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(Auction Law and Ethics)

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)


40th Annual Fall Original Round Top Antiques Fair
by John M. Driggers

Round Top, Texasby John M. DriggersRecord heat greeted record crowds at the Original Round Top Antiques Fair on October 3-6, 2007. By early October, even Texans expect the temperatures to fall below 90 degrees. This past October, unfortunately, the 90-plus-degree days tested the mettle of all who came looking for ... (Read More)


Portrait of Bob, 1936 Makes $153,600 at Shannon's Art Auction
by Ed Pfeiffer

Shannon's Fine Art Auctioneers, Greenwich, Connecticutby Ed PfeifferShannon's Fine Art Auctioneers staged its fall sale on October 25, 2007, in Greenwich, Connecticut, bringing 277 lots to the block. Gene Shannon said they were "very happy" with the results. He reported total sales of $3,265,000, topping the $3.25 million realized in ... (Read More)


Boy's Portrait and Auto Weathervane Drive $4.1 Million Americana Sale
by Jeanne Schinto

Skinner, Inc., Boston, Massachusettsby Jeanne SchintoA jaunty automobile-and-driver weathervane and a folk art portrait of a charismatic little boy were the top lots at Skinner's latest Americana sale, held November 3 and 4, 2007. The vane, made circa 1910 by Boston's W.A. Snow Iron Works and deaccessioned by a small ... (Read More)


S.R. Gifford Painting Fetches $831,000
by Jeanne Schinto

Skinner Inc., Boston, Massachusettsby Jeanne SchintoThe bidding for what was to become the unrivaled highlight of Skinner's art sale in its Boston gallery on Friday, November 16, 2007, Sanford R. Gifford's Sunday Prayers, opened modestly enough at $20,000—too modestly, for some. At $29,000, a jump bid came from one of ... (Read More)
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