...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 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.