“Estate of Mind” Auction & Appraisals

Memorial Day has come and gone, and if you live in the Tri State area, along with all the weekend activities, it also means the horrible Friday night traffic to escape to the Catskills.

Upstate New York is the getaway area of choice for those who choose not to go south and sit in traffic for the Hamptons or Jersey shore. There is plenty to do and it is extremely peaceful and scenic.

30605_121552097877476_6804377_nHowever what about when it rains?

Antique auctions!

DSC00514That is exactly how I found Darrell Dirr’s  “Estate of Mind” auction in Middletown, N.Y.

About-Us~~element91 Darrel’s auction is held in his yard under a tent, so rain was not a problem. He even allows people to park on his lawn so they can attend!
DSC00516Darrell is a Certified Property, Antiques and Fine Art Appraiser, and also a Certified Auctioneer. These certifications are important to look for when buying or selling at an auction. It means the person is aware of the authenticity, value and condition of pieces and both buyer and seller are protected from any kind misguidance. Here is a great example:

fi4.cgiThis photo was in the preview of the auction. I thought it was just an older version of a “one armed bandit” and it would be fun to have as a conversation piece. However, with Darrel’s knowledge, he knew it was a “Poker Trade Stimulator”, named “The Little Duke” and  made in 1898 by the Mills Novelty Co.

It sold for $24,295.00!

Another example….DSC00513This painting caught my eye when I walked in. I thought it was so beautifully done. It was only 9″x11″ and I pictured it hanging on my wall.

Darrel’s expertise allowed the seller to be aware that this “cute” little painting was done in July 1875 by an artist named Willard LeRoy Metcalf, who studied under Claude Monet. It is titled “The Rocks of Nantucket” and sold for $21,470.00!

Needless to say, I was hesitant about bidding on this painting-  was it another priceless gem?

fi174.cgiI knew I liked it, but really wanted to love it!  I anxiously awaited it’s sale and happily took it home for $150.00!

Being under the tent meant that everyone stayed dry, so it was a pleasure to stay and watch the rest of the items being sold. I like to get an idea of what the current trends are regarding items and prices.

I was really curious about this piece …

fi21.cgi…A chair and ottoman made from animal horns. The reason for my interest was because of the very much publicized auction from the estate of Yves Saint Laurent, the famous designer. He had owned a chair very similar to this and I remember it selling for over $200,000. I don’t know if it was the famous name or the maker of the chair, but this one only went for three digits.

This chest was a bargain. Unfortunately it had been painted over but the hinges and workmanship were beautifully done.

DSC00512This piece was passed because no one bid on it .  For someone who likes the “country shabby” look, it would have been great in a guest room or bath.DSC00511I really liked this piece. Both sides were finished and aged nicely. Of course, also having an equestrian theme, I would have liked it but I decided to pass.

DSC00509This is a victorian papier mache box with mother of pearl inlay and was perfect for a vanity or dresser.

fi230.cgiThese urns are Sevres (manufacturer) and were perfect for a mantle or server.

DSC00518As I was standing in line to pay, I noticed this painting.

DSC00517I love paintings with sheep and I almost went back in to bid, but I managed to stay in line. Instead, I went home with my painting very happy knowing that, thanks to Darrell, I now have one more thing on my list of weekend activities.

Fishing and hiking are definitely over rated!





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