On Saturday, 10th May at 3pm Eastern, the representatives of the King’s Council will be holding a shard public auction in order to give the people of Siege an opportunity to trade goods, promote shard interaction, and raise money for town treasuries. If successful, the event could become a biannual event at the start of each governorship term of office (or conceivably even twice per term). This thread is intended to give advance notice of the auction; further details and the official list of lots for sale will come in May.
Venue & auctioneer
The auction will take place at Gilfane Arena and I will be acting as auctioneer. Kattasrophe is working as chief assistant and will be organizing complementary activities.
Commission & donations
The auctioneer will levy a charge of 5% on all lots sold and the money so raised [the “Town Fund”] will be split equally between the seven towns involved (Jhelom, Minoc, Moonglow, New Magincia, Skara Brae, Trinsic, Vesper). If any member of the public wishes to contribute further, then they are welcome to make additional contributions in four possible ways:
a) By donating an item(s) entirely to the Town Fund, in which case 100% of the auction sale price will go into the fund.
b) By donating an item(s) to ONE particular town, in which case the remaining 95% of the sale price will go directly to the specified town.
c) By donating an item to York’s new player vendor subsidy program, in which case the remaining 95% of the sale price will go directly to this cause.
d) By donating a lump some of cash to the Town Fund or to specified town(s). This is no different than giving cash directly to the town heralds, except that your donation will appear in the official accounts and will therefore be recorded for posterity.
Items submitted for sale may be assigned a minimum price that the seller is willing to accept, although items may be rejected if the auctioneer views the reserve as unreasonably high and unlikely to lead to a sale.
To aid those unable to attend the live event or find a suitable proxy, the auctioneer will take private bids in advance of the sale. Further details on this service will be posted nearer the event.
Submitting items for sale
To raise interest and awareness for the auction, the public is encouraged to announce items for sale as soon as possible. However, as the auction house will not be taking receipt of goods until May, anything so announced/listed is not final and could be withdrawn by the seller.
To submit your items, PM me here. Be sure to include any reserve prices you wish to assign the goods, although these could be changed later. All items are presumed to be for the benefit of the seller unless otherwise stated. If you wish to donate the entire proceeds of an item to one of the causes (Town Fund, individual town, subsidy program), please clearly state this. Items donated to a cause will state the name of the donor unless anonymity is specifically requested. General items for sale will not list the name of the seller unless it is necessary to do so.
If you are intending to sell low-priced items, please try and group them together where possible. What constitutes a “low price” is unclear at this point. Once official submissions are taken in May, we should have a better idea of the amount of items that are likely to be for sale and what to set the minimum requirements at.
A record of sale prices and all monies raised will be published after the auction. The auctioneer will deposit the money raised for each town directly with the heralds in the presence of Kattasrophe and/or another creditable witness.
Confidentiality & liability
All reserve prices, advance bids and other privileged information from sellers will be kept in confidence by the auctioneer except in the event of a new auctioneer having to be appointed due to illness or force majeure.
Final responsibility for items being sold, monies raised thereon, and the conduct of the auction, lies with the auctioneer and not the members of the King’s Council.
If anyone can suggest an amusing name for this type of auction, “Townaid” or something, please do so.
Provisional Sale List (21st April) Shall be updated here weekly, but for a more updated list/more information please see http://uo2.stratics.com/community/threads/shard-public-auction.314642/#post-2380211d items
Standard items (5% commission to Town Fund, remainder to seller)
120 mysticism scroll
120 focus scroll
120 taming scroll
120 throwing scroll
120 tactics scroll
120 veterinary scroll
120 parrying scroll
120 necromancy scroll
120 anatomy scroll
120 fencing scroll
25 stat scroll x 2
+5 Exodus stat scroll
Hygieia’s Amulet [replica] (+10% alchemy bonus)
Primeval Lich eight piece rack set
Primeval Lich executioner’s axe deed
Primeval Lich glowing red corp rune
Soulstone fragment token x2
Deed to a guildstone – NEWMAN PROVISIONERS [TNP]
Academic Bookcases x 2
Town Fund donations (100% of sale price to Town Fund)
Ethereal Polar Bear (9th year Vet reward) [donated by Kelmo]
Rechargeable teleporter set [donated by Baby Doll]
Mailbox [donated by Sara Dale]
Holiday flowerpot [donated by Sara Dale]
Ladder deed [donated by Sara Dale]
Fountain of Life [donated by Sara Dale]
Anchor, Figurehead, Ship’s Bell of BMV Ararat [donated by Sara Dale]
Deed for 20k arrows [donated by Bucko]
Individual town donations (5% of sale price to Town Fund, remainder to specific town/cause)
120 ninjitsu scroll (Skara Brae) [donated by Gilfane treasury]