What's It Worth? Selling Online in the Time of Social Distancing

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We were very happy with our international auction results this month. Our continental porcleain and fine and decorative arts sale was already “loaded up” for our sale prior to the lockdown, so Katrina and I conferred with our consignors and decided to go forward. It was a good decision. Held one week ago, this auction was our third most successful online auction ever. Porcelains went for as much as $7,000, with other items going as high as $20,000. A majority of these auction items were sold overseas.

One item we were a bit worried about fared quite well, achieving almost $9,000. A local consignor was happy with the price as it exceeded his reserve. While Toni Costa’s larger red versions of this theme have brought up to $30,000 at auction, the smaller, less-colorful versions bring far less and often are “bought in” (which means they are unsold) at major auction houses. Costa’s major work is included at MOMA and other museums; she was a leader of the Kinetic Art movement .

New York prices in St. Pete? Yes! Our international clientele is ready to buy! Let us bid on your fine art pieces or sell them online for you for a commission.. You have seen us in Forbes Magazine, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

House calls? Yes — we can meet you at our store, your home, or your attorney’s office.

Stop in or call 727.896.0622 for an appointment.

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