The Buying Process

The experts at Withington Auction can provide to you the history and condition of any item up for auction. Bidding for an item, whether it is in person or online, can be an exhilarating and unique experience.

How to Bid in Timed Online Auctions

Withington Auctions offers fixed-time, online auctions. These online-only auctions allow Withington to bring more high-quality items to auction in an easy-to-use, web-based format.

Step 1-Create an Account by Visiting Upcoming Auctions

In order to participate online for any Withington timed auction you must register. Registration will begin on the first day of the auction. Visit “UPCOMING AUCTIONS” and click the registration tab. When you have successfully created an account, you will receive a confirmation email. Visit the auction schedule and click “View Lots” to browse the auction.


Step 2-Log in to the Auction

Click on the “Register to Bid” button to register for the specific auction with your email and password.

Step 3-Receive approval to bid

Even if you have bid in Withington auctions in the past, you must register again for each auction as each auction is a unique event. You will receive email notification upon approval.

Step 4-Bid online

Use the “BID” button to place a bid on an item. Bids are executed using standard increments. If another bidder places a higher bid, you will see an outbid message on your screen. Note, the only method for participating in a timed online auction is through online bidding.

Step 5-Bid dynamics

Lots in a timed online auction will end over a period of time with staggered end times. Please refer to the countdown timer beside a lot. Most of the bidding action occurs during the last few minutes. In the event that competitive bidding takes place within the last five minutes of the auction, time will be added in five-minute increments to allow time for the underbidder to decide to increase his or her bid.

Step 6-Winning bidder

The winning bidder is the current high bidder when the lot closes. If you are the winning bidder, you will be notified by email within 24-hours.  A buyer’s premium of 25% applies to timed online auction purchases. Please read the Conditions of Sale for more information.


In Person LIVE Auctions

There’s nothing quite like the thrill and drama of participating in a live auction at Withington. It is both entertaining and exciting as buyers compete for cherished items. As they say in sports-there is the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat with each lot.

Step 1-Registration

Registration typically opens 2 hours prior to the auction start time. To bid in person, you’ll need to arrive in enough time to register and receive a bidding number. If it is your first-time bidding with us, please bring a form of picture identification, such as a driver’s license.

Step 2-Bidding

The auction will begin when the auctioneer asks for an opening bid. The auctioneer will accept bids from the floor as well as number of other methods to include the internet and absentee bidding. Bidding at Withington’s will follow standard increments. In some instances, the auctioneer will have the discretion to modify those increments. Once competitive starts, the marketplace will come alive until the auctioneer announces “sold”. That last bid is commonly referred to as the hammer price. The hammer price plus the buyer’s premium will be the actual purchase price. Note, sometimes the auctioneer will make the decision to pass a lot rather than sell it if the market does not develop. This protects the consignor but generally this does not occur often.

Step 3-Cashing Out

Congratulations if you are the winning bidder.  Please check in at the desk to settle the invoice and arrange for shipping by UPS or take possession immediately.




Absentee and Phone Bidding

Absentee bids will be executed by Withington on your behalf during a live auction. Using the standard auction increments, the auctioneer will bid competitively for you up the maximum amount that you are willing to bid. Often the winning bid will be less than your maximum bid. In the event of a tie between bids, the live bidder will take priority. Between absentee bidders, the first one to register their bid would take priority.

Phone bidding will follow the same procedure as live bidding on the floor. A Withington staff member will call you prior to the lot of interest.  As the bidding begins the staff member will ask for your bid (yes or no) for the next bidding increment.

To protect the consignor, the auctioneer may set a minimum opening bid.


Standard Bidding Increments

The auctioneer calls out for and accepts bids following a regular pattern, known as standard increments. As the price gets higher, the increments increase in size. While the auctioneer will generally use the increments below, the auctioneer may decide to change the increment, and this decision is at his or her discretion.


Current Bid Standard Increment
Up to $199 $10
$200-$499 $25
$500-$999 $50
$1,000-$2,999 $100
$3,000-$4,999 $250
$5,000-$9,999 $500
$10,000-$29,999 $1,000
$30,000-$49,999 $2,500
$50,000-$99,999 $5,000
$100,000-$299,999 $10,000
$300,000-$499,999 $25,000
$500,000-$999,999 $50,000
Over $1,000,000 $100,000


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Withington Legacy & Current Staff

Dick Withington Lives On

“Grand Master of the Auction Block” – As a boy he worked for the local country auctioneers during the summer, as well as helping his mother in her Antique Shop. Dick then worked for Keene auctioneer, Jim Hall, doing everything from setting up the tents to calling on occasion. Under his guidance, Dick learned how to combine entertainment & humor, while selling some of the finest New England antiques. In 1949, armed with ambition & lots of natural ability, Dick started his own auction company. He soon surpassed his competition to become the best Country Auctioneer in the business. Demonstrating that Auction selling can be entertainment, he has deservedly earned the title of “The Bob Hope of the Auction Block!” Through the years, he led almost 2,500 auctions, as a leading player in the auction world, he sold some of the finest American Antiques and Furnishings.  His involvement in selling Dolls at Auction began back in 1959 when he sold Mrs. Alexander Smith’s Doll Museum and since then has sold doll collections for individuals and museums continuously.

As New Hampshire Auctioneer’s License #1, Dick would sell until his last days … “as long as he was able to stand up and talk!”  Dick always worked tirelessly promoting the business he so loved. We are enormously grateful to be allowed to preserve his legacy We have been fortunate to be able to learn from the master and will always miss him.

Marcia and Larry Leizure

Larry Leizure – “President, Computer Tech, Appraiser”Began working part-time for Withington a generation ago, running the auction business when Dick was wintering in Florida.  Innovations such as a WEB-site and full color catalogues have helped to bring the auction company into the 21st c.  Withington Auction Inc.  was formed in May of 2005, separating the auction business from the many-faceted business dealings of Richard W. Withington Inc. This enabled Dick to stay involved and active in the auction business, without the drudgery of daily operations.  Since then, Larry and his wife Marcia have owned and operated the company, using Dick's principles of Honesty and Integrity as the guidelines for running the business. With a degree in business management, a builder of custom homes and historic restorations, and 12 years as director of Buildings and Grounds at Lawrence Academy, Larry can correct, create and solve almost any problem... from plumbing to WEB-site maintenance... he does it all!

Marcia Leizure – Auctioneer, Publishing &  Merchandising”  Graduating college with a degree in Art and moving to NH with Larry as newlyweds, the world of antiques became a major part of their lives.  Both as collectors and  dealers, they owned and operated many shops since the 70's.  In addition having 20 years experience in  financial management, Marcia brought her skills to Withington’s in January of 2005.  Prior to that time, she would assist with an occasional estate clean-out or an appraisal and was responsible for setting up the country auction previews in the barn.  Over the past 18 years, she has learned the gentle art of auctioneering from the “Master” and received her NH Auctioneer’s License (#4028) in the summer of 2004.

I am sure Dick Withington would be extremely proud of both Larry and Marcia for maintaining his legacy. Withington Auctions is still a force to be reckoned with in the auction world.

Mike Reopel

Partner/Chief Executive Officer, Auctioneer


Auctioneer, collector, veteran, and successful business owner and executive, Mike is passionate about continuing the legacy of the Withington Auctions company.  He is a seasoned antiques collector with a special interest in White Mountain (New Hampshire) paintings, rare books, historical documents, early firearms and Dunlap and Seymour furniture.

A graduate of West Point and Harvard University, Mike served as an airborne ranger in multiple infantry units, taught economics, worked in the White House and created and led several successful businesses.  He received his New Hampshire auctioneer’s license in 2005 and currently owns several small businesses in New Hampshire and abroad.

Mike is a current board member and Treasurer of the New Hampshire Historical Society.

Ken Labnon

Partner/Chief Auctioneer, Appraiser


Professional auctioneer and appraiser, Kenneth Labnon, brings 50 years’ experience in the auction business to the Withington Auctions team.  Having worked for multiple auction companies, Ken has completed over 2,000 auctions during his career.  Along the way, he has acquired an excellent working knowledge of antiques market values, as well as expertise in valuing silver and jewelry.ent board member and Treasurer of the New Hampshire Historical Society.

Ken has donated many hours calling auctions for numerous charitable organizations including, the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHAD), the New England College Alumni Association, the Henniker Rotary Club, the Cardigan Mountain School and others.

Ken’s extensive experience, professionalism, energy and integrity make him a welcome addition to the Withington Auctions team.

Gary Yeaton

Partner/ American Furniture and Clocks Specialist, Appraiser


As a professional antiques dealer, appraiser and furniture conservation specialist, Gary brings his knowledge and expertise in valuing American furniture and decorative arts to the Withington Auctions company.  Over his nearly 50-year career buying, selling, restoring and appraising antiques, Gary has acquired a broad range of knowledge in such areas as early paper, books, glass, tools, art, clocks and furniture from every period.  Over time, he developed a particular interest in furniture and clocks of the 18th and early 19th century, with a special focus on New Hampshire furniture makers, including the Dunlaps, for which he is well-known.

Gary’s excellent professional reputation and wide-ranging knowledge of antiques and the antiques market make him an invaluable member of the Withington Auctions team.

Gary is a current member of New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Association.

Conditions Of Sale

Phoenix Auction October 1 - October 8


All lots must be picked up by 13 October or make other arrangements by phone. We have arranged for UPS shipments for your convenience.