1. Providing I trust the auctioneer not to “pick bid off the wall” (inventing bids to boost the price), I give my bid into the auctioneer first.

2. There is a porter I trust at my local auctioneer and I give my bid to him.

3.  I used to go to auctions a lot before my hearing got too bad to hear the bids.  I still like to go with a friend who tells me when my upper limit has been reached so I know when to stop bidding.  This means I don’t end up spending a lot more than I meant to.

4. I find online auctions more suited to me – I can see what is being bid and act accordingly. Since Covid, more auctions seem to have gone online, so that’s good for me.