So many sales and auctions, it’s scary!

It’s only a little more than a week to Halloween and almost everyone’s getting ready for some tricks and treats. Well if the truth be told, it’s mostly treats –but that’s good enough for me. ! I’ve always enjoyed this unofficial holiday and can remember all the fun I had as a child –getting dressed up in my costumes and hitting the neighborhood homes for the great treats. When I was young, Halloween wasn’t as controlled as it is now. When my friends and I got home from school, it was a race to get ready and hit the streets for the CANDY! We’d come home for dinner and head right back out –as I got older we probably were out to about 10 p.m. I think I participated in Halloween candy gathering up until my early teens; but after dinner hours, was unofficially reserved for the older kids, who were out getting treats. All that has changed as most communities have scheduled “Trick or Treat” hours. In my town, the candy collecting is finished by 7 p.m. How is a kid supposed to see goblins, ghosts and ghouls that early?

It’s still a fun day however, and I love seeing all the cute little kids coming with their treat bags and darling costumes. And the adults can have their parties later, so everyone’s happy!

For those looking to add to collections or begin some new ones, here’s some information I received via e-mail as well as information about Auction Action (not affiliated with Collectors Journal’s “Auction Action” feature) on BCTV:

Shannon's semi-annual American and European Fine Art Auction, will be held on Thursday, October 25th, at 6 p.m. Eastern time, online and at the gallery in Milford, Conn. The 238-lot auction will feature quality examples of American Impressionism, American Coastal scenes, Modernism and European paintings, by artists such as Willard Leroy Metcalf, Irving Ramsey Wiles, Edward Moran and William Trost Richards. Internet bidding will be via If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Sandra Germain at (203) 877-1711; or, you can e-mail her at

The next air date of Auction Action on BCTV, the unique TV show that brings live auctions right into the living rooms of viewers. It is Friday, November 2nd, at 6 p.m. Eastern time, on BCTV in Berks County, Pa. The host, as before, will be Bill Howze of The Renaissance Auction Group in Reading, Pennsylvania. Lots will include a near-mint 1958 Fender Stratocaster guitar, U.S. and foreign coins and original artwork by Andrew Wyeth, Moses Soyer and others. If you need additional information about this auction, or the show itself, you may call Bill Howze at (610) 370-2879; or, you can e-mail him at

An auction of Rare & Important Travel Posters at Swann Galleries takes place on Thursday, October 25 and promises thrills and worldwide destinations, abounding with works highlighting transportation as well as renowned graphic artists. The sale is led by a pair of winter vacation posters. Emil Cardinaux’s St. Moritz, 1918, portrays colorfully clad cross-country skiers and horse-drawn sleighs winding their way through the snow (Estimate: $15,000-20,000). Burkhard Mangold, a pioneer in modern Swiss poster art, is present in the sale with the 1914, Winter in Davos ($12,000-18,000). The complete catalogue with bidding information is available at

A Halloween Auction!! A 283-lot online-only auction is planned for Wednesday, October 31st, by University Archives, based in Westport, Conn. The sale is loaded with rare and highly collectible autographed documents, manuscripts, books, photographs and relics, pertaining to some of the most important names in all of history: Washington, Napoleon, JFK, Bob Dylan, Catherine the Great, Orville Wright and many others. Internet bidding provided by and If you need additional information about this auction, you may call John Reznikoff at (800) 237-5692; or, you can e-mail him at

Guyette & Deeter, Inc. are having a Fall decoy and Sporting Art sale on November 7 & 8 in Easton, Maryland in conjunction with the Easton Waterfowl Festival. The sale will be accompanied by a three day dealer show at the same facility. The top lot of this year's sale is a pair of canvasbacks by Maryland carver James Holly, that are estimated to sell for over $150,000. More information about this auction is with Mike Stevenson at (410) 745-0485, or at

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