Buying, Selling & Auction Conditions

We offer our clients a number of options when buying at auction.

Currently bidding at live auctions is restricted in audience numbers.

Clients can bid at a live auction by pre-registering in advance, for either Absentee Bidding or Telephone Bidding.

Clients can also participate in our auctions online via a separate live bidding platform, Invaluable.com. First-time users will be required to register with Invaluable.com in order to obtain a pre-approval status. Colville Auctions recommends clients register at least 24 hours prior to the commencement of the auction. Once registered, clients will automatically be pre-approved for online bidding on all future Colville Auctions listed via Invaluable.com.

Please note that online Invaluable.com registration is separate from our direct Colville Auctions registrations.
Clients can view our auctions live online, free of charge, via Invaluable.com without registering with this service.
Please contact us if you have any questions about the buying process or refer to our 'Terms and Conditions' section within this guide for further information.

The Colville Auctions gallery is centrally located in Salamanca Place, Hobart.
Auction viewings are presented four days prior to the live auction, providing art collectors with the opportunity to experience and examine works in closer proximity.
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Alternatively, were collectors are unable to attend, additional images and information may be provided by email.
View Colville Auctions gallery location.

With Current restrictions Colville Auctions will operate ‘live’ auctions, clients can preview works on our viewing days prior to auction, By Private Appointment, however there will not be the live event for audience in the room at this time.

We encourage interested parties to register bids through Telephone Bidding, Absentee Bidding paths or the online auction bidding through Invaluable.

Absentee bids are accepted on all works at auction, allowing clients to bid without attending the auction. An absentee bid is the maximum hammer price that the auctioneer, acting as your representative, can bid up to on your behalf. The auctioneer will purchase the work on your behalf for the lowest bid amount possible. If you would like to place an absentee bid please complete the Absentee Bidding Form.

Absentee bids must be received a minimum of twenty-four hours prior to auction. All absentee bids received will be confirmed by email or phone. In the event that confirmation is not received, please resubmit or contact our office.

If you are a successful bidder an invoice will be sent to you via email within a day of the auction. If your absentee bid is not successful you will be contacted via phone or email within a day of the auction.

Telephone bids are accepted on all works at auction, allowing clients to actively participate in the auction bid without attending the auction. The Phone Bidder representative from Colville Auction will contact you the day of the auction to confirm you preferred contact number. The Phone Bidder representative from Colville Auction will ring approximately 4 lots prior to your nominated lot and will relay the auction’s bidding progress and if instructed will bid on your behalf.
If you would like to place a telephone bid please complete the Telephone Bidding Form.

Phone bids must be received a minimum of twenty-four hours prior to auction. All phone bids received will be confirmed by email or phone. In the event that confirmation is not received, please resubmit or contact our office.

If you are a successful bidder an invoice will be sent to you via email within a day of the auction.

Invaluable Auctions

Online Bids are registered through Invaluable Auctions, which connects you directly to the saleroom via your PC using a real time link, allowing you to place your bids online throughout the auction.

Colville Auctions partnership with Invaluable allows Price Parity where you pay no additional fees bidding through Invaluable but the same as bidding on the floor in the saleroom.

Invaluable Auctions Online Bidding

The auctioneer may accept bids from the floor, telephone, absentee and online bids. Bidding will generally open below the listed pre-sale estimate and proceeds in the following increments. The auctioneer may vary the bidding increments at their discretion. Bids placed out of increment will be reverted back to the preceding bidding increment.

$100 – $200 by $50
$200 – $1,000 by $100
$1,000 – $3,000 by $100
$3,000 – $5,000 by $200
$5,000 – $10,000 by $500
$10,000 – $20,000 by $500
$20,000 – $30,000 by $1,000
$30,000 – $50,000 by $2,000
$50,000 – $100,000 by $5,000
$100,000 – $200,000 by $10,000

In exchange for services rendered by Colville Auctions, a ‘buyer's premium’ is calculated at 20% + GST for sales, of the hammer price.

Invoices will be sent within one day of the auction date and are forwarded by email.
With respect to each lot purchased, the buyer agrees to make the following payments within seven days from the date of sale:
a. The hammer price.
b. In exchange for services rendered by Colville Gallery, a ‘buyer’s premium’ is calculated at 20% + GST for sales, of the hammer price.
c. Post sale packing, handling, shipping and storage where applicable.
d. If payment is made via Visa, MasterCard or American Express, merchant fees payable of 2% to Colville Auctions on the transaction as indicated in the prospective buyers and sellers guide. Payment must be made within seven days of the date of sale in Australian dollars by cash, cheque, direct debit, approved credit cards or electronic funds using account details provided on the invoice.

Collection of work from the gallery can proceed from the day following the auction and presentation of payment advise, or EFPOS at the time. Please book an appointment time to collect your artworks.
Colville Auctions can assist with shipping agents for interstate and overseas clients. Please email with your request.
Where collection has not occurred 3 days after auction , unless otherwise agreed, storage fee applicable at $500 per week

Colville Auctions offers complimentary art appraisals and advice on selling works of art at auction and through private sales. We provide expertise and market knowledge of Australian and International Fine art, Australian Indigenous and Oceanic art

Written auction proposal are considered and researched. Recommended auction estimates take into account prices paid for comparable material at auction over past recent years, and potential placement in the current market.

Our marketing strategy is clearly explained together with selling commission rates and associated costs. Assistance with logistical aspects are addressed including transport, insurance and storage needs.

Please submit your art for appraisal using the linked form. Alternatively please email: info@colvilleauctions.com.au or phone 0419 29 2626 to speak with an art specialist.

Colville Auctions Director, Trudi Curtis, is an Accredited Commonwealth Valuer Australian Art 1770 - Current, and extensive experience in the art market. We can offer both auction appraisal and more formal art valuation services.

We value art on a regular basis for the Cultural Gifts Program, that offers tax incentives for donations to registered public institutions.

Valuation services also cover a wide range of needs for corporate and private clients including insurance, market, family division, probate and superannuation fund valuations.

Valuation fees vary according to the category as well as the time required for completion. Fees may be reimbursed if the works of art valued are subsequently sold with Colville Auctions. There are no fees for auction appraisals and accompanying proposals.

Please contact us to discuss valuation services.

All information published in Colville Auctions catalogues in association with auctions represent statements of opinion and should not be relied upon as fact. All dimensions are listed in centimetres, height before width, before depth and are approximate. All prices are in Australian dollars.

Explanation of Catalogue Practice & Terms


ARTIST’S NAMES - All reference to artists make use of common and not full names in accordance with the standards outlined in the National Gallery of Australia reference publication Australian Art- Artist’s working names authority list. For instance, John Brack rather than Cecil John Brack; Roy de Maistre rather than Leroy Leveson Laurent De Maistre; Rosalie Gascoigne rather than Rosalie Norah Gascoigne.
Terms used in this catalogue have the meanings ascribed to them below:
a. Edith Holmes: in the opinion of Colville Auctions, a work by the artist.
b. Attributed to Edith Holmes: in the opinion of Colville Auctions, probably a work by the artist, in whole or in part.
c. Circle of Edith Holmes: in the opinion of Colville Auctions, a work showing the influence and style of the artist and of the artist’s period.
d. Studio/Workshop of Edith Holmes: in the opinion of Colville Auctions, a work possibly executed under the supervision of the artist.
e. School of Edith Holmes: in the opinion of Colville Auctions, a work by a follower or student of the artist.
f. Manner of Edith Holmes: in the opinion of Colville Auctions, a work created in the style, but not necessarily in the period, of the artist.
g. After Edith Holmes: in the opinion of Colville Auctions, a copy of a work by the artist.
h. “signed” / “dated” in the opinion of Colville Auctions, the work has been signed/dated by the artist.
i. “bears signature” / “bears date” in the opinion of Colville Auctions, the work has possibly been signed/dated by someone other than the artist.