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Written by Puff Staff

Friday, 18 November 2011

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Puff: Do you come across much cigar memorabilia? What’s the most interesting piece you’ve seen?

Kathleen: The most interesting item we have of cigar-related material is the Demuth painted zinc figure of Punch; a cigar store advertising display. He was fitted for a steam pipe so smoke would eminate from the cigar he smokes and the batch of cigars he holds in his hand. He is exceedingly rare and a wonderful piece of Americana to be sold in our November 30 Historical Americana auction in Dallas.

 

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Puff: Should you buy particular items from particular auctioneers?

Kathleen: Most auctioneers sell in categories of interest. In seeing the amazing array in each department, you get a better idea of what exists in the market and how they are valued. Finding a wayward Babe Ruth baseball in an estate auction is great, but since they can bring from $2,500 to $100,000, depending on many variables, you will probably overpay thinking it is rare and more precious than it actually is.

Puff: Which are your favourite auctions?

KathIeen: I like charity auctions. My last event was the Doodle For Art auction for the St. Francis Food Pantries, now in its 12th Year. How great to bid on something, make a wonderful donation, help someone in need, and get something to take home with you!

Puff: What items should we be keeping an eye out for at auction this month?

Kathleen: December is the month for fabulous jewelry and luxury accessories at all the major auctioneers. Nothing like a bauble or two to make the holiday season more pleasant!

KATHLEEN'S TOP TIPS

1. LOOK AT THE ITEMS
They often look better in the catalogue or online than they do in person.

2. ASK QUESTIONS
Ask the expert, the auctioneer and even dealers in the area of your interest.

3. LEAVE A BID
You cannot overpay and get carried away with your enthusiasm if you have left a written bid with the auctioneer prior to the sale.

4. IF IT GOES CHEAP, LET IT!
Do not be lured into bidding on something you have not inspected.  There is a reason no one is bidding.

5. ONE BID AT A TIME
New bidders tend to stick their bid paddle up like the Statue of Liberty and never put it down until they are the successful purchaser.  This will cost you money.  Unscrupulous dealers and clients will bid you up just for sport.

 






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