FAQ

Is this consignment?

Unlike consignment, the non-profit does not pay “up front” for the item, nor does the non-profit keep only the revenue after the initial cost or value. We have devised the program with the intention that we share equally in the proceeds from the sale of an item, from dollar one. There is no “out of pocket”, “hidden fee” or “surcharge”.

What is a “Benefit Reserve”?

After careful deliberation, The Benefit Reserve has been established as the least amount for which the item may sell. The intention is to ensure a winning bid, while still maximizing the non-profit revenue. The item can, and often does, sell for considerably more than The Benefit Reserve.

Live auction or silent auction?

Each of our Masterpieces, unlike many auction items, has a profound physical presence and compelling personality. Historically, our items will always yield a superior return when presented in a live auction.

Are we able to offer the item to more than one bidder?

Absolutely! A single item has sold up to seven times within a single auction event. Once the Benefit Reserve is achieved, we will gladly ship directly to multiple buyers. Ask your Charity Director!

How many items may we request?

When it comes to offering expert advice and consultation within the item selection process, our Charity Directors are both qualified and committed. Not only can your Charity Director help you choose the right item for your event, they can also advise the optimal number of masterpieces to include in your auction, whether it is one or more. We bear the expense of crating, shipping and accompanying promotional materials, whether the agreed number of items is one or five.

How does the winning bidder acquire a Certificate of Authenticity?

Each Certificate of Authenticity is specific to the item, edition number, and individual collector. The Collectors Registry Card, with accompanying RSVP Card, is included in the shipment with each item. Once the item sells, the non-profit has the privilege of presenting this special envelope to the winning bidder, who will then fill out the registry RSVP card and post it in the pre-stamped, return envelope. The customized Certificate of Authenticity will be created and mailed directly to the collector.

Do we incur return shipping costs?

No. In the unlikely event the item is not purchased, we will make arrangements to have the item picked up and returned, at our expense. Once the item is purchased, it is the private property and responsibility of the collector. We maintain responsibility for the item (i.e. insurance) throughout shipping, delivery, the auction event, and the rare need for return shipping.