Frequently Asked Questions: Buying
Q: When are auctions held?
A: Auctions are typically held Monday evenings, starting at 4pm. *Check our schedule*
A: Some online-only auctions are held on Wednesday evenings, starting at 4pm.
A: Specialty Auctions often start earlier in the day.
Q: How long does an auction last?
A: A 350-400 lot auction typically lasts about 4 hours. We attempt to sell approx. 100 lots per hour.
Q: Where are auctions held?
A: All auctions are currently held online: www.LutherAuctions.com but based out of our auction house, located at: 2556 7th Ave East, North St. Paul, MN 55109
Q: How can I view items for sale online?
A: To view the complete catalog with photos, please visit www.LutherAuctions.com and click on Current Auctions at the top of the page. The catalog is available by Thursday prior to each Monday auction.
Q: How can I obtain a condition report on an item?
A: If you would like additional information, photos, or detailed condition report, please contact us by phone or email.
Q: How can I view items for sale in person?
A: Preview is available by appointment during normal business hours. Please call 651-770-6175 to schedule.
Q: How can I register for the online auction?
Q: How can I leave a bid online?
A: Click Here for a Bidding Guide
Q: How can I leave a bid if I am not computer savvy?
A. Absentee Bid. Call (651) 770-6175. We will need the following information: Name, Address, Phone Number, Credit Card Number (including full number, expiration date, CVV/CVC code, and billing address). For each bid, please provide the lot#, description, and max bid price.
Q: What are your bidding increments?
A: Bidding Increments:
$ 1 to 10 - $1's
$ 10 to 25 - $2.50’s
$ 25 to 50 - $5's
$ 50 to 200 - $10's
$ 200 to 1000 - $25's
$1000 to 2000 - $50's
$2000 to 5000 - $100's
$5000 and up - $250's
*All increments are at auctioneer’s discretion and are
subject to change at any time.
Q: Are there any additional fees added to the final bid price?
A: Yes. There is a 20% Buyer’s Premium as well as Sales Tax added to the final bid price.
Q: What if I am a tax exempt buyer?
A: You will need to complete a Minnesota ST3 Certificate of Exemption Form. Blank forms are available at the front desk or can be found online at https://www.revenue.state.mn.us/sites/default/files/2019-07/st3.pdf and we will keep your completed copy on file for you.
Q: How do I pay for an item?
A: Cash, check, and credit card is accepted for payment at time of pickup. For Shipping, please call 651-770-6175 to pay your invoice and arrange shipping details. Wire transfers are required for international payments and select items of value.
Q: When can I pick up items won at auction?
A: Please pickup as soon as you are able within the auction week: Tuesday-Friday 9a-5p. Please enter through the back door of the auction house upon arrival. If you purchase more than three lots, please call us to schedule your pickup time. Cash, check, and credit card is accepted for payment at time of pickup.
Q: Do you deliver items won at auction?
A: Luther Auctions can refer you to someone who offers delivery. Please call (651) 770-6175 to obtain their contact information.
Q: Do you ship items won at auction?
A: Luther Auctions DOES NOT provide in-house packing and shipping services. We recommend The UPS Store #3798 to assist you in packing and shipping of 'small packages'. Shipping Requirements: 1) The UPS Store ships via UPS. 2) We require that the shipping address match the registered billing address of the credit card used for payment. If buyer needs item shipped to an alternate address, then payment must be made by wire transfer. 3) All shipments must be fully insured/ declared at their full purchase price. 4) Recipient must have a working phone number and email. 5) Recipient is responsible for any/all packing costs, shipping costs, duties, taxes, fees, etc. 6) International shipments are a case by case basis and must be pre-approved by Luther Auctions and The UPS Store. 7) Shipping of larger items and furniture will need to be arranged by the buyer with another third party shipper. 8) We require a signed authorization form indicating your name, sale date, lot number and choice of carrier, before releasing your item to a third party. 9) The UPS Store does not offer pack-only services and does not accept third party labels. Please call (651) 770-6175 for more information.
The UPS Store #3798
1161 Wayzata Blvd E
Wayzata, MN 55391