Friday, January 30, 2009

All about

Well, it is finally here! Our very own dedicated ART AUCTION site. And I bet it will be a favorite with new and experienced collectors. I hope you’ll visit our auction site at But before you do, here are some things that might interest you.

This is a real art auction site...supervised by a REAL live auctioneer... not a sham auction site like most that you will find on the web.

Our auctioneer is Alan Brown, Gallery One president. He has been a licensed auctioneer for nearly 30 years. A graduate of the Mendenhall Auction School and The Certified Auctioneers Institute (University of Indiana), he oversees Gallery One’s auctions in accordance with auction law and the National Auctioneers Code. He is doubly licensed and bonded for your protection. Ohio (#62-93-6363) and Florida (AU2937).

Alan’s auction history is impressive. He has successfully raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for non-profit organizations, officiated at hundreds of Gallery One auctions - live and on the web - and he has successfully auctioned real estate in Ohio and Florida.

For his weekly web auction format, Alan mandated that hundreds of works of art ---- resales, overstocks, as is items and special buys ---- be offered at unbelievably low reserve prices. He expects that even with enthusiastic bidding, great bargains will go to savvy bidders.

After the items were selected for auction, Alan asked our curators to examine and rate each work. (And I have to tell you, our curators are the strictest in the business.)

They were asked to rate each item MINT (perfect), NEARLY MINT or AS IS.

A mint item, according to our curators, looks brand new...front, back and margins.

A nearly mint item will look mint when framed. For example, a poster might have some slight handling marks...but those will vanish when the poster (as is traditional) is dry-mounted during the framing process. A print might have a slightly bent corner, but when matted, it will look mint.

An as-is item will have some blemishes that may (only if you have an eagle eye) be visible after framing.

Reserve prices have taken condition into account. And you should take condition into account when raising your bid.

So take a look at each auction item. Click the image for more information. And click again to expand the image. And if you want to bid, click the BID2BUY button and fill out your bid form.

I think you’re going to like our new site....but please let us hear from you with your questions, comments and suggestions.

That's all for now.

Norah Lynne Brown, VP

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