Harry V. Shourds (1861-1920)
Copley Fine Art Auctions strongly recommends that bidders inspect any item they will be bidding on in person. Items will be available to preview by appointment at our warehouse up until two weeks prior to the sale.
Catalogs may be purchased online or by calling our office at 617.536.0030. Catalogs will be mailed approximately four weeks before the sale. The entire catalog will also be posted on our website approximately four weeks before the sale.
Although you may register at the time of sale, we strongly encourage pre-registration to save you time at check-in. If you wish to pre-register, please be certain that we receive your registration form at least 24 hours before the start of the sale. Our pre-registration form, including our Terms & Conditions, is located in our catalog and is available online.
Copley Fine Art Auctions strongly encourages all bidders to attend the sale in person if possible. To bid in person, you must register on the day of the auction where you will receive a numbered paddle. At the registration desk you will be required to present a government issued proof of identification such as a driver's license or passport. The auctioneer will announce each lot in numerical order as listed in the catalog and then open the bidding. Before you raise your paddle, you should familiarize yourself with the bidding increments. To place a bid, simply raise your paddle for the auctioneer to accept your bid. Once the final bid has been accepted, the auctioneer will declare the item sold, and then announce the hammer price and the paddle number.
Clients unable to attend the sale may still participate in the live auction by bidding on the telephone with a trained staff member. International bidders and clients bidding from a cell phone are encouraged to leave a safety bid which will function as an absentee bid if we are unable to reach you. Completed and signed bid forms must be received by Copley Fine Art Auctions at least 24 hours before the start of the sale. You will receive an e-mail confirmation of your telephone bid(s) within 24 hours of receipt. Telephone bids cannot be arranged on the day of the sale. The Absentee/Telephone Bid Form is found in the back of our auction catalog and is available online.
For clients unable to participate live or on the telephone, Copley Fine Art Auctions offers the option of leaving Absentee Bids, also known as left bids. Absentee Bids work exactly as if the client was in the salesroom bidding up to a pre-determined price limit. This bid is confidential. Our auctioneer will bid on your behalf against other bidders both in the sales room and on the telephone. Completed and signed bid forms must be received by Copley Fine Art Auctions at least 24 hours before the start of the sale. You will receive an email confirmation of your absentee bid(s) within 24 hours of receipt. The Absentee/Telephone Bid Form is found in the back of our auction catalog and is available online.
Internet Absentee Bidding
The entire catalog will be posted on our website approximately four weeks prior to the sale. Buyers may leave absentee bids on our web site through our online catalog. These bids are executed at the auction as if you were leaving an absentee bid (see above). Internet bids may be submitted until 8 AM (EST) on the morning of the sale. First time Internet bidders must register through our online catalog prior to bidding. This process usually takes less than 10 minutes and requires you to leave a credit card number to hold your bid.
Live Online Bidding through Bidsquare
Buyer's Premium A buyer's premium of 20% (23% for online bidding) of the final bid price up to and including $1,000,000, plus 15% of the final bid price over $1,000,000, will be applied to each lot sold, to be paid by the Buyer as part of the purchase price.
The final amount due will include the hammer price, the buyer's premium, and any state and local taxes. For more information on sales tax, please refer to the terms and conditions for each sale. Copley Fine Art Auctions accepts cash, wire-transfers, and checks. Successful bidders must pay for their purchases during or immediately after the sale or upon receipt of an invoice. Please be advised that a monthly service charge of 1.5% will be added to unpaid balances beginning 30 days after the sale date. A $50 fee will be added for returned checks.
Successful bidders are to pay for their purchases during or immediately after the sale or upon receipt of an invoice, unless other arrangements have been authorized in writing by the auction house. Payment may be made by cash or good check payable to Copley Fine Art Auctions, LLC. The auction house reserves the right to hold property until checks clear. A monthly service charge of 1.5% will be added to unpaid balances beginning 30 days after the sale date. A $50.00 fee will be added for returned checks. If a check fails to clear after the second deposit, the purchaser will be held responsible for any and all fees incurred until we have collected good funds. Purchases picked up at the auction will be subject to the Masachussetts State tax of 6.25% unless purchaser provides a valid Massachussetts State resale certificate or copy thereof while registering. Purchases picked up or delivered to Massachusetts after the sale will be subject to the 6.25% Massachusetts Sales Tax unless exempted by applicable law.
Buyers wishing to pick up items at the sale must do so by 5 pm EST, the day of the sale. All internet bidders wishing to pick up items at the sale must notify Copley by 5 pm the day before the sale. Buyers wishing to pick up items after the auction at our Massachusetts warehouse may do so only by appointment starting five days after the sale. We kindly ask that all items be removed from our warehouse within 30 days of auction end to avoid a $5 daily storage fee.
While Copley Fine Art Auctions does not offer packing and shipping services, we can provide a list of shippers that frequently do pick ups at our offices. Items will not be released to your shipper of choice until the invoice has been paid in full and we have received your completed Authorized Release Form.