Thursday, March 29 is the next air date for the popular live auction program Auction Action on BCTV
Berks Community Television has announced the next airing of its hit program Auction Action on BCTV – a unique show that brings live auctions right into the living rooms of viewers. It's Thursday, March 29th, at 6 pm EDT, with Bill Howze host.
Items expected to get bidders excited will include baseballs signed by Ted Williams and Roberto Clemente, rare and valuable coins (to include a 1783 Nova Constelatio coin, produced in the US pre-Mint, plus a 1980 half-ounce .999 Krugerrand gold coin in its original South African Gold Coin Exchange holder), vintage hand-made quilts, Lionel trains, Kellogg's Pep cereal comic character pinbacks, a 1920s Atwater Kent radio and an Edison Columbia cylinder Graphophone.
At the beginning of the show, Mr. Howze will remind viewers how the auction works and preview featured lots. All bidding is online. As of March 15th, individuals were able to bid from anywhere in the world on their desktop or mobile devices. Berks County residents who have BCTV as part of their cable package will be able to view the show live and bid in real time. But the show can be live-streamed on BCTV.org. Viewers can bid live from anywhere in the world.
It will be just the fourth airing of Auction Action on BCTV since its debut in January 2017, and already it's attracted a following. "The show has grown its audience footprint in just a few episodes, with bidders logging in across the state and country," said Heather Adams, Executive Director of BCTV.org. "Mr. Howze has set a fine precedent for curating unique and interesting items and we look forward to this next installation and the interesting stories of a new catalog."
Mr. Howze said he and his show colleagues Phil Wesel and Brett Olson enjoy the challenge of bringing an unscripted live event to the television stage. "Auctions are like sporting events," he said. "You never know what's going to happen until you play the game. Sometimes it's a romp and sometimes it's a stomp. Sometimes it's nip and tuck all the way. But it's never boring."
The March 29th program will feature around 150 lots of items in a broad range of categories, to include antiques, collectibles, fine art, furniture, coins, paper ephemera and more. Some of the items are specific to the Berks County area, such as an early oil on canvas floral painting from 1915 by Mary B. Leisz, an English key-wind pocket watch in a sterling case from 1840 with a connection to Reading, and a papier-mache doll hand-made by Ludwig Greiner of Philadelphia.
Artwork by Mary B. Leisz (b. 1876, death date unknown) was featured in the debut episode of Auction Action on BCTV, along with paintings by her mentor Christopher Shearer (1846-1926), Victor Shearer (1872-1951) and W. Eugene Burkhardt. All had direct ties to Reading and Berks County. The Leisz work in the March auction is considered important because she only did still lifes early in her career. It depicts red and white flowers with leaves and stems, in a period frame.
The English key-wind pocket watch is from the 1840s and has a paper label inserted into the back cover that reads, "David Hollenbach, Chair & Watch Maker, Reading, America". The Ludwig Greiner shoulder-head doll with hand-made clothing is descended through the Hartman family of Alsace Township in Berks County. The doll head is in excellent condition, with no paint loss. Also up for bid will be Berks County indentures (land deeds) from 1743 and 1776.
The baseball signed by Roberto Clemente is also signed by many other Pittsburgh Pirate team members from 1959, the year prior to their miracle victory over the New York Yankees in the World Series. The ball with Ted Williams's clear, bold signature (on the sweet spot, no less) also has the signatures of other Red Sox teammates from the late 1940s, plus manager Joe McCarthy.
There are other sports-related lots in the auction. They include an autographed team photo of the Philadelphia Warriors basketball team from the 1948-'49 season, with all the signatures in black pen; a group of autographs from four former Major League pitchers: Hall of Famers Whitey Ford and Warren Spahn, plus Jim Bunning (author of a perfect game in 1964) and Tracy Stallard, who served up Roger Maris's 61st home run; and a 1930s baseball catcher's mask and chest protector.
The Renaissance Auction Group is located at 1404 Friedensburg Road in Reading. The firm assists clients in the liquidation of tangible property, including antiques, collectibles, business inventories and commercial equipment, as well as residential, historic, commercial and agricultural real estate. Benefit auction consultation and production services are also provided.
To learn more about The Renaissance Auction Group, visit www.auctionhowze.com. To learn more about Berks County Television, visit www.BCTV.org.