I went to Para/Site's fundraising auction last night, something potentially embarrassing if your work went unsold. It's this situation that it's only a small crowd but as far as there're 2 persons liking the same piece, it could be sold well. It seems something psychological too when people were not 100% sure about the work and other bidders would give endorsement.
I walked away when it was up to my piece. Luckly it was sold. And it was great for Para/Site and the amount raised was more than double of that last year.