Here we go….it’s Last Week at the Auction...America's Favorite Top 10 List of Auction Results from around the globe as hand selected by me, Josh Levine, your host and guide to the world of auctions – This is Episode 5 of Season 3....and officially The Hottest You Tube Series and Social Media Sensation in the world...Okay, the auction world.
So here we are again, with real auction results from real auction houses and with that comes some valuable insight to just what’s going on in the secondary market. So, if you are a reseller, downsizing an estate, thinking of selling a collection or just like antiques and collectibles, I have a feeling, you just might learn something.
And what do I always say? Nothing is more interesting than the Auction World. You will see. Let’s just get started…
Here's what happened LAST WEEK AT THE AUCTION.
#10 is collection of Five Peanut Tins that sold for $900 at COWANS. I know, that’s more that nuts. The lot Included a Planters Brand Tin and all had great graphics. Advertising, Americana and décor combine in this one. Here we go again with cross collectibles
Deck the Halls
Okay, we are moving into the season with #9…a group of Assorted Vintage Figural Christmas Lightbulbs brought $3200 at LUTHER AUCTIONS…you heard me. Vintage Christmas is hot, and you need to go thru the attic and see if you have any of these babies. The 1930s thru the 1960s had amazing stuff, several of which were fire hazards, but are super collectible. If I have time the next few weeks, I will do a Christmas Collectibles Special.
More to Sew
Here we go with #8 which was a great little collection of sewing accessories that hammered for 4000 @ FREEMANS…did you watch last week? If you did, and are a fan of the show, you know I like to beat some points home.
Sewing Collectibles are super desired out there so don’t overlook them. I have a great book I found recently for visuals. Here's a link to it...
Churning Up Bids
#7 An Exceptional Five Gallon Stoneware Churn Crock that brought $5500 at COWANS. This sale had the nicest collection I’ve seen in years. They have been soft lately but not this sale. And again, this illustrates how the best of the best in a genre still brings the money. This Churn with its amazing Cobalt Decoration was c.1870 and I just loved it. That’s the Pennsyltuckey in Me.
Santa Rides a Donkey?
#6 A LARGE CLOCKWORK DONKEY WITH SANTA CLAUS brought 13,000 at BERTOIA. Yup, we are getting in the Christmas Auction Spirit. This great mechanical illustrates a passion for toys and Christmas Collectibles, all in one. Not gonna say it.
Okay…I will, its a Cross Collectible and we won’t talk about what ever happened to Santa’s Donkey and just when it was that he swapped out The Donkey for his Flying Friends…
#5 A Silver Victorian Wine Cooler by John Samuel Hunt (143 Oz) brought 14,000 SHAPIRO AUCTIONS and is going to make someone a wonderful present. Seriously, I don’t know the motivation of the buyer, but I do know an amazing auction result when I see one and this one illustrates another common message of mine.
Know your silver makers and marks. I gotta video for that too. You see, at 143oz of silver, that’s about $3000 to a silver scrapper and all you would get if you just went to the local jeweler or pawn shop not knowing. I find many of them do not know either and treasures like this just end up melted. True story.
#4 is an EARLY STEIFF CENTER SEAM TEDDY BEAR that brought $20,000 @ BERTOIA. This is the quintessential Teddy and was circa 1905. This one of those pieces I wish could talk. All the stories and all the children that must have loved him over the years. Well, I gotta hope he makes more memories now. Look at me getting all sentimental in this episode.
So, what’s next…#3 is a pair of Chinese Bronze Standing Guardian Immortals that did $37,500 ANDERS AUCTION.
I am not going to tell you Chinese Antiques are hot again. Just know it and when you see cool Chinese offerings at the thrift stores or yard sales, just buy them. Got it.
Gotta Catch Em All...
This one is going to get you…#2 is a Pokémon Card Set still Factory Sealed that realized $80,000 @ BRUNEAU…it was The Shadowless Booster Box & A true holy grail to the Pokémon collector, but find the first edition booster box these days and wow….you might beat this record.
This pop culture, yet kind of underground collectible is showing no signs of slowing down is the millennial collector with money is really bucking up for the rare pieces. Take a look at the rest of their auction results from this sale and you will be shocked.
Holy Moly !
But here we are at #1…an amazing Set of 7 TIFFANY STUDIOS Stained Glass Windows brought $575,000 @ FREEMANS. These iconic tiffany windows where approx. 8 feet tall and featured Angels Representing Seven Churches. Holy Moly !
And now you know what happened, Last Week at the auction!
And it’s time for this weeks "viewer email"...
This week's question comes from Ms. Johnson from Cambria Mass, who asks, “Was that cat hair on your shirt in episode 3 last week?”
Why yes, it was…. I was fairly embarrassed about it in editing, but it was too late. And I was glad when it seemed no one had noticed…. UNTIL NOW.
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