“We expect this auction to go well into the wee hours of the following day, with spirited online bidding such as we’ve seen in past Father’s Day Extravaganzas,”
Headlining this year’s auction will be property from the estate of Arthur (Artie) Shaw, a beloved long-time auctioneer, appraiser and antiques shop owner from Torrington, Conn., who passed away just a few months ago. Over 1,000 items from Mr. Shaw’s shop (which closed three years ago) and private collections will be condensed down into multiples totaling more than 100 lots.
Featured from Mr. Shaw’s collection will be a beautiful Currier & Ives-inspired antique horse-drawn sleigh (a focal point that graced the window of his antiques shop for years); and a pair of opposite facing Paul McCobb (1917-1969) room dividers, complete and in two sections (etageres and table/base). The mahogany has a light champagne finish and the frame and pulls are brass.
Also from the Shaw estate: a rare Flying Tigers stained glass art piece, tribal carvings and many Native American pieces, his private fishing collection (lures, poles, trophy mounts and more), showcases and the contents of cabinets (in general, a treasure trove of discovery lots), Oriental rugs in various sizes and designs, oil paintings, estate jewelry, a lovely S-roll-top desk and more.
Antique car enthusiasts will be impressed by a maroon red 1951 Mercury automobile that has been owned by the same gentleman from California since 1984. The vintage car has four doors, an automatic transmission and a 350 cubic inch engine. Like many items in the auction, it would make a perfect Father's Day present.
Also in the auction will be furnishings from a Litchfield, Conn., home dated 1764, to include a beautiful circa-1750 two-part Queen Anne highboy, an English Regency tambour door sideboard with lions on the door pulls, 30 inches wide (very uncommon), a fine French writing desk and a gorgeous Queen Anne tilt-top table with bird cage mechanism showing great finish and burling.
Furniture attributed to the renowned American 19th century furniture maker R. J. Horner will include a rare oak curio server combination with a glass door on the left and a server on the right, having a mirror on top with two winged dragons, plus claw feet and felt lined interior; and a pair of oak file cabinets with full-standing and facing winged griffins and fancy lions as adornments.
Not one but two Harley-Davidson motorcycles will come up for bid, as will many gold and silver coins, to include brilliant uncirculated silver dollars and a currency hoard from the 1930s. Estate jewelry will feature bracelets, men’s watches, earrings, precious stones, diamonds, rubies and sapphires, and an 18kt gold flower pin with sapphire stones and the original Tiffany & Co. box.
Also sold will be the contents of numerous estate safety deposit boxes (some containing jewelry and coins), Hollywood memorabilia that once graced the walls of a local movie theater in Bristol (to include lobby cards and black and white publicity stills, plus some vintage movie posters), and a life-size Power Rangers figurine (possibly a movie lobby prop), that talks when prompted.
An antique doll collection comes from the estate of Maria Cambra, a member of the Jenny Lind Doll Club of Connecticut, a lifelong doll collector and maker of dolls who recently passed away. Many doll accessories will also be sold, as will a collection of early Heyward Wakefield-era wicker baby buggies sporting large wooden and wire wheels (ideal for an antique doll collector).
A collection of artwork by Sante Graziani (1920-2005), an American artist and educator at Yale University widely known for his murals that adorned many public schools and other government buildings, will also be sold. Other original oil paintings and artworks will also come up for bid. Also in the sale is a rare saber tooth tiger fossil (plus additional fossil and mineral collections)
Perfect Father’s Day “man cave” offerings will include a vintage Brunswick-Balke-
Also slated to be sold online are early country store advertising signs (some of them porcelain), an antique fire alarm box with the original fed paint (similar to one featured in a recent episode of Pawn Stars), and a Victorian Jenny Lind secretary desk with two Jenny Lind busts adorning the front doors of the secretary, lighting items, and a 2007 BX2350 Kubota Tractor, well maintained and in fine running condition.
Bidders may register to bid through the Tim’s, Inc. Auctions website, at www.timsauctions.com, and through LiveAuctioneers.com. Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. A buyer’s premium of 21 percent will be applied to all purchased, regardless of method of participation. No credit cards or PayPal payments will be accepted. See Tim’s website for terms and conditions,
Every participating bidder is asked to make a suggested donation of $10 to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in memory of Peter Chapulis, Tim’s late father. Peter was a big fan of the actor and singer Danny Thomas, who once said if he made it in Hollywood, he would do something for sick and disadvantaged kids. He did just that, and his legacy lives on today.
Tim’s, Inc. Auctions is celebrating 35 years in the auction business (1979-2014). The firm is always accepting quality consignments for future sales, especially lifetime personal collectors built over the years by baby boomers and seniors. To consign an item, an estate or collection, you may call Tim Chapulis at (860) 459-0964, or you can e-mail him at email@example.com.
For more information about Tim’s, Inc. Auctions as the upcoming Father’s Day Extravaganza Auction on Sunday, June 15th, starting at 5 p.m. Eastern time, log on to www.timsauctions.com.