Interesting sales and auctions throughout January

The New Year has arrived and brings with it a catchy number –2020. I liked how ABC Television showed various clips of Barbara Walters announcing, “This is 2020.” But not only is it a new year, it’s also a new decade. Let’s hope this year brings more peace, less cataclysmic weather events and a renewed hope for all of us.

While browsing through my latest copy of “Country Living,” a magazine focused on antiques and collectibles, I was drawn to a piece titled, “Calm and Collected,” which featured a few items that are popular collectibles. The article also offered plenty of ideas on how to display the items that included small decorative woolen sheep; brass candlesticks; copper egg poachers; and old library cards. I was drawn to the brass candlesticks because I have a small amount of them in my vast inventory. Tips for collectors of brass candlesticks included staying with a motif such as Georgian styled or Gothic or a particular brand such as Virginia Metalcrafters, which can be valued at up to $100 for a pair. I have a couple of brass candlesticks, but they aren’t from Virginia Metalcrafters –mine are from Sweden. Another candlestick I have has no marks at all—I wonder how common that is?

Those looking to add to their collections or long to search for a rare addition can check out the listings below that I received via e-mail on a host of upcoming auctions –both live and online.

A New Year's Signature Estates Auction planned for the weekend of January 11th and 12th by Ahlers & Ogletree, online and at the gallery in Atlanta, Ga., with start times both days of 10 a.m. Eastern. The sale is an ambitious event to start the New Year, with 1,274 lots in a wide array of collecting categories. Featured will be Chinese antiquities, notable works of modern art and design, Native American and Inuit works of art, fine handbags and more. Online bidding will be available via and Phone and absentee bids will also be accepted. If you need additional information, you may call Elizabeth Rickenbaker at (404) 869-2478; or, you can email her at

A Collectors' Passion Auction is scheduled for Wednesday, January 15th, by Nye & Company Auctioneers, online and at the gallery in Bloomfield, N.J. It will be a major auction focusing mainly on Americana and the traditional collecting aesthetics. It's also timed to kick off just ahead of Americana Week in New York, a huge annual event. The Nye & Company gallery is located just 15 miles outside of the Lincoln Tunnel, with easy access to mass transit centers. Online bidding via and If you need additional information about this auction, you may call John Nye or Andrew Holter at (973) 984-6900; or, email them at or

An online-only auction is planned for Thursday, January 16th, by University Archives, based in Westport, Conn. The 283-lot sale, with a 10:30 a.m. Eastern start time, is packed with unique relics, photos, autographs, books and ephemera, to include 55 of the 56 Declaration of Independence signers, plus items signed by Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, FDR, Ernest Hemingway, Sigmund Freud, the Beatles and many others. Online bidding is available via and If you need additional information about this auction, you may call John Reznikoff at 203-454-0111; or, you can email him at

Connot Brothers Auction has a general auction coming up on January 18, 2020 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at 329 E. 1st Street in Valentine, Nebraska. Included in this sale will be a variety of collectibles and antiques including a 1940s-era automobile; Christmas cookie jars; western saddle; equipment and shop items; currency; old typewriters; a school desk and much more. More information about this auction is with Connot Brothers Auction at (402) 376-3400 or visit the web site at

A two-day Winter Estates Catalog Auction is planned for the weekend of January 18th and 19th by Crescent City Auction Gallery, online and at the gallery in New Orleans, La. Nearly 900 lots will come up for bid in a wide array of categories. A few expected top lots include a carved oak 9-piece dining room suite in the style of R.J. Horner, an oil on board painting by Louisiana folk artist Clementine Hunter, fine Newcomb Pottery pieces and an early 20th century bronze sculpture by Anna Vaughn Wyatt Huntington. Online bidding is via and If you need additional information about this auction, you may call Sully Hildebrand at 504-529-5057; or, email her at

Have a great couple of weeks checking out auctions and sales. Our next issue is January 28 and in the meantime, check out this issue for listings of upcoming sales and auctions taking place in the near future. And please contact us with Auction Action news; unusual collections; club and convention news; mystery items and any other antiques-related matters. We can be reached at; or via telephone at (319) 472-4763