Monday, February 3, 2014
GO BUY A LOTTO TICKET!
I have an amazing, unprecedented and unsurpassed ability to schedule any event months in advance to coincide with a storm or major weather event. Last March our sale was held in the face of a raging Nor'easter which became a Blizzard the night of our sale. Tuesday evening, our auction was accompanied by another fierce Winter storm right on time. During our preview, I glanced out the window and saw a small and lonely snowflake floating on a light and gentle breeze, two hours later it became sheets of white pushed by gale force winds. I just love Winter!
When I took the stage at 6:00 I was greeted by the faces of some hearty New Englanders and I felt proud to be one. My staff informed me that we had over seventy phone bids and even more left bids in the system. Our attendance was less than half, but our empty seats had been converted into absentee bidders! Although I still prefer the energy of a crowded auction, I knew with the help of technology, our bidders were still engaged.
As the snow laden winds howled outside Memorial Hall, the bidding heated up. Jewelry was a particularly strong category, with my favorite piece, a Victorian Cameo Necklace fetching nearly three thousand dollars. Our selection of Thai Silver Repousse was a true winner, with phone, internet and live bidding propelling these works of art to the stratosphere. I just love selling jewelry and silver, easy to move, store, ship and sell!
Militaria is a perennial winner at our sales and it proved its popularity again. Our Civil War Muskets went for all of the money and a rare WW2 German Helmet hammered at $1500. The competition for militaria is red hot and I am excited to begin to catalog our April 25th and 26th Military sale! It is an amazing collection from a Museum which has been stored away for over twenty years. The group spans three centuries and the globe. I will be posting pictures and highlites of this sale every few weeks.