Ostrander Auction update: pricing clarification
At various times, we’ve seen pricing for admission to the Comix4Sight Ostrander benefit auction set at $40, $15, and free. So which is it?
The price to enter the room where the auction is happening is $40 with an hour of open bar and food. Zero money goes to Wizard, the admission price covers the cost of the room the hotel charges plus a $5 donation to the Ostrander fund. “The hotel wouldn’t let us do it any other way,” program coordinator Adriane Nash said. “We tried to find a sponsor to underwrite the costs of the room, but couldn’t, and we didn’t want to spend additional money when the point was to raise money.” Apparently, the $15 note on the web site and free price listed in the program book were placeholder items that never got changed until it was too late.
Does that mean if you don’t buy admission to the room, you can’t bid?
Not at all. We will have runners right outside the door taking bids back and forth during the auction, and we’re checking with the hotel to see if they will let people in right after the open bar closes.
In addition, we’re looking into ways to take bids from people who are listening to live streams of the auction at getthepointradio.com.
Items going up for auction will be available for inspection at Booth #1435 on the floor at the Chicago Comic-Con, as well as galleries at Comix4Sight.com, as well as what we’re posting here on ComicMix.
And remember, the auction is Saturday, August 8th, starting at 7:30 Central Daylight Time.