2019 Mystery Masterpiece Auction

Your opportunity to snap up original artwork by acclaimed artists including illustrators, painters, printmakers, glassmakers and photographers. Maybe you’ll spot a future rising star and get hold of a great investment. Broadway Arts Festival is hosting two separate auctions giving everyone a chance to bid. Full details and guidance are provided below.

The Exhibition: 28 June – 7 July, Little Buckland Gallery

All the art donated for both auctions will be on show for the duration of a ten day exhibition at Little Buckland Gallery 28 June – 7 July (10-30am to 5pm – free entry). The exhibition culminates in the Phillip Serrell Live Auction Event on 7 July.

  • The Live Auction on 7th July is an invitation-only event. If you are interested in attending the event please contact Little Buckland Gallery at info@littlebucklandgallery.co.uk

All money raised from both auctions will support the 2020 Festival Programme and annual art student grants.

Broadway Arts Festival are extremely grateful to all the artists who have so generously donated their work to our auctions.

We will be announcing the artists’ names once the auctions are over. Details will remain on the website until the end of October when registration for the 2020 Open Art Competition commences.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for regular updates.

There are two auctions…

1. Live Auction Event

Live Auction: 7th July, Little Buckland Gallery

Up to 30 donated, framed pieces by renowned artists will be auctioned at Little Buckland Gallery by celebrity auctioneer Phillip Serrell on 7th July 2019.

To view the Live Auction pieces click on the link below. They will also be available to view in the exhibition at Little Buckland Gallery from 28 June to 7 July (10-30am to 5pm daily).

You can’t bid online for these items but if you want to place an advance bid with the gallery you can do this by emailing info@littlebucklandgallery.co.uk or ring 01386 853739. The minimum bid for these items is £50 and if you do place a bid, you will be invited to the Live Auction.

Click here to view the Live Auction Gallery from 14th June

2. Online Auction

Online Auction: 14 June- 6th July

At 10am on 14 June bidding opens for 150 anonymous small artworks (up to A4 size) donated by talented professional and amateur artists. The opening bid for all these items will be just £25. This is an exciting opportunity to purchase a ‘mystery masterpiece’. Once the auction is over all will be revealed when artists’ names are published alongside their works on the website.

Please note: You need to open an account on this website to be able to login and bid in the Online Auction. More detail on how to do this is given in the guidance points for the Online Auction below.

  • The top ten artists whose work generates most interest in the Online auction will have the opportunity to contribute another piece of work to the Phillip Serrell live auction on 7th July.

Here are a few examples of work kindly donated by artists to the Online auction.

Up to 150 donated small artworks. These pieces will be unframed, 2D pieces- maximum size A4. Monies raised will support the 2020 Festival Programme and annual art student grants. Both professional and amateur artists have been asked to donate pieces.

You’ll need to register for an account on this site in order to take part in the Online Auction. If you try to bid for an item you’ll be asked either to Logon or to Register if you don’t already have an account.

When you click Register you get asked for your email address and you’ll get an email from Broadway Arts Festival giving you your User name and a temporary password. You’ll be given a link to your Dashboard where under Account Details– you can edit and update your password.

In addition here, if you want to remain anonymous in the auction, you can update your Display Name which is how your name will appear on the site. Please note: your User name will remain the same but this is not visible to others bidders.

Whilst you can update other details on your dashboard here too – essentially you’re now ready to get going!

One last thing- don’t forget to logout once you’ve finished spending time on the site.

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In your Dashboard, if you want to remain anonymous in the auction, you should update your Display Name which is how your name will appear on the site. Please note: your User name will remain the same but this is not visible to others bidders.

First of all you need to make sure you’re logged into your Account using your User name or email address and your password. You can then go through to the Online Auction pages. When you find a piece of art you’re interested in you can click on Details and then make your bid using the + and – signs to increase or decrease your bid. Then click Bid.

The start price for all items in the Online Auction is £25. The minimum incremental bid for this auction is £5. This is preset on the page but you can then increase your bid amount in £1 increments.

You’ll get an email from the Broadway Arts Festival team confirming your bid has been received – unless your bid is immediately outbid by someone’s Maximum bid.

You can also ask for the item to be added to your Watchlist here which means you’ll get an email when someone else bids on the same item.

When someone else places a bid that beats your current bid, you’ll get an email from Broadway Arts Festival telling you this. This will have a link to the auction item where you’ll be able to see all the detail under Auction History. From here you’ll also be able to consider increasing your bid.

Sometimes you may find that your bid is immediately beaten- automatically. This is because someone else has placed a higher Maximum Bid which beat your latest bid. When this happens you’ll get the following messages on the auction page to tell you this ‘Your bid was successful but you’ve been outbid‘ and across the top you’ll see ‘You were outbid. Try Again!‘. You can again consider whether you want to increase your bid.

See ‘How does Maximum bid work on the site?‘ for more information.

To save you having to manually keep an eye on individual item bidding you could decide at any point that there is a Max Bid that you’re prepared to go to. This means that the system will automatically place incremental bids, up to this level, if other bidders outbid you. The benefit is that you don’t need to keep such a close eye on the bidding.

All you need to do is place a bid that is the maximum you’re prepared to go to. Take care to only place this type of bid if you really are prepared to pay this price!

The maximum bid system will ensure that you ‘outbid’ any other bids by the minimum incremental bid upto the level of your Max bid. In others words, if there’s no need to pay your Max bid to win the auction you won’t- you’ll just pay the minimum amount required to win the item.

An example of how Max Bid works:

  • Auction opening price is £25 (minimum incremental bid £5)
  • Bidder 1 places a bid of £40 which becomes their Max bid (not visible to others), Current bid becomes £25 ie the minimum amount required to win the item.
  • Bidder 2 places a bid of £35 to beat the Current bid. They are told their bid was ‘Successful but they’ve been Outbid’. The Current bid becomes £40- Bidder 1 is winning.
  • Bidder 2 places another bid of £45. This bid becomes £45 as the Current bid as it outbids the Max bid of Bidder 1. Bidder 2 is now winning the auction with a Maximum Bid of £45.
  • The auction ends and Bidder 2 wins the auction and has to pay £45 as the winning bid.

Please note: if your bid is exactly the same as another person’s Maximum bid then the other person’s bid will automatically win as this was placed first.

When the Auction ends- if you are the winner you’ll get an email from Broadway Arts Festival letting you know. You’ll then be asked to make your payment by providing your card details via Stripe. You’ll also need to give us your billing address, email and phone number. Here you can also add a different delivery address or let us know that you want to collect your piece in person from Little Buckland Gallery.

So that we can distribute auction items efficiently after the auction closes at midnight on 6th July, we’d ask all winners to pay promptly- ideally by 8th July. Our aim is to dispatch items by 10th July. Broadway Arts Festival will cover the cost of postage and packaging within the UK.

If payment is not received by 7th August, Broadway Arts Festival reserve the right to either re-auction the item or to take the appropriate bid that would have won the auction, had the person who didn’t pay, not enter the auction process.

So that we can distribute auction items efficiently after the auction closes at midnight on 6th July, we’d ask all winners to pay promptly- ideally by 5pm on  8th July. Our aim is to dispatch items by 10th July. Broadway Arts Festival will cover the cost of postage and packaging within the UK.

If payment is not received by 7th August, Broadway Arts Festival reserve the right to either re-auction the item or to take the appropriate bid that would have won the auction, had the person who didn’t pay, not enter the auction process.

Email reminders will be sent asking you to make payment.

From your Dashboard you can click on My Auction Activity. Here you’ll be able to see any pieces you’ve placed an active bid on. You can click on the item to make another bid. On each item you’ll be able to see the Auction History which will show you all the successful bids that have been placed.

You’ll be able to see the Current Bid which is the bid price that is currently winning the auction (this may not be yours!). If you’ve placed a Maximum bid ie the price you’re prepared to bid up to, you’ll also see this on this page.

In addition, if you’ve added the item to your Watchlist, you’ll get emails to tell you if anyone else has bid a higher bid than you.

Generally speaking it is not possible to retract a bid. However, if you accidentally bid the wrong amount it may be possible to correct this. For example, you meant to bid £40 , not £400. In this case, you should contact us as soon as you become aware of the error at info@littlebucklandgallery.co.uk. Broadway Arts Festival will make a decision depending on the current state of play in the auction and the timing of your request.  We will always aim to assist where a genuine mistake has been made.

TIP- when bidding always double-check that you’ve entered the correct amount especially when making a last minute bid

You can view the Terms and Conditions for the online auction here

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