Live Auctions: Your Guide to BuyingLEVIS Fine Art Auctions is a consignment-based art auction house that receives art from private collectors, estates, corporate collections, galleries, dealers, public institutions and many more sources.
In order to bid in our online auctions, you must first register.
If you are a new user to Levis Online Auctions please click on Sign Up at the top of the page. Scroll down and fill in the registration form below. Once completed hit the Submit button.
After your credit card number has been verified, you will receive an e-mail with your paddle number and password. You will then be able to place bids on all items on the online auction. The whole process is almost immediate.
Note: The password must be at least 8 characters long, and contain at least 1 number, 1 upper case and 1 lower case letter. There will be a pre-authorization on your card for $100 CAD upon sign-up [not a charge but pre-authorization] which will disappear between 1 and 3 business days depending on the bank.
If you do not receive your paddle number by email within one hour of registering, please check your spam folder or contact us directly.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact us and we will gladly answer any questions that you may have.
A premium of 17% will be added to the hammer price of all Property sold. This premium is payable by all purchasers.
Goods and Services Tax of 5% will be charged on top of the Hammer Price and Buyer's Premium on all lots for purchasers in Canada. HST will be charged to those buyers of applicable provinces.
Everything we offer at auction has what we refer to as a 'pre-sale estimate'. These figures are based upon previous auctions results by the artist or something similar. This price range represents our opinion of the approximate sale price of any given lot. Pre-sale estimates are not appraised values. Please contact the office for more information on any particular lot. In no case does the reserve exceed the printed estimate.
A reserve is the confidential minimum price agreed upon between the seller and the auction house, below which the artwork will not ordinarily be sold. In the online auction, the opening bid is the reserve price. If the opening bid is $1, then there is no reserve and$1 is the absolute minimum you can bid. The reserve will not exceed the low end of the estimate in all of our auctions.
Our online auctions do not close immediately at 3pm.
There is an automatic two-minute bidding extension at the close of all our online auctions. The system requires a full two minutes of NO bids in order to close an auction. If someone bids within the two-minute bidding extension, two minutes will be added onto the clock until the bidding is over on the entire auction.
It is normal for these extensions to continue to occur for over a half hour or more after an auction. It is a common practice for online auctions to employ a bidding extension to ensure fair bidding for all parties. Please take this into consideration when bidding.
In the past, we have had auctions close minutes after closing time, to up to two hours after closing time. We at LEVIS do not control the bidding clock and close of the auction, it is fully dictated by the action of the bidders.
Unless we hear from you promptly regarding an alternative payment method, the credit card you registered with will be processed on the Monday morning after an online auction closes. The total will included 17% Buyer's Premium and applicable GST/HST.
Visa, Mastercard, Debit, Cash, Cheque, E-Transfer, Bank Wire
Packing & Shipping
At LEVIS, we are pleased to provide clients with various options for packing and shipping as well as accommodating special requests, within reason. All of the packing and shipping is done in house at the expense of the purchaser, ie. you. If you are the successful bidder on one or more lot(s), you will receive email notification as such. Please contact us regarding your packing and shipping preferences.
If you have any questions or concerns please go to the contact section of this site and we will gladly answer any questions that you may have.