With the announcement of reduced Covid-19 restrictions in Victoria for Auction houses from 1 June moving to 20 people and from 21 June moving to 50 people, while still respecting social distancing rules, we have reviewed our structure for appointments and for auctions.



As of 1 June, we can now safely accommodate 20 people within the building, increasing to 50 people from 21 June, subject to proper social distancing. Viewings no longer require appointment booking, but are limited to 20 minutes. The Victorian Government, as part of Covid-19 contact tracing protocols, requires each client’s details to be collected and kept for 28 days, after which they will be destroyed. Each room has a maximum capacity of people; please refer to signage for directions regarding this capacity.

Our first in-room auction will be held on 22 June with the Decorative Arts auction being the first to be able to welcome clients back into an old-fashioned auction room. Social-distancing requirements are ongoing and will always dictate room attendance.

For those who prefer to continue to connect with us virtually, we are still accommodating virtual viewings and valuations with our specialists and are happy to provide additional imagery and information on any lot over email.

While we are currently unable to provide you an in-room auction experience, we do offer many alternative ways to browse and bid at Leonard Joel. From phone and absentee bidding to participating online from anywhere in the world, we have an option to suit your needs, so please don’t hesitate to contact our Melbourne or Sydney team with any questions or requests.


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Bid Online
Bid in real time and participate in the auction from wherever you are, with our international bidding partner Invaluable. That could be on the other side of the world, or from the comfort of your own home or office. While it is not necessary to register with Invaluable to watch the auction online, you will need to create an account if you would like to bid. Please note, Invaluable charge a 5% fee for their online bidding service. Browse auctions or register here.


New to online bidding? Here’s how it looks:


Leave an Absentee Bid

Leave an Absentee Bid online, or with a member of our team. These bids will be executed at the lowest price possible within your bidding limit. Leave an Absentee Bid directly from the lot



Bid on the Phone
Bid on the phone with a member of our team. This service is complimentary for our Fine or Speciality auctions, and means we will call you just before the lot comes up for sale, guide you through what is happening in the saleroom and place your bids as requested. Register for telephone bidding online directly from the lot


Request a Condition Report
Request a condition report on any lot that interests you for further peace of mind. Request a report directly from the lot.




Request an In Situ Image
Request an image of the item/s in situ in the viewing, to get a better idea of just how your item of interest looks. Request further imagery



Virtual Viewings
If you can’t make it to a viewing in person or you prefer to view virtually, our team will be happy to show you around our viewings over FaceTime or Google Hangouts, please get in touch with the relevant specialist to arrange an appointment.



We strongly recommend that payments at this time be made via our online payment system or via direct deposit to our account. We will accept cash and cheque payments in person, however please be aware there may be a wait time, as these transactions will have to occur one at a time, with a member of our team, and respect all social distancing requirements.




Collections & Deliveries
Until we move to in-room auctions, we will continue with the Carpark Concierge service, however clients will be no longer be required to make a collection appointment. For collections, please email through proof of payment to info@leonardjoel.com.au, or take a screenshot to show us on arrival. Please also have a digital, or printed copy of your invoice ready.

Please view our list of recommended carriers here, who will be able to assist you with shipping. Please forward your invoice to your preferred carrier, after you have made payment. For smaller items, we may be able to arrange shipping to you directly, please get in touch to request a delivery.



If you’re thinking of consigning, we offer a number of ways for you to discover the value of your piece, or collection.


Online Appraisals
To submit items for appraisal, simply complete the form online, and a Leonard Joel specialist will contact you within a number of days. Click here to complete the form.



Schedule a Remote Appointment
Book a video appointment to be conducted remotely with one of our specialists. Our team is here to guide you through this process. Contact us to book an appointment at a time convenient to you



Let Us Come To You
Contact us to book an in-person appointment at a location convenient to you. Please note that at this time, any in-person appointments must comply with all social distancing regulations. Get in touch



Consignment Agreement 

If you decide to offer your item or collection at auction with Leonard Joel, a specialist will advise the most suitable auction for your property together with an appropriate estimate (selling range) and reserve (minimum selling price). Then, we will email you a Consignment Agreement. This is a contract that outlines our terms, fees and conditions of business. We can also help facilitate the delivery of your property to Leonard Joel, covered by our insurance.



Upon receipt of your item, it will be photographed and catalogued by our team.




Before the auction, we will agree a reserve price with you. Your item will not be sold for less than this price at auction.




After the successful auction of your item, you will receive prompt payment into your nominated bank account, after Leonard Joel commission and fees.





We guarantee our descriptions
You can rely on the accuracy of all our descriptions and measurements.

We guarantee our condition reports 
Request a condition report for any lot that interests you for further peace of mind.

Request additional images or a video call with one of our specialists
Contact us to request additional images of the item/s in situ, to get a better idea of just how your item of interest looks.

We guarantee your absentee bid will be executed for the lowest possible price 
Leave an Absentee Bid online, or with a member of our team. These bids will be executed at the lowest price possible within your bidding limit.



Jewellery: jewels@leonardjoel.com.au |  03 8825 5657
Art: art@leonardjoel.com.au | 03 8825 5656
Furniture: furniture@leonardjoel.com.au | 03 8825 5658
Objects & Collectables: objects@leonardjoel.com.au | 03 8825 5655
Decorative Arts:  decorativearts@leonardjoel.com.au | 03 8825 5635
Sydney:  sydney@leonardjoel.com.au |  02 9362 9045
Client Services: info@leonardjoel.com.au | 03 8825 5659.