How it works
Welcome to Levis Online Auctions
Established in 1992, we are an auction house based out of Calgary, Alberta. As a component of Levis Fine Art Auctions and Appraisals, the online auction website was designed in 2006 with our friends and colleagues from Edmonton and Penticton. We are proud to have our very own online auction software that keeps our client information confidential and secure from third-party websites. Since the inception of the online auction, we have held 70+ online auctions and offered over 13,000 lots! In January 2018, we updated our website to better suit our long-standing and new clients alike.
If you haven’t already, check out our Live Auction website for information and the auction catalogue for our semi-annual Live Art Auctions.
If you are a new user to Levis Online Auctions please click on Sign Up, fill in the registration form and hit the Submit button.
Once you are registered and have your 4 digit paddle # and password set up, there are two ways to participate in our online auctions:
The total purchase price payable by the Buyer for each lot will include a Buyer's Premium of 17% on the Hammer Price.
Goods and Services Tax of 5% will be charged on the Hammer Price and Buyer's Premium on all lots for purchasers in Canada. HST will be charged to those buyers of applicable provinces.
Scroll through the auction and select an item to bid on. Once you get to the bidding page, you only need to enter your paddle number and password to submit your bid - we call this the “Quick Bid” feature and allows you to bid anywhere, anytime without having to log in.
Log in with your email and password [see Log In button in the top menu bar]. This allows you to place bids on any lot without having to re-enter your information each time.
Your 4 digit paddle number remains the same for all of our online auctions. You do not need to re-register.
Bidding With Your Account
A current credit card is required to bid in any of our online auctions. When you are registering, you will need to enter a valid credit card to receive a paddle number. If you already have an account with us, and your credit card has expired, the system will require you to enter a new one before any of your bids will be accepted. Please be aware of this if you are waiting to register or bid during the auction close process.
General Time Line
Our online auctions run anywhere from 1-2 weeks total. The entire online auction is open for bidding the entire time and then has a soft close on the final day, typically a Saturday afternoon starting at 3pm [Calgary time].
An auto-bid is a confidential maximum bid that you set up in the online system. The system will then bid on your behalf ONLY if someone else bids against you. It will continue to bid the next bid increment up until you have been outbid. You will not receive a notification that you have been outbid until someone has reached or surpassed your maximum auto bid. You can decide the amount you would like your auto bid to be, and that information is not shared with any other bidders. Please consider the order of the bids when setting your maximums.
When you view a particular lot, click the Place Bid button to open a new window with all information on that lot. Then click Auto Bid to open another window. You can either choose your maximum bid from the pull down menu, or enter your maximum bid in the box below that. Enter your paddle number and password, then click Send Bid. You may check on the status of your Auto Bids in the MY BIDS section of the Member Area.
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.
$1-$49 ............................. $1
$50-$99 ........................... $5
$100-$249 ....................... $10
$250-$499 ....................... $25
$500-$999 ....................... $50
$1,000-$2,499 ................. $100
$2,500-$4,999 ................. $250
$5,000-$9,999 ................. $500
$10,000-$24,999 ............. $1,000
$25,000-$49,999 ............. $2,500
$50,000-$99,999 ............. $5,000
$100,000-$499,999 ......... $25,000
$500,000-$1,000,000 ...... $50,000
What if I don't live in Calgary, Alberta, or even Canada?
At LEVIS, we are pleased to provide clients with various options for packing and shipping as well as accommodating special requests, within reason. All 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.