Shipping Procedures

Shipping, insurance, packaging and handling of purchased lots is at the expense of the purchaser. As a service to the purchaser, Floating World Auctions will ship appropriate items to purchasers located in the continental United States solely via FedEx Ground or Three Day Select Service, to purchasers in Alaska and Hawaii via USPS Priority or appropriate FedEx service and to international purchasers and those located in via FedEx International Economy Service. Faster FedEx services may be requested at purchaser’s expense. We are not obligated to ship by any other method, and purchaser may make other shipping arrangements. We shall not, under any circumstances, be liable for the loss, theft or damage to property, including, but not limited to selection of shipper, the acts or omissions of any shipper or the acts or omissions occurring in packing for shipment.

As a courtesy, we may provide quotes, based on an estimated size, weight and value of the package, as well as a shipping zip code supplied by a prospective bidder. Post-sale determination of shipping costs does not constitute grounds for cancellation of any purchase made at our auction.

It is our intention to include the cost of shipping on the invoice for domestic continental purchasers and to expedite the shipping cost, most domestic packages will have a base cost of $35, plus $1/$100 for insurance. International packages will be custom quoted. and this may result in a short delay in invoicing international purchasers and those in Alaska and Hawaii until the cost of shipment has been determined. International recipients will be responsible for paying duties and taxes associated with their packages. Shipment will not be made until all sums to us have been paid.

Shipment may take up to 21 days after payment is received, although we often begin shipping during the week following the auction.

Local pick up is by appointment, and subject to the physical distancing procedures in place at the time.

We will defer shipping for paid customers upon request.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When will the sale be held?
A: The auction is scheduled to begin at approximately 11 am, Chicago time, on Saturday, June 13, 2020.

Q: How long will the auction last?
A: That is hard to predict. We hope to complete between 50 and 60 lots per hour.

Q: Is there a buyer’s premium?
A: Yes, the buyer’s premium is 25% of the hammer price.

Q: Are the prints in the auction framed?
A: No, unless otherwise specified, our items are not framed or matted.  In this sale nothing is framed.

Q: What do the dimensions on your listings mean?
A: Generally, we give the dimensions of the image only, exclusive of margins, and provide the height first, followed by the width. In the cases where the dimensions are for something else, this is described in the “Comments” section of the listing. Examples include multi-panel items, such as triptychs, or pieces without a defined plate line.

Q: How much will it cost to ship my purchases?
A: Our shipping procedures are discussed above in the “Shipping Procedures” section. The cost of shipping is a function of destination, and size and value of a shipment. If you would like to get a shipping estimate in advance, please contact us no later than 5:00 pm Chicago time on the Friday before the sale at auctions@floatingworld.com with the shipping destination, lot number or numbers, and a hypothetical insured value, and we will provide a courtesy estimate. Post sale determination of shipping costs does not constitute grounds for cancellation of any purchase made at auction.


Bidding through Floating World Auctions

Q: What is new for this auction?
A: As of our Autumn 2019 sale, our auction platform was updated so that before the auction opens for live bidding, the leading bid is displayed.  And only a bid in excess of the leading bid can be entered.  That means you will know immediately upon bidding whether you are in the lead or have been outbid.  And we are now accepting payments by Venmo and Zelle.

Q: What is required to bid through Floating World Auctions?
A: You must first set up an account with Floating World Auctions, and then you must register for the sale. If you registered on our new platform for the prior sale, you should use the same log in credentials. As part of the registration process, you will be required to accept our terms and conditions of sale, and submit credit card information.

Q: Will you charge my credit card when I register?
A: No, but there will be a $1.00 authorization, which may show up as a pending charge that will not be processed.

Q: I registered for your last auction; why do I have to register again?
A: Our programming requires registration for each auction to ensure that the terms and conditions of sale are accepted each time.

Q: What if I already have an account with Floating World Gallery?
A: Because we are on a separate auction platform, you will be required to set up a new account, which is specific to our auctions.  However, if you have already set up an account on our current auction platform, you can log in with that.

Q: How can I submit my bids?
A: Once you register for the auction, you can use the PLACE BID link that appears on each lot. Alternatively, you can use the WATCH link and you will receive a push notification 5 lots before that item comes up at our live auction. This will also create a watched lot list for all items you are watching in our auction.

Q: Will my bid be exercised at the maximum amount if there are no other bidders?
A: No. If there are no other bidders, your bid will be exercised at the reserve, if any, otherwise at the starting bid.

Q: I left an absentee bid on a lot which did not have any bids.  It was estimated at $300-$500, with a starting bid of $150.  My bid jumped up to $275. Why wasn’t it $150?
A: That must have been the reserve. If an absentee bid hits the reserve, it will be exercised at the reserve, rather than the opening bid price. This feature is unique to our site.

Q: What if someone else leaves an absentee bid on the same item that I bid on?
A: If the amount of the bids are the same, than priority goes to the person whose bid comes in first. If the bid is lower than yours, then (assuming no other bidders) you will win the lot for 1 bid over the other bid.

Q: Can I change my absentee bid after I place it?
A: Yes. On a computer, after you log into your account, if you go to the lot you want to edit, your bid will show at the top of the detail page. If you hover the cursor above the bid, links for “EDIT” and “DELETE” will appear. You can use the “EDIT” link to raise your bid. However, at the present time, if you want to lower your bid, you will need to use the “DELETE” link first, and then enter a new, lower bid. Please note that changing your bid will give it a new time stamp, and in the event of tie bids, preference goes to the earliest time stamp. Currently, you can only increase your bid from the App, so if you need to delete or reduce your absentee bid, please use a computer.

Q: Can I leave or change an order bid once the auction starts?
A: We understand that you absentee bids on a particular lot can be accepted up until the time that lot comes up for sale. Even if you do not plan to leave absentee bids, we strongly urge you to complete your registration before the auction begins.

Q: Can I bid live with Floating World Auctions?
A: Yes, in fact that is the driving force behind our new website and App. On either, you can go to our site, and click on the “Join Auction” link. In addition, we offer live bidding through Live Auctioneers or through Invaluable Auctions. Please note that order bids left with us are considered “received” when submitted through our site, and bids from Live Auctioneers and Invaluable(regardless of whether they are proxy bids or live bids) are considered “received” when transmitted to us during the auction.

Q: How can I tell how far along you are once the auction starts?
A: Now that our auction is running live on our Auction Website and App, you can easily check the progress of our auction.


After the Auction

Q: How do I know if I won the auction?
A: If you a bidding live, you will know immediately if you won the lot, as the site or app will tell you. If you left an absentee bid, you can log into your new account, and check the status under My Bids or Past Bids. Winners who submitted their successful bid through Live Auctioneers or Invaluable will receive a notice directly from them. We will send out invoices as soon as we can, although we may have to send separate invoices for the timed auction.

Q: Why am I being invoiced for the credit card fee if I want to pay by check, Venmo or Zelle?
A: We include the surcharge on the invoice because it has an embedded payment link.  If you are paying by check or other no fee option, you may omit that charge.  And don’t worry – if you inadvertently send a payment that includes the credit card fee, it will be refunded.

Q: What are you “handles” on Venmo and Zelle?
A: For Venmo us @floatingworld, and for Zelle, use artwork@floatingworld.com.  Upon request, we can also initiate the funds request for you, if you let us know you “handle.”

Q: How is shipping handled?
A: We plan to include a shipping charge on the initial invoices of most winning bidders residing in the continental United States. If shipping is not include on the invoice for our winning bidders residing outside the continental US, we will include that on updated invoice. We may also have to send a an updated invoice certain oversized packages. Please see the top of this page or our Terms and Conditions of Sale for additional information.

Q: If I am successful on multiple bidding platforms, can my purchases be shipped together?
A: Of course. We try to watch for this, but it is helpful if you advise us when this occurs. As long as you bid under the same name on one of these platforms, we will automatically combine those shipments, although we will need to manually adjust your shipping charge on one of the invoices to account for a single shipment.

Q: Are there any other fees?
A: In addition to the purchase price, buyer’s premium, credit card or wire fees and shipping, Illinois residents without a valid resale number must pay 10.25% sales tax (as do any other customers who pick up prints in person), and international bidders are responsible for all applicable customs, duties, taxes, etc., including any such items that are charged back to us.

Q: When can I expect to receive my purchases?
A: We will start shipping within a week of the auction, and may take up to 21 days after payment to ship. We try to ship packages in the order of payment.

Q: How can I find out the auction results?
A: With our new auction platform, prices realized should update for each lot almost immediately. Please note that unlike our prior website, which showed the selling price including the premium, our new site will show the hammer price. Prices realized should also appear on the respective lots on the live bidding platforms. We will try to invoice our winning bidders on Monday and Tuesday.

More Questions?

We tried to cover everything, but if you still have questions, or suggestions for other topics to cover, please email us.
This page was last updated 10:30 am Chicago time, 6.09.2020