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We have been talking more and more about online bidding in recent weeks, but how do you go about it?

The first thing to do is find something you want to buy. You can do this ether by browsing an auctioneer’s website directly, or by looking at one of the auction portals, which gives access to numerous sales. If you have something specific in mind, you can conduct an online search for it in much the same way you would look for a new home via a property website like Rightmove.

When you have found what you want to bid on, click on the online catalogue entry and check the description, estimate and image – these days you should be able to expand the image to check details. Make sure you check out its condition, if that could be an issue. Details of this may be included in the description or there may be a condition report request button, which allows you to send an email direct to the specialist to ask.

Once you are satisfied with that, double check the sale details – date, time, who to register with (auction house or bidding platform), the deadline for registering and what you will need to register (credit card, ID etc).

Further details on what to do tomorrow.