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A Quick Guide: How to Navigate Our New Online Auction Catalogs


This past summer we announced that new software had been installed for our online auctions. With this new format and theme, we hope that it will be easier to read and browse through the catalogs. We offer a huge thank you to all of you who have submitted your comments and feedback regarding the new software.

In this post, we want to provide a quick overview of how to navigate our new online auction catalogs. If you’re new to our site, hopefully this guide will help you when placing bids.

To View the Catalog

From each event page, you will click on the orange button in the top right area of the page that says “Go to the Auction”.

Auction event home page

On the left side of the catalog page, you can view all the details of the event including the preview, closing, and removal days. Sidenote: If you’re not familiar with our auctions, please read carefully through all of our terms and conditions. The link is available on the first page of each catalog.

To Search For Specific Items

If there’s a certain type of item you are looking for, you can simply use the search box at the top.

Search box for online auctions

Please note that we no longer provide a drop-down menu of categories to search under, so if you’re looking for a particular type of item, enter the category into the search box. For example, if you just want to look at jewelry items, enter “jewelry”.

To View More Detailed Information About an Item

Click on the little icon that looks like a small “V” to read a more detailed description of the item. You can also view the lot number, what room it is located in (If the preview is at an off-site location), and the dimensions of the item.

Detailed description of an online auction item

To View Additional Photos of an Item

Click on the first photo and then scroll through to view all the photos. See the short video below…

To View Bidding History

If you want to see how many bidders and the number of bids placed on an item, click on the icon that looks like a clipboard.

View all bids on an item

To Go Back to the Main Cal Auctions Page

Click on the icon that looks like a house located in the top-left corner of the page.

To return back to the Cal Auctions home page

Please remember that although you may have already registered an account for our site, you still need to register for each auction that you want to participate in. If you experience any issues while navigating our site, please send us a message at any time.

We are still in the process of adding more features. Stay tuned!