Auction for the Arts: New deadline

WM Guitars Charity Musical Instrument Auction

Auction for the Arts logo

WM Guitars, Ashburton’s guitar and music shop, is very kindly hosting a sealed bid auction on behalf of Ashburton Arts Centre. 100% of every penny taken will go to the Arts Centre.

This is your opportunity to bid for some amazing musical instruments, from guitars to harps, keyboards to drums, and lots more.

  • Bids open: 17 March 2020
  • NEW: Deadline for bids, 11.59pm on Tuesday 30 June.


You can view all the available lots in the gallery below, or download the auction catalogue here.

Terms and conditions

Updated on Mon 8 June to reflect new bidding deadline.

  1. Sealed bidding auction held between the 17th March and the 30 June. Bids close at 11:59pm on Tuesday 30 June (NB was 31 March – extended due to Covid-19). Any bids placed after this time will not be valid.
  2. Bids must be filled out, signed off and handed into WM Guitars, or submitted online before closing date.
  3. Winning bids will be announced on Saturday 4th July at 12:00 noon in
    Ashburton Arts Centre. This will be streamed live online; if coronavirus conditions permit, then it may be possible to be present in person. This will be announced after the bidding closes on Wednesday 1 July.
  4. All bids must be signed to be verified, any bidders under the age of 18 must be signed off by a parent or guardian.
  5. The highest bidder for each lot shall be the purchaser thereof, and in the event of any dispute the Auctioneer shall have absolute discretion either to settle such dispute or to re-offer the lot immediately.
  6. Care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the catalogue but no sale shall be invalidated by reason of any defect or faults in any of the lots by reason of any of the lots being incorrectly described in the catalogue and no compensation shall be paid in respect of any such faults or errors in description. The Auctioneers give no warranty as to the genuineness or authenticity of the goods & the purchaser shall accept every lot with all faults & errors of description.
  7. All won lots must be paid for and collected within 7 days at WM Guitars, or arrangements made for delivery (charged at cost to the winning bidder).
  8. Any lots unpaid or uncollected after this allocated period will be offered to the next highest bidder.
  9. Every lot has no reserve
  10. Everyone stands a chance


What lots are available?
You can have a look at the lots at WM Guitars from 1st March, they will be on display in the window.

How can I bid?
You can either download bids slips at home, print them and bring them to WM Guitars or you can just come straight on over and we will have all you need here!

What is a sealed auction?
Sealed bidding or a sealed auction is an auction the happens in an allotted
amount of time. In this time bidders can fill out a bid slip and place it in a ballot box. After the bids close the bids are removed and the highest wins. No bidding wars! Come place a bid or do it online.

How do I know if I have won a lot?
The bid slips include some contact information which we will use to let you know you’ve won!

How much goes the the Arts Centre?
Every last penny, all of it.