Buying at Auction

Auctions Imperial offers the very finest arms, armor, and historical artifacts in March of each year, and is pleased to assist in making your experience a positive one. To begin, search our catalogue, either in print or online at, and then either examine the lots you are interested in during the pre-sale exhibition and/or communicate with our specialists if you have questions.

Our Buyer’s Premium is a flat 24.9%. This amount will added to the hammer price (the amount of your winning bid.)

There are four basic steps to purchasing at Auctions Imperial:

  1. Bidder registration
  2. Placing a bid
  3. Settling your account
  4. Shipment of won lots

Bidder Registration

Bidder registration is available on our website.

Absentee Bids

You may place absentee bids on our secure server at

or by printing and filling out the absentee bid form here:

Use this form to submit the maximum bid amount you are willing to make.  Your absentee bid form must also contain the information required for registration; we will contact you prior to the auction to confirm your identity and verify your bid. Completed absentee bid forms may be scanned and emailed to at least 24 hours prior to the start of the auc­tion in order to be executed on your behalf.
When we execute an absentee bid on your behalf, the lot will always be bought for the lowest increment that exceeds all competing bids and which meets or exceeds the reserve price. In the event of identical bids, the earliest received will take precedence. Auctions Imperial requires all non-US bidders to advance a deposit equal to 1/3 of the value of bids placed.

We are unable to execute “Buy” or unlimited bids.
Written and telephone bids are offered as an additional service at no extra charge, and at the buyer’s risk. Auctions Imperial cannot accept liability for failure to place such bids.
Successful absentee bidders will be invoiced following the auction.

Telephone Bids

The Absentee Bid form is also used to register for telephone bidding. Based on the information you provide on the form, an Auctions Imperial representative will contact you from the saleroom prior to your specified lot(s) and will relay your bids to the auctioneer. As the number of telephone lines is limited, it is necessary to make arrangements for this service at least 48 hours before the sale.
Telephone bids are accepted at the sole discretion of Auctions Imperial and at the prospective buyer’s risk. Telephone bidding lines may be recorded for the security of both parties; by bidding on the telephone prospective buyers consent thereto.

Internet Bidding

Auctions Imperial accepts internet bidding via LiveAuctioneers, Invaluable and Proxibid. You must pre-register through these platforms at least 48 hours prior to the auction in order to bid online. A valid credit card is required for online bidding, and winning bids will be charged to this card unless bidder has made other payment arrangements in advance with Auctions Imperial. Please note that these platforms charge an additional 3%, therefore, your invoice will reflect a total of 27.9% Buyer’s Premium for lots won through them. Bidders registering on any of the foregoing platforms are bound by Auctions Imperial Terms and Conditions, found at under the Terms & Conditions tab.

Buyer’s Premium & Tax

Please note that Auctions Imperial Buyer’s Premium and any local taxes will be payable on successful bids. Thus the “hammer price” – the actual winning bid – is less than the amount the purchaser will pay. Consult an Auctions Imperial representative for more in­formation before placing a bid. The buyer will also be responsible for any duties or VAT required upon importation into another country.


You may pay by cash, credit card, check, money order or wire transfer. We accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express (subject to certain restrictions and fees). You must contact Auctions Imperial in advance to pay by methods other than cash, credit card or check. Wire transfers must be paid in USD only and will incur a wire transfer fee.  If you pay by check, your purchase will be released upon notice that your check has cleared. You may pay for your purchase immediately after the auction by going to the cashier onsite, otherwise an invoice will be emailed to you following the sale. Your invoice is due and payable upon receipt. There is no grace period. Payments not received within 5 days will incur a storage fee of $20 per lot per day plus a 4% per month interest fee on any outstanding balance.  Your credit card information, including number, expiration date and CVV number, will be required in order to register to bid; if you do not attend the auction in person, your invoice total will automatically be charged to this card unless you have made other arrangements with Auctions Imperial before the auction.

Grades of Condition

Auctions Imperial incorporates the following criteria for grading of condition:

I. Excellent — Fine condition, without apparent repairs or restorations.
II. Very Good — Showing minor age wear, without apparent repairs or restorations.
III. Good — Light to moderate age wear, may have minor defects, with possible repairs or restorations.
IV. Fair — Item with moderate to heavy age wear.
V. As Found — Item with heavy wear, possibly significant defects.


All purchases must be paid for within 7 days of the auction date. After that time, your property will be subject to a handling and storage fees specified under the Terms & Conditions tab at

NOTE THAT IT IS THE WINNING BIDDER’S RESPONSIBILITY TO ARRANGE AND PAY FOR PACKING & SHIPPING. PLEASE CONTACT  TO MAKE PACKING AND SHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS INCLUDING PRICE QUOTATIONS, PAYMENT AND CLAIMS. Final arrangements and agreements are strictly between you and our shipper. AUCTIONS IMPERIAL is not responsible for any occurrences during shipping. Pick ups may be arranged before the auction only by contacting us at There are absolutely NO pick ups from our Cheyenne office.


Terms and Conditions

All prospective buyers are reminded that they are bound by Auctions Imperial Terms and Conditions, which may be found on our website,, under the Terms & Conditions tab.