How it works
1. Sign Up
If you are new to Levis Online Auctions, please Sign Up for a paddle number and account.
A current Visa or Mastercard is required to bid in any of our online auctions. After your credit card number has been verified, you will receive an e-mail with your 4-6 digit paddle number. You will then be able to place bids in the online auction. The whole process is almost immediate. The first time you bid, there will be a $1 pre-authorization on your card to ensure it is valid. This is not a charge but pre-authorization and it will completely disappear between 1 and 5 days depending on the bank. This 4-6 digit paddle number does not change and stays with you for every ONLINE auction. By signing up, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions - read them here.
If you don’t receive an e-mail with your paddle number almost immediately, check your spam folder to see if it has been rerouted there.
2. Already Have an Account?
If you have a 4-6 digit paddle number from one of our previous Online Auctions you are already registered and are able to bid in this auction. Unsure if you have an account? Contact the office to check. If not, please register here for your own paddle number.
3. Member Area
The Member Area is your place to monitor your bids, view your Watched Items and update your account. This useful tool works best to quickly and easily check the progress of items you are interested in.
Once you have logged in you can scroll through the entire online auction and click WATCH ITEM on the particular lots whose progress you would like to follow, but are not ready to bid on. At any point in time you can click on the WATCH ITEM button again to remove any lot.
Click on MY BIDS in the Members Area and have a look at the lots you are currently the highest bidder on, review your Auto bids, see which lots you were outbid on and what they are currently at. MY BIDS is a great tool to navigate the lots with which you have bid on without having to scroll through the entire auction.
In the Members Area you can update anything on your account, password, email address, current credit card, mailing address, phone number etc.
A current Visa or Mastercard 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.
5. Auto bid
An auto bid is a confidential maximum bid that you set up in the online system. This sets up the program so it can bid on your behalf ONLY if someone else bids against you up to your maximum. It will continue to bid the next bid increment up until you have been outbid. You will only receive a notification that you have been outbid when 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. If you are currently the top bidder, you can enter or increase your auto bid and you will not bid against yourself.
6. Auto bid Sequence
Bidding sequence is the pattern of bids the system submits on your behalf up to your maximum. For example, if your first bid is $50 and the increments are $5, your bidding sequence would be:
$50 / $60 / $70 / $80
As the opposing bidder’s sequence would be:
$55 / $65 / $75 / $85
The system will only allow you to bid in the same sequence as your initial bid infinitely - the system will not allow you to bid against yourself at any time. Even if you are currently the top bidder and you want to increase your auto bid - you will not bid against yourself. The bids MUST alternate back and forth between you and another bidder at all times, so you always stay within the same sequence.
When placing an auto-bid either from the dropdown menu or typing it in – the system limits you to your sequence. By doing so, it stops the chance of someone else being the winning bid at the same auto-bid maximum you already set.
If you try to set up an auto-bid out of your sequence, the system will not accept the bid but suggest the one bid higher, or one bid lower that keeps you in the correct sequence.
$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
7. Day of Auction Close
For the November 7th, 2021 Online Auction of Art, the auction will begin to close with staggered closing times on Sunday, November 7th as follows [all in MDT]:
LOTS 001-067.1 - Canadian Art A-H begin closing at 1pm
LOTS 067.1-131 - Canadian Art J-Z at 1:30pm
LOT 201-318 - Contemporary/International Art at 2:00pm
LOT 401-493 - Fourth Session A-L at 2:30pm
LOT 494-573 - Fourth Session M-Z at 3:00pm
8. How does the Auction Close?
Our online auctions do not close immediately. There is an automatic two-minute bidding extension at the beginning of the close of each session of the online auction. The system requires a full two minutes of NO bids in order to close a session. If someone bids within the two-minute bidding extension, two minutes will be added onto the clock until the bidding is over for each session.
It is normal for these extensions to continue to occur for over a half hour or more during an auction close. 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.
After the entire auction closes, you will be notified on which lots you were successful and at what price the bidding ended. A buyer's premium of 17% will be added to each lot and applicable taxes, depending on where you live.
Your credit card on file will be charged within one hour of the auction closing unless we hear from you beforehand. If you would like to arrange an alternate payment method, please contact us and we will not charge your Visa or Mastercard. We accept e-transfers, bank wire, cheque, Visa, Mastercard, cash and debit.
Pickups will be done by appointment only.
The office will be closed Monday, November 8 but will be open for pickups by appointment only starting Tuesday, November 9 at 12PM then Wednesday-Friday from 10:30AM-5:30PM.
11. Packing and Shipping Outside of Calgary
We offer in-house crating for shipping. 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 as we are happy to work with you. We like to use Canada Post, Fedex, Artschifft (Western Canada art courier) and FYM Transport (National art courier).
At Levis Auctions, we are continuing to adapt to COVID-19 best practices and any visits remain by appointment only. We continue to be available available to you should you have any questions.
1739 10 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T3C 0K1
Office hours are Monday to Friday from 10:30-5:30PM (by appointment only)
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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.