Bidding Details


Auction begins on June 12th, 2020 at 6:00 PM and lasts for 8 days ending at 8:00 PM on June 20th, 2020.


A variety of artifacts and memorabilia from Pilgrim are available at various price ranges.


ALL bidding will take place online at


Ways to Bid and Purchase:  

  • Items for which we have multiple available can be purchased from the Pilgrim Store located on the same page as the auction.
  • Auction items include one-of-a-kind artifacts that can be won through a bidding process similar to eBay. See rules below.


  1. Bidding starts at the “base price”
  2. Items have a reserved price that must be met to be won
  3. Artifacts can be purchased instantly and in multiple quantities (when available) through the  “Buy it Now” option
  4. You may place a proxy bid –Proxy bidding occurs when bidders have the option to set a maximum price that they would be willing to pay for an item and then allow the computer system to bid for them by the bid increment until someone places a higher bid than their maximum. The bid increment is pre-set by the auction and is the amount that a proxy bid must increase by. The computer will place a new bid following the bid increment every time someone else places a higher bid than you and will continue to do that until the auction is over and you win, or the price goes over your set maximum. Bidders are typically notified if their maximum has been outbid and have the option to set a new maximum to continue participating in the auction.
  1. “Popcorn bidding” is in play. This means that if you have the highest bid, and a 2nd bidder places a bid above you at the last second, you will have five minutes to outbid.
  2. All bidders (those who win or lose) will receive an e-mail informing them of the outcome of their bid
  3. Winners can pick up the winning piece or choose to have it delivered (Deliveries will have an additional charge). 
  4. Donors who purchase items at a charity auction may claim a charitable contribution deduction for the excess of the purchase price paid for an item over its fair market value. The donor must be able to show, however, that he or she knew that the value of the item was less than the amount paid. 

     This auction is an opportunity for you to own a cherished piece of history while sustaining the Ocean Institute. Thank you and good luck.