Conditions and Terms of Sale

Auction Timetable

This is a mail, phone, and internet bid auction which begins as soon as you receive a catalogue or bidding is opened on this website. Auction 192 ended on Tuesday, December 17 at 7 pm PST .

Business hours

Hours are 9 am to 5 pm PST Monday through Friday and 9 am to 7 pm on Auction Day. Please check out our website 24 hours a day for daily updates and full color illustrations of all items.

How to reach us

Toll free 1 800 899-1776
Outside US 831 917-8495


New bidders need to register. Please provide us with your name, address, daytime telephone number and method of payment. Once you have registered we will give you a permanent bidder number, then just go on line or call to place bids. You may not offer below the minimum bid (MB).

Placing bids

You may check the progress and raise your offer as many times as you like, but all bidding stops at exactly 7 pm PST. Bids may not be withdrawn or cancelled - this rule is strictly enforced.

Bid Increments

Under $100$5
$5,000 and above$500

Maximum bids

We recommend placing maximum bids on the items you really want; we will enter your bids competitively.

Gatsby wishes you all a happy holiday.


ALS Autograph letter, signed. Handwritten and signed by individual.
ADS Autograph note, signed.
ANS Autograph note, signed. Handwritten and signed by individual.
AQS Autograph quotation, signed. Handwritten and signed by individual.
DS Document signed. Printed, typed, or written in manuscript by a secretary or scribe, and signed by an individual.
FDC First-day cover.
Inscribed Item personalized with name of recipient, e.g., "For John ."
LS Letter, signed. Printed or written in manuscript by a secretary or scribe, and signed by an individual.
MB Minimum bid.
ND No date indicated.
NP No place indicated.
TLS Typed letter, signed. Typed by an individual or secretary, and signed.
TQS Typed quotation signed.

Buyer’s premium

There is a 15% Buyer’s Premium charged on the final hammer price of each lot. Winning bids are net to all.


Upon verbal or written confirmation, payment must be received by December 31, 2013. For your convenience, we take VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. There is no surcharge for using credit cards. For payments by check, we hold shipment until your check is received and cleared. California residents will be charged sales tax.


Each signed item is unconditionally guaranteed genuine without time limit to the original purchaser. Any item sold which is determined to be inauthentic may be returned for an immediate refund. All returned items must be in the same condition as shipped.


All items are in ink and in very good or better condition unless otherwise noted. Defects and important condition problems are described. Minor flaws, including fold marks and slight blemishes, may not always be noted. Any improperly described item must be returned within 3 days of receipt. Please notify us before returning any item.

Post Auction

You can check results of your bids about three hours after the close of auction here on our website.


Because we are no longer able to accurately estimate the cost of postage, you will not be charged for postage until your package is shipped. Only the exact amount the post office charges us. We will only charge you what the post office charged us. We will not charge you for labor and materials.