Kim Column

As the hot summer weather continues almost all over the country, one constant remains – the days are getting shorter—and that’s a sure sign that autumn is on its way.

This week I’ll be getting ready for the Kane County Flea Market which takes place September 4th and 5th in St. Charles, Illinois at the Kane County Fairgrounds. There have been a few small changes at the flea market, but it’s been crowded with shoppers and still boasts hundreds of dealers offering antiques, collectibles and a host of additional specialties. We’ll be bringing a selection of paintings, prints and some other artwork this month as well as a few of my son’s medieval helmets and other treasures.

One of the art pieces I recently found is an interesting take on a lone buffalo, done by George Rodhe, a well-known photographer who worked in North Dakota and operated a gallery in Fargo. The lithograph print I have is signed and numbered on the back with a faint stamp of a studio in Fargo. I was taken with the singular buffalo in the snow who seems to be looking off at something. Rohde, who passed away in 2011, took up photography focused on the prairie lands after battling cancer. I find it a very interesting piece. And it helps that I like buffalos too!

Labor Day weekend has quite a few antiques-related events taking place and I hope everyone who wants to, can get out to a sale, show or an auction for some good browsing and buying!

Here is a selection of upcoming auctions offered online and some in person:

Aasness Auctions and Real Estate is hosting an estate auction as well as real estate auction in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, on Saturday, August 28, at 105 North Concord Avenue in Fergus Falls. The auction begins at 9 a.m. This is the Father William Gamber estate and includes hundreds of antique items such as primitives, copper pieces, country and kitchen collectibles, antique and period furniture, pottery and stoneware, immigrant and Scandinavian trunks, clocks, quilts, woven textiles, porcelains and glassware. In addition there are music books, paintings, prints and other artwork. The real estate will be sold via sealed bids, which will be accepted Aug. 28 and Aug. 29. The contents auction will be a multi-ring on-site auction. More information about this sale is with Aasness Auctions and Real Estate at (218) 998-4454 or online at

Back-to-back online-only auctions are slated for Wednesday and Thursday, August 25th and 26th, by University Archives, based in Wilton, Conn. The August 25th auction will be a general sale, offering collectors a wide variety of autographs, rare books, historical documents and memorabilia — 363 lots in all. The August 26th auction will be a smaller, 100-lot specialized Judaica auction. Online bidding will be via,, and the University Archives website. Start times both days will be 10:30 am Eastern time.

If you need additional information about this auction, you may call John Reznikoff at 203-454-0111; or, you can email him at

The liquidation of the estate of Kim Hemmergren, a lifelong collector of rare vintage jukeboxes and other items who recently passed away, is planned for a two-day auction being conducted by Preston Evans of Preston Opportunities, September 3rd and 4th in Macon, Georgia. The event will be held at different venues each day, both of them in Macon. The Friday session will be live-only; no Internet bidding at all. Online bidding will be available on Saturday, Sept. 4th, through If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Preston Evans at 678-296-3326; or, you can email him at An alternate contact is Karen Braswell:

The upcoming sale of the lifetime collection of Neil Krinke, a dedicated collector of classic cars, rod projects, barn finds, vintage tractors, old car parts, rare automotive signs and other examples of petroliana, takes place Saturday, September 18th, live at the Krinke family ranch in Scranton, North Dakota. The auction will be conducted by VanDerBrink Auctions, based in Hardwick, Minn. Internet bidding will be available, but it’s really best to attend the auction in person, to take in the full scope of Mr. Krinke’s vast collections. Included are 1932 and 1933 Ford 3-window coupes. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Yvette VanDerBrink at 605-201-7005; or, you can email her at

An online-only Fine Art, Antiques and Clock auction is scheduled for Saturday, September 18th, by Cottone Auctions, based in Geneseo, N.Y., starting promptly at noon Eastern time. The sale will be highlighted by items from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Roy W. Doolittle, Jr. of Buffalo, N.Y., including an important painting by John F. Kensett (1816-1872) (est. $200,000-$400,000). Online bidding will be via, and the Cottone Auctions website. If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Matt Cottone at 585-243-1000; or, you can email him at

Have a great Labor Day! Our next issue is September 7 and in the meantime, please keep us in mind with Mystery items; club and convention news; unusual collections; Young collectors; Auction Action news; and any other antiques-related matters. We can be reached at;; or via telephone at (319) 472-4763.