Saturday, November 11, 2006


A-1 Auction of Orlando will offer a prized collection of Native American and Pre-Columbian art and artifacts.

Doug and Paula White, owners of A-1 Auction in Orlando, FL will offer their fifth sale of the year comprised entirely of items from the deceased estate of a major Florida agricultural family from the East Coast. The sale, to be conducted December 17 at the Maitland Civic Center in Maitland, FL just north of Orlando, will feature a wide selection of Native American and pre-Columbian art and artifacts collected over many years by Bette and Mike Steflik of Bunnell and Flagler Beach.
The Stefliks became interested in antiques and cultural collecting in the 1960s and traveled the world over seeking new additions to their treasure, acquiring articles from many cultures over forty plus years. Mrs. Steflik was so engrossed in the cultural aspects of their collecting that she often dressed in Native American costumes and jewelry for her daily routine. She was especially fond of Seminole dress. This sale will focus on North and Central American cultures with artifacts dating as far back as possibly 9,000 years to as recently as 1945.
Doug White, while not an expert on the subject of Native America, does have a background in the subject having grown up in the Memphis area and participating in many amateur archeological digs of Woodlands culture sites from 900 to 1,200 years old in Tennessee. He said, “This can only be classified as a specialty sale and we will present it all - the good, the bad and the ugly without reserve.”
The oldest items in the sale will be selected Clovis points made all over North America by Paleoindian hunters. The Clovis point, considered to be the oldest projectile point in North America, was a breakthrough in weapon technology. Its use spread across the entire continent. The points in this sale could be anywhere from 3,000 to 9,000 years old. Among the newest items to be offered is a group of 26 of the original 30 painted images of Native Americans contained in a portfolio created by five Kiowa artists known as the Kiowa Five, trained at the University of Oklahoma in the late 1920s. The listed artists include Mopope, Hokaeh, Tsatoke, Auchiah and Smokey.
Artifacts that fall the between the oldest and youngest will include a 20in monolithic granite ceremonial axe from the Upper Mississippi Valley from perhaps 1,500 to 2,000 years old, a pottery effigy water bottle from the Woodlands culture, a Zuni cottonwood crow doll, a carved Cherokee ceremonial mask, Zuni black on white pottery, lots of Zuni and Navajo jewelry and perhaps the newest article of the sale, a scene of Plains Indians by western artist Frank Miller with a dedication letter dated 1945.
White said he expects this sale to present an excellent opportunity for entry level collectors to have a look at and acquire some of what a pair of dedicated, experienced collectors spent much of lifetime seeking.
The 300 lot sale starts at noon on December 17 and is expected to last approximately four hours. The Civic Center has seating for 275 and reserved seats can be secured by phone or email. Absentee and phone bids are welcome. The preview will December 11-15 at the A-1 offices located at 2042 N. Rio Grande Ave., Orlando, FL and on December 17 until 10:00AM at the Civic Center. For more information call Doug or Paula White at (407) 839-0004, visit the website at
. A-1 will follow this sale with a sale in January consisting of African art from the Steflik estate.

Axe – This ceremonial monolithic axe could be 1,500 to 2,000 years old.

Doll – Zuni cottonwood crow doll.

Jewelry – Part of the large selection of Zuni and Navajo jewelry.

Bottle – This clay effigy water bottle is from the Woodlands culture.

Painting - Artist Frank Miller left a letter of dedication dated 1945 attached to the rear of this painting of Plains Indians.

Points – Part of the collection of arrowheads and spear points, including Clovis points, in the sale.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Major Greenhouse Grower on Internet Auction Block

Eustis, Florida - Oct. 30, 2006 - MerryGro Farms, one of the largest and premier floriculture plant nurseries in the southeast, is restructuring operations and liquidating assets by online auction. After 24 years of producing the highest quality flowers and specialty roses available, MerryGro has decided to put everything it owns on the auction block this November. Absolutely nothing will be held back.

The sale of MerryGro Farm’s assets is expected to be the largest online auction ever conducted for the green industry. The sale will include the company’s entire fleet of trucks and trailers, all tractors and farm implements, thousands of shipping carts and nursery wagons, all kinds of greenhouse equipment and supplies, along with everything else needed to run the sprawling 200 acre growing facility near Orlando, Florida. Nothing is spared from the auction - even the company’s trademark name and proprietary website will be sold to the highest bidder.

It should come as no surprise that the President and CEO of MerryGro Farms, Inc, Andre Raab, chose to liquidate assets by online auction. For the past decade, Raab has led the greenhouse industry in implementing e-commerce solutions, so he understands the power of internet markets. When asked about selling his equipment by online auction, Raab said the decision was easy because “As long as buyers have internet access, they can bid anytime from anywhere. This means that there will be a large pool of competitive bidders to ensure fair prices.”

To manage the liquidation process, MerryGro Farms hired West Auctions, a marketing firm with ten years of online auction experience and strong ties within the green industry. Having conducted several recent auctions of high-profile greenhouse growers, the company has a proven track record for reaching an international audience of industry-specific buyers. “Our goal is to create a bidding environment that instills confidence in our buyers”, says West Auctions’ CEO, Dennis West, “thereby maximizing auction results for our sellers.”

The online auction of MerryGro Farms will be held between November 29th and December 6th, 2006 at

Reposted from AuctionMethod