Bidding guide

(click here to download UPA registration form and return via fax or email) 

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It is a straightforward process, either you do it in person, by phone or on internet.

Register to bid in person

On the day of the auction simply provide your name and address, as well as proof of identity and residence such as a passport or driving license. Once your registration is completed you will be given a paddle, carrying your personal number for bidding during the auction. It should be returned to the Cashier counter if you won in bidding, or to the registration desk if you are not.

Register to bid by phone

Bidding by telephone lets you take part in the auction without having to be present in the auction room. If you would like to do this you will need to register yourself as a telephone bidder in advance by completing UPA registration form

We will telephone you about 5 lots before your lot is announced. Once bidding begins, we will talk you through as the bids progress and ask you at each stage if you wish to continue. This will carry on until you are successful, or let us know you want to stop bidding.

Register to bid on internet

Some of our auctions will link with other online auction platform, such as Liveauction or Invaluable. If so, pls just send application to UPA via these auction stations in advance and you will get approval afterward. You can participate our auction like this way.

Absentee bids

You are welcome to place an absentee bid which can make on your behalf during the auction. All you need to do is to complete UPA registration form specifying the lot(s) on which you want to leave an absentee bid. This gives us written permission to act as your representative to try and secure the Lot(s) at the lowest possible price, subject to any reserve and interest from other bidders. You should give us the maximum Hammer price which you prepared to pay ( also have to take into account the Buyer’s Premium and any taxes payable on top of the Hammer Price). Proof of Identity and residence may need to present.

By submitting UPA registration form, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the Conditions of Sale and hereby authorize United Pacific Auction to execute these bids on your behalf.

Absentee bid requests must be received by UPA one day before the date of auction.

If not in person bid, you hereby agree to the following: 

You would like to place the bid(s) with United Pacific Auction (UPA) to be executed during the stated auction. 
You understand that UPA will execute any bid(s) with care (including absentee bids), but will not be held responsible for any errors or failure to execute bids. You also understand that all bid(s) are subject to all parts of the Conditions of Sale which appears on the bidder paddle and/or the auction catalogue (if applicable). By placing any bid(s), you accept these Conditions. 
UPA will always attempt to buy designated lots at the lowest possible amount in competition with other bidders. In the event of a tie bid of the same amount between two or more absentee bids, the bid form received first will be given preference.

Bid Price (USD) Bid Increments
$100 – $475 @ $25
$500 – $950 @ $50
$1,000 – $1,900 @ $100
$2,000 – $4,750 @ $250
$5,000 – $9,500 @ $500
$10,000 – $19,000 @ $1,000
$20,000 – $47,500 @ $2,500
$50,000 – $95,000 @ $5,000
$100,000 – $190,000 @ $10,000
$200,000 – $480,000 @ $25,000
$500,000 – & above @ $50,000
or at Auctioneer’s discretion


If you didn’t attend auction , after auction finished , you will receive email from UPA, so that you can easily check whether or not you were successful.

The price you pay is the amount at which the auctioneer’s hammer falls (the hammer price), plus a buyer’s premium (a percentage of the final hammer price) and tax where applicable. You will be given an invoice made out to the name and address on your Registration Form, which may not be subsequently altered. The invoice gives a breakdown of the various costs. More information can be found in the ‘Conditions of Sale’ .

You are responsible for Buyer’s Premium and any applicable taxes. Buyer’s Premium is calculated as follows:

  • 20% on the first $200,000 of the hammer price
  • 18% on any amount of the hammer price over 200,001

,when paying by cash, check or wire transfer

Credit card payments will be subject to an additional 3% buyer’s premium.

Buyers outside of the United States must submit payment via wire transfer. Credit cards are not an accepted form of payment for buyers outside of the United States. 

Final invoice will be hammer price plus premium, plus sales tax (if applicable). After paid the first invoice , you may received invoice of transportation cost if UPA need to arrange shipping for you.

Methods of Payment:

If you are sending payment by post, please enclose the copy of your invoice. We cannot accept checks drawn by third parties. Please leave at least eight working days for the check to clear before collecting your purchases.

Payments can be made at the Cashier, either during or after an auction.

Bankers draft 
This will need to be confirmed with the issuing bank, prior to acceptance

Bank transfer
All transfers must state the relevant auction number, lot number and your bid / paddle number. If transferring from a foreign currency, the amount we receive must be the total due after currency conversion and the deduction of any bank charges. (We suggest to confirm the amount in foreign currency with UPA before wire)

Debit card
There is no additional charge for purchases made with these cards.

Credit Card / PayPal

  • Visa and Master card from states are accepted. It is often a good idea to let your card provider know in advance that you intend to buy something. This can help cut down the time we need to seek authority when you come to pay.
  • PayPal is also acceptance.

If you attend an auction in person and are successful in your bid, you are free to collect and remove your item there and then once payment has been made. If you are not able to do so you can arrange for storage and shipping either yourself or by using UPA specialist services.

For bulky items, or where it is not possible for you to remove your purchases immediately, please contact with UPA for any solution. Collection and storage charges may apply for items which are not collected on the day of the auction. ( see below for more details ***)

We are happy to help with delivery and will provide a quote to do so, on request. We can arrange for your goods to be delivered to you once we have received your written dispatch instructions and full payment, including shipping costs. For international deliveries an export license may be required. Please contact UPA if you need any further information.

** Using UPA shipping service, you understand that you are responsible for packing and shipping costs of your purchases. UPA, if requested, will coordinate the shipping of purchases per buyer’s instructions as soon as full payment has been received. Local buyers must make arrangements to have their purchases removed no later than FIVE days following the sale. Out of state buyers (Or International buyers) should anticipate a two to three week allowance for delivery unless other arrangements are made. 

*** Purchased property that is permitted to remain onsite at UPA’s facility should be removed at the purchaser’s expense not later than 5:00p.m. Pacific Time seven (7) business days following the date of the sale. If not so removed, a storage fee of $5.00 per lot per day will be payable to us by the purchaser beginning at the close of the 21st day following the sale, and we may thereafter transfer such property to an offsite warehouse at the purchaser’s risk and expense.