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In the Trade: Bruce Kalbacher, Period Picks Antiques, Schodack Landing, New York
by Frank Donegan

by Frank DoneganBruce Kalbacher looks at the bright side of life. For him, glasses don't ever seem half empty. Clouds have silver linings. Sows' ears can turn into silk purses. This is a man whose antiques business once burned to the ground, and he looks back on the experience as ... (Read More)


Lang's $2.7 Million Sale, Its Best Ever, Breaks Angling Book Record
by Jeanne Schinto

Lang's Sporting Collectables, Inc., Boxborough, Massachusettsby Jeanne SchintoThey're known as the world's leading fishing tackle auctioneers. They sell rods, reels, and lures, and do it extremely well. Three years ago, they had the first $1 million fishing tackle sale. Each of their next three sales achieved more than the previous ... (Read More)

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Auction Law and Ethics: Auctions and Commercial Reasonableness
by Steve Proffitt

by Steve ProffittWe began the new year with recounting a discussion I had with an auctioneer. It went like this: "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 ... (Read More)


Music Valley: Warm, Dry Tent for Permanent Venue
by Karla Klein Albertson

Nashville, Tennesseeby Karla Klein AlbertsonFor the October 25-27, 2007, show, the Music Valley Antiques Market in Nashville, Tennessee, made a few important changes to its big-tent setup. The result significantly improved conditions for dealers and collectors alike.Photos taken during the show's rainy weekend in October 2006 displayed a wet floor ... (Read More)


Dealers Beat Odds at Peabody Essex Museum Show
by Jeanne Schinto

Salem, Massachusettsby Jeanne SchintoNobody did gangbusters at the Peabody Essex Museum's 35th annual antiques show, November 23-25, 2007. Nobody sold to the walls at this traditional Thanksgiving weekend event that benefits the museum's education and public programs. Yet a number of dealers had good or even very good sales, for ... (Read More)


Treasures Show and Sale
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniaby Lita Solis-CohenTreasures-the antiques, tribal arts, textiles, and jewelry show at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology-tweaked its image on its third annual outing October 26-28, 2007, to include treasures that archaeologists might dig up a thousand years from now, such as 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century ... (Read More)


The Invisible Man Makes an $82,600 Statement
by Richard de Thuin

The Last Moving Picture Company, New York Cityby Richard de ThuinAn insert from The Invisible Man realized a record-setting price during the fifth annual Hollywood Poster Auction held Saturday, November 10, 2007, in the Gold Ballroom at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. A dealer in the salesroom paid ... (Read More)


The San Francisco Fall Show: Rookie Makes Good
by Alice Kaufman

San Francisco, Californiaby Alice KaufmanFollowing in the footsteps of San Francisco Fall Antiques Show founding executive director Toby Rose can't have been easy, but in Lisa Podos's rookie year, the effect was seamless."It has been an extraordinary ride," Podos said of the October 25-28, 2007, show. "Very challenging, but very ... (Read More)


Sloans & Kenyon Has First $2 Million Sale
by Robert Kyle

Sloans & Kenyon, Chevy Chase, Marylandby Robert KyleIn its most successful auction since opening four years ago, as an outgrowth of Sloan's Auction Galleries (formerly C.G. Sloan & Co.), Sloans & Kenyon's sale on November 9-11, 2007, totaled $2.36 million on the strength of fine art, Asian ceramics, sterling silver, ... (Read More)


Sollo:Rago Modern Weekend
by Lita Solis-Cohen

Sollo:Rago Modern Auctions, Lambertville, New Jerseyby Lita Solis-CohenJohn Sollo's over 1100-lot 20th-century modern sale on October 27 and 28, 2007, in Lambertville, New Jersey, offered furniture, lighting, studio ceramics, prints, paintings, and sculpture in a thick catalog. The marathon sale began at noon on Saturday and did not end until ... (Read More)
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