Saturday, July 30, 2005

Direct Auction Galleries Sells Carl Becker Violin for $32,000

Chicago auction house Direct Auction Galleries reached a final hammer price of $32,000 ($35,200 with the 10% buyer’s premium, an additional fee buyers must pay for their purchase) on a rare Carl Becker violin, signed and dated 1920. The Becker violin was one of over 600 lots of antiques, jewelry, and collectibles that were on the auction block Tuesday evening, July 19.
The violin came from a Chicago estate of an eclectic collector who had a library of over 1500 books on antiques and collectibles. Bidding began at $7,000 with multiple bidders to $18,000; then it became a spirited bidding war primarily between two private individuals, reaching the final $32,000 price. Separately, an Albert Nurnberger violin bow sold for $3100 ($3,410 with the buyer’s premium) to the same north shore suburban individual.
The Becker violin had an estate appraisal at $18,000. A Carl Becker violin was appraised on the Antiques Roadshow Web site at $25-$30,000. Becker is part of a family tradition of fine American luthiers [violin makers], a grandson of Herman Macklett, who was active in the mid- to late-19th century. Becker created original designs, moulds, and varnishes and incorporated concept elements from the legendary Stradivarius, Guarnerius, and others.
The Becker violins are noted for an Italianate, big, focused and brilliant sound and have been employed by orchestral members and soloists. Family members carry on the great tradition in Carl Becker & Son shops in Chicago and Minneapolis. Another shop opens this October in Taipei.
“Although European makers have the greater reputation, Carl Becker and many other American-made violins are also quite excellent,” says John R. Modica of Direct Auction Galleries. Prior to the bidding, a man stepped from the audience to play the Becker violin, sending rich, sonorous sounds throughout the auction showroom.
Direct Auction Galleries is a Chicago auction house specializing in estates and fine antiques, founded in 1962 by Mike and Barbara Modica, located at 7232 N. Western Ave. in Chicago. Auctions are held every other Tuesday with inspections Monday prior to auction day and an hour before auction time. Upcoming auctions, catalogues, and results can be viewed at

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Hundreds of Kansas Auctions

We are very happy to announce the syndication partnership with Grass and Grain of Manhattan Kansas . They are the leading auction newspaper in the Eastern Part of Kansas , and we are glad to welcome them and their auction advertisers to the Global Auction Guide Media Group. The ability to network the Internet with traditional print advertising is what sets us apart from any of the other auction websites out there, and gives auctioneers the most widespread coverage possible.

This also gives you the bidder, the largest network of auctions to choose from, search from, and buy from.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Estate Auction in Devils Lake ND

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Leo Kraft of Kraft-Diseth Auctioneers in Devils Lake North Dakota last Friday, July 22. A huge Estate Sale for Mabel Fitzpatrick and other consignments held in a local hockey arena provided hours of entertainment and deals to hundreds of auction enthusiasts.

More Estate Auction Photos

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Huge Late Model Farm Auction in Beausejour Manitoba

Had the opportunity to attend a huge late model one owner farm equipment auction today. If you have never attended a farm auction, or seen modern farm equipment, this was definitely a treat.

You can see the complete list at Hodgins Auctioneers

More Pictures From Beausejour

Monday, July 18, 2005

Indian Motorcycles at Auction, Hillsboro North Dakota

Attended an interesting auction in Hillsboro ND, on the weekend hosted by Berg Auctions . It is not everyday that you see these types of machines available to buy at auction prices.

Here are some of the other items available that day.

2-2001 Custom Chrome SanTee with 100 cu in engine 1638CC one with only 2795 miles custom built belt driven bike with lots of chrome
2002 Honda CR250 dirt bike with lots of extras, including sprockets, chains. Tires etc.
1963 Honda Dream 150
2003 Johnny Pag Street legal 50cc chopper style mini-bike
1978 Yamaha 1100cc with fairing, new battery and tires.
1972 Kawasaki 175 dirt bike with 9600 miles
Plus 2-new Century electric pedal bikes. Electric bike conversion kit and more.

1985 Chevrolet Corvette
1993 Ford Mustang Convertible with 5 liter motor.
1989 Ford Mustang Convertible with 4 cyl motor.

I don't have any actual selling prices , but I will endeavor to find out.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Welcome to Global Auction Blog

Welcome to Global Auction Blog. We will endeavor to bring you interesting stories, tips, and ideas relating to one of the oldest form of commerce...The Auction.

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