How To Register and Submit Your Dream

Go to DREAM SUBMISSION sign up and create an account. Submit your dream by clicking 'Create New Post

Describe your dream as much as you can remember in a simple text and we will print and list it in the auction. The dream submitted will be sold as the text written at the time of submission with no alterations or corrections.

Please contribute your dream with care. The dream you are selling should be a dream that you personally have dreamt. Please don’t submit a dream that you don’t want to sell or you have already sold to someone else.


The DREAM AUCTION is FREE to attend - everyone welcome! For those who wish to purchase the dream, all bids begin at a minimum £--- (Reserve). --% of the selling price will be donated to an arts charity whilst --% will go towards auction and performance costs. A record of monies raised for charity will be published on the website. 


Feel free to leave comments and start or join discussions about the dreams.

Dream Auction Process

The sale of a lot shall occur when the auctioneer accepts the highest bid by striking his/her hammer and calling the paddle number of the highest bidder. The Buyer will be asked to confirm his/her purchase by signing the Bid Confirmation on the date of the sale. In respect of any lot, the Buyer shall pay to Dream Auction in accordance with the Auction Terms and these Important Notices the full invoiced amount at the Auction with immediate effect. 

The Prospective Bidder shall complete a Bidder Registration Form and provide a proof of photographic identity such as passport, driving license or government issued identification card. All bids placed may be recorded and Bidders, by placing bids, are deemed to have consented to the recording of their conversations or actions. 

Auction date will be announced by closer to time in the EVENTS section. Bidding can be done in person, by phone or on line the details of how to bid and register will be provided closer to the time.

Among the historic documents from Yeoju Yi clan of GyeongjuOksan that the Jangseogak Archives at the Academy of Korean Studies discovered is a very revealing contract detailing the sale of a dream. Drawn up in April, 1900, it provides a remarkably vivid glimpse of how people from a century ago put a price on a certain kind of dreams. This contract is the only one of its kind among the known historical documents.

According to the contract, on the 23rd day of the second lunar month in the year of 1900, a man named Park Hae-myeong had a very propitious dream of a dragon and a tiger appearing together. The word traveled through word of mouth and reached the ear of Yi Byeong-yu, who lived in a nearby village called Oksan.

Judging from its opening phrase, "As I have a urgent need of money…" it is clear that Park Hae-myeong was intent on selling his dream. Where there is supply, there will be demand. When Yi Byeong-yu, a scholar from Oksan came forward as a potential buyer with offer of 1,000 nyang(a unit of Joseon's coinage system), a huge sum of money equivalent to 100million won today, the deal was struck. As dreams obviously have no real substance, the agreement was solely based on trust between the seller and the buyer. Despite the intangible nature of the product, they prepared a contract conforming to slave sale contracts or land sale contracts, had the witness and the preparer sign it. Having met all the terms and conditions for the agreement, the ownership of Park's dream was transferred to Yi on April 3, 1900.
Who was Yi Byeong-yu and what compelled him to spend such a huge sum of money for one propitious dream? He was known as a proper/well-behaved scholar.

Yi was a 13th generation descendant of the great Confucian scholar Yi Eon-jeok, who is also known by his pen name Hoejae. Yi was known as a decent seonbi in Gyeongju region; being a learned man himself, he took the civil service exam in 1891. At the time of the contract, Yi lived ina stately house with no less than 62 rooms. We also know that he owned 11 slaves until around 1891. Yi's personal residence, also known as Dokrakdang (now designated as South Korea's Treasure No. 413), was inherited from Yi Eonjeok and was a very elegant residence appropriate for a nobleman.



                                                                            Kim Hak-soo, chief researcher at The Academy of Korean Studies

                                                                                                                           THE KOREAN TIMES , 06.06.2014




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