Auction Talk with Wayne: Auction Highlights, January 2018

On Monday, January 29, Stair Galleries will offer an eclectic mix of works from the 16th Century through the 20th Century.

Welcome back…

January is the time for serious dealers and collectors to hit the auction circuit and scoop up some great deals. “Fair weather” auction enthusiasts are staying inside where it’s warm, and fewer bidders means less price competition! This month’s auction highlights include three wonderful art auctions, including classic 16th Century masterworks, drawings, prints; modern and pop art; and a one-owner advertising and antique auction. Lots are offered live and/or online, and some venues encourage absentee and phone bidding. There’s always a way to bid! Let’s jump right in…

Works on Paper: Drawings & Prints 1780-Present; January 29, 2018; Online

On Monday, January 29, Stair Galleries will offer an eclectic mix of works from the 16th Century through the 20th Century. From Old Master etchings to contemporary drawings, this sale is sure to please art collectors at every level. Many techniques are represented, including: gouache, etchings, chalk work, ink and wash, screen prints, lithographs, engravings and more, both framed and unframed. A long list of artists include Basillius Bessler (1561-1629); Francisco de Goya (1746-1828); Andre Eugene Costilhes (1865-1940); and works after Pablo Picasso, Lucas Cranach, Albrecht Durer, Albrecht Altdorfer, and Rembrandt van Rijn.

The auction will begin at 2:00pm Eastern time. Bidding may be accomplished through Bidsquare.com or Invaluable.com.  Absentee bidding is available; for details visit the auctioneer’s website.  Those who intend to bid must register by 10am Eastern time on the day of the auction.

Lots may be previewed beginning Saturday, January 13, at 11am Eastern time, and run until Friday, January 26, at 6pm. Monday through Friday, preview times are 10am to 5pm; Saturdays from 11am-5pm; and Sundays from noon to 5pm.

For inquiries, please contact the auctioneer at 518-751-1000 or internetrequests@stairgalleries.com.

Prints & Multiples: January 30, 2018; Online

What’s not to like about a Heritage auction? These guys are top-notch: they are the largest auction house founded in the U.S. and the third largest in the world. They execute over seven hundred auction events annually and have over one million active bidders. With numbers like that, you can be sure that whatever Heritage brings to market will be worth looking at.

On January 30, Heritage will present 136 works of modern art, including works by Agam, Chagall, Bacon, Botello, and others.

On January 30, Heritage will present 136 works of modern art, including works by Agam, Chagall, Bacon, Botello, and others. The auction begins at 11am Central time. To view the catalog, click here.  Bidding is available through Heritage.com,  invaluable.com, and auctionzip.com.

For registration, payment, and terms visit the auctioneer’s site.

Illustration, Modern, and Pop Art Auction February 3, 2018 Accord, NY; Live and Online

This auction is designed to appeal to all categories of art collectors, from novices looking for quality wall art for the home, to established collectors looking for a rare find. Featured artists will include:

  • Sarah Harris
  • James Romberger
  • René François Ghislain Magritte
  • Thomas K. Wesselmann
  • John Caldwell
  • Harry Tedlie
  • Ava Rado
  • Laura Case

Illustration, Modern, and Pop Art Auction February 3, 2018 Accord, NY. This auction is designed to appeal to all categories of art collectors.

The event will begin at 11am on Saturday, February 3. The live auction event will be held at the Scott Daniels Auction Gallery at 4627 Highway 209 Accord, New York, 12404. Online bidding may be accessed through LiveAuctioneers

Questions can be addressed to the auctioneer’s toll-free phone at (844)GoN-Bid1 or by email at win@gonbid.com.

Large One Owner Advertising & Antique Auction February 9, 2018; Live and Online from Tomah WI

When an auction advertises “one owner,” I sit up and pay attention. I’ve learned over the years that such auctions usually offer well-curated collections of antiques rather than accumulations of odds & ends. I like this auction for several reasons: first of all, it’s in a heated fairground building, which means there will be lots of display space and items will be easy to inspect, and second, there will be food available.

This event features over 500 lots, almost entirely made up of signs and other advertising. The seller of these items had an eye for the “good stuff,” if the photos are any indication.

Bidding kicks off at 9am Central. The event features over 500 lots, almost entirely made up of signs and other advertising. The seller of these items had an eye for the “good stuff,” if the photos are any indication. Have a look; the catalog can be viewed here.

You’ll find the auction at the Monroe County Fairgrounds, 1625 Butts Avenue, Tomah WI 54660. Miller’s Auction Company will execute the event. If you have questions, you can call, email, or text auctioneer Glenn Miller at wisconsinjunk@yahoo.com, 715-299-2543. For the live auction, cash or good check only, please. No buyer’s premium at the live auction. Terms are different for online bidding; contact the auctioneer for details.

Travelling from out of town? Miller’s has arranged for special hotel rates at three local hotels so that you can spend the entire day at the auction and not have to drive home that evening. The hotels are:

  •  Hampton Inn: 219 Buan Street, Tomah, Wisconsin, 54660; 608-374-3800
  •  Cranberry Country Lodge: 319 Wittig Rd, Tomah, WI 54660; 608-374-2801
  •  Best Western Tomah Hotel: 1017 E. McCoy Blvd Tomah WI 54660; 608-372-3211

That’s all for now…

There are some great items listed above, and all can be accessed from the convenience of your home. Don’t miss out! Check out the listings and find that rare item you’ve been looking for! Until next month, bid often!


Wayne Jordan is a Virginia-licensed auctioneer, Certified Personal Property Appraiser and Accredited Business Broker. He has held the professional designations of Certified Estate Specialist; Accredited Auctioneer of Real Estate; Certified Auction Specialist, Residential Real Estate and Accredited Business Broker. He also has held state licenses in Real Estate and Insurance. Wayne is a regular columnist for Antique Trader Magazine, a WorthPoint Worthologist (appraiser) and the author of two books. For more info, check out Wayne’s website at resaleretailing.com or visit Wayne’s blog.

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