Tiptree Auction

  • contact: auction@wiscon.net

The Tiptree Auction is one of the premiere annual events for the James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award — and it’s certainly the highlight of any convention that hosts it. WisCon has been proud to host the Tiptree Auction time and again over the years, and we’re delighted to welcome the auction back again this year.

WisCon members will be able to preview and submit bids for auction items at the Gathering on Friday. On Saturday night, the fun begins as the auction holds center stage right after the dinner break.

Tiptree Auction

This isn’t your everyday fundraiser. For more than twenty years, the Tiptree Award has offered you the rare, the beautiful, and the just plain weird. Books annotated by Alice Sheldon? Check. Chapbooks handmade by Ursula K. LeGuin? Check. Kangaroo scrotum? Check.

What will be on offer this year? Come and find out Saturday night and welcome new auctioneer Sumana Harihareswara, who will step into the legendary shoes of Ellen Klages, who has retired.

How can I donate?

We would love donations of books, original art, jewelry, Space Babe memorabilia, and odd items that fit in with the Tiptree spirit. Please let us know what you are donating before the con. Just fill out this form if you are donating a book and this form if you are donating some other fabulous item. The sooner we know what wonderful things are coming our way, the better the auction will be.

We’d really love it if you could send donations ahead.  But if you can’t, we’ll have a donation station at the con on Thursday and Friday. We want to have all donations in hand by the Gathering, where prospective bidders get to see what’s what this year.

See the Auction FAQ at the Tiptree website for more details.

What can I do to help?

We need volunteers to lend a hand. In particular, we need someone with an artist’s eye to help us set up our display table at the Gathering and our Direct Sale table at the Art Show. We also need people to help catalog donations and put them into the auction database, to help out at the Gathering and at the Auction itself, and to help move items before and after the Gathering, and before and after the auction.

You can also help by bidding on items at the Gathering on Friday. Items without any bids may not make the cut for Saturday night’s live auction. (Only so many minutes in a programming slot…)

Tiptree Exhibit

The Tiptree Exhibit is located in the Gathering on Friday afternoon. Then we move items that are available for Direct Sale into the Art Show. Here you can satisfy your urge to help the Tiptree Award and get something cool by purchase donated items that are available for Direct Sale. Every dollar from Direct Sale and the Auction goes to supporting the Tiptree Award for the next 25 years!