World Series of Auctions Continues!

So much has happened since my last update!  The St. Louis Cardinals lost the World Series to the Boston Red Sox…but they certainly put up a good fight!  And there are only two races left in NASCAR’s Sprint for the Chase.  As much as we enjoyed the sports during the month, we were rolling through our own Rocktober with 13 sale dates!

We sold everything in October from Kubota tractors to pedal tractors…horse drawn equipment to Ford Mustangs…Indian artifacts to firearms and more!  Antique furniture and antique toys continue to be highlights of our sales along with beer and bar memorabilia.  And we’ve probably sold more African mounts this year than in the past…you just never know what you’ll find on our sales!

Saturday, October 5th found us at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds where we sold a Kubota L 2850 4WD diesel tractor with front end loader, pedal tractors, horse-drawn equipment and more!  We headed just north of Troy on Sunday, October 6th for a small sale that included not only a recreation farm with river access but a 1966 Ford Mustang hardtop coupe that will certainly be a fun project car for the new owner!  Several handguns and a 2004 Chevrolet Ventura van rounded out this afternoon sale.

A Ferguson TE-20 gas tractor, farm equipment, and antique furniture drew a nice crowd on Wednesday, October 9 at a nice farm just north of Troy.  A beautiful 4’ leaded glass window sold for $160, a Red Ball butter churn sold for $130 and an antique Underwood typewriter sold for $100.

After this sale, I headed off to Colorado Springs for a wedding but the crew kept on working with three sales starting on Saturday, October 12th.  A nice piece of real estate on Fox Hill in St. Charles along with a Huffy 1950’s bicycle built for two topped this sale of antiques, collectible figurines and household items.  A nice, clean collection of household items along with a 2004 Yamaha 4-wheeler, a wood splitter and a department store mechanical Santa Claus (standing approximately 5 feet tall) took everyone to New Florence on Sunday, October 13.

A huge antique toy and model car collection brought out the buyers on Monday, October 14th along with several nice advertising signs.  In addition to the real estate offered, the sale also included a 2005 Ford Escape SUV and a 2003 Ford Windstar along with a small collection of firearms.

Selling in two rings is quite common for us and Wednesday, October 16 was no exception.  We headed a little bit west to Jonesburg where antique and collectible toys, beer and bar memorabilia were many of the highlights.  However, the sale of African mounts was much anticipated that day.  A cape Buffalo head mount (the second we’ve sold this fall) sold for $900, a full mount Bobcat with quail sold for $600 while the full mount African Lion was the king of the sale…selling for $4100!

The sale that was scheduled for Saturday, October 19 was postponed and we apologize to anyone who made the trip for the sale that day.  The new date is Saturday, February 8, 2014 (same time and location) so if you were looking forward to this sale, mark your calendars for the new date!  We always update our web site first with any changes or cancellations so we strongly suggest checking the web site at www.thornhillauction.com before heading out the door!

Sunday, October 20th and Monday, October 21st were the first two days of a 5-day sale in Wellsville.  We started off the sale on Sunday with several trailers of antiques & collectibles along with a 1968 Plymouth Fury III and a 1966 Chevrolet 10 Pickup.  We were also in Wellsville on Sunday, October 27; Monday, October 28 and Friday, November 1 where we finished up by selling the display cases and store shelving.

Two rings was again our plan on Wednesday, October 23 when we headed to St. Charles for a sale that included several collections of cat, dog and bird figurines, and a large collection of collector’s plates and a set of Blackberry China.  We sold one of the best collections of antique and period furniture which included a buffet for $2300.00, matching lead glass fireplace cabinets for $800.00 each, the Victorian cylinder roll secretary sold for $1500.00, a small marbletop washstand $650.00, pier mirror $900.00, large oak bookcase $1,075.00 and a curved glass china cabinet for $650.00.  The highlight of the sale had to be the antique clock collection!  The collection included hand-painted Ansonia porcelain mantle clock for $800.00,  a Black Forest cuckoo clock $900.00, several antique Gustav Becker wall clocks and a pair of oak two-weight Bim-Bam grandfather’s clocks.  As with any collection, though, there is always a stand-out piece and one of those would have been the antique English Renaissance-style elaborately carved oak Grandfather’s clock sold for $2000.00.  We sold an antique French walnut clock for $750.00, antique Gothic style clock for $675.00, German walnut clock for $675.00 An antique Gustav Becker walnut case clock with two train movement sold for $1500.00 and it was definitely one of the other highlights!  It will definitely be a long time before we sell a collection of clocks like this!

Our final sale for the late Leighton Zumbehl was held on Saturday, October 26 with some of the best collections of antique signs, advertising thermometers, toy trucks and tractors and beer steins that we’ve had in one place.  Again, selling in two rings helped to move us through Leighton’s collections.  Advertising signs and thermometers were the top sellers.  A Stag Beer advertising sign from R.C. Fischer in St. Charles, MO sold for $440, a Big Smith Clothes advertising thermometer sold for $330 and this was just the beginning!  Leighton will certainly be missed but hopefully, those who knew him were able to get a keepsake with which to remember him!

After taking a few days off, we’ll be ready to get back to work with the Paul Feise sale on Saturday, November 9th in O’Fallon, MO.  The Feise family settled in the area in the late 1800’s from Germany and this is the fourth generation of Feise’s.  The sale includes antique tractors & equipment, primitive farm collectibles and signs, horse-drawn & pull-type road graders, a buck board wagon and more!  In addition to the 1932 Diamond T flatbed truck (perfect for restoring), the sale includes a 1998 Toyota Tacoma and a 2007 Ford Mustang convertible.  There are specific times for several items so check out the full sale bill at www.thornhillauction.com for all the details!  The sheds are full and we’ll be selling in two rings part of the day so bring a friend and spend the day with us!

We’ll be taking Sunday, November 10th off but will pick right back up on Veteran’s Day (Monday, November 11th) by heading to Foristell for a nice sale that includes antiques and antique clocks, needlework, firearms, camping supplies and more!

If you’re in the market for a home in Bowling Green, MO, check out the two real estate sales to be held on Friday, November 15th.  The sale beginning at 1:00 p.m. features a 2-story Victorian style frame home with approximately 4,200 square feet on the two main levels.  The home also features a 4-room basement that is partially finished, an in-ground pool with wrought iron fence and a tennis court.  The second sale begins at 3:00 p.m. – this piece features a 1,616 square foot ranch home on a crawl space (3-bedrooms, 2 baths), a three season room and an attached one-car garage.  Other improvements include a 12’ x 14’ unattached shop, and a garden shed with an attached dog pen.  Be sure and check out both of these sales!

We’re continuing to book sales and have started booking into 2014.  Be sure and check out the Upcoming Auctions tab on our web site for information on our sales as well as information on the open houses to be held prior to our real estate sales.  Who knows?  You might even be able to do some of your Christmas shopping at our auctions…and avoid the mad rush!

Lori Biehl
Clerk and Cashier

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