PLEASE SIGN UP FOR THE AUCTION BEFORE THE AUCTION BEGINS. BIDDERS TRYING TO SIGN UP DURING THE AUCTION WILL MOST LIKELY FACE CHALLENGES IN BIDDING AND WE DO NOT PROMISE IMMEDIATE APPROVALS. PLEASE NOTE: OUR AUCTION RUNS SIMULTANEOUSLY ON MULTIPLE INTERNET PLATFORMS AS WELL AS WITH TRADITIONAL LIVE ON-SITE AUCTION BIDDERS AND ABSENTEE BIDS. At the fall of the auctioneer's hammer, the highest bidder shall be deemed to have purchased the offered lot and assumes full risk and responsibility for the article. Neither consignor nor auction company is thereafter responsible for loss or any damage to the article by fire, theft, or breakage. Every attempt has been made to catalog all items accurately to include descriptions. Helm Auction, Inc. does not guarantee correctness of descriptions, approximate ages, materials, tribal designations, signatures, hallmarks, amount of repair or restoration. Please review the pictures carefully as we are selling items as is. Highest bidder is deemed to be the buyer. If a dispute arises between two or more bidders, the auctioneer shall have sole and final decision to determine the successful bidder or to immediately re-offer and resell the article in dispute. BUYERS PREMIUM is 20%. All sales are final and returns ARE NOT PERMITTED. MANY OF THE ITEMS OFFERED ARE ON CONSIGNMENT AND SOLD AS IS.

The values given are estimates only. Items may sell for more or less. None of the items are new and all have some acceptable amount of wear. Please look at all pictures and read descriptions, items have some amount of acceptable wear, scratches, nicks, missing stitches, etc. Pictures in frames have not been examined outside the frame.

Shipping charges are per lot. Shipping costs are indicated in the description area of the catalog. These shipping charges are estimates and are only for the United States. Bidders from Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico may incur further charges, please inquire ahead of time. Foreign bidders are advised to inquire about shipping certain items before bidding to avoid surprises. Shipping will be computed (ie. Combined shipping and/or insurance fees) on an individual basis after the auction ends. PLEASE DO NOT PAY BEFORE WE COMPUTE YOUR SHIPPING CHARGES. NOTE: You can also hire your own shipping agent to handle your invoice for you. Please contact Helm Auction before or after the auction ends to arrange for your agent to pick up your items.

Sensitive items such as frames with glass, pottery and other ceramics, as well as bulky items such as baskets will require double-boxing for safe transport during shipping. Helm Auction attempts to fairly estimate shipping charges for these sensitive items in the lot’s description.

Helm Auction, Inc will discuss shipping and Customs documents with foreign buyers for outside the U.S. for specific shipping instructions to include Customs Declaration forms. Charges are for handling, packing materials, insurance and shipping fees. Items will be shipped primarily via FedEx and the United States Postal Service. If you want them shipped another way, you must pay the additional charges. FedEx will not deliver to Post Office Boxes, thus if your only method of receiving a shipment is via Post Office box, we will be limited in shipping via USPS only, which may or may not be more expensive than FedEx.

If you require a direct signature for your package, we will charge an extra $2.50 to your shipping total. Paintings with glass cannot be insured. All items that are insurable will be insured. In the event of damage during shipping, claims must be filed within 3 days of receiving your items. If those items are damaged, please keep all packing materials and boxes and contact Helm Auction for further instructions. Without pictures of the damage and the packing materials, claims cannot be processed. Helm Auction, Inc will file the claims. Helm Auction will explain what other information will be needed for filing claims. Claims will not be settled until shipping company has completed investigation. The investigation may involve actual presentation to the Shipping Service. Oversize items that need wooden crates will be charged for additional shipping charges. We will combine shipping if more than one item is purchased.

Buyers who do not wish to file claims on their damaged items will not receive a credit or reduction in price for their purchases. Insurance is purchased for all shipments in order to cover any possible damages item(s) might incur during freight.


YOUR BID IS A CONTRACT. Place the bid only if you are serious about paying for the item. If you are the successful winner, you have entered into a legally binding contract to purchase the item. It is suggested that you contact the seller to resolve any issues before bidding. Helm Auction Inc. will submit your invoice via email and once you receive that invoice you will have the necessary information for making your payment. For large dollar amount payments, we may need to require a bank or wire transfer. This will be determined on an individual basis and your invoice will reflect these details.