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How To Place An Absentee Bid

An absentee bid is the highest price you are willing to pay exclusive of buyer’s premium and sales tax for your desired item.

Absentee bids are confidential, and bids are executed by the auctioneer. It is Kaminski Auctions policy that you will pay the absentee price that you leave for your item. You do not need to be present or available during the auction to participate as an absentee bidder.

Please print clearly the following:

Your name, address and the best phone number that we will be able to reach you at on the day of the auction.
Clearly write the lot numbers and descriptions of the lots you wish to be called on.

Clearly fill in the portion with your credit card information.

You may email the form or send your bids to /or fax it to 978-927-2228.

Your signature on the telephone bid form is a binding contract and indicates you have accepted the Terms of Sale of the auction.

We will register you for the auction, and your bids will be recorded for the auction and executed by the auctioneer as your items become live.
Buyers may also place absentee bids by logging into their account on KaminskiLIVE.

Login to KaminskiLive and register for the auction. Once you are registered, type in the highest dollar amount you are willing to pay exclusive of buyer’s premium. When you have entered the amount, select the “Place Absentee Bid” button. Bids may be placed online up to two hours in advance of an auction.

Please note that in addition to the final hammer price you will pay 6.25% Massachusetts sales tax on the total, including the 20% buyer’s premium, unless you have a valid Sales Tax ID on file. This applies if you pick up the item from our location, regardless of the billing address on file, or if your item is picked up and shipped to a Massachusetts address.

Please be aware of deadlines for bids: 24 hours before the auction.
We cannot guarantee that bids received under 24 hours prior to the auction will be executed.

Standard Bid Increments


Bid Range: Bid Increment:
$0-$199 by $25.00
$200-$999 by $50.00
$1,000-$2,999 by $100.00
$3,000-$4,999 by $250.00
$5,000-$9,999 by $500.00
$10,000-$29,999 by $1,000.00
$30,000-$49,999 by $2,000.00
$50,000-$99,999 by $5,000.00
$100,000 and up by $10,000.00

How to Absentee Bid

If you are unable to attend an auction, Kaminski Auctions can bid on your behalf. This is a confidential, written maximum price for the lot or lots in which you are interested. A staff member in competition with all other bidders executes your bid, starting at the written price. If you would prefer to be more involved in the auction, you may bid by phone. We have multiple phone lines available for each lot. Kaminski auctions will call you approximately 3-4 lots before your lot of interest.
You may complete the ABSENTEE BID FORM, and submit it via fax. If you are having any difficulties, please email or call us at 978-927-2223 extension(s): 507 or 509 for assistance in bidding.

Buyer's Premium

A 20% buyer’s premium will be applied to the purchase price on all lots bought in person, by telephone or absentee bidding directly with Kaminski Auctions. A 25% buyer’s premium applies for all internet bidding conducted through KaminskiLIVE.


Purchases made totaling $5000 or higher require a deposit payment at time of purchase in the amount of 20% of the grand total purchase price. The remaining balance must be paid in full with check, cash, credit card or wire transfer within 5 calendar days.
Payment is due for your item(s) upon receipt of invoice. Telephone, absentee and floor bidders will be notified by both telephone and/or e-mail within two days of sale end, at which time 40% of the balance is due if not paid in full. We accept payment in the form of cash, approved check, money order, wire transfer, Paypal, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, and electronic check.
Unless alternative payment method has been pre-arranged with Kaminski Auctions, we reserve the right to charge 40% of the invoice to the credit card on file for any bidder who has not paid in full within 7 days from the auction date. If full payment is not received within 5 business days, then the deposit is forfeited and Kaminski Auctions has the right to re-sell the items.

Wire Transfer Information

For Domestic Transfers:

North Shore Bank
254 Cabot St.
Beverly, MA 01915
(978) 573-1300

Contact: Peter Chetkin

Name on Account:
Frank C Kaminski Inc.
Kaminski Auctions
Account Number: 0099637145
Routing Number: 211371298

For International Transfers:

Intermediary Bank: Atlantic Community Bankers Bank, Camp Hill PA
Swift Code: NORHUS33
ABA: 031301752

North Shore Bank
248 Andover St.
Peabody, MA 01960

Acct Identifier: 220602
ABA: 2113-7129-8
Acct Number: 0099637145
For Further Credit to: Frank C Kaminski, Inc.
Phone: 978-573-1300 (optional)
Fax # 978-538-7070 (optional)
Beneficiary: Customers need to provide at least their name, address and account number


Please be aware that Kaminski Auctions does not handle the shipment of items. Please refer to our list of recommended shippers for all shipping information including shipping rates.

Terms & Conditions

Terms of Sale
By registering to bid on this auction you agree to the following terms and conditions.

Payment is due for your item(s) upon receipt of invoice. Telephone and absentee bidders will be notified by both telephone and e-mail within two days of sale end. We accept payment in the form of cash, check, money order, wire transfer, PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.

Please Note: payment for silver, gold, jewelry, and coins must be made via wire transfer, cash, or certified bank check ONLY. The only exception is long-standing customers

1. All items are sold as-is, where is, with all faults. There are no warranties or representations of merchantability of any other kind, express or implied. All artists’ names and dates recorded in this catalog are not to be taken as unqualified attributions to the artists named. No attributions to any artist or date are made or intended as to authorship or date of execution. Therefore, none of the property in this catalog is subject to any guarantee of authenticity and/or provenance and all of the property is sold as-is. All items are available for your examination prior to bidding. Your bidding will signify that you have examined the items as fully as you desire, or that you have chosen not to examine them. Written and oral descriptions are our opinions and should in no way be construed as a guarantee of any kind as to age, condition, materials, provenance or any other feature of items being sold. We recommend prospective bidders to examine all items in which they have an interest. If you require absolute certainty in all areas of authenticity, and the results of your evaluation leave uncertainty in your mind, we recommend you not bid on the item in question. We do not give refunds. All sales are final. No statement written or oral made by the auctioneer or any employee of Kaminski Auctions shall be deemed a warranty or assumption of liability by Kaminski Auctions or by any seller represented by Kaminski Auctions.
2. Bidding will begin at a price appropriate per auctioneer’s discretion. Absentee bids submitted through the Absentee-Phone Bid Form or will begin at the price as written on the form. The auctioneer always reserves the right to withdraw a lot for any reason. At the auctioneer’s discretion, no bid of less than one-half the low estimate will be accepted from any source: phone bidding, absentee bidding, internet bidding, or bidding in the gallery unless authorized by the Auctioneer. All lots in this catalogue are offered subject to a reserve, which is the confidential minimum hammer price at which a lot will be sold. In executing a reserve, the auctioneer has the right to bid on behalf of the Consignor, whether by opening bidding or continuing bidding in response to other bidders until reaching the reserve. If the reserve is not met, the Auctioneer has the right to withdraw the item from the sale.
3. Once we declare that an item is sold, we cannot reopen the bidding. It is the bidder’s responsibility to get our attention prior to our saying ‘sold’. When the auctioneer declares the item as sold, the title of property transfers to the successful bidder. We reserve the right to reject any bids deemed inappropriate or to withdraw any item(s) for lack of appropriate bids. If an item is withdrawn from the auction it will be offered again only at the auctioneer’s discretion.
Payment must be made by cash, approved check, PayPal, wire transfer, or MasterCard, Discover and Visa credit cards. We reserve the right to require bank checks for large purchases. Buyers not known to us who wish to write a check must provide upon request, a current letter of credit from their bank guaranteeing funds for that account. Credit arrangements must be made by the Friday prior to the day of auction so bank statements can be verified. We reserve the right to not issue a bidder number or to withhold merchandise if appropriate credit has not been established. We require wire transfers or Credit cards for international buyers.
5. All absentee and telephone bidders are required to sign and agree to these terms and conditions, as well as provide Kaminski Auctions with a valid credit card having an available balance equal or greater to 20% of the final hammer price of the items bid on. Purchases made totaling $5,000 or more require a 20% payment at time of purchase and the remaining balance must be paid in full with check, cash, credit card or wire transfer within 5 days. In the event the credit card limit will not cover the aforementioned 20%, Kaminski Auctions reserves the right to continue collection attempts under the fullest extent of the law. Bidding on an item indicates the client’s acceptance of our Terms of Sale. In the event the buyer does not pay in full within five days of the sale, the buyer is in default, therefore title has not been exchanged. In the event of a buyer default, the buyer agrees to pay Kaminski Auctions a 20% default fee and releases the title of that said item.
6. We are pleased to offer online bidding for prospective bidders who cannot be present at the auction. Absentee bids are executed competitively and confidentially. All reservations for phone bidding are held in the strictest confidence and must be received by 5 pm the day before the auction. No additional phone bids can be accepted on the day of the auction including additions when speaking with a staff person on the phone. Leaving an Absentee Bid Form absentee bid or phone bid on a lot indicates your willingness to open the bidding at no less than one-half the printed low estimate, and gives the auctioneer the authority to open the bidding at that level in the case of a phone bid, and at the maximum bid in the case of an Absentee Bid Form absentee bid. Kaminski Auctions shall have the right to withdraw any item at any time for any reason and to void any sale in the event of an error or dispute.
7. In the case of identical absentee bids, the bid received first will prevail. Bids left on are not executed until the item is offered in the live auction and the order in which they are received is not a factor. We sell 70-100 lots per hour.
8. In our experience, cellular phones are not always dependable, and we recommend phone bidding reservations be made on landlines. We make every effort to honor all absentee and phone bid reservations, but we are not liable for any losses incurred as a result of failure to execute absentee bids or failed phone reservations. Submitting absentee bids or bidding by phone does not imply an extension of credit. Please see numbers 4 and 5 above.
9. Purchaser agrees that packing and shipping are done at the purchaser’s risk and that the purchaser will pay in advance all packing expenses, materials, carrier fees, and insurance charges. At our discretion, items will either be packed by an agent such as a packaging store or Kaminski Auctions. Please allow two weeks for shipping after payment is received. Shipment of large items is the responsibility of the purchaser. We are happy to provide names of carriers and shippers if a purchaser so requests. Kaminski Auctions will have no liability for any loss or damage to shipped items.
10. Note to internet absentee bidders. We do not accept cut bids. We always encourage bidders to bid by phone or to leave absentee bids through our gallery to avoid such a situation.
11. All purchases are subject to applicable Massachusetts or California sales tax unless the Massachusetts / California Certificate of Resale tax form is fully and completely filled out and received prior to the time of purchase. Resale tax numbers from other states are accepted. International buyers are responsible for tariffs, taxes, or assessments of shipped items to the buyer’s country. Items shipped out of state are not subject to sales tax.
12. Bidding on an item indicates your understanding and acceptance of these Terms of Sale. If a purchaser breaches any of these Terms of Sale, including the obligation to pay for purchased items, Kaminski Auctions may seek all remedies under the law including canceling the sale and reoffering the property without reserve.
13. A 20% buyer’s premium will be applied to the purchase price on all lots brought in person or using the Absentee/Phone Bid Form as available on this website. A 25% buyer’s premium will be applied for all internet bidding, including on this site.
14. Purchased items not picked up from our auction facility within ten business days of the auction will be assessed a storage fee of $10.00 per day, per item. You authorize us to re-sell on your behalf any item not picked up within 30 calendar days. The costs of storage, plus any other costs directly related to the item, and an auctioneer’s commission of 20%, will be subtracted from the proceeds unless other arrangements have been made with Kaminski Auctions. The minimum charge will be $50.
15. Please note that lots containing ivory, tortoiseshell, or other animal materials may be subject to regulations imposed by the Endangered Species Act and by the United States Fish and Wildlife Department. Some countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, and prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import these lots into another country. Buyer is responsible for any and all CITES permits.
16. All photos and descriptions posted on LiveAuctoneers or any internet platform are property of Kaminski Auctions and are subject to US copy write laws. No photo or description may be used without written approval by a Kaminski Auction agent. Use of unauthorized photos and descriptions could incur penalties.

17. To the extent that any of the Parties institutes any action or proceeding to enforce the provisions of this Agreement, the Party or Parties prevailing in such action or proceeding shall be entitled to recover from the other Party or Parties their costs, including reasonable attorney’s fees.

18. By bidding in this auction, buyer agrees that any controversy or claim arising out of or relating to this Agreement, or the breach thereof, shall be settled by mandatory binding arbitration in the Forum, Boston, Massachusetts, in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”). The Parties shall cause a single arbitrator to be selected under AAA rules and shall share equally the arbitrator’s fees. The arbitrator’s decision shall be conclusive, final, and binding. The laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts shall apply and neither party may seek an appeal of the arbitrator’s final decision.