The Return of the Ring auction is to benefit the Tolkien Society’s archives and the Tolkien to the World project. You can get a list of lots here, and further lots may be added at later date or at the auction itself. If you would like to donate something to the auction, please email Pat at firstname.lastname@example.org or Shaun at email@example.com.
The auction will take place on Saturday 18th August at 9.30pm, to start immediately after the masquerade. Our Deputy Chair, Shaun Gunner, will be the auctioneer.
You can bid in person, or place commission bids (i.e. The auctioneer will submit your bids for you up to a maximum bid, specified by you). If you are placing a commission bid because you are not able to attend the auction, although you are coming to The Return of the Ring, there will be details of where and how to pay, at the conference. If you are not attending the conference, we will send an invoice following the conference.
You will be charged for postage in addition to your bids, if you are not able to collect items from The Return of the Ring.
Lots have a ‘reserve’, and the commission bid is assumed to be the reserve, if it is the only bid.
Payment can be in cash, by UK cheque, or by credit card. There is no buyers’ premium.
To place a commission bid
Email Pat at firstname.lastname@example.org with the form attached no later than 9 am BST on Saturday 18th August.
How commission bidding works
- If, for example, you bid to a maximum of £25
- If nother person places a commission bid to a maximum of £10, and there are no bids at TROTR, you will pay £12.
- If, for example, you bid to a maximum of £35
- Another person places a commission bid to a maximum of £30. At the Return of the Ring, one person bids £32. Your bid of £35 is counted as the next bid. If there are no further bids from the room, your bid of £35 is the winner. However, bidding in the room may then continue, with a bid of £37.
- If, for example, you bid to a maximum of £6
- No one else bids, and there is a reserve of £4, you will pay £4.
- If, for example, you bid to a maximum of £10
- Another person also places a commission bid with a maximum of £10, and there are no further bids in the room. All who have placed commission bids for £10 will be emailed and asked if they would like to increase their bid, and if so, by how much. If you say ‘to £30’ and the other person says ‘to £15’, you will win, and you will pay £17.