Fall Heritage Auction

Bid on unique heritage-themed items and experiences

October 15, 3pm – October 29, 8pm

This fall would have been our 7th annual fall fundraiser, City Drinks, which hosted over 150 people last year to raise essential funds to support our educational programs, projects and grants. As we are unable to safely gather in person this year, we took a key part of this annual event virtual, through a fun and unique online auction.

For two weeks in October participants placed bids on a selection of art pieces, experiences, antiques and other special items donated by local businesses, organizations and individuals. Some items are rare and one-of-a-kind, and many make great gifts for the upcoming holiday season. If you had the winning bid on an item and haven’t heard from us about collecting it, please contact our office.

We are greatly appreciative of all who supported the auction and delighted by the results. If you would like to support Vancouver Heritage Foundation with a charitable donation this year, please visit our Donate to VHF page for details.

Thank you to all of those who donated items and experiences to the auction.

Thank you to the 2020 Fall Heritage Auction Donors:

Anonymous, Anonymous & Ruth Fast, Blue Ruby Jewellery, Christine Allen, Councillor Colleen Hardwick, Cypress Mountain, Equitable Real Estate, Gordon Boyd from the estate of Hugh Pickett, Gordon McQueen, Hal Kalman, Hill's of Kerrisdale, Johanna Hickey, John Steil, Karen Russell, Kate Bird and Shelley Frallic, Kim Prints and Vancouver Heritage Foundation, Korab Image (Minneapolis), Leslie Van Duzer, Monique Badun - Sotheby's Real Estate, Nancy McLean, Niels and Nancy Bendsten, Noel Best, Orto Artisan Pasta, Ruth Fast, Sewell's Marina, Susan Walker, Township 7 Vineyard & Winery, UBC SALA, and Vancouver Special.

How does it work?

The auction was hosted on a well-known online bidding site, 32Auctions. Participants in the auction do not need to create an account in order to view items, but one is needed if you wish to bid. All proceeds from online payments go directly to support Vancouver Heritage Foundation and our educational programming and grants. If you make a bid on an item you will receive a reminder 24 hours before the auction is closed.

There is no limit on bids and they can be made any time of the day in the 2 week period. Once you make a bid on an item you will be sent a confirmation. You will also be notified if you have been outbid.

As soon as the auction has ended, if you are a successful bidder on items a notification email will be sent to you which contains a link to your invoice page. Invoices display the items won, the winning bid amounts, the total amount due, and a payment button. When you click the payment button you will have the option to pay by VISA, MasterCard or American Express. If you would like to pay by cheque please let us know.

At checkout, you will also be given an option for pick up or delivery. Most items can be picked up from the VHF office. Smaller items can be mailed without a fee. Many larger items can be delivered within Vancouver for a fee. Each item will state the options. We will contact each successful bidder to confirm your pick up and delivery options.

What kind of items were available?

Our generous donors have supplied an interesting and diverse array of items to choose from including, but not limited to:

  • The un-released box set of "West Coast Modern House: Complete Book Series" (it is scheduled for public release later this year or early in 2021)
  • Artwork including a special print by Balthazar Korab
  • Heritage experiences such as private tours of Vancouver City Hall or the Vancouver Block clock tower
  • Antiques and collectables
  • Gift certificates to local shops, activities and restaurants


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