Variety of Items + Great Crowds = Awesome Auctions!!

What a way to begin the 2014 auction year!  So far, we have had five auctions with a huge variety of items.  Add in the great crowds that we’ve seen and you have the combination for some awesome auctions!  This is just what we like to see!

Right after ringing in the New Year, we headed to Curryville, MO on January 4 for a nice collection of farm and livestock equipment as well as a nice-sized collection of firearms.  Firearms, ammo and firearm supplies continue to pull in the buyers.  The next sale on January 11 was just outside of Clarksville, MO and as the temperatures warmed up, so did the bidding.  A nice assortment of shop, woodworking & plumbing tools and a variety of clean lawn & garden equipment kept the buyers bidding until the end of the sale.

So what if guns and lawn equipment aren’t your thing?  Then a sale with a doll collection…approximately 300 dolls…and St. Louis Cardinals memorabilia would have been a nice alternative for you.  AND, if you combine the two, you get a St. Louis Cardinals Cabbage Patch Kids doll – in the original box – that sold for $75!  Even though dolls were a large attraction at our sale on January 25, several antiques and household items also drew some attention.  A Maytag wringer washer in like new condition (with its original book) sold for $200 while an antique Featherweight Singer sewing machine with case sold for $500!  But the bidding on this sale was only an indication of what was to come on the next two auctions!

The sale held on February 8 was the rescheduled sale from October of last year…and either everyone had this one marked on their calendars or they were suffering from cabin fever!  We gave out 206 bidder numbers and had standing room only until we could clear some tables to set up more chairs!  The sale for Ken (Doc) & Donna Kleiman had some incredible pieces on it…and these items are most certainly what drew the crowd!

There are so many highlights from this auction, I’m not sure where to begin!  Several of the oil lamps and lanterns in this collection were highly sought after…a Green Jadeite oil lamp brought $275, a cranberry oil lamp brought $240 and a table lamp brought $450!  But one of the most unique lanterns was a Copper Star Boar Glascow ship lantern that sold for $375!  A cookie jar of W.C. Fields sold for $150, a carousel cookie jar sold for $100 and a Smiley pig with red scarf sold for $110!

Bronze statues are always a huge crowd favorite and this day was no different!  A bronze cowboy & bucking horse statue sold for $550!  But we have to believe that buyers came for some of the more unique items.  A 50-gallon Monmouth, IL Western crock/stone jar sold for $725!  Can you imagine how large this crock was?  A #30 Royal Princess wood heating stove with a cameo on it sold for $495 while a large copper apple butter kettle sold for $500!  $800 was the final price for a large primitive immigrant’s trunk dated 1833…this trunk was stenciled with the German family name.  And we sold not one, but two store coffee mills!  A small John Wright Inc. coffee mill sold for $425 but the granddaddy of the sale was a #16 Enterprise MFG floor model coffee mill that sold for $1800!  Stay tuned as I hear there may be more sales coming out of Doc’s collections!  You won’t want to miss these upcoming sales!

On Saturday, February 15, we topped the number of bidders at the previous sale by one…giving out 207 bidder numbers!  So what was the draw on this sale?  It looks like firearms, wildlife prints and a collection of African & Western mounts were the big winners…along with another Featherweight sewing machine that sold for $300.  A 1991 Polaris 4×4 350 four-wheeler sold for $1,875 and two limited edition wildlife prints sold for $200 and $300 each!  A Winchester Model 90 22 WRF, 22 pump with a hexagon barrel sold for $1,550…probably one of the highest selling firearms we’ve ever sold!

But I know you’re curious about the African & Western mounts.  A full-body raccoon mount sold for $300, a full-body Javelina mount sold for $325 and an Eland shoulder mount sold for $500.  But wait…it gets better!  A Kudu shoulder mount sold for $1,000, a 42” Cape Buffalo mount sold for $1,600 and a Lechwe shoulder mount sold for $2,000!  And for anyone who has ever wanted a full-body Grizzly Bear mount…it sold for $3,600!  We had a couple of sales last year with taxidermy mounts on them…maybe this is going to be a new hot ticket item for us!

I just checked the auction calendar the other day and it is filling up fast!  On Saturday, March 8, we’ll be back at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds for a sale that includes household appliances (refrigerator, electric stove, deep freeze, washer and more), oil paintings, canvas and painting supplies, camping supplies (camping season will be here soon), shop, power & automotive tools (portable generator, scroll saw, drill press, band saw).  There will also be a set of Carico pans, a Carico butcher knife set AND a collection of Denim Days figurines.  Be sure and come spend the day with us!

Dave just booked a sale for Saturday, March 22…be sure to check our web site at www.thornhillauction.com for more information on this sale.  We’ll be at the Lions Club in Wright City on Saturday, March 29 for a collection of 1950’s Pepsi-Cola and Gas Station Memorabilia.  This sale also includes a 1950 Plymouth Special Deluxe Coupe automobile.  Please note that the sale bill is only a partial list of the items that will be at this auction!  And it will definitely include one of the largest collections of Pepsi-Cola memorabilia that we’ve seen in quite some time.

The weather is finally breaking and it’s time to start the year by joining us at one of our upcoming sales!  To stay current with all the sales that will be hitting our calendar, just go to www.thornhillauction.com.  See you soon!

Lori Biehl
Clerk and Cashier

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