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What’s hot at auction?


I’ve discussed items that are selling well and those that aren’t in several past columns. Our August auction showed that many of the antiques and collectibles that have sold well over the past decade continue to do so. I thought I’d share some of the results from that auction in this article.

I’ve mentioned in previous columns that most furniture isn’t selling well, but mid-century modern furniture is an exception. Mid-century pieces sold very well last month. A pair of Conant Ball club chairs attributed to Russel Wright sold for $300. A dining room set with sideboard also attributed to Wright sold for $500. A mid-century Danish Teak dining set and sideboard by Bernhard Pedersen brought $1,000.

Older artwork drew strong bidding at auction. A small painting by listed artist Edward Potthast sold for $1,000 to a telephone bidder. An early 18thcentury folk art painting of a little girl went for $3,000.

Better collectibles and ephemera drew plenty of bidder interest. A 1960’s “Great Gorloo” battery operated toy went for $270. A Victorian era trade card album sold for $275 and another from the same estate brought $400. 

Older superhero comics continue to sell well. The Incredible Hulk comic book issues 3, 5, and 6 brought $675, despite being well read and worn copies. A group of nine 1878-CC Morgan silver dollars topped the coins being offered when they sold for $3,100.

Sterling silver prices have been trending upward and flatware brought figures well above silver melt prices. A small ornate Stieff partial flatware set went for $925. A larger International Silver Wedgwood pattern set reached $2,700.

Also noteworthy in our August auction was a 1979 Datsun 280 ZX with a little over 64,000 miles. After telephone and in-house bidding, it reached $6,500.

Jewelry was the top selling item in our auction last month. A 14-karat white gold estate jewelry pin shaped like a bee sold for $275. A platinum and diamond ladies watch went for $650. Quality loose diamonds and diamond rings led the way at auction. A ring with 3 diamonds brought $2,000, despite having been appraised as clarity enhanced. An approximately 2-carat pear shaped diamond had considerable wear but still sold for $2,900. A brilliant cut .95 carat loose diamond reached $3,000. A deep cut 1.46 carat diamond ring fetched $4,000. A loose 2.3 carat diamond that we sold had a chip. The appraisal report recommended it be recut to a smaller size because of the chip. Despite the flaw, it sold for $8,500 proving that diamonds continue to shine at auction.

I hope to meet some of you at my “Evaluating your Antiques” class at the Bay Path Evening School in Charlton on September 17th.  I’ll be lecturing at the Auburn Public Library at 10:00 AM on September 21stand I’ll be back again on October 5thfor appraisals. My next appraisal event takes place at 1:00 PM on September 21st for the Finnish Heritage Society Sovittaja in Rutland. I’ll be lecturing at the Worcester Senior Center on October 16thfrom 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Another appraisal event takes place at the Shrewsbury Historical Society on October 23rd. Please see www.centralmassauctions.comfor details on these and other events. 


Contact us at:Wayne Tuiskula Auctioneer/Appraiser Central Mass Auctions for Antique Auctions, Estate Sales and Appraisal Services www.centralmassauctions.com  (508-612- 6111), info@centralmassauctions.com