Asia House Benefit Auction: How to place your bid online

Mieko Meguro, Fire works - on paper, 1993, courtesy of the artist

Mieko Meguro, Fire works - on paper, 1993, courtesy of the artist, is one of the lots in the Asia House Benefit Auction

Asia House Benefit Auction: How to place your bid online

07 June 2016

By Lucy Tomlinson

The Asia House Benefit Auction is being held to celebrate 20 years since Asia House was founded and to raise funds for its ongoing programme of arts and cultural events. The 25 plus artworks on offer have been generously donated by artists and galleries from across Asia, as well as those who have a strong links to the region.

Bidding started on Paddle8 on Tuesday 7 June at 15.00 BST. Bids close on Wednesday 22 June at 17.00 BST All of the lots can be viewed and bid on here.

Below are step-by-step instructions on how to bid:

You firstly need to register on You create a user profile, which can be done by manually entering your name and email address, or you can sign in through Facebook. You can bid online and you can also download the Paddle8 iPhone app here to bid using your smartphone.Once registered, you can submit bids online at any time for the duration of the auction.

You will be asked to submit credit card details the first time you bid, and these will be saved for subsequent bids. If you secure the winning bid, you can use alternative payment methods, however you will need a credit card to submit an initial bid

Enter any bid amount as long as it is greater than or equal to the lowest bid (the amount noted below the bid field) or the current bid, and click on ‘place bid.’ If you do not have a credit card number on file you will be prompted to add it to secure your bid at this point. Your card will not be charged yet

Paddle8 has a tool through which you can estimate the total price of an item (based on your bid) including tax, buyer’s fees and shipping before you place your bid. You can find this on the page for each individual item.

Once you place a bid, you will receive an email confirmation of your bid and will be notified by email when you are outbid. If you download the Paddle8 app, you can turn on push notifications to continually inform you of the status of your bid.

If your bid wins, the card you bid with is not automatically charged. You will be sent an email and must follow the indicated steps in order to complete your purchase.

Five works will transfer to the live auction which will be held at Asia House on the evening of the 21 June. Bids will close online for these lots at 17.00 BST on 20 June.

The works transferring to the live auction are: Ghazaleh Avarzamani’s Eastern Delight (Pair), 2013; Kim Lim’s Black Wash (1993); Tsherin Sherpa’s All Things Considered (2015); Farina Alam’s Crow Crow Crow (2014) and Yuxi Tan’s We are here (2015).

The highest bidders online for these lots will receive an email from Paddle8 with instructions about how to leave a maximum bid for Paddle8 staff to implement in the room on 21 June when the live auction is taking place. The same bidders will also be given the option to bid with Paddle8 over the phone during the live auction.

During the 24 hour period between the close of these lots online, and the live auction, it will not be possible for any more bids for these lots to be placed through Paddle8. Bid updates can only be communicated to Paddle8 during this period by contacting Bidders will be instructed to do this.


For more information about the artworks up for sale in the auction click here.

For more information on the live auction and dinner, please contact

To attend the preview drinks reception promoting the Benefit Auction Preview Exhibition click here. A £10 donation is requested.

If you would like to support us, please consider making a donation towards the Asia House arts and learning programme below. We accept donations by credit card, debit card and PayPal.