March 24, 2010

I Went to an Auction and All I Bought Was...

...A cup of coffee. The auction was great, but there wasn't really anything we liked or had houseroom for. But the prices, wow! The crowd must have been generally disinterested because the prices were a third off what the auctioneer thought the piece would get. He said "Who'll give me a thousand?" cricket, cricket. "500? 300? Ok who'll give me $100 to start things off?" and the prices would start to creep back up to about $700. Here's some examples of the deals galore.

This kind of homely cabinet could hardly be given away. It went for $300.

This late 18th century buffet went for $500. Like the auctioneer liked to remind us -you can't get this at IKEA for that amount. You can hardly buy the hardware and the hinges for that that. 

This hunting cabinet came with a removable middle section replete with gargoyles. Kind of over the top - it went for $700.

 And finally, this armoire, circa 1800 went for $1000.

8 comments:

Ima Wizer said...

OMG, would love to have been there.....I don't need anymore furniture but for those prices I might have reconsidered! Beautiful!

Giulia said...

Are you trying to cause me pain, huh huh?:)

Oh man. I need, really need an armoire...

I need a magic flying carpet, it would seem.

ciao

Butternut Squash said...

Why didn't you buy me something, I would've paid you back. I've been looking for oak bookshelves everywhere.

Hels said...

I agree with your commenters. Sometimes prices seem so reasonable that it is almost worth buying gorgeous objects that you didn't really need. But what I would REALLY like is a chaise lounge like Napoleon and Josephine had.

Anyhow ...I don't understand the antiques market since the 2008 world financial crash. I'd have expected all prices to go down uniformly then rise back to normal levels eventually. But antique and art prices are all over the place *sigh*. As you found at your auction.

The Clever Pup said...

GRRR I lost someone's comment. Sorry - If you'd like to repost...

LadyCat said...

Looks like some great buys! I hope the coffee was good : )

Leah said...

You know, I actually do, believe it or not, need an armoire...pretty insane prices here!

Terresa said...

That's some beautiful furniture!