One Word, One Day Auction

Date & Time: 
Wednesday 4 September, 6pm - 8:30pm (2013)
ABC Southbank Centre, 120 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank
Type of Event: 

About | The artwork | How to bid 

Watch Hobart artworks being created in this time-lapse photography video.

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About One Word, One Day

Around Australia, illustrators were brought together to create pictures, and work and play. Each gathering was supplied with a delicious array of art materials, and invited to explore a surprise theme word visually.

The finished artworks will be auctioned to raise funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. The auction will take place on Wednesday 4 September, Indigenous Literacy Day. 

One Word One Day is organised by the Australian Society of Authors in conjunction with the Micador Group and the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. The ASA would like to acknowledge the support of ABC Local Radio in this project.

Refreshments will be provided.

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The artwork

Each group of illustrators was provided with a surprise theme word to guide their illustrations. Click on the theme word to view the artwork from each group.

Lots 1- 30

Lots 31 - 36

Lots 37 - 46

Lots 47 - 59

Lots 60 - 72

Lots 73 - 78

If you are bidding in the auction, please take note of the individual lot numbers of artworks in which you are interested. You will need to include these numbers if completing a Telephone Bidding or Absentee Bidding form.

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How to Bid

Bidding in person
Bidding via telephone
Absentee bidding
Collections, Storage and Delivery

Interested parties may bid on artworks in advance as absentee bidders. Alternatively, you may bid on the night either by telephone or in person. Below please find information about each of these three methods including downloadable registration forms, plus information about payment, collection and storage.

Bidding in person

Attending the auction is free but RSVP is essential. Please email or call (02) 9211 1004 to register.

Come to the auction with your completed Attendee Bidding Form as well as proof of your identity and residence such as a passport or driving licence. Once your registration is complete you will be given a paddle, carrying your personal number, for bidding during the auction. This should be returned to the Cashier’s Desk if you are successful in bidding, or to the Registration Desk if you are not.

During the auction, when you want to bid on an item, raise the paddle so that the auctioneer can see you. If you are successful, the auctioneer will make a note of your paddle number and you can then pay for the item at the Cashier’s Desk. If you are bidding on more than one lot, you can pay for everything you have bought in one go at the end of the auction.

The price you pay is the amount at which the auctioneer’s hammer falls (the hammer price and a credit card surcharge where applicable). You will either be:

a) given a receipt on the night or

b) subsequently sent an invoice/receipt

Bidding via telephone

Bidding by telephone lets you take part in the auction without having to be present in the auction room. If you would like to do this you will need to book yourself in as a telephone bidder by filling in the Telephone Bidding Form and sending it to the Australian Society of Authors. You will need to provide proof of identity and residence, a contact telephone and fax number as well as credit or debit card details.

On the day of the auction, we will telephone you about five lots before your lot is announced. Once bidding begins, we will talk you through as the bids progress and ask you at each stage if you wish to continue. This will carry on until you are successful, or tell us that you want to stop bidding.

If you are successful, the credit card number you provide with your registration form will then be charged. 

Absentee bidding

If you are unable to be at the auction personally you can make an absentee bid by filling in the Absentee Bidding Form and sending it to the Australian Society of Authors.
Once we have received your form, you will be sent a special email address on which you can place your maximum bid, if you have not already done so on the form. You will not be contacted during the auction.

All absentee bid winners will be notified of the outcome of the auction via email. If you are successful, the credit card number you provide with your registration form will then be charged. See below for more information about payment.


The price you pay is the amount at which the auctioneer’s hammer falls (the hammer price and a credit card surcharge where applicable). You will either be:

a)      given a receipt on the night

b)     subsequently sent an invoice/receipt

Methods of Payment:


Payments can be made at the Cashier’s Desk, either during or after the auction.

Debit card

There is no additional charge for purchases made with these cards. Debit cards drawn on an overseas bank or deferred debit cards, however, will be subject to a 3% surcharge.

Credit Cards

Visa and Mastercard as well as American Express and Diners Cards. Please note there is a 1.6% surcharge for Visa and Mastercard and 3% for American Express and Diners on the total invoice when payments are made using credit cards. It is often a good idea to let your card provider know in advance that you intend to buy something. This can help cut down the time we need to seek authority when you come to pay.

Collections, Storage and Delivery

If you attend an auction in person and are successful in your bid, you are free to collect and remove your item there and then once payment has been made. If you are not able to do so you can arrange for storage and shipping either yourself or with the ASA. Collection and storage charges may apply for items which are not collected on the day of the auction.

We are happy to help with delivery and will provide a quote to do so, on request. We can arrange for your goods to be delivered to you once we have received your written dispatch instructions and full payment, including shipping costs. For international deliveries an export licence may be required. Please contact the Australian Society of Authors on (02) 9211 1004 or if you need any further information.

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