“We are excited to be kicking off the fall season at our brand new facility with an auction packed with some of the highest quality antiques and décor items available anywhere,” said Bob Brown, Red Baron’s owner throughout its long and storied history. “Everything you’ve seen at Red Baron’s has been condensed into our new and improved location. I urge everyone to attend.”
Aside from the pianos, the auction will also feature a never-used copy of a late 1800s-style brewery, vintage and collectible automobiles, fantastic bars, statuary and fountains (staples at most Red Baron’s auctions), boats, estate jewelry, fine art, vintage guns, furniture, neons, garden accents, rare and unusual oddities and an overall inventory that can’t be found elsewhere.
The six pianos are expected to take center stage (as they no doubt have countless times in the past). One is the ultimate piano: a sleek black Steinway Model D-455 nine-foot grand piano. It has graced the concert stage of virtually every performance venue in America, and boasts the largest dynamic range of any piano made, from whispering pianissimo to thundering fortissimo.
Another Steinway grand piano certain to garner attention is an important French ormolu-mounted mahogany, satin, sycamore and stained fruitwood marquetry piano, made circa 1913. Previously auctioned through Christie’s, the piano features a case made by Maison Jansen (Paris) from a model by Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener. Movement is Steinway & Sons (serial #162332).
The other four pianos include a gold-mounted Bechstein grand piano with satinwood inlay and ormolu, circa 1883; a Samick white baby grand piano, Model SG-172; a Chickering ebonized baby grand piano, made circa 1924, Model #146544; and a Bechstein oak grand piano, Model #39038. “To have six pianos of this caliber in one auction is extraordinary,”
The late 19th century-style brewery is bound to attract attention, both for it rarity and its functionality. Made in Germany (and the only example currently in the United States), the Gold Medal-winning brewery has toured the U.S. and Germany and is valued at a cool $400,000. It is 13 feet 1 inch by 10 feet, with a height of 12 feet. It goes with the auction’s Oktoberfest theme.
Collectibles will feature an F-16/15 aircraft ejection chair, completely authentic, polished and lacquered and ideal for use as a desk chair (and a surefire conversation starter); an extremely rare 1973 Fiat Giardiniera estate wagon car, in concourse condition; and a 1933 Chicago World’s Fair “Century of Progress” statue of an Art Deco male figure, the only one known in the country.
Architectural pieces will include a lovely hand-painted French paneled room with playing putti, 11 feet tall by 50 feet long; a large oak fireplace mantel with marble eggs from the George Eastman mansion on the Hudson River in New York; three carved oak confessionals;
Bars and commercial structures will feature a fine mahogany pharmacy, quite possibly the best in the world, with mirrored back, shelves, drawers, curved beveled glass and etched glass (by Knight Soda Fountain Co., Chicago Center); a Brunswick triple arch deco bar with matching front bar; and an exquisite nautical bar in mahogany with features resembling a ship.
Outdoor items will include a large green wrought iron solarium with tempered glass and detailed scroll work decoration, 17 feet tall by 28 feet long by 15 feet wide; a cast-iron gazebo with top and twisted columns, 122 inches in diameter by 156 inches tall (counting the top); and a large pair of iron entry gates with granite columns (call Red Baron’s for this lot’s dimensions).
There is no registration fee for this auction, which will begin promptly at 10 a.m. (EST) and end around 7 p.m. Previews will be held all week, from Sept. 24-28, and a preview party (with Oktoberfest theme) will be held on Friday, Sept. 28, from 7-10 p.m. To register for this inaugural auction, you may log on to www.rbprivatereserve.com or call (404) 252-3770 for info.
Red Baron’s Private Reserve is affiliated with (and shares space with) Sandy Springs Design Center, the newest and largest home interiors market in town. The retail design center features home furnishings, antiques, art, collectibles, stained glass, jewelry, accessories, vintage apparel, home décor, upscale rarities and more. It is considered a must-visit shop in Atlanta.
Red Baron’s Private Reserve is always in the hunt for quality consignments for future auctions. To inquire about consigning a single item, an estate or a collection, you may call them at (404) 252-3770, or send them an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Red Baron’s Private Reserve and the Sept. 29 inaugural sale, go to www.rbprivatereserve.com.