Sunday, June 17, 2007

Auction Videos

YouTube and Google Videos are great places to find some auction videos.

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Philip Weiss Auctions tops $1 million at June 9-10 sale

Philip Weiss Auctions tops $1 million at June 9-10 sale

[ Fri Jun 15 2007] Philip Weiss Auctions topped the $1 million mark in a two-day, three-session multi-estate sale held the weekend of June 9-10. Top lots included six original Charles Schulz “Peanuts” panels (totaling $193,230); two Lou Gehrig palm prints ($82,490 the pair); and an original oil painting by American artist Douglas Gorsline ($31,640). The sale grossed just about $1.1 million.
“I had a good feeling about this auction,” said Philip Weiss, owner of the firm that bears his name. “We had some fabulous consignments, in a variety of categories. I predicted we might make $1 million, but when we actually hit it I think everybody here just felt jubilant. A lot of hard work went into making that number. Hard work, and wonderful items. It was a great way to end the season for us.”
About 1,500 lots changed hands in a sale that had two sessions on Saturday – one starting at 10 am and one at 5 pm – and a third session that lasted all day Sunday. “It was exhausting but exhilarating,” Mr. Weiss said. He estimated about 300 people made it to the firm's spacious showroom facility. In addition, there were nearly 3,000 registered online bidders and about 200 phone bidders.
Philip Weiss is a name nearly synonymous with Charles Schulz. It seems every sale boasts a few original “Peanuts” panels, and this auction was no exception. The star lot was a “Great Pumpkin” Sunday page from October 24, 1965, right before Halloween. It soared to $62,150. The comic featured Lucy and Linus writing to the “Great Pumpkin” and was even accompanied by a letter from Schulz.
An original daily panel by Schulz, this one actually drawn on Halloween day (October 31, 1967) realized $32,770. The piece – measuring 28-1/2” x 7” -- showed Snoopy and Linus in the “Great Pumpkin” patch. Also, an original “Peanuts” Sunday page, dated May 3, 1959 and with a baseball theme – hammered for $31,640. The excellent 22-1/2” x 15” panel featured Lucy and Charlie Brown.
The signed Lou Gehrig palm prints – one left and one right – came from the estate of Alice Denton Jennings, a palmist who took palm impressions of her famous clients, who later signed them. Her collection was so extensive it spanned several sales. The signed right palm print of Babe Ruth also sold, for $37,290. Another signed Ruth palm print sold for $26,000 at a Philip Weiss sale in January.
Other highlights from the sale follow. All prices quoted include a 13% buyer's premium.
A large oil-on-canvas painting by the American artist Douglas Gorsline (1913-1985) sailed past all estimates to gavel for a record price of $31,640. The previous record for a work by Gorsline was $2,800. The colorful, mid-20th century street scene depicted a nattily dressed couple. The unframed canvas – measuring 38” tall x 32” wide – even had a few scrapes and tears that didn't deter bidders.
The original cover art for “Amazing Spider Man” # 92 (January 1971), by renowned comic book artist John Romita, sold for $30,500. The cover, featuring Spidey's nemesis “Iceman,” was hand-signed in ink by Romita along the left edge. The fresh-to-the-market piece contained all original paste-ups and had some in-line corrections, white-out marks and color notes. It measured 11-1/2” x 17-1/2”.
A large abstract oil-on-canvas work by the Italian painter Mario Nigro (1917-1992), titled “Il Crollo Degli Dei” (1956), fetched $10,170. Information printed on verso included Nigro's address in Livorno, Italy, and the date of the painting: October 1956. The sizable work measured 51-1/2” high x 39” wide. Nigro was one of the fathers of the Concrete Art Movement, founded in Milano in 1948.
A beautiful Tiffany vase in the shape of a long-stemmed tulip, etched on the base “LCT 48693” and standing 18” high, garnered $14,405; a vintage oil-on-wood panel by the Polish-born American artist Ladislaus Bakalowicz (1833-1904), in a gilt frame and titled “Lady In Mirror,” made $6,7880; and a rare Confederate carte de visite of an unidentified Naval officer commanded $2,315.
Philip Weiss will take a well-deserved break for the rest of June before coming back strong with a trio of sales sure to set the industry buzzing. The first will be a huge one-day sale of general collectibles and memorabilia, slated for Saturday, July 21. Featured will be over 800 lots, including toys, trains, toy soldiers and more. This sale replaces the Annual Tag Sale, normally held in August.
Then, on the weekend of September 8-9, Philip Weiss Auctions will present the lifetime collection of Steve Rathkopf, a dedicated collector of western TV and comic book characters from the 1940s through the 1960s. Included will be comics, pin-backs, non-sport cards, puppets, marionettes, wallets, bracelets, premiums, vintage lunch boxes, 200+ mint paper doll books, posters and more.
It only gets better in October, when the contents of a home on Long Island – sealed for 25 years but bearing countless treasures – are sold in a true fresh-to-the-market estate auction. The unassuming, two-story brick home had been boarded up and looked to the causal eye to be a run-down residence with nothing of value inside. Nothing could be further from the truth. And it will all be sold.
Two truckloads were required to transport the trove that sat, undisturbed, since the early 1980s. Featured will be a turn-of-the-century 5-foot-tall cigar store punch figure; numerous early trade and advertising signs; over 400 occupational shaving mugs; rare 18th- and 19th-century folk art carved ships' figureheads; turn-of-the-century barber and pharmacy bottles; and a cast iron toy collection.
Philip Weiss Auctions is one of the premier full-service auction houses in the Northeast. To learn more about the company and these important upcoming sale dates, you may visit them online by clicking To consign an item, estate or collection, you may call them directly, at (516) 594-0731. Or you can e-mail them at

Friday, June 15, 2007

Warm weather produces hot trade at Kirmington machinery auction

Farmers Guardian

15 June, 2007

Only a couple of passing airplanes interrupted the strong bidding at Brown & Co machinery auction at Southfield Farm Kirmington, adjacent to Humberside Airport, earlier this week.

The sale of modern farm machinery - on behalf of Messrs J M Dodds, Lancaster & Sons and W Sowerby & Co - was the product of a new joint farming agreement between the parties. Lots included three combines, seven tractors and an extensive array of exceptional arable machinery and equipment.

With plenty of interest, bidding was highly competitive. A 2003 John Deere 9660 WTS combine fetched £68,000, a 2000 Claas Lexion 430 realised £50,000 and a 2004 John Deere 6920S tractor fell to the hammer for £28,000.

Auctioneer, Ken Pritchard, from Brown & Co’s Brigg Office said; “The exceptional trade is a result of good national and local advertising and highlights the importance of the auctioneer’s contact list of buyers.”

Thursday, June 14, 2007

A Farm Auction (We can't drive past one.)

From the Hick Chic Blog

On Saturday morning, my Dad and my Boy and I went to TSC for some essential things like a front tractor tire, two tubes of horse de-wormer, and a new John Deere hat. We didn’t head back to the farm though, because on the other side of town there was a farm auction...and let me tell you if you don’t already’s really hard to not go to a farm auction.

The land in this township is flat. We could see the vehicles lined up on the gravel shoulders from the next concession back. Every kind of pickup truck was there: shiny new ones, nasty beat up ones, a ‘55 Ford F100, a ‘59 Fargo, a few with trailers behind them, and a big 5ton truck from a scrap salvage company.

We picked our way onto the farm. I was just kicking myself for not bringing my camera. This is the kind of event that fires me up in many ways. I love all things rural, I love junk, I love old stuff, I love the stories, real or imagined, that come with it all. I was walking into a gold mine on this hot Saturday morning.

Along one edge of the farmyard was a row of implements. It was obvious that they’d been yanked out of their resting spot just for this occasion. They were all covered with last year’s long dried grass stalks. Five old haybalers in a row still had ancient crusts of hay leaves stuck to them; they’d never been cleaned off before they were left in a shed or out in a field. My Dad, being the kind of guy who’s willing to fix up a junker if he feels it’s worth it, just shook his head. “The scrap guys are gonna be on this stuff like flies.” And we kept on walking.

Over by a hay wagon full of tangled objects, an old buddy of my Dad’s caught up with us and filled us in on some juicy info.

Big Dan’s not well eh?
Josie came back. They’re together again.
Yeah, he says after that big hog barn got put up next door, his property value went down about $100,000.
You know Big Dan used to work for the government eh? This place never had to make a living for him.

I heard a few more stories about Big Dan that sounded pretty far fetched. I’d met Dan and Josie briefly years before, likely at my aunt’s farm, but I couldn’t say I knew them. I just knew who they were. I stood there listening to the gossip and thinking that either Big Dan was more interesting that I thought, or he was a heck of a story teller.

The auctioneer turned on his microphone just before 10 am, as the crowd grew and the heat of the day got heavier. “We’re gonnastartat five. Who’s gotta five, five, five, gotta five, fourfifty, fourfifty, who’s gottafourfifty, fourtwennyfive.”

Another interesting thing about auction sales is the crowd. Farmers of all shapes and sizes and ages; guys with pot bellies in suspenders; thin guys in T shirts, dudes in work boots; women in denim shorts and T shirts advertising the local feed mill; kids with filthy knees and big grins; and every different splinter group of Old Order Mennonite and Amish. Of course anybody there could be Mennonite too, around that neck of the woods. Including us.

There were two Old Order women helping each other out with their kids. They each had a very modern stroller, but they were wearing long dark dresses. They had the most beautiful purple bonnets on their heads. I would love to wear a purple bonnet like that.

When my son and I went into the wooden shed to buy a bottle of water, we handed over our dollar to a pretty young woman with a white apron over her blue plaid dress. She wore plain eyeglasses, had her hair centre parted and covered with a white net covering like the ones both my grandmothers wore. She was so friendly. Later I saw a newlywed Amish couple. How did I know they were newlyweds? His beard was short and fresh, and she wasn’t pregnant. Yet. At least visibly. Two strapping young Amish guys cruised around checking out sale items and likely, also checking out young Amish girls with the small head coverings, the kind without the strings that tuck into the dress.

Dad registered for a bid number, as the Boy and I looked at the rows and rows of furniture in the front lawn. There were about ten TV sets, four recliners, three couches, six dressers, two china cabinets and a church pulpit. I wanted that church pulpit.

Another buddy found my dad. I perked up my ears for more stories.

Big Dan’s dying. He’s only got one lung now.
He never threw anything out. Can ya tell?
Don’t know what this place’ll sell for but the new owner’ll have to spend a few thousand to get it cleaned up.
Yeah, Josie came back to him and they’re speaking to all of their kids again, and the grandkids. They’re making up for lost time before he’s gone.

We did a tour of the house. I was stunned. It’s not that big a house...and yet with all of that stuff on the front lawn, there was still a huge amount of stuff inside. Being a packrat myself, I’m always fascinated and repulsed by other people’s collections. I swear if I ever buy a farm- which I plan to do- I’ll hope they leave as much stuff behind as possible. I’ll spend months going through it and wondering about it. We checked out the addition that never got finished. As we came down the stairs, there she was, Josie herself, in her fuzzy terry cloth housecoat, telling us that all of the building materials to finish the addition were right there in the corner. She looked tired. She didn’t recognize my dad.

Behind the house, two sheds were caving in on themselves, and behind that, a crumbling stone foundation was all that was left of the original bank barn. A Dutch neighbour was discussing the difficulties of the property.

It’ll cost about five grrand to get a backhoe in herrrre and bury that foundation.
I think a bulldozerrrr would be the best way to get this place fixed up.
You knoooow, Big Dan yused to work forrrr the Mounties. He collected money frrrom people.

The Boy and I wandered down the bush lane a few feet. Inside a steel shed, the buggy horses were resting in the shade swishing their tails. The sweat was dripping down our faces by this time. There was absolutely no breeze.

We looked at two identical black buggies parked in the grass. They appeared to be a century old in style but they weren’t. In green pinstriping, one stated on the back axle “2006” while the other said “2003”. Each one had turn signals, and a Department of Transportation sticker. They even had lights. I want one.

I’ve been to quite a few auctions and one thing never fails to amaze me: Get a bunch of farmers together and let them wander over a place and listen to them talk. Everybody’s a critic and all are experts. It’s fascinating. It’s horribly uncomfortable actually. But it’s universal. Your average suburban housewife has nothing on these guys and I know that firsthand.

The Dutch neighbour pointed out to me where Big Dan’s 50acres started and ended. My covetous imagination went wild. I mentally stripped down the two steel sheds and sold them for scrap. I salvaged all the lumber planks from the two falling down sheds. I pictured how I’d finish the inside of that house, how I’d scrounge up glass door knobs and thin hardwood floor strips to match the original 1930’s part. There’d be an inflatable pool in the yard. I had the old stone foundation cleaned up, and all kinds of clay pots full of herbs and flowers and wooden chairs. I pictured the wooden shed all fixed up with my truck, the Jetta and a little John Deere parked in it. I had fences up from the shed to the highway and all the way over to the tree line. Where the steel sheds were disappearing in my mind I had a nice little four stall post and beam barn, with a sand ring in front of it.

The Dutch neighbour was tallying up how much it could sell for. The auctioneer was planning to sell the property at the end of the sale, about two hours on.

We were looking at the goats and chickens in the steel shed. The nannies all had numbered tags on their ears, while the goat kids snoozed in beds made out of plastic barrels. They were awesome goats; roman nosed, curving horns, and smart eyes. They were white with patches of colour.

“I want those goats,” I told Dutch. “I hate mowing lawn.”

“Jah, goats are good for grrazing weeds down.”

“They poop less than dogs.”

“Jah, that’s rrright.”

“I’ve got a good fence to keep them in,” I said.

“How much land do yoooou have?” he asked.

“Sixty feet by a hundred and twenty feet,” I said. “I live in a subdivision.”

“Oh,” he said, “you need to moooove.”

“Yes I do.”

My Boy stuck out his hand but the goats just looked at him. I looked at the two hens clucking around in there. They were pretty black and white chickens. I wondered if, after a life of scratching around in the dirt, they’d taste better than those pasty chickens on pink styrofoam trays in the grocery store. I figured I’d like knowing that they had a chance to be chickens before they became dinner.

“We’re gonnasell everythingonthewagon, and then we’re gonnasell thewagon. Gottanice rubberhose here, whoneeds a rubberhose. Gimme a dollah dollah gimme a dollah.”

It was all getting very overwhelming. The still air, the harsh sun, Josie not dressed for the day yet, the decrepitude of the buildings, all my covetous urges, the lack of camera, the sweat soaking through my son’s T shirt. Men were milling around, waiting beside the thing they wanted to buy until the auctioneer made his way there, still criticizing the farm’s faults, still sharing everything they knew about the circumstances that brought on the sale. My chest ached from the need for 50 acres of farmland, a purple bonnet, a church pulpit, a black buggy, some bandy hens and Boer goats. My writer’s brain was cataloguing all the details. There was so much to remember.

There is something sad for me about auctions. When I was sixteen, my mother’s parents sold their beautiful yellow brick Victorian house in town to move to the nursing home. It was 1987, and a year later my grandpa would be gone. At the sale, I tried not to cry as all the familiar things got carted away by people, some strangers, some we knew, who had converged on my second home and clucked over all the objects, muttered and whispered, and then stood there, faking out all the other bidders, careful not to run the bid too high on what they wanted. The house sold for $80,000. For a decade after that, I wondered what would have happened if I’d been a little older and had a good job...

It was time to go. We were hot and tired and Dad didn’t see anything he needed.

On the way out, we walked past Big Dan. I wouldn’t have recognized him if Dad hadn’t nudged me and quietly pointed him out. He was settled in a big wooden chair, and he was half the size I remembered him from the rare neighbourhood event. He had an oxygen tube in his nose, his black straw hat on his head. People were gathered around him and he nodded, and smiled weakly. Big Dan, local man of mystery, rumoured secret agent, non-discriminating collector of antiquities, gentleman farmer, held court under a shade tree while the auctioneer rattled on.

“Half a dollah, half a dollah if ya goddit, gimme half a dollah...”

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

2007 Manitoba Auctioneering Competition

St-Claude MB (fair grounds)
Saturday, July 14, 2007 at 4 pm

Come have some fun & bring one or two donated items!
PRIZES FOR THE 1st, 2nd & 3rd best auctioneer!
SIGN UP BY CALLING: Gilbert Gauthier Auctions at


June 11, 2007

Melbourne, FL
Sale July 28-29

A collection of works by R. J. Horner featuring full bodied winged griffins from a Miami estate will highlight the July 28-29 sale at Matheson’s AA Auction in Melbourne, FL.

Matheson’s AA Auction owners Lloyd and Jan Matheson have assembled 900 lots of furniture, art, antiques and pre-Columbian artifacts for another of their two day, free wheeling sales that have attracted national and international attention recently. Items from five major estates have been consigned to Matheson’s by the heirs and there will be no additions.

The focal point of the sale will be a collection of eight pieces of furniture and accessories made by R. J. Horner & Company of New York. After working as a clerk in a lace business Robert. J. Horner opened his own curtain and lace shop and then opened a retail furniture outlet in 1886. He soon began making his own furniture to sell and specialized in the Aesthetic Movement. Following that he turned out many heavily carved pieces in oak and mahogany that utilized classical figures such as caryatids and the mythological creature the winged griffin as a primary element. His full bodied griffin images are legendary and this collection has its share as well as other Horner trademarks.

Four of the pieces display griffins. Three desks use full bodied griffins as columnar supports. Two outstanding elaborately carved mahogany partner’s desks have a full bodied figure at each corner supporting the top and a heavily carved slant lid desk with a secret drawer uses two griffins as front posts. A 54in wide console table with two drawers also supports the top on the creatures. A triple door mahogany bow front bookcase with a heavily carved frieze panel above the doors has full bodied male figures in high relief on each column supporting the top of the cabinet. A 92in tall Horner mirror doesn’t have griffins but it does have a demonic head with horns in the heavily carved crest while two 36in high mahogany fern stands demonstrate Horner’s classical figure ability in a male and female figure.

A large collection of pre-Columbian artifacts, mostly vessels and figures, will be offered. There is large selection of Chancay, Peru terracotta figures from the 12th century including several "cuchimilco" style figures with extended arms and a Zacateca terracotta couple from Zacatecas, West Pacific 250-550AD, 14½in tall and number of terracotta figures from the Mochica, Peru area circa 250-500AD among many others.

Other lots include a very unusual American rosewood double quilting settee from the Rococo period accompanied by its built in large pincushion and a corner rosewood storage box as well as a Biedermeier desk in Circassian walnut veneer and an early 19th century walnut German kas, 92 H by 76in W, with an elaborately inlaid inner panel in the door.

The fine art section of the sale will feature an oil on canvas by Dutch artist Jacobus de Jong (1866-1920), 16 by 12½in, an Audubon elephant folio print of "Barnacle Goose", 24 by 36in and a watercolor on paper laid down on cardboard bearing the monogram "1/1" from 1948 of Charles Burchfield ( American 1893-1967), 9 by 15in, as well as works by Russian-American artist Nicolai Cikovsky (1894-1934), Fernando de Szyszlo, Peruvian artist (b.1925) and George Rouault, French (1871-1958).

The sale begins at 11:00AM Saturday July 28 and continues at 12:00 PM Sunday July 29. Preview will be Friday July 27 from 11:00AM to 6:00PM and two hours before the start of the sale on both days. Matheson’s AA Auction is located at 600 E. New Haven Avenue in Melbourne, FL 32901. Seating for 180 can be reserved by phone, (321) 768-6668 or by email at Selected portions of the catalog are available for viewing on the Matheson’s AA Auction website at

The auction will be called by 33 year veteran auctioneer and auction co-owner Lloyd J. Matheson, Jr. Phone and absentee bids are welcomed. For more information call auction owners Lloyd or Jan Matheson or Auction Manager Carrie Lucas (321) 768-6668.

written by:
Fred & Gail Taylor

SALE OF July 28-29, 2007

Griffins – This mahogany partners desk has full bodied winged griffins at each corner.

Couple – Terracotta couple, 14½in high, from Zactecas, West Pacific, 250-550 AD.

Bookcase – A triple door bookcase with full bodied figural columns by R. J. Horner, 85in wide by 67in high.

Buddha – Large Thai limestone standing Buddha, 7th century, Mon style, 31½in high.

Slant front – Profusely carved Horner slant lid desk with winged griffins and secret drawer, 45½in high by 42in wide.

Tapestry – 17th century Flemish tapestry, 7 by 12ft.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Weighing Worth

From Agwired.

Weighing Worth

What's it Worth?When it comes to purchasing farming machinery and equipment, it just got a lot easier to shop around. Successful Farming, the nation’s leading agriculture magazine, has released a modern price guide for equipment manufactured from 1970 through the present. Successful Farming says “What’s it Worth?” is based on the magazine’s editorial expertise in machinery.

For years, Successful Farming readers have asked “What’s it worth?” Now they will know exactly what to ask for when selling or purchasing all types of agricultural and construction equipment. The one-of-a-kind guide compiles more than 14,000 actual sales prices from Greg “Machinery Pete” Peterson. Peterson also provides the reader knowledge to research accurate price points, identify realistic “asking” prices, determine assets when applying for a loan, establish depreciation schedules, and evaluate an estate. A bonus section provides a “how-to” guide for effectively buying and selling equipment.

“If you are planning on buying or selling used machinery in the future, you need the ‘What’s It Worth’ book,” says Dave Mowitz, Successful Farming Machinery Editor. “Knowing what comparable machinery has actually sold for allows you to confidently set a solid price for equipment you are buying or selling. This data is based on actual prices people have paid for machinery over the past year.”

Buy “What’s It Worth” in stores or at Retailers may email if they would like to carry the book in their retail locations.

Founded in 1902, Successful Farming was the first magazine published by Meredith Corporation and has a circulation of 440,000 and 1.1 million readers. Successful Farming is one of the most successful and recognizable brands in the Agricultural industry. Its Web site, Agriculture Online, established in 1995, was one of the first agricultural Web sites in America. It has since received the Jesse H. Neal Business Journalism Award for best Web site, was listed among BtoB magazine’s Media Power 50, and was named Best of the Web by Media Industry News.
In addition to the magazine and Web site, Successful Farming properties include the Successful Farming Radio Magazine®, Successful Farming Data Solutions, Market Research, and custom publishing.

Friday, June 08, 2007

A nod to our friends at AuctionZip to end the week.....

Category Requests on Global Auction Guide

On a fairly regular basis we receive requests from auctioneers wanting to expand our list of auction categories or auction type. We have been wrestling with this issue since February 2001 when we launched our first website and I can honestly say that there is no easy answer for this question.

In our database bidders are able to search by keyword, browse by location and company, and browse by selecting a date on the calendar. At no time are they able to narrow down the results by auction category.

Why not you ask ?

The more narrow the classification, the more likely someone is going to choose not to look at your upcoming sale. Because most sales are a combination of many types, to give a sale a very narrow type will limit the exposure you receive.

But the one area that you can certainly add a wee bit more detail would be in your auction title. If you are having a coin auctions, it is certainly worth mentioning that in the title and that will get more attention.

There is also a backend issue with adding too many new categories , as all our types are cross referenced with the categories available with the Central Auction Hub. This is so when you send a sale to another site, everyone knows which category it will be called when it is received at the other end.

I hope that explains it a bit better.

Keep sending us your comments and questions, we are always interested in offering an even better service.

Have a great weekend
Dwayne Leslie

South Dakota Auctioneers Association convention

Coming to you live from the South Dakota Auctioneers Association convention in Rapid City SD. I visited with a great group of friendly auctioneers last night in the hospitality room. Lots of informative seminars on tap today, with many geared towards their Continuing Education Credits.

Here you can see President Jeff Storm presiding over the group.

ivities continue until Saturday Evening at the Best Western Ramkota.

Always wanted to buy the school desk you sat in as a kid?

Here was your chance in Chamberlain SD this week as Ted Petrak worked dilgently to sell the surplus equipment from the local school.

B-1 Bomber from Ellsworth AFB

One worthwhile stop near Rapid City is the Museum at Ellsworth AFB. They have a very nice display of static aircraft and tours are available of the base. If you are lucky enough you can see a B-1 bomber coming in for a landing just adjacent to the museum

The things you see along the Interstate

I-90 in South Dakota has a speed limit of 75 mph and at least 10 billboards per mile advertising Mount Rushmore, Wall Drug, Deadwood, and other notable stops for a bored weary family.

Curiousity got the best of when I had to see exactly what the Corn Palace in Mitchell SD really was.

Want to move to a small town in the Midwest?

If you do, you missed out on a great bargain to buy a small motel with full occupancy in Marion South Dakota this week. The property was offered by auction by Chuck Sutton and Tom Souvignier The property sold for 60,000$ , a real deal if you wanted a very nice place to live with rental income

Nixon Auctioneers, Antique Farm Equipment Specialists

Had the pleasure of visiting with Denise Simpson of Nixon Auctioneers this week. These Auctioneers are very well known across the country and travel long distances to do auctions in their specialty of Antique Farm Equipment over the past 27 years.

Keep up the good work !

Concorde parts for September auction

Published by ukinfo under Auction News on June 8th, 2007

Spare parts made for Concorde - the world’s first and only commercial supersonic transport - are to be auctioned in Toulouse in late September, organisers said today.

The Aerotheque Association said it arranged the Sept. 28-Oct. 1 sale to generate funds for a planned airplane park in Toulouose.

The auction includes 835 lots, from hulking spare parts to paraphernalia and pilot uniforms, and was expected to bring in about $US337,000

The Concorde made its maiden voyage 1969, but was retired in 2003 amid ballooning costs and dwindling ticket sales after a crash in 2000 that killed 113 people. The craft had been commercialised by British Airways and Air France.

The planned museum park, Aeroscopia, is to open in 2010 and promote the history of Aerospatiale Toulouse, the maker of Concorde and the precursor of giant plane-maker Airbus.


June 6, 2007

Sale June 23, 2007

Mix one Porsche Carrera 2, six Florida Highwayman paintings and a helping of early Transylvania County, NC furniture. Stir well. Result? The opportunity for a great sale at Jack Eubanks Auction in Brevard, NC.

The folk art phenomenon now known as the Highwaymen had its beginning in the 1950s in Ft. Pierce Florida when a local white landscape artist, Alfred E. "Beanie" Backus, took in a young black aspiring artist named Alfred Hair. Backus showed Hair the basics of painting semi-tropical landscapes and even took him to the Bahamas to broaden his horizon. Hair, ever the entrepreneurial spirit, then organized a small group of local black artists and showed them how to "mass produce" colorful Florida landscapes. Lacking a retail outlet for their work, these young painters began to sell their wares on Florida roadways, earning them the name "Highwaymen." Eventually the group members set out on their separate ways and some of them are still active artists today even though Alfred died in 1970.

The Jack Eubanks sale of June 23 will feature 24 by 48in original oil on board Florida landscape by Hair depicting a Florida poinciana tree in all its red glory against a typical Florida backdrop. The painting, from the 1960s, is signed "A. Hair." The same local consignor also presents five more Highwaymen by another original member Sam Newton. These were acquired by a deceased member of the consignor’s family, Robert Hurd, in the 1970s when he lived in Melbourne, FL and acquired the paintings directly from Newton for $20.00 each.

The abundance of American art in this sale is augmented by the presence of a work by Charles P. Gruppe (American 1860-1940). This oil on panel entitled "Norman’s Woe" features a seascape from the Gloucester, Mass area. The 12 by 16in work without frame is artist signed and probably is from the 1920s. The same consignor had another Gruppe work, a harbor scene, in the June 10 sale at Eubanks and it was very well received. Also on the block are thirty Wallace Nutting prints, some hand colored and all with original signatures. They were purchased by a local consignor in New York over thirty years ago and range in size from 2 by 3in to 15½ by 18¼in. Some of the prints are numbered and dated.

The final entries in the art category represent the result of along investigation by auction owner Jack Eubanks who tracked down a painting signed by Rhonda J. Smith, entitled "Kentucky Games March 1979." When Eubanks tracked down the artist she turned out to be a tenured art professor at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV. Formerly the head of the Art Department, the artist relayed that the work was a post graduate pastel piece created while in Richmond, KY. When asked about another work, a drawing entitled "Time In A Bottle" signed by Skip Wiggs, she said that was the nickname of her husband Byron Alan Wiggs who now owns Middle Bridge Pottery in Keedysville, MD and sells exclusively (at West Wind Potters) in Harpers Ferry, WV.

The young at heart will be interested in the bright red Porsche Carrera 2 to try on the twisty roads of western North Carolina. The Carrera version of the Porsche 911 was introduced in 1988 for the model year 1989. The first Carrera was a four wheel drive model, the Carrera 4. The two wheel drive version, the Carrera 2, was introduced in 1990. This is a 1991 model with a 3.6 liter engine and 107,000 miles on the clock.

On the furniture side of the sale will be some items from the pre Civil War home of a family of early Transylvania County settlers including a grain painted beadboard stepback cupboard and an early farm table, some locally made items and a good cross section of late 19th and early 20th century furniture including a 19th century English tilt top table. Also featured will be a colorful period English Art Nouveau firescreen, 19¾ W by 31¾in T, made of beads on board held by copper wire.

Preview for the sale is scheduled for Friday June 22 from 11:00AM – 6:00PM and the sale is Saturday June 23 at 9:00AM in the Eubanks Auction facility at 220 S. Broad St, Brevard, NC, 28712. Reserved seating for 160 is available by phone or email. For more information contact Jack Eubanks at (828) 884-7889, email, visit the website at or

written by Fred & Gail Taylor

June 23, 2007

Hair –This Highwayman landscape is by Alfred Hair, 1941-1970.

Porsche – This red 991 Porsche Carrera 2 has 107,000 miles on it.

Gruppe – "Norman’s Woe" is signed by Charles Gruppe.

Newton – This oil on board of two palms and moonlight by Sam Newton from the 1970s is 24 by 48in.

Nutting – This colored print signed by Wallace Nutting is entitled "Overflowing Cup."

Art Nouveau firescreen – This early 20th century English Art Nouveau firescreen has a bead work on board panel with a wood frame.

Auction business appeals to family

Auction business appeals to family
Dad, daughter, sons will sell just about everything

Claire Bush
Special for The Arizona Republic
Jun. 7, 2007 12:00 AM
Things have changed since auctions began in ancient Babylon around 500 B.C.

Then, the hottest items on the block were women of marriageable age, and the merchandise was sold "as is." Today, people are no longer considered marketable goods, but just about everything else, from RVs to ranch land, have been on the block at a sale held by Cunningham & Associates, Arizona's oldest family-owned auction house.

The third-generation business began with a single farm auction in rural Black Oak, Ark., in 1947. Items up for bid included used linoleum, a John Deere tractor and eight geese.

Business grew over the next several decades, and by the 1970s, Bob Cunningham had relocated his family to Arizona. Today, sons George and Carl and daughter Audrey work alongside him to vend everything from heavy equipment and land parcels to jewelry and aircraft.

The company specializes in liquidation auctions, handling more than 90 percent of the bankruptcy and secured creditor sales in Arizona. In 2006, the company held 97 auctions.

According to George, the chief auctioneer and appraiser, bankruptcy filings in the state are leveling off after a spike the past several years. However, he sees an upward trend for real estate, both commercial and residential, that will hit the auction block through bankruptcy within the next five years.

Cunningham's auctions are "no reserve," meaning there's no set price for an opening bid. The method guarantees a sale, although the price an item fetches can raise eyebrows.

"Most of the people who come to us really don't know what their assets are worth," George says. "Especially with real estate, a property is going to be worth as much as a buyer will pay for it.

"You don't put a parcel on the market for $1 million and have a buyer offer you $2.5 million, but at a no reserve auction, the bidding prices can surprise you," he adds. "We recently sold a 32-acre landfill outside of Glendale for $4.7 million, which was substantially more than what the seller anticipated."

Carl Cunningham, the firm's real estate broker, joined 10 years ago after a brief detour into medical school at Texas A&M. "My dad was selling a couple of HMOs at the time," he says. "That made me reconsider."

Carl has no regrets about his career move. "Each day is different. Besides real estate, we sell everything from phone systems to supersonic jets, so I've developed a broad range of knowledge, and a broad range of buyers as well."

The growth of Internet auction sites such as eBay has been "a tremendous help for our business," according to George. "EBay has brought the auction method of marketing to the world. People are now familiar with the whole process. It's increased the comfort level for buyers."

Cunningham's Web site, along with word of mouth, provides the majority of advertising for the company. "We get about 30,000 hits a day and have 17,000 subscribers to our site," George says. "Right now, about 70 percent of the people at our auctions learned about us online."

For the past sixteen years, commercial real estate investor Joe DiBazar has been a regular visitor to Cunningham's weekly auctions, held at its south Phoenix warehouse. DiBazar, owner of AAA Full Transportation, manages a fleet of about 800 medical transportation vehicles throughout the state. "I'm a businessman myself, and I appreciate their honesty," he says. "They don't have gimmicks."

Dibazar, who views the auctions as "a hobby," recently purchased a ranch and 627-acre farmland in Winslow, which he will develop as a working cattle farm.

He usually shows up to bid every few weeks "just to see what's new," he says. "I like to see what's available, and decide from there what my next project is going to be."

Dennis Alonso of Phoenix has been a regular for the past two years. "I've bought and sold real estate in Arizona for 15 years," he says. "There were more novices (at the auctions) a year ago, when everybody wanted to buy real estate and get rich. The number of actual bidders didn't go up, though."

Alonso has a system for his bids. "You stay rational and keep emotion out of it, and you'll be all right," he says. "There's a reason the auctioneers talk fast; it's to get you excited, but emotion should not rule over logic when you're making a financial decision."

Alonso has purchased property for prices ranging from $2,000 to $400,000. "It's a treasure hunt; you can't be too picky," he says. "I buy commercial and residential properties. I like the no-reserve policy, because at the end, somebody's going to go home with the items.

"With eBay, where many items are removed if they don't meet the reserve price, you don't have the same feeling of a true auction. At the Cunningham's, what they promise you is that by noon on Saturday, your property will be sold.

"It's like playing Monopoly, only for real."

Although Carl Cunningham spends his days behind the auction block, he doesn't survey the items for sale with an eye to purchase. "People ask us all the time if we get good deals on things," Carl says. "Our code of ethics doesn't allow us to bid on the items we sell. "Personally, with a 2-year-old at home, I'm on eBay a lot hunting down baby furniture. That's the extent of my personal bidding experience."

Bush is a freelance writer in Phoenix.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

John Deere 4020 tractor values rising

Greg Peterson - Successful Farming

I've been doing this a long time now.

Collecting auction sale prices I mean. Almost 18 years. So it really takes something big to stop me in my tracks. Well, some data I crunched this morning did just that, stopped me in my tracks.

John Deere 4020 tractors are worth more now than at any time in my almost 18 years of tracking sale prices. Check out the facts.

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So 4020s are selling for 9.7% more now at auction than they were 10 years ago (1997) and 3.8% more this year over last year. Deere made 4020s from 1964 to 1972. I've written about them many times over the years with those columns never failing to produce a high volume of feedback from readers.

It seems the old green 4020 carries a strong emotional bond to our recent farming past. Some folks think its silly how much 4020s can sell for these days. Others explain away their rising values with the inflation argument. Me? I guess I just find it highly interesting how a tractor like a 4020 that's 35 to 43 years old now continues to be worth more and more money.

Sure, the cherry condition 4020s that pop up at auction attract tremendous crowds and tons of bidders. The 4020s like the 1971 model with 4,800 hours in excellent condition that sold March 31, 2007, at an auction in southeast Iowa for $22,100. Nothing new there. This trend has been going on for the last 5 to 10 years.

But what's driving the continued rising values are 4020s like the 1968 model sold this past Sunday on a small farm auction in northeast Nebraska. It was a narrow front, diesel model with 18.4R-34 rear tires and 7,704 hours on the tach. Nothing special, just a decent 4020. It sold for $9,250.

A few years back that same 1968 JD 4020 tractor would have sold for $6,500 to $8,500. Simply worth more today, that's all there is to it.

Click on the link below to see what other items sold for on the June 3, 2007, auction in northeast Nebraska. You'll find a link there you can click on to pull up all of the JD 4020 tractor auction prices we've compiled in 2006 and 2007, plus links to a few other selected pieces of equipment. Check out the 1975 JD 4630 tractor with 6,375 hours that sold for $17,500.

Auction sale prices from June 3, 2007, auction in northeast Nebraska. >>

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Tractors on eBay Sell for Less

From Russ Quinn DTN Staff Reporter

OMAHA (DTN) -- Farmers have traded farm machinery for generations by the chant of an auctioneer, but some producers today are using the internet, specifically eBay, to alter their machinery lines. During the last two weeks, in fact, the world's most-popular internet auction site reported selling 258 tractors.

The real question for many farmers when using these tools is whether internet auctions bring as much as in-person auctions. The short answer to this question is generally no, but it does depend on the age and usefulness of the tractor available for auction.

A recent study by Ohio State University examined in-person auctions vs. tractors selling on eBay. The results of this first-of-a-kind study showed that the median tractor (i.e., half of the tractors sold for a price less than this, the other half sold for more) was predicted to sell for $7,706 on eBay and for $10,996 at an in-person auction. Once the typical commissions and fees are deducted this resulted in $2,197 more from an in-person sale than from eBay. (Auction services typically charge 2.5 to 15 percent commissions, while eBay charges 1 percent, or a maximum of $250, plus a $20 listing fee).

Brian Roe, an Ohio State University associate professor of agricultural economics and one of three authors of this study, told DTN there was a distinct difference in the number of tractors that sold above and below the $20,000 level on eBay.

The online auction site offers an anti-fraud Buyer Protection Plan for business equipment purchases that refunds buyers' outlays up to $20,000, Roe said.

This coverage protects buyers from seller fraud or undisclosed equipment defects. Anything more expensive than $20,000 is uncovered which is why newer, more expensive farm tractors are fairly sparse on eBay, even though they may offer buyers the best bargains.

"We took 10 months worth of data from eBay and Machinery Pete's Farm Equipment FACT's report to compare the two," Roe said. "We also limited our study to tractors made after 1960, horsepower of 30 or more and limited the data set to 13 tractor manufacturers." The study tracked 588 eBay sales and 1,770 in-person sales.

One farmer from Ohio, speaking anonymously to DTN, said he bought a John Deere 4010 tractor, a John Deere 148 loader and pickup truck this winter on eBay. He puts up hay and likes the John Deere 10 and 20 series of tractors to accomplish this chore.

His experiences on eBay were mostly positive. He paid $6,800 for the 4010, which was sold by a Nebraskan.

"The 4010 was in really, really good shape and was represented very well by the seller which is why I was willing to pay that much for it," he said.

The buyer learned from this process as well. First of all, he did not factor in transportation costs right away, and he freely admitted this was a big mistake. He had to pay someone to haul the tractor back to Ohio which was fairly expensive considering current fuel costs.

"I had a buddy who hauls calf huts out to Kansas and if I had to do it over, I would have had him haul it back because backhauling costs much less," he said.

The other thing he learned was not to assume things. His John Deere 148 loader, which he bought for $900 and was in good shape, came with what he thought was universal mounting brackets. He found out, however, it was previously attached to an International tractor and he had to find different mounting brackets for his new loader.

"You have to be sharp all the time when you are buying, or I suppose selling, something on eBay," he said. "Scammers are out there all the time. If something sounds too good to be true then it is probably is."

The Ohio State study concluded that from the buyer's point of view, purchasing newer, more powerful tractors on eBay may offer the opportunity to find discounts, but buyers also must bear additional risk because they cannot be present to personally inspect the tractor.

For the seller's point of view, eBay may be attractive because it offers flexibility of when and where to sell and also low commissions. However, for tractors sold for more than $20,000 limit of the eBay buyer protection program, the study shows that in-person auctions generate greater total seller revenue.

"For the farmer trying to sell an older tractor, eBay may offer an attractive sales outlet, but the newer tractors seem to bring considerably less than an in-person auction," Roe, the Ohio State University professor, concluded.

10 tips for buying a car at auction

Published by ukinfo under Auction News on June 5th, 2007

Don’t buy on your first visit – sample the atmosphere and get used to the pace.

Do your homework – know what you want before you go to an auction and have an idea what the car you are after is worth.

Terms and conditions – each auction house has its own terms and conditions explaining how you can buy, what the fees are etc. Familiarise yourself with these so that you don’t get surprised later on.

Don’t rush – arrive early and take time to examine the vehicle that interests you.

Do ask questions – ask auction staff, they will be happy to help.

Check the car – it’s up to you to check the car’s condition, so examine it prior to entering the auction hall. And listen to the engine running as it is driven into the auction hall.

Budget – set a limit and stick to it. Save some funds for a post sale service and any minor repairs that might be needed.

Be flexible – if you miss your first choice, don’t give up and don’t throw the budget out the window just because you like the colour of the car you’re bidding on!

Auctioneer’s description – this is legally binding, so listen carefully. The terms and conditions will explain all the terminology used.

Bid clearly – don’t wink or tap your nose, simply raise your hand or the catalogue.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Decorative arts highlight June 24th Estate Auction at A-1 Auction


May 31, 2007

Sale June 24

A-1 Auction will present 350 lots highlighted by decorative arts from the estate of Ida Fendrich on June 24.

ORLANDO, FL – The sale from the Orlando, FL area estate of Ida Fendrich, including French art glass, selected bronzes and art pottery, will be conducted at the Maitland Civic Center June 24.

The sale will feature items from the Fendrich estate that have been in storage for the seven years since Mrs. Fendrich died. Doug White, owner of A-1 Auction Service, in Orlando has been familiar with the estate for over twenty years when he first helped the Fendrich family dispose of a relative’s estate and the family again sought his help for this occasion.

Approximately 250 of the total 350 lots offered at this sale will be from the Fendrich estate including French cameo glass by Daum Nancy, Galle`, LeGras, de Vez, D'Argental, Richard, LaVerre Francais and R. Lalique. There will be several important bronzes by Antoine Louis Barye (French 1796 - 1875), Pierre Jules Mene (French 1810 - 1877) and Rococo sculptor Claude Michel, also known as Clodian (French 1738-1814). His work in this sale is a detailed bronze of two women and a goat boy (presumably Pan) dancing. It is signed "Clodian 1362." The Barye and Mene works include animal figures and there is an American bronze of an eagle with outstretched wings, 16in wide" with an ivory beak perched on a marble base shaped like rocks. A nice place to store these treasures will offered in the form of a late 19th century French vitrine with Vernis Martin decoration.

Outstanding art pottery is represented by Moorcroft Pottery from the collection Potter to the Queen and includes a covered ginger jar, orchid pattern, and two hibiscus vases in mint condition. Also included are two Weller wall pockets in Woodcraft pattern, one with a squirrel, one with an owl, both in mint condition as well as some Wedgwood jasperware.

An oil on board signed by C. McDonald, dated 1936, will join a selection of eight paintings by original members of the Florida Highwaymen, including Roy McLendon, Sam Newton, James Gibson, Johnny Daniels and Al Black. Also to cross the block will be United States gold coins, some South African Krugerrands, gold and diamond jewelry, Victorian chain jewelry, a set of silver flatware, Navajo silver jewelry and a Georg Jensen pin with an early mark along with three Rolex watches. Also keeping time will be an American Art Nouveau New Haven clock and a nine tube Herschede tall case clock with a moon dial face, circa 1974.

The sale will be conducted at 12:00PM June 24 at the Maitland Civic Center, 621 S. Maitland Ave. in Maitland, FL just north of Orlando. The Civic Center has seating for 350 and reserved seats can be secured by phone or email. Absentee and phone bids are welcome.

Preview is by appointment during business hours at the A-1 Auction offices located at 2042 N. Rio Grande Ave., Suite E, Orlando, FL and on June 24 from 10:00AM until sale time at the Civic Center. For more information call Doug or Paula White at (407) 839-0004 or email to The sale catalog and a map will be available on the A-1 Auction website at
Written by: Fred & Gail Taylor

June 24, 2007

Clodian – This bronze is signed "Clodian 1362" by the French Rococo sculptor also known as Claude Michel.

Moorcroft – Three Moorcroft pieces from the collection Potter to the Queen.

Weller – A squirrel and an owl from Weller Woodcraft.

Cameo glass – Part of the large collection of French cameo glass.

Eagle – An American bronze eagle with a 16in wingspan on a marble base.

Highwayman – A swamp scene by Highwayman Roy McLendon.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Some great info from a wine auctioneer

Many of us who are enophiles have amassed quite a valuable collection of fine and rare wines. We appreciate the artistry of wine, drink it regularly, and often boast to our friends when we acquire a wonderful treasure. This being said, we happily proceed with our passion and pursuit of collecting, never giving a second thought to protecting our wine as we do our other valued assets.

If you have a substantial collection of fine and rare wines, you should seriously entertain the thought of having your wine professionally appraised. Imagine the worst case scenarios such as fire, flood, mechanical equipment failure (i.e. cooling unit in your wine cellar dying), and theft! These disasters could wipe out your entire wine collection instantly. Does your homeowner's insurance policy protect your wine collection currently? In most cases, your homeowner's insurance policy would require you to obtain an additional rider to your existing policy to protect your wines. Your insurance company requires that a dollar value be placed upon your entire wine collection, and this service is best performed by an expert on valuation (i.e. certified appraiser).

The Wine Zealot Network wanted answers to our wine appraisal questions. We interviewed "The Wine Pragmatist" - Tom DiNardo. With five world records to his credit for the price of wine sold at auction, Mr. DiNardo is considered one of the country's preeminent charity wine auctioneers and wine appraisers. Tom DiNardo is a sommelier candidate, certified master appraiser and the founder of DiNardo & Lord Auctioneers. Tom is also a contract wine auctioneer for ERI, and a freelance wine writer for and Wine Enthusiast, Santé and Wine Adventure magazines.

WZ: Tom why should someone have their wine collection appraised?

TD: For anyone of a number of legitimate reasons. Top of the list is usually for insurance purposes. I have also appraised wines for legal purposes such marriage dissolution and probate.

WZ: Are there other reasons why the readers should have their wines appraised?

TD: Reasons such as personal investment, estate planning, charity donations, and tax issues come to mind. All of these legal concerns require the need for a certified appraisal. The 2007 IRS Tax Code requires that any donation made in excess of $500 dollars requires the attachment of a certified appraisal with the accompanying tax return in order to claim a full the charitable tax deduction a donor might be due.

WZ: What are the qualifications of a certified appraiser?

TD: "A certified appraiser is someone who possesses training and certification in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP)." This is a federal guideline that was established by the US Congress in 1986. All USPAP certified appraisers are registered with the Appraisal Foundation in Washington DC, and are overseen by the appointed congressional sub-committee.

WZ: Are appraisers licensed?

TD: Only real estate appraisers are required to be licensed in most states. Personal property appraisers (i.e. wine) are not required to have a license, but are certified in USPAP just as real estate appraisers are. Unfortunately, your local wine shop retailers and distributors, although knowledgeable about the wines they handle and sell, are not qualified as appraisers, unless they are certified in USPAP.

WZ: How can someone spot a fraudulent wine appraiser?

TD: There are many appraisal organizations today awarding designations to appraisers, but do not be deceived by these designations alone! Only those appraisal organizations offering appraisal certification in USPAP are legitimate. Ask to see the appraiser's proof of USPAP certification or his proof of registration with the Appraisal Foundation in Washington DC. It is a violation of USPAP for any certified appraiser to charge a percentage of the appraised value as a fee. Legitimate appraisers charge a flat fee or hourly rate.

WZ: Do you offer any other services?

TD: Over the years, I have appeared as an expert witness in many court cases in which issues of valuation were disputed by individuals, insurance companies, etc. I have not lost a case for a client yet, or a case of wine for that matter.

The best way to protect your wine assets, aside from proper storage, is to have them professionally appraised. Tom's advice is to thoroughly inventory your wine and photograph it as well. This also applies to any and all preemptive measures that you may utilize to protect your wines such as wine storage units and storage containers. These steps you take will act as a record, as well as saving you time and money before you hire a certified appraiser.

Tom DiNardo is a licensed auctioneer, sommelier, wine educator, certified master appraiser and wine writer. © 2007 Tom DiNardo. All Rights Reserved.