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All sales will be recorded and tracked using the bidder number printed on your bid card.  Bid cards will be assigned only when associated with a valid credit card, regardless of artwork payment method.  Alternately, a signed blank check may be left at the registration table.  This will ensure prompt payment of all artwork and shorten the checkout process significantly.  If you registered to come with a guest, other than your spouse, your guest will have to register for his or her own bidder number unless you have requested otherwise.  See Silent Auction and Live Auction sections below for information on the bidding process.

A minimum bid amount has been established for each Silent Auction item.  You may not bid below this amount.

Any Silent Auction item may be purchased outright by paying 150% of its fair market value.  Artwork may be purchased at any time during the Auction by placing a Buy It Now sticker with your bidder number on the artwork's bid sheet.  Once a sticker has been placed onto a bid sheet, the work is considered sold.  Bid sheets will remain adjacent to the work until the section is closed.  The Buy It Now option is also available during the Opening Reception on Wednesday, April 3 and Public Preview Days, April 4-11, and to online absentee bidders.

The Live Auction will begin at 8PM and continue without interruption until all items have been sold.  To bid in the Live Auction, hold your bid card up high with the number facing the Auctioneer.  Either the Auctioneer or a bid spotter can acknowledge your bid.  The highest bid acknowledged by the Auctioneer constitutes a legal contract to purchase the item by that bidder.

There are three Silent Auction sections that will close in twenty-minute intervals upon completion of the Live Auction.  Each item offered in the Silent Auction will have a bid sheet posted adjacent to it.  To place a bid, write your bidder number on the sheet opposite the amount you wish to bid.  Please place bids according to the minimum increments posted on the bid sheet; any bid not entered in the proper increment amount will be disqualified.  You may bid on any item in the Silent Auction until the section is closed.  At the posted closing time, a Silent Auction Captain will determine the winning bid for each item and collect the bid sheets.  If you are the winning bidder at the close of the Silent Auction section, your bid constitutes a legal contract to purchase the item.  In the event of a dispute over a Silent Auction bid, the Associate Director of Fundraising Events will determine the winning bid and the decision will be final.

ABSENTEE BIDS - *New for 2013*
As a service to bidders unable to attend the Auction, absentee bids will be accepted online at from Wednesday, April 3, 2013 until 5 PM on Friday, April 12.  All Auction items purchased by an absentee bid are subject to the terms of sale described above.

A buyer's premium equal to 10% of the winning bid will be applied to each lot sold and will be paid by the buyer as part of the purchase price.  A buyer's premium will not be applied to any pledge(s) made during the Raise Your Paddle fundraising opportunity during the Live Auction.  These donations are outright gifts and are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law.

All artwork purchases are subject to the Massachusetts 6.25% sales tax unless the purchaser possesses a Massachusetts sales tax exemption number.  Exemption certificates from other states will be accepted if presented with a business card or letterhead.

Cash, checks, Visa, Mastercard, and American Express will be accepted as payment.  Check-out stations will open twenty minutes after the close of the Live Auction for payment.  All purchases are final and must be paid for on the evening of the Auction.  If a buyer does not check out the evening of the Auction, the credit card provided at registration will be used for payment.  No exchanges or refunds will be allowed.

To ensure the safety of all artwork, NO ARTWORK WILL BE WRAPPED TO TAKE HOME THE NIGHT OF THE AUCTION.  After paying for your purchases at the check-out station, please make arrangements at the pick-up/delivery station to either 1) Pick up work in the Bakalar & Paine Galleries from Tuesday, April 16 through Thursday, April 18, 4-7 PM; 2) Have work delivered to your home in the Metro Boston area; or 3) Have worked shipped at the expense of the purchaser.  If pick-up/delivery arrangements are not made the night of the Auction, the Office of Fundraising events will contact buyers by phone the week following the Auction.

The Massachusetts College of Art and Design Foundation reserves the right to add items to or withdraw items from the Auction without notice.  The MassArt Foundation has attempted to describe and catalog all items accurately, but all items are offered "as is, where is".  The MassArt Foundation neither warrants nor represents, and in no event shall be responsible for, the correctness of the descriptions, genuineness, authorship, provenance, or condition of the items.  No statement made in this catalog or orally at the Auction or elsewhere shall be deemed such a warranty, representation, or assumption of liability.  The values listed are estimates of fair market value.  Items have not been appraised.  Each person (bidder) issued a bid card assumes all risks and hazards related to the Auction items obtained at the Auction.  Each bidder agrees to hold harmless from any liability arising there from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design Foundation, its elected and appointed officials, members and employees, the Auctioneer, the Auction company and its agents and employees, the event organizers, sponsors, and volunteers connected with the Auction.  All items purchased become the property of the winning bidder once that bidder is acknowledged by the Auctioneer.

We thank you for your support and wish you the best of luck on your Auction bidding!