A Curated Exhibit Up for Auction

Rago Auctions, in conjunction with The Apthorp showcased a curated exhibit of modern 20th C. items that were soon to be put up for auction.  I thought this was a clever way of viewing the lots of furniture and art, in a more realistic setting, similar to your home, and not on a display shelf.  You might be more likely to connect with something, thereby being more apt to bid on it ~ and bid HIGH!  I did not have a catalog with me during the viewing, honestly, I had no idea what some of the pieces were worth.  I had hoped to go to this particular auction, but I was away.  These are some of the results:

estimate $6,500.00 - $8,500.00
SOLD - $16,250.00


Buying at auction can be a great way of procuring things that you may not be able to afford new, adding an important item to a collection or just having fun and getting an education.  Vise versa, if you have a quality piece that you are thinking of selling, why not consider consigning it?

estimate $20,000.00- $30,000.00
SOLD $17,500

Feliciano Bejar Sculpture, crystal & steel
SOLD $6,250.00 &  $5,938.00

                                                      Orrefors apple vase
                                                      SOLD $6,250.00 & $6,875

                                                     George Nakashima bench
                                                         SOLD $36,250.00

                                          estimate $15,000.00- $20,000.00
                                                        SOLD $17,500.00


                                                Gene Sherer torso jewelry chest
SOLD $8,125.00

SOLD $5,635.00

SOLD $32,500.00

SOLD $2,875.00

Most people think of auctions as being intimidating (I did before I tried it) ~ but they're not,  as long as you have an understanding of how they work.  You can really have FUN with them!  Become familiar with the terms/conditions of the auction house you are interested in and jump right in. What have you got to lose?  Nothing but $$$!

ph: Rago Arts, CLI

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