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PHSNE holds two auctions each year. The largest is held at the spring Photographica Show. A second, typically smaller, auction is held as a monthly meeting, usually in late fall or early winter. Both auctions are open to the public for bidding. Consignment of items is open to the public, provided space and time is available at the auction as determined solely by PHSNE. Contact for information and to consign items. Also see the auction documents below.

Important Sales Tax Information!

Massachusetts requires PHSNE to collect the 6.25 percent state sales tax from buyers at the organization's auctions. If you plan on bidding in PHSNE-sponsored auctions and enjoy a tax exemption, you must provide PHSNE with a copy of your tax certificate. This is true whether you live in Massachusetts or some other state. The certificate number alone is not enough: Massachusetts requires PHSNE to have a copy of the actual certificate on file.

You need to provide the certificate only once; PHSNE will keep your certificate on file for reference at future auctions. You can mail or e-mail a copy of your certificate any time prior to an auction, or bring a copy with you to the auction. PHSNE is required to collect the 6.25% state sales tax from any winning bidder who does not have a certificate on file.

You may send a copy of your certificate to:

Due to the COVID-19 social distancing and stay-at-home advisories, PHSNE activities at 47 Calvary St including processing physical donations, consignments, and school outreach pickups are by appointment only. Processing of physical mail, checks and phone messages may be delayed. Emails are being processed normally.

47 Calvary St
Waltham MA 02453

or e-mail a scan to

If you have any questions contact Joel Moses by email at or call 781.893.0843.

Auction Info Update and Lots

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Auction documents are provided below:

Auction Rules
Consignment Tags for Your Auction Lots
Consignment Agreement for Auction Items

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