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Carousel Horse Tops Virginia Auction
by Walter C. Newman

Green Valley Auctions, Inc., Mt. Crawford, Virginiaby Walter C. NewmanGreen Valley Auctions held its semiannual sale of antiques, Americana, and decorative arts on November 10, 2007, at its Mt. Crawford, Virginia, facility. A subheading in the 944-lot catalog noted that this sale featured a "focus on Virginia and the South." ... (Read More)


Firearms Column
by Robert Kyle

by Robert KyleWhen a government doesn't understand its own gun laws, bad things can happen.At first light on September 13, 2006, members of Britain's Metropolitan Police surrounded the suburban home of Mick Shepherd, for over 30 years an internationally known and well-respected firearms collector and dealer. The 56-year-old grandfather is ... (Read More)


"Success to the Railroad" Flask Brings $29,900
by Ed Pfeiffer

Norman C. Heckler & Company, Woodstock Valley, Connecticutby Ed PfeifferNorman Heckler Sr. of Woodstock Valley, Connecticut, brought 100 lots of antique bottles, flasks, and related glass objects up for bids in an absentee auction ending on October 31, 2007. Bidding was active and produced strong price results. Although one lot ... (Read More)


Paul Kleinwald, Great Barrington, Massachusetts
by Frank Donegan

In the Tradeby Frank DoneganHere's yet another antiques dealer who ended up in the trade by accident. Back in the late 1960's and early '70's, when Paul Kleinwald was a young guy trying to find his way in the world, "antiques," he said, "weren't even on my radar." It's easy ... (Read More)

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Understanding Auction Markets
by Steve Proffitt

Auction Law and Ethicsby Steve Proffitt "Mr. Proffitt, I've got one of those complaining sellers on my hands and would appreciate your advice on how to handle him. Of course, his complaint is about what his things brought, and he blames me for that. I sold everything in an auction, ... (Read More)


The Marburger Farm Antique Show: Under New Management
by John M. Driggers

Round Top, Texasby John M. DriggersHundreds of antique and nostalgic signs greeted the thousands who came to look over what the almost 400 dealers had to offer at the Marburger Farm Antique Show on October 2-6, 2007. Signs of every description, from old gasoline companies to toy manufacturers to providers ... (Read More)


Whale Flips Tail and Records Fly at Morphy's $7.7 Million Steckbeck Bank Sale
by Dick Friz

Morphy Auctions, Denver, Pennsylvaniaby Dick FrizChalk up a new entry in the Guinness Book of World Records. Topping off an unremitting whirlwind spending spree, a capacity crowd on October 27, 2007, at Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pennsylvania, rallied the Stephen and Marilyn Steckbeck 488-lot mechanical bank collection to an astounding ... (Read More)


Low Attendance Doesn't Hurt Big-Bucks Items
by David Hewett

Northeast Auctions, Manchester, New Hampshire by David HewettThe three-day sale held October 26-28, 2007, by Northeast Auctions in Manchester, New Hampshire, was a winner, but in a rather quiet fashion. It grossed $6.3 million. There was a record-breaking Windsor chair that sold for $160,000 (includes buyer's premium). An Indian weathervane ... (Read More)


Fall Fine Art Sale at Pook & Pook
by Karl H. Pass

Pook & Pook Inc., Downingtown, Pennsylvaniaby Karl H. PassPook & Pook Inc. began conducting specialized fine art sales in the fall of 2005. They are held twice a year and encompass works on all price levels. The 320-lot sale held October 26, 2007, in Downington, Pennsylvania, grossed $1,202,180 (including buyers' ... (Read More)


The Price Auction
by Robin McMullen

Tim Potter Auction Services, Port Perry, Ontario, Canadaby Robin McMullenAll prices in Canadian funds (the exchange rate on the day of the sale was CN $1 = $1.00017 US)In Ontario three well-known collections of antiques have come up for public auction in the last few years. The first was for ... (Read More)
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