adding 19.55% to the hammer price.


NZ buyers must pay in full within 48 hours of the auction. We accept Online Banking, EFTPOS, PayPal, Visa or MasterCard (proof of I.D will be required) with a 2.2% surcharge. All bank or PayPal fees are to be fully covered by the purchaser. Overseas buyers must pay directly into Cordys bank account by way of International Funds Transfer, the buyer must cover all bank fees associated with payment.

Collection of items

Once payment has been completed all goods are to be removed immediately (within 48 hours from the auction). Carriers' details are available at our office.

Parking is available outside Cordys after 10am. Parking on the foot path is not allowed. There is a free carpark opposite Cordys on Windmill Road.

Packaging and shipping

We are happy to ship items at the buyer's expense.

For smaller items, courier delivery can be arranged. Depending on the fragility and size of the item/s, there may be a charge for packaging. We do not organise the packaging or postage of larger items, dinner or tea sets, rugs and box lots. An additional invoice will be sent to you and once payment is received; goods will be dispatched. For larger pieces (i.e. furniture), we have carrier details we can make available.