Benefit Art Auction


2020 Auction donation, “In the Garden: Poppy” by Debra Maher; digital illustration.

  • Online bidding on Bidsquare: October 6th – November 7th
  • In-gallery preview exhibition: October 6th – November 6th

View all Auction items and Register to bid in both the LIVE & TIMED auctions on Bidsquare!

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View all Auction items in the Museum’s Preview Exhibition.
Preview Exhibition runs through November 6th at 3pm.

Auction Preview Exhibition

  • View actual auction items in-gallery (Health and safety guidelines are to be followed)
  • October 6th – November 6th, 2020
  • Tues – Sat, 10am – 5pm (Gallery closes at 3pm on November 6th)
  • 86 Park Street, Attleboro, MA 02703

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Online Bidding with Bidsquare

The Attleboro Arts Museum’s annual Benefit Art Auction is one of the Museum’s largest fundraising events of the year.  All proceeds from the Auction support the Museum’s community arts programs, exhibitions, operations, and Museum School art classes for all ages.  2020 marks the event’s 29th consecutive year, and although inevitable changes have been put in place to accommodate current health and safety mandates, the mission and strong appeal of the Auction remains firmly in place. 

VIDEO: 29th Benefit Art Auction!

221 donations of original art as well as specialty items will be on the block with bids starting at approximately 40% of the value of each item. These pieces were given to the Museum by artists, collectors and businesses.  Organizers report that this year’s quantity of donations is the second highest on record with highlights ranging from a dynamic oil painting of Wickford (RI) Marina to hand-painted animation cels from Walt Disney Studios.  All donated pieces will continue to be part of an in-gallery Preview Exhibition offering potential bidders a chance to see and familiarize themselves with each item. The Preview Exhibition launches in the Museum’s Ottmar Gallery at 10am, EST on Tuesday, October 6th and runs through November 6th at 3pm, EST. 

At the same time, the Auction can be viewed online through the Museum’s new Benefit Art Auction platform – Bidsquare.  Bidsquare has worked with over 100 top-tier auction houses and antique dealers to promote and sell original art through their virtual bidding site.  Since this is a new platform for the Museum this year, all those interested in bidding will need to register for both the Museum’s live and timed auction formats, even if they have participated in past online Museum auctions. All bids must be placed online this year.

The Auction’s customary, ticketed, in-gallery event will convert to two online bidding sessions with “free admission.” Guest auctioneer Chris Barber of Skinner, Inc. returns to conduct a livestream of 30 of the 221 auction lots on Friday, November 6th at 7pm , EST. One “timed” auction (formerly known as the “silent” auction) will close beginning at 12pm on Saturday, November 7th. Join us and thank you for your support!

And don’t forget to purchase tickets for the Auction’s extraordinary raffle items!

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Feel free to contact the Museum at 508-222-2644 x13 or office@attleboroartsmuseum.org with any questions.

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