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Did anyone have done a silent auction at their exhibition

Hello everyone, I’m setting up an exhibition in NYc next week and planing to creat a silent auction for the opening night. Is there any one who had done such a thing. I need your advise to find the best way to do it? Or should I leave it the way it is usualy done. Which meens a list with prices at the entrance?

by Martin Beaulieu at 2006-05-18 21:31:08 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Montréal , Canada | Bookmark | | Report spam→

I used to be involved with a darkroom collective in Maine called Bakery Photographic Collective. We held a fundraiser every year that was a silent auction kind of thing. Each piece had a minimum starting price with the description, and a bunch of spaces (20ish) for people to write bids in $10 increments. The auction would close promptly at a given time (which of course was after two hours of strong wine and tequila punch). On some pieces you would not do that great, but others would skyrocket. It was all a matter of creating a buzz (countdown, announcements, drum-rolls, etc…), and turning the crowd into a frothy bunch of enthusiastic art buyers. It was actually quite fun. Biggest hassle was unknown people making bogus high bids, and disappearing before the end. Only happened on two occasions though. And set your minimum price at one you can afford, but still make it a perceived bargain, so folks will want to upbid them. Good luck with the show whatever you decide to do.

by Jethro Soudant | 18 May 2006 21:05 | Buffalo, NY, United States | | Report spam→
Silent auctions are usually for charity fundraisers. Are you trying to sell your prints this way? If so, are you offering some editioned, numbered, or otherwise unique materials? What would be the incentive for people to bid?

by [former member] | 19 May 2006 00:05 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
Preston, the profits from the auction will go to Doctors Without Borders’ HIV/AIDS treatment programs which fights for the access to medicine across the world, and toward the financing of a second documentary on HIV/AIDS in Africa. My goal is to bring this exhibition further more than just sensitize the population about living with aids in Mozambique and showing my work. I want the crowd to reflect, understand, empathize and act as well.

Actually I hesitate between two procedures. The first would be the silent auction offering unique material with a basic price or offering numbered material up to 5 copies each pictures with the list of the pictures at the entrance of the exhibition with a fix price.

I wonder which option would be more appropriate.

Any suggestion are welcome.

by Martin Beaulieu | 19 May 2006 13:05 | Montréal, Canada | | Report spam→
You could do both. Have two or three signed limited editions as the silent auction, with your other pictures at fixed prices. People participate in silent auctions as a way to donate money, not really to grab a bargain. They would bid just to support MSF, not so much to acquire the prints.

by [former member] | 19 May 2006 13:05 | New York City, United States | | Report spam→
Martin, you’ve probably been to the National Arts Club before and maybe you
have seen their website. But, just in case you haven’t, you can take a visual
tour of the beautiful, historic Tilden Mansion at the following link: http://www.nationalartsclub.org/pb_About_tour.htm#

Or, just seeing the building again might give you some ideas for your exhibition.

Wish I could go to your opening, but can’t make it out of Montana at this time.
Preston will have to make it, though. (:

Good Luck and if you are bringing your laptop, don’t hesitate to email me if
you want to get ahold of Marshall but have any problems finding him.

There should be a good number of people at the opening because every opening
that I have gone to there was crowded. Also, I think that they do a decent
job promoting their shows and openings through a huge mailing list and
dedicated following.

Best, Gayle

by Gayle Hegland | 19 May 2006 14:05 (ed. May 19 2006) | Montana, United States | | Report spam→
Oh, according to this calendar (see bottom link) you are showing right after (ooolala!) Stieglitz (-: in the Grand Gallery: http://www.nationalartsclub.org/tour/tour-1a.htm


by Gayle Hegland | 19 May 2006 14:05 | Montana, United States | | Report spam→
Hello Preston,

you are absolutely right when you said that people will bid to support MSF and it might be a good idea to consider both option in one night. Like auction for the exhibition and numbered prints on the side. Also, MSF will be able to give back tax receipt. After all the idea is to get as much sell as possible and bring up the awareness about ARV treatment accessibility in Africa. It will be a pleasure to meet you there if you can.

For Gayle, I’ve been at the NAC already since January and it will be held in the Grand Gallery. It is a really nice building. It is really an honor to bring my exhibition over there. I’ll let you know.


by Martin Beaulieu | 19 May 2006 15:05 | Montréal, Canada | | Report spam→

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Martin Beaulieu, Photographer Martin Beaulieu
Montreal , Canada
Jethro Soudant, Photographer Jethro Soudant
Buffalo, Ny , United States
Gayle Hegland, Editorial Artist Gayle Hegland
Editorial Artist
Montana , United States


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