Selling Pieces of History is Ohio Auction Gallery’s Forte’

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From Civil War relics to automotive history to fabulous Wurlitzer amusement park organs. Expect the unexpected in this classy Ohio auction gallery, and keep an eye out for the huge African lion!

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In the shadowed recesses of an attic, an unmolested collection of letters from the civil war laid waiting for the diligence of its discoverer. Smothered in dust and mouse droppings, they were part of an estate being uncovered by Antiques and Estate Auctioneers. Given the manner in which the letters survived the century—it is surprising they were discovered at all. In dealing with the inventory of large estates, oftentimes treasures as these cleverly disguised in dust are considered “junk”; there is simply too much notable property on which to focus. This is not so for the dedicated. This is not so for this progressive Wellington, Ohio auction gallery. The proprietors of the mentioned auction house rescued these letters along with a rusted tin containing very rare uniform buckles of a 1860’s Confederate soldier from New Orleans. The research and effort they invested in the inventory of this certain estate had an incredible outcome—the letters alone brought in a nice sum of almost $10,000.

Finds like these, though rare in their individuality, are a trend for Estate Auctioneers and Appraisers. John Farkas and Connie Rose are your host auctioneers who insist on high quality items, but what is more unique is their method. The proprietors are very focused on the discovery process involved with each estate. They devote their time and their means to researching the unique items that may otherwise be overlooked—and it is exactly this devotion which allows them to cater to high end collectors, museums, and specialists of all persuasions. They have also put much time and consideration into the presentation of the estates up for public auction. Not only do they have a impressive gallery featuring a large display screen where each item is digitally photographed and projected for the benefit of the audience, they also have worldwide and at home accessibility via live internet bidding ( This consideration of accessibility has won them regular constituents from around the globe.

Currently finishing a series of four auctions covering the vast estate of automotive historian Mickey Mishne, the proprietors seem eager to begin their next large project. The Mishne auctions were so successful (the attendants were comprised of museums, galleries, private collectors and the like) that the upcoming auction scheduled for June 26 is already generating anticipation.

As with the prior auctions—totally unique, rare, and sometimes bizarre estates will be brought before the public. A few subjects which will be addressed: a number of full mount preserved wild animals will be present including but not limited to an African Male Lion and a Black Buck. The auction house also has a fully restored Wurlitzer band organ Model 146A. Select pieces of an Oberlin professor’s estate will be presented, a man whose hobby was building harpsichords. This auction contains several pieces of high quality Furniture, some dating back to 1843, Amusement Park Games, Organ Grinder Organ, Glassware, Collectibles, Oriental Rugs, Artwork, signed Wallace Nutting – “A Berkshire Brook” and more.

As one can gather from the above examples, Antiques and Estate Auctioneers are marked by their interest in rare and fascinating estate work. If you are interested in auction-going or are a seasoned auction-goer, it would be wise to stay up to date with this company—they certainly make it easy—and prepare yourself for an easygoing yet exciting auction experience. Visit their website at in order view the online catalog of the June 26 auction, it is sure to be a wonderful time. The gallery is located at 44777 St. Rt. 18, Wellington, OH 44090. The auctioneers may be contacted at (440) 647-4007.


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