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Low stakes, high spirits for Sunday art auctions at Santa Monica Farmers Market

June 19, 2010 |  6:00 am

Santa_Monica_Sunday_auction Every Sunday not far from the bandstand at the Santa Monica Farmers Market, a no-reserve live auction benefits the California Heritage Museum. Qart.com launched the weekly event in April, and Chief Executive Eli Weisman says items include original paintings; sculpture; hand-blown glass; animation cels from Disney, Warner Bros., Chuck Jones and Hanna-Barbera; and sports memorabilia.

Serious collectors might not be enthralled, but others might find the action entertaining. Bidding starts at just $1, and for every bid you make, you'll receive tickets for a raffle. Three other raffles, all free, are held during the auction, so you can win prizes without bidding at all.

You can preview items starting at 9 a.m. on the California Heritage Museum lawn. Auctioneer Benjamin Szynal gets started at 11 a.m.

Qart.com operates the fine art and sports memorabilia categories for Bidz.com, among other venues. Tobi Smith, executive director of the museum, said the arrangement with Qart.com nets her organization at least $500 a week. She recently had fun bidding on a home plate signed by Sandy Koufax (though she didn’t win).

Look for it every Sunday at 2612 Main St., Santa Monica.

--Terry Gardner

Photo credit: Terry Gardner

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