A Silent Auction is where guests place their bid discreetly on a bid sheet rather than signalling the auctioneer.
We use the Sealed Bid technique, as it limits bidders to one bid on an item. This has consistently proved to raise more money for charity and it allows multiple sales, a more efficient collection of monies, less intrusion to the event, quicker conclusion, less conflict with the Live Auction and its extremely exciting!. As guests arrive our staff introduce them to the Silent Auction; letting them know how to bid and information about the items on offer.
The items are displayed in an area of the function room where there is the opportunity to generate large amounts of interest in the items. As guests enjoy a break between courses, members of staff then parade the items around the room and answer questions from guests about our individual money cant buy experiences. This allows guests to gain a further insight into the lots.
As the evening runs the bidders will complete the Silent Auction sheets (they will each have one on their seats). The bidding sheets then get collected by our staff at the end of the meal. Once all the forms are in, our team inform the highest bidders that they have won, collect payment and take them their item. Please note – Having a Silent Auction at your event DOES NOT conflict with the Main Auction.
Technology for your auction is available upon request. If you would like to enquire about this service, please enquire below.