A few things to remember when considering an item at auction both online and in person.
Many estimate prices are a ‘come and get me’ lure, and in my experience items normally exceed their estimate. Before bidding take into account other fees ie: auction house commission (typically 17 to 20%), vat, possible charge for using credit card and if you live far away a delivery service.
These fees on top of an already over estimate can make a difference and need to be included in your top bid price considerations.
If you do choose online services e.g. the-salesroom’ or in-house services remember to always ask for a condition report and additional photo’s, in particular a photo of the hallmarks. Once you have all the above information only then consider if bidding is viable. Using online services is very convenient and a benefit of the web, however there is no substitute for handling a piece in person.