It was a large and varied auction on April 12 at the National Guard Armory and by the start of the auction more than 100 people had already registered for their bidding number, and 30 to 40 additional people showed up during the first 20 minutes of the auction.
We were off and running with everyone checking out the many items on display on more than 50 tables. Beer signs were sold first with a bobble head Blatz Beer sign crossing the auction block for a quick $85.
The next three lighted beer signs lit up bids of $50 and $60 each. An old violin which needed some work played a tune for $25 and the first group of costume jewelry quickly moved to $60. Costume jewelry was a popular item and bids were received for $10 to $75 per piece.
In the second ring tools were selling from $5 to $15 each. Gene Autry sheet music played its way to $15 and the Gasoline Alley book hit $15. The art deco statue with a broken hand made it to $32.50.
Small Cupie dolls brought in a $15 bid. Two porcelain lamp shades topped out at $30 and $32.50 each. The large oak sideboard with plate glass mirror and room ready was a good buy at $310. The small oriental desk went to a new home for $45 and a larger cabinet sold for $40.
Clinton Corn feed sacks sold at $5 each with the buyer paying $75 for 15 of them, $22.50 was paid for an old advertising box and $100 was the bid for the Gateway advertising wood box.
Next week, we’ll show some more prices from this auction and a surprise find that caused a little excitement.
Ted Wilk is with Wilk Auction and Appraisal Service. To ask him a question about auctions, call (309) 654-2655.