How To Buy

Live Bidding

To bid in person, please register the day of sale at our reception desk and receive a bidding paddle. All of our gallery auctions are conveniently located at 908 York Road, Towson MD.

Internet Bidding

You can conveniently bid by internet through the Live Auctioneers and Invaluable platforms. Similar to bids left directly with Alex Cooper, internet bids compete against other internet, live, absentee, and telephone bids.

Telephone Bidding

For telephone bids, please complete the absentee bid form and check the telephone bid box. An Alex Cooper representative will call you prior to your desired lot and bid live with you over the phone. Please note that if you wish to bid by telephone, you must agree to begin the bidding at $500 on that lot.

Absentee Bidding

To bid at an auction you will not be attending, please complete our absentee bid form prior to the day of auction. You can complete the form either in gallery or on our website.

For absentee bids, the auctioneer will implement bids on your behalf against live, absentee, telephone and internet bids. Your absentee bid represents the highest amount that you will allow the auctioneer to bid on your behalf.

Alex Cooper Auctions

Alex Cooper conducts two types of auction sales in our galleries: Gallery Auctions and Discovery Auctions. Our Gallery Auctions are typically split into two day sales. Our Thursday auctions feature the finest selection of jewelry, silver and coins & currency. Our Saturday auctions highlight exceptional pieces of furniture, oriental rugs & tapestries, paints, drawings & prints, Asian arts, 20th Century decorative arts, miliaria and books & ephemera.

Our Discovery Auctions feature moderately priced items, including antique, contemporary, designer, and reproduction furniture and decorations, artwork, porcelain and glass, rugs and collectibles. Discovery Auction items may be viewed in our gallery or online; however bidding is available solely through Alex Cooper’s internet catalogue. Bidding starts at $20 for all items.

Before each auction, the gallery is open for pre-auction exhibition days. Our professional staff is available to answer any auction related questions. Illustrated catalogues with descriptions, pre-sale estimates and full terms of sale are available to purchase at our reception desk.