We will not open with your max bid unless we have supporting bids to do so. The auctioneer execute your bid starting at the lowest increment possible. If other clients begin to bid on the lot, your absentee bid will be executed accordingly.
The only situation in which bidding would begin at your maximum bid is when there are supporting bids. For example, if your maximum bid is $1,000 and bidding opens at $500 and no other bids are registered, your initial bid will be $500. However, if bidding opens at $500 but another bidder has an absentee bid of $650, your initial bid will be $700.
If you have any questions regarding the bidding process, please contact our Bids Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.445.0100.