Auction Frequently Asked Questions

When does the auction close?

The auction will close on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST. 

Is a credit card required to participate in the silent auction?

Yes, a pre-registered credit card is required to begin bidding.  If you are the Winning Bidder and you would like to complete payment through another method (i.e. check or ACH), please contact

How can I keep active and know if I am outbid or have won an item?

You will be notified via text if you have been outbid. Keep an eye on your favorite items! If you are NOT receiving the text messages, make sure you have the correct mobile number under your profile. The texts will continue to notify you when you have been outbid or reached your maximum bid. When the auction closes, you will also receive a text message if you won any items.

What happens if I do not pay for my winning item(s)?

All balances must be paid in full before winning item(s) can be collected. 

How will I collect my winnings?

The Winning Bidder is responsible for the cost of pick up, delivery or movement of the sculpture from NCBF-sourced warehouse located in the Washington, DC area to Winning Bidder's location.  All items need to be picked up by June 30, 2021.

What happens if I do not pick up my winnings?

Any item(s) left unclaimed after 30 days, without prior arrangements, will be sold and proceeds will go to National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc. 


Auction Rules

National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc. ("we" "us") provides you with the following details about the Auction. By bidding in this Auction, you agree to the following.

  • Before the Auction bidding begins, you will provide to us your credit card information. We will use your credit card information only if you are a winning bidder, as detailed below, and will destroy that information after the Auction if you are not a winning bidder or immediately after using it to charge the amount of your winning bid or bids.
  • If you are the highest bidder for an Auction item ("Winning Bidder"), you agree to purchase that Auction item ("Winning Item").
  • You will receive a text notification informing you that you are a Winning Bidder. NCBF will contact the Winning Bidder to request preferred payment method. Acceptable payment methods are credit card, check made out to National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc. or an ACH payment.
  • We will provide Winning Bidders with a receipt via email reflecting the amount of the winning bid paid and the estimated fair market value of the Winning Item. Unless otherwise noted, Auction items have not been appraised. The amount you pay for the Winning Item above its estimated fair market value is normally tax deductible as a charitable contribution, but please consult your tax adviser about deductions.
  • The Winning Bidders must sign an Art Auction Sale Agreement.
  • All sales are final and we will not exchange Winning Items or refund to you the amount of your winning bid.
  • All Auction items are provided "as is" and we do not warrant or represent anything about the Auction items.
  • We may add or withdraw Auction items without notice.
  • You assume all risks related to the Auction and Auction items.