The Winter 2008 Auction at Dan Ripley’s Antique Helper attracted a standing-room only audience on Sunday, February 10, despite the day’s frigid temperatures. The fun began with the auction preview party on Friday night. Antique Helper staff presented an elegant spread of food and wine for visitors to enjoy while previewing the offerings for Sunday’s auction. It was a great opportunity to show off the freshly painted gallery, masterminded by newest Helper, Carrie Slack. The updated look augmented the selection of fine art and antiques gathered for Antique Helper’s first auction of the year.

The first auction of the year is always sure to draw a large crowd. The consignments collected for this premier sale insured that an eager audience would fill the room. Attractive early consignments, including a large selection of fine art, enabled Antique Helper to effectively build a great sale. Late additions, including a Wooton desk and a large Cararra marble sculpture were strategically marketed via Antique Helper’s website and through an intense email campaign. The end results tell the successful story.

Early in the sale, a 20th century arts and crafts leaded glass lamp gave bidders a glimpse of AH’s upcoming Mission to Modern Sale. Expected to bring between $1,500 and $2,500, this piece, by Moran and Hastings Manufacturing Company, of Chicago, brought $1,960*, from an eBay bidder.

Arriving at Antique Helper less than a week before auction day, a Wooton Standard Grade desk prompted Antique Helper staff to spring into action and alert potential buyers of this late addition. Expected to bring between $4,000 and $8,000, it reached $6,187.50, including 12.5% floor bidder’s buyer’s premium* from floor bidder an Ohio floor bidder.

Among the large selection of artwork offered in this sale was “Wilmar, Kansas City,” (est. $1,500-$2,500) by Joe Selby (American, 1893-1960), an artist known for his ship paintings. It sold for $4,406.25, to a telephone bidder. Also surpassing high estimate was “Mallard Drake” by Hans Kleiber (German, 1887-1967). Expected to bring between $1,000 and $1,500, it fetched $3,525 from a telephone bidder. A landscape by Indiana artist Randolph Coats (1891-1957) sold within estimate, bringing $4,700 from an absentee bidder. "Along the Valley Road" by Varoldo J. Cariani (American, 1891-1969) was one of the auction’s highlights. Having an estimate of $6,000-$9,000, the hammer price was $16,450 including telephone bidder’s buyer’s premium. It sold to a collector in Northern Indiana.

A floor bidder took home an large and impressive large Sevres porcelain urn (estimated between. $2,500 and $4,500). This lovely piece, artiste signed A. Menars, surpassed high estimate, with a hammer price of $7,312.50.
Emphasizing the power of the internet and Antique Helper’s international reach was an intricately carved Chinese étagère, which swept past its high estimate of $400 when it brought $2817.50, from an eBay bidder in Hong Kong. But, the day’s most impressive sale was a Fausto Biggi (Italian, 19th Century) Carrara Marble Sculpture, selling for $34,300, including 22.5% EBay buyer’s premium, to an EBay bidder from Japan.

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   *2.5% discounts for cash and check payments for floor, telephone and absentee bidders are NOT noted.